UV Air Purification System Giveaway

One Source Home Service is giving away a PremierOne UV Air Purification System

One Source Home Service is committed to serving our community in the highest manner. In the last few weeks our community has started seeing the direct effects of the global pandemic caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. Education is key while weathering this crisis together. As we continue to educate our customers about the power of Ultraviolet Light in the home, we would like to offer a complete UV system to a deserving Southern Colorado family.

For the next two weeks we are asking people to go to the One Source Home Service Facebook page and like and comment on the UV Giveaway post for your chance to win. The post will be pinned to the top of the feed. We will also continue posting videos and information on what you as a homeowner can do to insure a healthier home. At the end of two weeks we will direct message the winner to schedule installation of their new UV System free of charge.

We continue to operate our business as usual, providing exceptional service to clients, however, we have implemented some added measures for the safety of everyone we come in contact with. Here is what we are doing to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus:

  • Reinforcing our already rigorous standards and operating procedures for safety and personal hygiene.
  • Working closely with our suppliers, teammates and partners to ensure frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer before every service call and sanitizing our vehicles and anything we bring into your home.

In addition to these measures, we are asking all staff to stay home if they are feeling unwell. To date, none of our team has tested positive for COVID-19. We are also monitoring our teams’ health very closely and have put support systems in place to help anyone who may become affected by the virus so their number one focus is getting better. We are committed to delivering excellent service!

One Source Home Service is a veteran-owned and -operated company. A one-stop shop for heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical services, they don’t just come to fix your system. They do more of a home health check to make sure you are saving money and energy. The team at One Source Home Service think outside of the box and utilize state-of-the-art technology to check for leaks, energy loss and money-saving opportunities that will also add value to one of your most important investments – your home. They believe that customer satisfaction, above all else, is their top priority and they are honored to support their community. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

For questions and interview requests, please contact Brian Buck at 719-641-4457 or brian.buck@onesourcehomeservice.com

What You Need to Know About Plumber’s Putty

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Do you need to make a watertight seal somewhere in your home? Then plumber’s putty may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Here’s what you need to know about how to use plumber’s putty before you decide whether or not it is right for your home. If you want to use it but you’re not comfortable applying it yourself, call us at One Source today. We are your plumber in Colorado Springs and we’ll get everything sealed for you fast.

What is Plumber’s Putty?

Plumber’s putty is a soft, pliable compound that can be used to make watertight seals. It used to be a plumber’s best friend. Now, many plumbers choose to use caulk instead. However, there are still times and places where plumber’s putty is the best option.

What is Plumber’s Putty Used For?

A plumber may choose plumber’s putty whenever he wants to be able to remove the seal later on. Because the putty stays soft for a long time, it can be peeled off a pipe or a joint years later without leaving a residue. Plumber’s putty is also better at filling wide gaps than caulk or other substances are.

How to Apply Plumber’s Putty

It’s easy to use plumber’s putty. Simply get a ball of it, roll it in your hands until it is warm, and make a long roll. Place that roll wherever you need a seal. Then install the second part, the one on the other side of the seal.

How Long for Plumber’s Putty to Dry?

It doesn’t have to dry! In fact, it should stay soft for a long time! If it dries, the seal may break as it cracks.

When you need a “plumber near me” to help with plumber’s putty at your house, call us at One Source!

Here’s 7 Quick Tips To Save Money And Use Less Water…

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You already know how important it is that we all try to reduce our use of water. Our planet’s future depends on it! And, there are so many practical and surprisingly easy ways for us to do that. 

