Monday, January 30, 2017

Thornton Utilities & Substation

Thornton Utilities Substation Project to Bring Energy to Growing Population

Thornton Utilities - Energy Needs for a Growing Population

Two years ago, Thornton residents were protesting the proposed location of a new electrical substation. Xcel Energy’s proposed location at the time was in the Marshall Lake subdivision near 136th Avenue and Holly Street. Resident opposition due to concerns of property value declines and health issues as a result of the Thornton substation prompted Xcel to choose a new site. The new site for the $32.7 million substation is on a 7.9-acre plot of land on the southeast corner of Holly Street and East 120th Avenue.

It’s been over a quarter of a century since the last substation was built in Thornton, CO, and the need is clear. Nearly a decade ago the need for a new substation in Thornton was identified. With a considerable population increase over the years, the demands on the existing electrical infrastructure resulted in 38 power outages between 2011 and 2016, impacting over 130,000 residents dependent on Thornton utilities. The substation, which processes raw power to distribute to residents and businesses, will support the city’s rapid growth and provide a reliable and stable source of electrical power to the community for decades to come.

Concerns About the Thornton Substation

Xcel has been very inclusive of community input in the design and construction of the substation. Taking into consideration location, design, and aesthetic impact on the location, Xcel hired architects who designed Anythink Library Wright Farms branch across the street from the proposed project to soften the impact of the substation on the neighboring community. 

To address the visual concerns of the facility in the neighborhood, the footprint of the substation, to include an aesthetically compatible architectural wall designed to blend into the surroundings and enclose the substation, will be situated on the site in such a manner that approximately 3.5 acres will be dedicated to the community as open space. 

All power lines going into and out of the substation will be underground, minimizing the industrial look and feel of the substation, and any risk to property values that are impacted by substations with overhead powerlines. The substation will be set back on the property, minimizing the visual impact to the neighborhood. Combined with the architectural wall that will screen most of the equipment from view, professional, irrigated landscaping, mature trees, sidewalks and open space buffers lend a park-like setting, as shown in simulated renderings of the project provided by Xcel.

Regarding health concern impacts of the substation on the neighborhood, Xcel has addressed the concerns in an FAQ page on the Thornton substation website provided by the company. Xcel noted that experts agree there are no adverse health impacts from 60 hertz electric and magnetic field (EMF) exposure by the substation. They further note that while EMFs are considered a “Class 2B Possible Carcinogen”, other substances in this class include coffee, aloe vera extract, and radio frequencies emitted by cell phones, bringing perspective to the issue.

With any growing population, adequate resources to support the community must keep pace with demand. Such is the case with the electrical needs of Thornton. The new substation will not only satisfy an imminent power need, its thoughtful design, the result of community input, is unprecedented in its attention to providing an aesthetically compatible solution. How will this affect Thornton Gas & Plumbing? No one knows for sure, but we do need to come up with a sustainable solution for energy sources in the future. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

10 Must Have's in New Homes Today!

10 Must Haves in New Homes Today!

  1. Large Kitchen's with an Island! A smart way to invest in your home is to put the dollars into your kitchens, which include islands and granite counter tops. A pretty kitchen faucet with the right style could be a focal point also.
  2. Energy Efficiency! Appliances, Windows and Insulation. These are the main area's that draw people to buy a home.
  3. Home Office / Study. People are trading these more usable spaces for say a formal dining room and also theater rooms.
  4. Main Floor Master Suite. This feature is a must have for empty nesters, retired people but also younger people. This negates the need for a 2nd floor laundry room also.
  5. Outdoor Living Room. The popularity of these spaces continue to grow. Even in Canada. The idea of an outdoor living space is becoming more popular than an outdoor cooking area.
  6. Ceiling Fans
  7. Master Suite Soaking Tubs. There are new free standing soaker tubs gaining popularity for the new home buyer and renovator. Oversize shower with a seat are also popular.
  8. Stone and Brick Exteriors. Stucco and Vinyl don't make the cut.
  9. Community Landscaping, With Walking Paths and Playgrounds. Swimming Pool and golf courses are not as popular. Now walking paths and lush greenery are what people want.
  10. 2 Car Garages. A given at all levels; three-car garages, in which the third bay is more often than not used for additional storage and not automobiles, is desirable in the move-up and custom categories.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

5 Fun Facts About Plumbing:

Flushes Per Day: Do you know how many times a day you flush the toilet? The average person flushes the toilet 5 times per day. Do your habits match up with this?

Water Usage: Flushing the toilet makes up around 30% of a household's water usage. Other major areas of water usage come from dish washing, washing clothes, showering, and gardening. Leaks also account for a large amount of wasted water. Blue Mountain Plumbing has experience fixing leaky pipes - if your pipes are leaking, contact us today!

What Is In Tap Water: Tap water isn’t just water. There are minerals, some chemicals, and obviously H2O flowing from your tap. Find out more here.

Common Pipe Problems: Pipes aren’t always perfect. If you have never experienced pipe issues of your own, you are bound to some day! Some common issues piping faces include: frozen pipes, roots growing into pipes, and old plumbing malfunctioning. Luckily if you ever do face these issue, Blue Mountain Plumbing is here to help! Our staff has experience in all plumbing issues, and can easily remedy and problems you may face with your pipes.

