Stinkholes and Sink-Holes: Leadville Unplugged
Keeping Pipes Flowing at 10,200 Feet
After a year of shut-downs that brought families together on a whole new level, many homes are feeling the stress of heavy use, particularly when it comes to the stinkholes and sink-holes. A bit overused and often abused, these essential portals keep a household flowing and tempers from growing, as long as everything is headed in the right direction! But one clog can bring a well-oiled system of schedules and habits to an impasse of epic proportions.
Fortunately, when it comes to getting unplugged in Leadville Today there’s still plenty of magic left in America’s highest city. And lately there’s been a lot of good reviews and neighborly recommendations about this Leadville business, so it’s time to pass along some good news about the stinkholes and sink-holes in Leadville Today.
No doubt, you’ve seen the trailer: Mountain Magic Drain Cleaning traveling up and down the Arkansas Valley. However, the business got started right here in Leadville in 2005. Owner Joe Sosa had decades of plumbing experience under his belt, but like many, he wanted to make his own way, to be his own boss. And when you need his services, you’ll be glad he did!
In fact, Mountain Magic has an established reputation as a reliable, reasonably priced plumber who doesn’t over-schedule projects and actually cleans up at the end of the job. Sosa runs the operations with his business and life partner Lana, who some may remember as a long-time bartender at Leadville’s historic Silver Dollar Saloon. Now in their 16th year in business, the couple focuses on residential and light commercial jobs, offering services for unclogging drains, hydro jetting pipes, clearing roots from your sewer, thawing frozen pipes, and also has the equipment to perform video inspections, locating obstructions. And after a COVID-19 stay-at-home year, Mountain Magic has just about seen it all when it comes to what folks have been shoving down their toilets and sink drains!
Mountain Magic Drain Cleaning is a small business that can take on your big plumbing situations – including frozen drain pipes! And Sosa is used to dealing with the old Leadville houses, learning more than a few invaluable tips and tricks along the way when it comes to the ins and outs of your high country home. Mountain Magic Drain Cleaning serves Lake and Chaffee Counties. So if you need to get unplugged in Leadville Today, contact Mountain Magic Drain Cleaning. But do it right away, it’s probably going to be a very busy season! Mountain Magic Drain Cleaning, Joe Sosa, firstname.lastname@example.org, 502 E. 5th Street, Leadville, CO 80461. 719-293-2395.
Hydo-Jetting Heavy Roots in Leadville Pipe
Frost Line Runs Deep at 10,200 Feet
“Spring might be in the air, but it’s not in the Leadville ground for another few weeks!” That’s what I tell people this time of year when it comes to water and digging in the dirt said Greg Teter with Parkville Water District. Because the truth is that while the snow retreats from lawns and winter’s ice dams begin to thaw, deep underground it will remain frozen for quite some time at 10,200 feet.
In addition, this winter’s lack of snow has left little natural insulation for the earth, driving the frost level even deeper. Just one month ago, Parkville was fielding 2-3 frozen water line reports a week. People just waking up or returning to their VRBO and hearing nothing but a frozen squeak when they turn the faucet or wonder why the toilet tank isn’t refilling.
One of the symptoms that you may be headed to a complete freeze of your water lines is a seeming drop in water pressure, particularly in the morning. It might say spring on the calendar but overnight mountain temps are still hovering around freezing. And according to Teter, water circulation within your house doesn’t seem to weigh in as much as you’d think. After all, this time of year the frost line in the ground remains at an 8 – 9 feet depth. Most water and sewer lines are buried at the 5 – 6 foot mark. Once you do the math, it’s hard to believe that water circulates at all in 10,200 feet!
In fact, Teter recalls a water main line up on East 8th Street which was giving neighbors a problem back in 1998. When crews were finally able to cut into the ground to assess the situation, they encountered a solid 30-foot icicle clogging up the water main. That was in June!
So What Do You Do?
If you think that you may be freezing up or are already there, and you are a Parkville customer, call the water district at 719-486-1449. They will instruct you about options and procedures, including being put on the drip list.
However, if you have no water coming from your faucet, and your lines are completely frozen, then you have one option in Leadville and Lake County. That man is Dan Duran. (719) 486-0122.
Duran is the only licensed and insured guy who can ZAP your lines and get the water flowing again. If you’ve never witnessed the procedure in person, it can only be described as a complicated and somewhat dangerous method involving water and electricity. And it’s one of the reasons that Duran is one of the only licensed businesses insured to zap your water lines. He’s had a busy winter from Chaffee to Eagle County, because it’s been a deep frost level year for many places in the high country.
Yep, Dan Duran can get your water flowing, but then, please, listen to what he tells you to do.
“People have a hard time with the water flow advice,” explains Duran a recent visit to the LT’s home office to unfreeze some pipes. “One guy told me, ‘that’s wasting water and I’m not going to do that’ after I had to unfreeze his line. He didn’t do it overnight like I told him and sure enough, he called the next day told me his lines were frozen again.”
Granted, in a water-conservation, high-country culture the request to leave a stream of water the diameter of a pencil running from your faucet seems to go against good common sense. But it’s what you have to do until the ground thaws should your pipes freeze. And at a basement price of $300 bucks, getting a service thaw is not cheap. It’s best to not freeze up, by watching for the signs. But if you do contact, Dan Duran at Duran & Lucero Inc, 413 E 6th St, Leadville, Colorado 80461. Duran grew up in Leadville and has been in business since 1986.
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Memorial Day Weekend Services Update
In other unplugged related news, Here’s what Leadville Today has confirmed regarding the traditional Memorial Day services held in Lake County.
Lake County Veterans Memorial Service: The traditional service held on Sunday of Memorial Weekend as well as the Recognition Ride have been canceled this year. Organizers could not get commitments on speakers do to COVID. However, it was reported that the Elks Lodge #236 and the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are still considering doing the traditional laying of the wreaths with something on a smaller scale. LT will report that update when its received. Organizers do anticipate this annual event to return in 2022.
Tenth Mtn Service On But Not Open
By Nancy Kramer, President, 10th Mountain Division Foundation
For the 63rd consecutive year the Foundation will hold our Memorial Day ceremony at the Tennessee Pass Monument on Monday, May 31, 2021. As with last year’s ceremony, COVID-19 prevents us from providing an open invitation to the general public to gather on site. We will have a small ceremony and record the event for viewing later in the day. We will provide communications about options to view the video. The formal portion of the ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. MDT. We are asking that no visitors attend at that time. We do encourage visitors to the area to pay their respects at another time.
- Participants: The Living History Display Group will provide the military support during the ceremony. Our keynote speaker this year will be Major General Brian Mennes from Fort Drum, who will join us virtually. We will continue the tradition of profiles of the fallen with a brief reading in honor of a member of today’s 10th Mountain Division.
- Wreaths: As in the past, five wreaths will be placed at the base of the monument representing the core and tenant organizations. Again, this year, we will abstain from Chapter wreaths in the interest of the necessary reduction in visitor count.
- Lunch: Due COVID and the virtual nature of the ceremony, we will not be hosting a luncheon at Ski Cooper. We would ask that you remember all of our veterans and friends as you have your main meal this Memorial Day.
It is important that we honor our fallen comrades and those who have left us since the war’s end. We urge you, your family, and friends to watch the video of this year’s Memorial Day Service when it is posted. We anticipate a return to our traditional ceremony in the coming years. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we stay safe during this pandemic.