So, here are seven really practical ways for you to conserve water in your home…

  1. Monitor your water bills
    Check your water bill each month and if it goes up try to figure out if there’s a good reason (filling the swimming pool). If it spikes and you don’t know why, you probably have a leak somewhere. Seriously, the average home wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water a year from easily fixable plumbing leaks. It’s worth it to bring in a plumber if you suspect you have a leak but cannot find
    it.
  2. Use the water meter to check for hidden water leaks
    Go read your water meter and write down the number. Stop using water for two hours. Then go back to the meter. If it’s not at the exact same number, there’s a water leak in your house. If you can’t find it, call your home services company to send out a plumber.
  3. Use every drop
    Find ways to repurpose water so it doesn’t just go down the drain. For example, when you boil potatoes or pasta, pour that water through a colander and into another pot to capture the hot water. After it’s cooled, this water can be used for your household plants. You can do something similar whenever you run the tap and wait for hot water.
  4. Use your dishwasher more
    You might be surprised, but as it turns out washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than running the dishwasher, and even more so if you have a newer more water-efficient model. Newer dishwashers will also adjust to use less water for smaller loads. (If you don’t have a newer dishwasher, see #7.)
  5. Run full loads in your washing machine
    You can adjust water levels to match the size of your load, but it’s even more water-efficient to run larger loads in your washing machine.
  6. Cover your swimming pool
    It takes a lot of water to fill your swimming pool and to keep it filled. In the summer sun, pools can lose an inch or more of water each week to evaporation. Getting a cover for your pool can save thousands of gallons of water each season. Make it a solar blanket and you can also reduce your heating cost. But this only works if you’re diligent about covering the pool when it’s not in use.
  7. Install a new dishwasher
    Newer dishwashers use as little as four to seven gallons per load—again that’s a lot less than
    washing by hand and much less than older dishwashers.

Summary

If we all work on conserving water, we can make a big difference. While taking these practical steps, be sure to contact a home services company if you need help finding a water leak or installing a new dishwasher.

Make Your House Look Great At Low Cost with Outdoor Lighting

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Lighting up your outdoor spaces can increase your security, enhance your enjoyment of your property, and help raise the value of your home. Here are five tips to think about regarding your outdoor lighting.

#1. Entryways

You need the brightest lights on your entryways, any places into your house or garage. While spotlights or pot-lights will be the best here, you can have bright lights while still maintaining low power usage and costs. If you have lights by your windows, especially bedroom windows, consider putting them on a timer or turning them off at night. While this isn’t the greatest for security purposes, you still need a good night’s sleep. You could get blackout curtains, instead, which could help you sleep. Your doorways and other easy access points are the most important to be lit brightly.

#2. Entertainment Spaces

The lighting you have by your fire-pit, on your patio, at the BBQ, or in your dining area should be different than the lighting at your entryways. You don’t have to have glaring lights and bright spotlights where you hang out with friends and family. The lighting should be more subtle and gentle, and because of this, you will not need to use as much energy to light up these beautiful locations. Sometimes solar lights can work well in these areas, as string lights, lanterns, or more, which will reduce your costs significantly. Focus on relaxing illumination for your entertaining and garden spaces. 

#3. LED Bulbs

You don’t need to get halogen bulbs that burn through energy and ramp up your power bill to light your property well. There are numerous options of LED bulbs for outdoor lighting that can stay on throughout the night and use 90% less energy than traditional or older lights. Many LED lights are also maintenance free, and so you won’t have to spend time and money replacing any bulbs.

#4. Outdoor Certified

When hanging lights outside or when buying new bulbs for your outdoor fixtures, make sure you pay attention to whether your new lights are certified for outdoor use. Our exterior lights take a lot more of a beating than our interior ones what with rain, wind, dirt, and bugs. Ensuring that your outdoor lights and cords are designed for outdoor use will save you some headaches and money in the future. 

#5. Hanging

If you are hanging lights or attaching strings of light to your home or to other structures outside of your house, consider the methods you use to do this. For one, stay away from nails or staples which can penetrate wires and cause damage to your cords or lights which can result in shorts and other dangers. Using clips or installing hooks around your home or an archway is a great way to save your string lights. Hooks can also help to speed up the installation if you want to change lights depending on the seasons or events.

Summary

There you have it! 5 simple tips to help you light your outdoors with great, safe lights for a safer, more beautiful home!

7 Practical Ways to Conserve Water at Home

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In America we’re used to have running water readily available and in seemingly endless supply, but the long-running drought in California and water restrictions in western states should tell us otherwise. There is a finite supply of water and though water is a renewable resource the amount of clean drinking water is declining. We can all help out by using less water (and paying less). These seven ways to conserve water at home are very practical and some are surprisingly easy.

1. Turn off faucets

How often do you let faucet water run needlessly as you wash or rinse dishes, wash your hands or face, brush your teeth or shave? Your bathroom faucet runs at about two gallons of water per minute. Turn off that tap while you brush your teeth and shave, and you’ll save hundreds of gallons a month.

2. Shorten showers

An older showerhead can put out as much as 5 gallons of water per minute. Install a new low-flow showerhead to bring that down to 2.5 gallons and then cut your shower time in half and you will have reduced your shower water use by 75 percent!

