For many Seattleites, ringing in the New Year involves going to parties, singing Auld Lang Syne, and making resolutions for the coming year. Here are three plumbing resolutions Seattle homeowners should make room for on their list of annual goals to keep everything running in optimal condition.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t use a plunger to force clogs through the pipe—doing so could make the problem worse! The goal is to use suction and compression to loosen and break up the clog so that water pressure can clear the drain as normal. To plunge sinks, showers, and tubs, first, cover the overflow drains. Then place the cup plunger over the drain so that the bell is submerged under the water. Push the air out from the plunger and make quick pumps for 20 seconds before lifting the plunger away. To clean toilets, turn off the water supply to the toilet and submerge the flange plunger so that the rubber ring is inserted into the drain opening. Quickly plunge for 20 seconds before lifting the plunger.
Early detection of plumbing issues can save you time, money, and a future headache. Make a 6-month plumbing maintenance schedule to check for problems. Walk around your property and visually inspect pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks. Also, check and flush out your water heater at least once a year. If you know you’re not going to have the time or ability to do it yourself, you can always schedule a home plumbing maintenance appointment with a licensed plumber.
With Seattle’s aging sewer infrastructure it’s common to find that the pipes connecting homes to the municipal sewer system haven’t been fully updated since the house was built. Getting your sewer line inspected will uncover any developing problems, such as tree roots, grease buildup, improper pipe joining, and other obstructions that could result in a sewer backup. Scheduling a sewer line inspection is especially important if you’re planning to purchase or renovate a property.
As you go through the year, fulfill these annual plumbing resolutions to keep your plumbing in top condition. You can always call Best Plumbing at (206) 208-0429. Our experienced staff with help you take care of all of your plumbing maintenance needs!
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Plumbing issues are the last thing you want when hosting visiting friends and relatives for the holidays. However, the extra company means extra work for your plumbing and a higher chance of something getting clogged. Here are some easy ways to prevent the top three causes of the holiday plumbing blues. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing!
Visitors often admire the lovely Craftsman style homes found throughout the Seattle area. However, they might not realize that things easily handled by modern plumbing systems can cause problems here since many of these homes also have old pipework. Common culprits for toilet clogs are sanitary napkins, paper towels, and the occasional child’s toy. To help prevent clogs, hang a sign over the toilet letting guests know what not to flush and place a small wastebasket nearby for convenience. Also, keep a plunger handy!
Sinks, showers, and tubs in the bathroom can become clogged over time as loose hair, shaving cream, and soap scum build up inside the pipe. This process speeds up the more people you have in the home. Investing in some drain filters is a simple way to catch this debris and keep your drains from slowing down.
The extra company also means extra dishes and too many food scrapes washing down the sink can overwork your garbage disposal. Before visitors arrive, turn on the sink and run the disposal unit on empty to help clear out any buildup. Then throw in some ice cubes to help sharpen the blades and scrape grease and food items off the walls. Remind your guests about items that shouldn’t be placed down the garbage disposal, such as bones and fibrous vegetables like celery and potato peels. Also, inform visitors that Seattle has a city composting program and show them where you keep your bin to collect food scraps. Finally, have some old containers on standby to pour grease into so you can throw it in the trash.
By following these tips, you can avoid holiday plumbing woes and keep your guests happy. And remember, if something does happen, just call Best Plumbing at (206) 622-1700. Our expert plumbers will quickly come out and fix your plumbing so that you can focus on spending time with your loved one!
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