Plumbing Leaks Cost You Money, More Than You Can Imagine

Plumbing Leaks Cost You Money, More Than You Can ImagineIt pays to pay attention to your plumbing because plumbing leaks cost you money, more than you can imagine. Our plumbing experts at Lakota Plumbing in Westminster warn that in addition to water damage from plumbing problems, you need to be careful about leaks causing mold and mildew. 

Plumbing leaks can come from old pipes, high water pressure, cracked seals, and pipes freezing, among other causes. Even a small plumbing leak will also cost you money on the wasted water. So when you hear the drip, call Lakota Plumbing. 

According to the EPA, a leak in a single American household can waste over 10,000 gallons of water each year, or up to 1 trillion gallons across all states. That’s a lot of wasted water and money, as well as a huge environmental problem for our country. Making a few easy plumbing fixes will ensure you’re not contributing to the problem, as well as save you up to 10 percent on your monthly water bill. And Lakota Plumbing in Westminster is here to help. 

Leaks can come from a dripping faucet, appliances, a broken seal in a supply line, faulty toilet flappers, a busted sprinkler system, or even a pinhole leak in the plumbing behind your walls. You can visually inspect most of these areas for leaks. You can also take a look at your water meter when you know no one is using water and see if it still shows usage. According to the EPA, if you’re a family of four, you may have a serious leak if your winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month. 

You can usually fix a leaking shower head by making sure there is a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If this doesn’t work, you may have to replace it. Toilet leaks often come from an old, faulty toilet flapper that wears out or gets mineral build up on it. You can fix this by just replacing the whole rubber flapper. Again, a replacement might be necessary if the fix doesn’t affect your overall water usage numbers. 

You should also have your sprinkler system checked to make sure Colorado’s freezing winter temperatures did not damage it. Your garden hose could also be a leaking culprit. See if it’s leaking at the spigot connection. If so, try replacing the washer and tighten the connection to the spigot with a wrench. 

As for your toilet tank, here’s a quick test. If you put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank and the color comes up in the bowl within 10 minutes without flushing, you know you have a leak. If you try this test, just be sure to flush soon after the test so you don’t stain the tank with the food coloring. 

Also according to the EPA, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s about 180 showers. If you have a leaky faucet, first try checking the washers and gaskets and replacing them if needed. 

If you have a water leak and these DIY fixes aren’t solving your issue, call our experts at Lakota Plumbing in Westminster because plumbing leaks cost you money, more than you can imagine. We’ll get your leaks under control, help you conserve water and hopefully reduce your water bill each month. Contact us today for information.

Keep Your Sump Pump in Good Working Order

Keep Your Sump Pump in Good Working OrderHeavy rains and bad drainage mean you need to keep your sump pump in good working order to keep your basement dry. Lakota Plumbing in Westminster can check your sump pump to make sure it’s functioning properly or install one for you.

A sump pump is great because when the rain starts falling or the snow melts, you can feel confident that you will have a dry basement, but you need to make sure it is in good shape to get the job done. Some people forget that a sump pump needs maintenance from time to time. It needs to be inspected, cleaned and maintained regularly.

Here’s what you need to do to keep your sump pump in good working order:


Our plumbers at Lakota Plumbing can come inspect your sump pump and let you know if it is functioning properly. This is important because finding out it isn’t working when you have a problem may be too late. Be proactive, then when the rain comes you know your basement will not be flooded.

After our initial inspection, you can check it every week or so to make sure it is still working.  One way to do this is to slowly pour water into your sump pit and see if it starts up automatically. If it does, you’re good to go.

Clean and Maintain

If your sump pump has been used, over time it gets mud, leaves, pebbles and other bits of stuff in it. If you let this debris gather, it can create a clog and cause premature shutoff of the pump or standing water in your basement. When you’re cleaning the filter, just go ahead and completely clean the entire pump and pit.

After you’ve cleaned the filter, you should unplug the sump pump and disconnect the drain line, and take them both outside. Use a garden hose to flush out all the debris and clogs. Then go ahead and flush the entire unit with water.

Before you put it back together, clean the sump pit. Make sure you take off anything that might clog the drain line. When the pump is reconnected, pour some water into the pit and check to see if the sump pump comes on.

Battery Replacement

Another thing to remember is that some sump pumps have a backup battery. Check your owner’s manual and don’t forget to replace the batteries. Sometimes heavy rains and electrical failures go hand in hand. If this happens, your battery backup could save your basement.

This procedure for routine maintenance will help prolong the life of your sump pump. But even the best cared for sump pumps eventually wear out. In fact, most sump pumps will have to be replaced about every seven years. That’s why an inspection by a professional plumber is important. You don’t want to wait until you have an emergency to find out that your old sump pump has failed.

You need to keep your sump pump in good working order so you’re ready when the heavy rain and snow melt comes. To keep your basement dry, let our plumbing experts at Lakota Plumbing in Westminster check your sump pump to make sure it’s functioning well or install a new one for you, so you are always ready.

Sewer Repair Denver Colorado


Serving Denver, Boulder and the entire metro area, Lakota Plumbing are the professionals to call when you need sewer repair in Denver.  For over 28 years, we have been helping homes and businesses with all their plumbing and sewer needs.  We can fix, unclog or repair any sewer drain; it’s what we do best.  

When you want your sewer repair handled by experienced and licensed sewer repair professionals who will perform your job efficiently, we are the “go to guys”. If your sewer line is backed up, it’s a nasty experience and one that needs to be handled by a professional that understands how to handle the delicate repair necessary to complete the job. There are many ways that a sewer system can be compromised and unfortunately, there is no quick fix when it comes to sewer repair.
We use state of the art video equipment to pin point exactly where the problem is.  This process will save you both time and money.  For your convenience, we also offer 24/7 emergency service. Cleaning and repairing clogged drains and sewers requires an understanding of what is needed to get the job done right the first time.
Call the experts at Lakota Plumbing today when you need sewer repair in Denver, See why our customers rely on us for their plumbing and sewer repair. Don’t wait; schedule your appointment today.