3. Fix leaks

Even a slow drip from a leaking faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day. A leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons a day! (To check your toilet for a leak, put several drops of food coloring in the tank. If that color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.)

4. Go to a car wash

Instead of washing your car at home with the hose, go to a gas station car wash that will use less water and recycle it.

5. Install low-flow or dual-flush toilet

Replace an old toilet with a new ultra-low volume (ULV) 1.6 gallon flush toilet to use up to 70 percent less water. That could reduce your total indoor water use by 30 percent! Another option is a dual-flush toilet that could use as little as 1 gallon for the low-level flush.

6. Replace your old water heater with a tankless hot water heater

A tankless water heater only heats water when you need it. And when you need hot water, the supply is ongoing… so no more worrying about being the last one to take a morning shower. You’ll save about $80 a year in water heating bills.

7. Upgrade to a High Efficiency (HE) washing machine

Today HE washing machines use as little as 7 gallons per load. That’s a lot less than your old washing machine that could be using up to 54 gallons! Newer Energy Star-rated washers use less water and 50 percent less energy.

Summary

None of these are particularly hard to do, but act on a few of them (or all of them) and you could conserve a lot of water—and lower your monthly bills. Some of these are do-it-yourself projects, but a home services company could help you with any of these projects that require a professional.

5 Tips For A Spooky Yet Safe Halloween

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Who else wants to save some money this month while also enjoying a spooky, fun Halloween? We want it all—the fun and light-hearted “scare” of a Halloween… but also a safe Halloween… and we don’t want to spend too much on electricity.

So, you’ll love these tips…

Lights

The kind of lights we use could be burning more power than we want. If you have older lights and displays, the bulbs are likely consuming more energy than modern ones. Consider upgrading your lighting to LEDs, which use about 90% less energy to power than older incandescent bulbs. 

As well, you could also keep your indoor lights turned off while having your outdoor lights on to signal to potential trick or treaters that you are open for business. The energy saving may be low, but it’s better than nothing!

Turn It Off

Don’t leave your Halloween lights or blow-ups on through the night. You aren’t able to watch them or check them for safety concerns in the night. As well, the costs will climb as you keep them on for times when no one will see them. If you like keeping them on into the night, or if you like falling asleep to the peaceful glow of your outdoor display (along with the spooky laughter from your graveyard scene!) take the time to invest in a timer. There are many timers on the market which allow you to set when you want your lights to come on, and when you want them to turn off.

Wires

Before putting up your lights and other decorations, make sure you inspect each strand of lights and each power cord for any damage, fraying, or tears. As well, make sure you are using outdoor extension cords for your outdoor lights as indoor cords are not certified to handle the kind of weather and wear that comes from being outside.

Watch where you put your cords and wires, as well. Be careful not to have them running across your driveway, walkway, sidewalk, or stairs. Kids with masks and limited vision because of those masks will not always see the tripping hazards in front of them.

Flammable Supplies

Some people use a lot of flammable materials when it comes to their Halloween decorations. From hay bales and cotton sheets to wooden displays and candles, there are many dangerous combinations to guard against. If you are using highly flammable materials, consider keeping your wires and outlets far away from them, and don’t risk having real candles in your pumpkins but rather have battery-powered ones instead. Electric candles will still give the same atmospheric glow without the risk and heat.

Don’t Go Overboard

Sometimes employing minimalism is the best thing we can do for our decorating. Having a few lights, a jack-o-lantern or two, a skeleton, or a few other creative ideas can add a nice touch to our yard to help create an excellent experience for the kids of our neighbors and friends. A large number of lights or electrically powered devices can overload our fuses and cause potentially dangerous shorts in our house. If you insist on having a large number of powered decorations, be aware of your electrical capacity and don’t plug too many lights into too few outlets.

Summary

If you’re decorating for Halloween this month then use these quick tips to help you enjoy a fun and safe and money-saving Halloween!

How to Fix a Faucet Aerator

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Is your kitchen or bathroom faucet running slower than normal? Does it seem like the water pressure is low? The first thing to check is the aerator. It could be clogged. Low pressure is the most common sign of a clogged aerator, but sometimes the faucet can also misdirect water, spraying it on the side of the sink or even onto the vanity.

