Considering Seattle’s status as a tech hub, it’s no surprise that a growing number of owners are using smart home technology to transform all areas of their home—including the bathroom. Below, Best Plumbing explores a few of the exciting advancements that you can incorporate into your own high tech bathroom plan.
You might find it hard to imagine how much a classic toilet could possibly change, but they are evolving with the addition of smart technology. New luxury toilets have features including automatic lids, heated seats, nightlights, and leak detection sensors. There’s also been a rise in various voice-controlled devices. Simply say “toilet flush” and it’s taken care of, hands-free!
In the past, using electronic devices near a bathing area was a bad idea. However, with improvements in waterproofing technology, the shower as joined the home automation revolution. Installing a digital controller allows you to choose (and even pre-program) the exact temperature and water pressure you prefer, eliminating the often-painstaking process of fiddling with knobs. Another popular shower upgrade is LED lighting to set a relaxing mood. And for those of you who love singing in the shower, there are now showerheads with built-in Bluetooth speakers!
Ever been to a public restroom where you had to spend an annoying amount of time frantically waving your hands to try and activate a motion sensor sink. Well, this isn’t an issue with new home-automated sinks. Utilizing infrared technology, hands-free sinks add a touch of luxury to your bathroom experience and offer an incredible water saving solution.
Bathrooms of the future have arrived, adding comfort, convenience, and luxury to your Seattle home. Give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 622-1700, or visit our showroom, and our expert plumbers and design staff will help bring your bathroom into the modern age.
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If it is taking your sink forever to empty or there’s standing water in your dishwasher or laundry machine, then there’s a problem in your drain system. As grease, soap residue, hair (and occasionally small toys if you have young children) get washed down the drain, they slowly leave behind a layer of build up in your pipes that can obstruct water flow. Plant roots are another common suspect, particularly during the spring and summer. If left unaddressed for too long, these obstructions can cause the pipe to become completely blocked, resulting in an expensive repair or replacement job.
While it might be tempting to use a bottle of liquid drain cleaner in hopes of a quick fix, resist the urge! Using harsh chemicals can lead to more trouble if they don’t work as expected and their corrosive properties can further damage your pipes. If you suspect it’s a case of some hair stuck in the sink or shower drain, usually a small drain snake (available at most department or hardware stores) is enough to fix the issue. However, depending on the extent and severity of the blockage, it might be time to call in a plumber. A good indication of when to contact a professional is if multiple drains are being affected or if the blockage involves your appliances.
Fortunately, Best Plumbing is here to help! Our expert plumbers are available 24/7 to get your drains cleaned out and working again. We handle grease traps, catch basins, hot water heaters, toilets, sinks and showers of all types, floor drains, large appliances and more. We will perform a camera and video inspection to pinpoint the nature and location of the clog then will use cabling or hydraulic jetting to quickly and safely clear up the blockage. All you’ll need to do is sit back and relax, knowing that your drains won’t slow down again anytime in the near future — unless another toy finds its way down the toilet.
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Dishwashers are usually huge timesavers for busy Seattle residents, but sometimes they get clogged. Frequently, this problem occurs when things like labels on the bottom of cups and plastic containers find their way into the dishwasher. However, these clogs can usually be fixed pretty quickly if you’re handy with tools. If this sounds like you, here are three places you can try looking before you call a professional:
If your dishwasher uses an air gap, you’ll find it on top of your sink near the faucet. An air gap allows your dishwasher to drain without the risk of wastewater from the sink backing up into the dishwasher. Occasionally, air gaps get blocked and need to be cleaned out. To do this:
The drain hose runs from your dishwasher and either attaches directly to your sink and garbage disposal or to the air gap. To clear a clogged drain hose, do the following:
The filtration system is located under the spray arm at the bottom of the dishwasher. While the system is good at dealing with chunks of food, it’s not particularly well suited to handle non-food items. There are a variety of ways the filtration system might be configured, so it’s important to consult the owner’s manual for your specific dishwasher model. The good news is most of the time cleaning it involves a series of fairly simple tasks that can be done using only a screwdriver.
If you’re comfortable completing basic home maintenance jobs, troubleshooting a dishwasher will usually be a pretty manageable task. However, if your dishwasher still isn’t draining after you clean the hoses and filter, then it’s possible the problem could be with your sewer line or garbage disposal. If you need help, call Best Plumbing at all at (206) 208-0429. We’ve been serving the Seattle area since 1968, and we’re here to help you with all your plumbing needs.
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