You need a new boiler. While researching the topic you may have found some discussions about combi boilers. What are they? How are they different from standard boilers? Do you need one? Here’s a quick breakdown of this newer option.
A combi boiler replaces your traditional boiler and hot water heater, allow you to heat your home and enjoy hot water with a single unit. This technology has been popular in homes throughout Europe and the United Kingdom for decades, thanks to its space-saving and efficient performance. Since boilers and water heater tanks only require replacement every twenty or years or so, many U.S. homeowners opt to stick with their traditional setup instead of trying something new. This has slowed the introduction of combi boilers to the U.S. market. However, newer models with improved heating efficiency are making combi boilers a very popular option now.
With combi boilers, your hot water system and your heating system do not share the same water but are heated at the same location. Separate pipes enter the boiler and pass by the burner to be heated, after which they leave the boiler chamber and travels to your taps or baseboard heaters. A heat exchanger is positioned between the central heat and the hot water pipes inside the boiler and stores unused energy. When the thermostat calls for the pumps to start circulating hot water to your baseboards, leftover heat from the hot water side can be used to heat the rest of the home. You can use a combi boiler with gas, oil, or propane as the fuel source.
There are a number of quality combi boiler manufacturers on the market. Here are a few with Energy Star certifications:
If you want to learn about more options to heat your Seattle area home, contact the experts at Best Plumbing. We will work with you to find the best system for your space, your water needs, and your budget. We have been the trusted plumbers for the greater Puget Sound area since 1968!
Do a quick search of YouTube for “DIY plumbing,” and you’ll come up with a host of videos, all purporting to help you fix that leaky faucet or running toilet lickety-split. These experts make plumbing look like a breeze, and of course, they know exactly what they’re doing.
But should you be so confident in copying their skills? Here at Best Plumbing, we want to make sure your plumbing fixes are done right and last you a long time. Here are three reasons why you should never DIY your plumbing problems.
It’s easy to see why DIY-ing your plumbing problems is tempting:
You might be able to save some money.
You won’t have to wait to schedule a service.
You’ll feel confident and proud of fixing the problem on your own.
While these are all worthy reasons, what’s important to remember when it comes to plumbing is that it’s not the same type of service as painting or carpet cleaning. Plumbing goes beyond basic skills you can learn in a day over the internet.
Best Plumbing plumbers are highly trained and receive certifications in their field. They have all the right tools and implements needed to make efficient repairs and replacements. And they’ve seen it all and understand best practices when it comes to various types of plumbing problems.
Still, if you need a bit more convincing as to why you shouldn’t do your own plumbing repairs, we understand. Here are three more solid reasons why you should always call the pros.
Sure, it just looks like a leaky faucet. Probably just the O-ring, right? Well, it could be. Or, it could be a corroded valve seat, bad installation of a washer, a washer that’s worn out, or a host of other problems. Our experts have the tools and know-how to properly detect the origin of a problem.
By either misdiagnosing the problem or not carrying out the correct steps to fix the problem, it’s highly likely that you’ll actually worsen the problem — something that will cost you much more time, energy, and money in the long run. Investing in a plumbing service now will put more money in your pocket later.
Plumbing isn’t an injury-free profession. Hot pipes, confined spaces, tool malfunctions, and the possibility of encountering things like mold and asbestos all make plumbing a rather dangerous job for laypeople to try.
Best Plumbing proudly serves the residents of the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas with unbeatable residential and commercial plumbing services — available 24/7. No matter the time of day or night, if you have a plumbing emergency, our experts will be there to take care of the issue in a timely fashion.
Of course, we also offer by-appointment repair or maintenance services whenever you need them. To schedule your professional plumbing service with Best Plumbing today, give us a call at 206-633-1700 or contact us here.
Unlike many other cities, in Seattle the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the side sewer line on their property up until the point it attaches to the main city line. This means that if you’re interested in buying a house in Seattle, part of the negotiation process should include getting the entire sewer line video inspected. A professional plumber will be able to determine the pipe material, the overall condition of the line, whether any sections have been replaced already. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to work with the seller to determine who will be responsible for any necessary repairs.
A large number of homes in Seattle were built before the 1960s and often used clay or concrete pipes for their sewer line. These materials have a life expectancy of around 50 years, meaning that any lines that haven’t been replaced are at the end of their lifespan. You can find numerous stories of new Seattle homeowners who didn’t check the condition of the side sewers, only to discover they inherited a costly replacement job.
On top of that, because of Seattle’s hilly terrain, a broken line can often cause damage to surrounding properties as the sewage runs downhill. Even newer homes with PVC pipes could have potential issues. Unusual weather patterns (such as storms or droughts) and construction can cause the surrounding earth to shift, which can result in weakened joints or cracks. Once a break forms, sediment can start leaking in the line and plant roots will quickly follow— eventually causing a blockage.
Locally owned and operated in the Puget Sound area since 1968, Best Plumbing is well acquainted with the usual sewer challenges Seattle homeowners face. Our expert sewer inspection will reveal if a job requires a full replacement or smaller repair. When done correctly, a side sewer repair can save a lot of time and money and at Best Plumbing, our sewer specialists know how to get the job done right. Whether it’s renewing a broken section of piping or replacing an entire line, we will work to find the best solution to restore proper flow. Call us at 206-633-1700 or contact us here to schedule an appointment today!