People often think the low water pressure must be a big problem so they call in a plumber for a simple repair they could do themselves with a pair of pliers and a bowl of vinegar. Read on and we’ll tell you how to fix your faucet aerator just by cleaning it.

What is an aerator?

The spouts of most bathroom faucets and many kitchen faucets are equipped with aerators to provide a focused, even flow of water from the spout. The aerator conserves water by limiting the flow. It’s called an aerator because a screen inside it separates the water into hundreds of tiny streams that are thus more exposed to the air and oxygenated.

The most common problem

Over time, the aerator collects sediments and mineral deposits (scale) that impair the flow of water. Eventually this build-up results in a reduced or misdirected flow of water.

How can you fix it?

Sometimes you can unscrew the aerator from the spout by hand, but usually you’ll need to use pliers.

To prevent the pliers from marking up the metal finish of the aerator, wrap it with a rag and then grip with the pliers to unscrew the aerator. Be careful not to lose the rubber washer that sits snug between the spout and the aerator.

Once you have removed the aerator, you’ll find that is separates into a few parts (some or all of these parts):

  • the outer casing – The metal housing with the threads that screw into the faucet spout.
  • the inner housing – This plastic “sleeve” holds the inner parts together.
  • the screen – The screen is the main working part of the aerator and prone to collecting scale.
  • the screen bushing – This plastic part keeps the screen in place.
  • the mixer – A disk with several holes that buffers the water flow, protecting the screen.
  • the flow restrictor – This disk with a single hole reduces the water flow.

Clean the screen, restrictor and mixer under flowing water. You can scrub them with a toothbrush. You can use a needle or pin to poke through any clogged holes in the screen. To get the screen even cleaner, soak it overnight in a bowl of vinegar. If there’s corrosion or you just can’t get it clean, head to your hardware store with the aerator and finding a matching replacement. They’re not too expensive so you really should do this if the old one cannot be fully cleaned.

When you reassemble the aerator and screw it back on, turn on the faucet the flow of water should be focused and back to full strength. 

5 Tips To Help You Save On Your Energy Bill

Want to save money on your electricity bills? Here are 5 tips to conserve energy and save money! 

#1. Energy Efficient Appliances

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If you have several old appliances, they will work together to increase your utility bills throughout the year drastically. Old dishwashers will use more water. Old hot water tanks take more power and time to heat up less water. Refrigerators and freezers run longer and work harder to keep our food safe. Replacing old appliances with new, energy efficient products will cut down our costs while also increasing our ability to cook (and eat!) wonderful things in the kitchen or have clean, fresh smelling clothes. 

#2. Cold Water Washes

Speaking of clothes, consider washing all of your clothes, towels, sheets, and more in cold water in the future. Most washing machines nowadays are designed to conserve energy by using cold water and do as good of a job in getting your clothes clean. There are many brands of detergent made to clean clothes in cold water. As well, there are some stains, such as sweat, oils, and blood, which come out better in cold water. Warm and hot water actually works to set some of these types of stains into your clothes and sheets. Cold water is just as, if not more effective, at cleaning than warm or hot water in our day and age.

#3. Hang Clothes to Dry

Another big power user in our homes is our clothes dryers. Not only do they use a lot of energy to dry all of our laundry, but they can also add some heat to our house during months where we want to keep our house cool. In these months, consider hanging your clothes to dry outside. The sun and the wind will work together to dry your clothes reasonably quickly. The sun can work to kill certain bacteria that can gather in your clothes, and depending on the quality of the air where you leave, your clothes will smell amazing! Plus, hanging clothes up outside gets you enjoying the outdoors which is great for your mental health.

#4. Programmable Thermostats

If you don’t have them, consider replacing or having someone replace your old thermostats with programmable ones. A programmable thermostat will allow you to heat and cool your house when you most need it while allowing your furnace to use less energy when you are out or away. Some people think it takes less energy to keep your house at the same temperature all day, that it takes too much power to bring the heat back up or to cool the house back down. This is not true. Slight variations in the temperature will not cause your heat or A/C to work too hard.

#5. Clean Up

Lastly, keeping your house clean can reduce your energy costs. For one, a dusty or dirty house can cause blockages in our heating systems forcing our furnaces to work harder for less effect. Cleaning and replacing your furnace filters regularly (monthly or every other month) can bring down the costs of heating your house. As well, clean windows help more light and heat to come into your home.