Maintenance Is Key: Maintenance is key. If you haven’t had your plumbing checked out recently, it may be a good idea to have an experienced plumbing and HVAC specialist take a look at your home. Blue Mountain Plumbing has a staff of experienced, professional servicemen who can help keep your plumbing running smoothly!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blue Mountain Plumbing is Thornton, Colorado Proud

Blue Mountain Plumbing and HVAC has been proudly serving the Denver metro area for many years, but maintains its’ strong roots in Thornton. We hope you enjoy what we’ve dug up about local Thornton history, wacky weather, local huants, and Thornton celebrities.

Thornton became the first fully planned community of Adams County in 1953 and the city was named after residing Colorado governor of the time, Dan Thornton.

With population slightly over 82,000, Thornton is the sixth largest city in Colorado.

On the afternoon of June 3, 1981, the worst tornado in Denver metro history touched down in Thornton.

The first woman to hold the United States Secretary of the Interior position, Gale Ann Norton, attended Thornton High School. Norton held the position during George W. Bush’s presidency from 2001 to 2006.

Riverdale Road is a supposedly haunted road near Thornton, occupied by the spirits
of driving fatalities and previous occupants of the area. Although these tales are most likely the accumulation of urban legends, the drive is eerie at night with twisted cottonwoods and sharp turns; perfect for thrill-seeking junkies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5 Decor Tips For a Homier Bathroom

Here at Blue Mountain Plumbing and HVAC in Thornton, Colorado, we understand how important your homes and bathrooms are. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to help make your bathroom more homey!

Lighting- When we aren’t blessed with enough natural lighting or when the light fixtures in our bathroom are dated, there are several quick fixes that can help make any bathroom great. Installing various lampshades on wall mounted lights can hide the eyesore and also help create a dramatic effect with the lighting. Even the type of lightbulbs you use make a difference; white bulbs illuminate facial features most accurately, while halogen bulbs soften features slightly. Finally consider installing a dimmer in larger bathrooms; they save energy and look great!

Textures- From oversized plush towels to the tile floor- a bathroom has to have a wide variety in the textures used. Textures are visually appealing to guests and give the room an inviting feel. Shower curtains and bathroom rugs are easy exchanges, so look for something soft with dimension. Installing rows of mosaic tile around the mirror will have a nice framing effect and cause the eye to travel around the room.

Color- We are all familiar with the rule of thumb never to paint a small room a dark color, but this can actually look elegant if balanced with lighter colors. For example, if you have white counters and appliances, a darker color paint could look quite chic if paired with light colored linens and a few, tasteful pieces of art. The best look is to pick three to four colors and stick with that theme, with one patterned item to break the monotony.

Seasonal Decorating- Incorporating simple holiday or seasonal foliage in a bathroom can make a big difference! A large, clear vase can be filled with different items throughout the year; pinecones in winter, lemons in spring, seashells in summer, etc. This is a fun and simple way to change things up in the bathroom and express yourself throughout the year. Another simple change to make are with scented candles and hand soap. Guests will love something that smells great and is also festive.

Organization- There is nothing that ruins a great bathroom more than clutter and toiletry items lining the counter. Shelves and stacking trays can be added to under the counter space to help remove clutter from countertops. Still struggling to make room for everything? A shelf or rack can be added behind the toilet to house extra towels rolled neatly and decorative boxes to hold other toiletry needs.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Blue Mountain Plumbing is Here to Help

Family owned and staffed by knowledgeable, trustworthy technicians, Blue Mountain Plumbing and HVAC is a Thornton, Colorado based company, that serves the Denver metro area. We are willing to assist you with all your installation and repair needs. Whether residential or smaller commercial locations, all of our services are guaranteed. We are committed to serving you 24 hours a day and offer the following services:

  • Heating Repair and Installation
  • Cooling Repair and Installation
  • Boiler Repair and Installation
  • Plumbing Repair and Installation
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Swamp Cooler Repair and Installation
  • Furnace Repair and Installation
  • AC Air Conditioning Repair and Installation
  • Hot Water Heater/Tankless Repair and Installation
  • Leaking Pipe Repair

Our licensed and insured technicians provide you with upfront pricing and an individualized quote. To schedule an appointment, you may reach us by phone at 720.839.4015 or leave your information at and one of our staff members will be in contact with you promptly.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Superbowl and Your Plumbing

Although our beloved Denver Broncos are done for the season, it is safe to assume that many of us will continue to follow football playoffs into the Super Bowl. With the Super Bowl being the second largest day for food consumption besides Thanksgiving, Blue Mountain Plumbing would like to remind you to consider the effects on your garbage disposals and plumbing.
We all may be familiar with the myth that water systems of large American cities are on the verge of collapsing across the country during halftime, but fortunately for us; this is simply not true. It is true, however, that the toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl halftime than at any time during the year. Astonishingly, the amount of water that is flushed on average during halftime is equivalent to seven minutes of water flowing over Niagara Falls! This may be partially due to the 50 million cases of beer Super Bowl viewers are estimated to consume during the game.
Common issues for plumbing emergencies during large gatherings include toilet backups, sewer backups, clogged sinks, and clogged garbage disposals. So if you are planning on hosting or attending a Super Bowl party, it is important to keep this in mind. The staff of Blue Mountain Plumbing and HVAC in the Metro Denver area is happy to assist you with any plumbing or drain issues in order for your halftime show to run smoothly.