Many new homes (and older homes as well) in Colorado are sold with an unfinished basement, which is quite appealing to homeowners. Now, they can have the man cave they’ve always wanted, the extra bedroom in the basement for a teenager to have “alone” time, or the perfect gym layout you’ve always dreamed of. An unfinished basement offers up a lot of potential that lights up homeowners eyes. However, taking your vision and making it into a reality can be a lot more challenging than you thought when you saw DIY all over your basement. Ace Hi Plumbing in Loveland is here to help with all your plumbing, air conditioning, and heating needs. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs!
COMMON BASEMENT PLUMBING PROBLEMS
- Clogged toilet. Clogged toilets are the most common problem bar none all around. However, they can be a particular problem in the basement since if a toilet overflows, you could see flooding or foundation damage. The first thing to try is a plunger. A toilet plunger works by creating a vacuum space between the plunger and the bottom drain of the toilet. When you plunge, air and water pressure work together to suck a clog out and then help flush it back down. However, if a toilet plunger doesn’t work, next try a snake (so called because it resembles a snake — it’s not actually a snake itself, thank goodness). A snake is used to insert into the toilet bowl, and it’s curved so it can navigate the curved part of your toilet and pull out the clogs, or at least loosen them up so then the clog can be flushed down the toilet. If this step doesn’t work, it’s time to call in a professional plumber, such as Ace Hi Plumbing in Loveland to fix the problem.
- Sump pump. Most sump pumps are located in the basement of homes. A sump pump is a pump that is installed in your basement or crawlspace whose sole job is to keep your foundation and basement dry and prevent a flood from happening. Most people don’t even know they have one, but if you live in new construction, it’s required by code. It pumps water away from your home or business. However, your sump pump runs off electricity. If your power goes out, your sump pump can fail, which would not be good when it’s a downpour. This is the most common problem for a sump pump failure that Ace Hi Plumbing in Loveland sees. If you suspect a sump pump problem, call us for an inspection. Sump pumps are too important to leave to chance.
- Frozen pipes. By nature, pipes are susceptible to freezing. After all, all the water that flows into and out of your home travels through pipes. In bouts of particularly cold weather, your pipes could freeze, particularly in the basement where your pipes are often buried in the cold, hard earth. If pipes freeze, they can burst, unleashing a torrent of water into your home that you really don’t want. The damage to your home could be extensive. To prevent frozen pipes, the best method is to make sure the heat is on to your basement, even if you don’t use it, and especially during the colder winter months. The heat from your basement will radiate outwards to your pipes, and keep them warm enough to prevent freezing. Ace Hi Plumbing recommends you keep your home’s temperature around 60 degrees at a minimum during the cold winter months, including your basement.
Ace Hi Plumbing is your go-to plumber in the Loveland area. We excel at customer service, ensuring your plumbing, air conditioning, and heating are working properly once we’ve serviced them. No problem is too challenging for us, as we’ve been in business for over 20 years. When you have a plumbing problem, give us a ring. We’re available to answer your questions. Contact us today!