Summary

There you have it! 5 simple tips to save money while you conserve power around your home. Keep it simple and enjoy those lower energy bills!

5 Tips to Protect Your Home While You’re on Vacation

a suit case ready for departureJust because you’re away on vacation doesn’t mean you don’t stop thinking about or needing to take care of your house. Here are 5 tips to make sure your home is safe from electrical issues while you are gone.

Unplug

Even when your devices are turned off, they still use up power and electricity and could be subject to surges and shorts. By unplugging your devices, specifically things like your TV, computers, lamps, and more you will save money on electrical use and protect from any potential fire hazards. Unless you want a stinky mess when you come home, you probably should leave your fridge plugged in, but you could always turn down the settings slightly.

Hot Water Tank

Another way to reduce your costs and power usage while you are away is to turn down the temperature on your water heater. Even though you are not using your hot water while on vacation, the water will cool on its own which will kick in the heating process of your tank. Most hot water tanks have a setting on them called ‘vacation’ or ‘away.’ Simply find the temperature knob or panel, and set it to the vacation temperature which is usually just above the pilot setting. Why heat your water when you won’t be using it?

Temperature Settings

Don’t leave the temperature turned up high or the AC turned on at all when you are away. If you’re traveling in the winter, you will have to leave the heat on, but the temperature can be much lower than if you were at home to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting. As well, if you are away in the summer, there is no need to keep your air conditioning on at all. You can cool your house down again when you come home. If you have pets you can’t take with you, consider having someone else look after them at their home.

Programmable Lights

At night, we want some lights on in our house, so it looks like people are at home. There are devices we can get so we can program our lights, inside or out, to come on at a particular time. Timed lights will work to reduce our electrical costs. You could also look into smart lights, either builds or fixtures which you can control from your smartphone and turn on and off wherever you are.

Check-In

Lastly, have a friend, family member, or neighbor check in on your house every few days while you are away. Someone walking around your home and property could notice a problem before it becomes severe. Some insurance companies require that someone check on an empty house for the coverage to still be valid in case of an emergency.

Looking for more info on how to prepare your home for your time away? Give the team at One Source Home Service a call today! We look forward to getting to speak with you.

How Safe Are Your Children Around Electricity?

a close up of an electrician shaving a wire | colorado springs electricianKids are naturally energetic and curious. They can get into absolutely everything, especially what you don’t want them to. Because of this, kids can get in to danger and we must be diligent about electrical safety in our homes.

Wires

Look out for frayed wires! Fraying typically happens on either end of the wire and can occur because of time or the way in which we use the wires. If they are pinched or bent against the wall by a piece of furniture, a break is likely to happen in the cable and our wires can get damaged. And while a frayed wire may still work, it is dangerous to keep around.

Children can find frayed wires and hurt themselves due to the overheating of the wires, the sharpness of the frayed wire itself or the electrical charge that can run through them if touched with wet or sticky hands, something young kids tend to have. Don’t try to repair a frayed wire. Replace it.

Keep your wires close to the walls. If you have wire running through the middle of rooms or doorways, they are easy for kids to trip over which will cause harm. Keep wires out of well-travelled areas.

Outlets

Check your outlets! Kids love these things! Naturally curious children tend to stick things into the mysterious holes. If you have a lot of outlets within reach of children in your home, make sure they are tamper resistant receptacles or that the outlets are covered.

Tamper resistant receptacles stop objects other than electrical plugs from being inserted. They have been required in new builds and renovations since 2008. If you have a newer home, you likely have these already. If not, or if you’re unsure, your outlets can be inspected and new ones installed, if needed, by a professional.

Outlet protectors can also be purchased and put into outlets. For them to be effective, remember to place them back in the outlet after using it.

Lights

Examine your lights! Any bulbs that we use in our kids rooms should be LED and produce lower heat so they are not burning to touch. As well, we should make sure that no lights bulbs are touching blankets, curtains, stuffed animals, scattered clothes or books in our kids’ rooms or the rest of our house.

And don’t forget to teach your kids about electrical safety! Instruct them about what they should stay away from, look out for and why.

Summary

Electricity is convenient and helps us enjoy safer, happier, healthier, homes. However, it can also be dangerous if misused. Make sure your children are aware of the dangers, and of the simply precautions to stay safe. Give One Source Home Service in Colorado Springs a call today if you’re concerned about the electricity in your home.

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