A functioning toilet is an essential piece of any home. However, we rarely think twice about it until something catastrophic happens. The team here at Best Plumbing is here to help when that happens. Not just with fixing the issue, but also with providing an upgrade that can last you years to come. Let’s take a look at common signs that your toilet needs replacing and the popular options to consider.
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When faced with a backed up drain, you might be tempted to reach for a liquid drain cleaner — but think twice before you resort to pouring chemicals down your sink! Liquid drain cleaners can damage your pipes, are hazardous to your health, and might not even work depending on the nature of the clog. Instead here are some expert tips on effective, chemical-free ways to unblock your drains. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing in Seattle!
While you might associate plungers with toilets, the standard cup plunger is also a great tool for unclogging sinks. If the idea of using your toilet plunger on a sink or shower isn’t appealing, you can always purchase a second plunger specifically to use for non-toilet pipes. It’s a good investment.
To plunge a sink, empty out most (but not all) of the standing water to prevent splashing as you work. If you’re plunging a double-bowel kitchen sink, stuff a wet rag into one drain while you plunge the other. For bathtubs or single bowel sinks, seal the overflow hole with a wet cloth. This will help drive air pressure directly to the clog. Cover the drain opening with the plunger, making sure it seals, and rapidly pump the plunger up and down in 15-20 second intervals before quickly pulling it off of the drain opening. Repeat a couple of times. If this fails to break up the clog, move up to using a drain snake.
A basic drain snake (also known as an auger) is always a good addition to your toolbox and relatively inexpensive versions are available at most department stores. To use, push the snake through the pipe until you encounter resistance then start twisting it to break up the block. If you don’t have the time to purchase a drain snake you can also fashion a rough approximation using a wire hanger. This is generally enough if the problem is a ball of hair that’s stuck close to the mouth of the sink. If possible, try to pull debris out of the pipe and dispose of it in the trash. This will help ensure that it doesn’t cause another blockage further down the line.
If you’ve tried the above recommendations with no effect, it’s time to consult with a professional. Best Plumbing is available 24/7 to help you with your plumbing needs. Our expert plumbers will be able to diagnose the cause of the blockage and find the best solution. We proudly serve the Seattle and Bellevue areas.
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Your side sewer is a system of pipes that connect your home’s drain pipes to the city’s main sewer line. Even though you probably never think of it, it can be one of the biggest sources of problems as a homeowner. The team at Best Plumbing is here to help you understand your side sewer and make sure you’re taking the right precautions to care for it.
Who is Responsible for the Side Sewer?
Even though the side sewer is the portion of the drain/sewer pipes that sits outside of your home’s footprint (i.e., under your front lawn), it’s still the responsibility of the property owner to maintain it. If anything happens to your side sewer, it’s no different than if something happened to the pipes under your kitchen sink. Given that you’ll be the one covering any bills your pipes might acquire, it’s important to understand how it works and common problems you could run into.
Common Side Sewer Problems
Schedule a Side Sewer Inspection or Repair
If you need a side sewer inspected, you must work with a licensed professional. Since the pipes connect directly to the city’s main line, mistakes could have costly consequences for other homeowners in your area. It’s essential that you have the proper permits to make repairs. Luckily, the experts here at Best Plumbing can help you with that!
We proudly serve the greater King County area and know exactly how to inspect, detect, and repair your side sewer and other pipes within your home. Contact us now to schedule an inspection or to receive 24/7 emergency service.