Becoming a new homeowner in Seattle is an exciting time, but it can also feel stressful. Let Best Plumbing help relieve some of that stress with this new home plumbing inspection guide. Identifying problems in your plumbing now can save you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road.
It’s important to take a look at your water heater when buying a new home. Look for any signs of corrosion, be sure to ask about the heater’s age, and verify the last time it was serviced. If the heater is older than 15 years, you’ll want to get a new one installed soon.
Be sure to have your sewer line inspected with a camera before you move in. A video inspection will reveal if you have roots or other items intruding into your sewer line. Roots can result in serious blockages so it is important to check this sooner rather than later. Contact Best Plumbing to arrange a sewer line inspection for your new home today!
Testing the water pressure of your sinks and showers will not only help you determine if the pressure meets your personal standards, but it can also indicate if there is an underlying issue in your water lines.
In addition to testing the water pressure, be sure to flush the toilets, and run water through all of the sinks to make sure the drains are working properly. Afterwards, take a look at your pipes and any crawl spaces or basement areas where leaks may be an issue. You’ll be able to check that your water is running cleanly and properly and also ensure your pipes aren’t leaking.
Makes sure to find out the age and material of your existing pipes, as this will dictate when you need to replace them in the future. This is primarily a concern if you aren’t buying a newly constructed house, as the pipes may not have been changed for some time.
If you discover you have lead pipes, galvanized pipes, or older brass or bronze fittings, be sure to get your water tested. While lead service lines have largely been removed from use, the pipes and fittings that were connected to the lead pipes might not have been. These pieces could have absorbed lead and, as they corrode, may now be releasing lead particles into the water supply. If your water test returns a lead concentration value greater than 15 parts per billion, call Best Plumbing to get your pipes replaced immediately.
This can feel like a daunting list. That’s where we come in. Serving the Puget Sound area since 1968, Best Plumbing is here for all of your plumbing needs! Contact us online or call us today at 206-633-1700 to arrange an inspection and we’ll take care of the rest.
Plumbing isn’t always the most accessible topic and misinformation can cause a lot of confusion. Even worse, it could cost you a lot of money if a mistaken idea means you don’t take care of a plumbing issue quickly enough. Best Plumbing in Seattle is here to help set the record straight. Keep reading to learn about three common misconceptions as we separate plumbing fact from plumbing fiction!
Best Plumbing’s verdict? False. While it might not seem like an immediate problem, minor leaks can lead to a major problem over time. One drip? Okay, but how about ten-thousand? That’s a significant amount of water waste. Leaky faucets, toilets, or appliances should be addressed sooner rather than later. The leak could be the result of a broken seal, a cracked pipe, or potential issues with water pressure. If you suspect that the leak is being caused by more than a loose bolt, call a professional plumber for an inspection.
While it certainly makes for an eye-catching headline, the reality is decidedly less dramatic. It’s true that old, poorly maintained, water heaters can sometimes rupture under rare circumstances. However, the result will be a cracked tank, not an explosion. Moreover, modern water heaters are installed with pressure relief valves that are designed to release built-up pressure and prevent this exact problem. Sometimes water heaters make rumbling noises, which can mislead homeowners into thinking danger is imminent. However, this is generally a sign that sediment has collected at the bottom of the tank and is preventing efficient operation. So if you do hear noises from your water heater, it is probably time for a check-up. In general, valves should be checked every few months, and the tank should be drained yearly. This will ensure your water heater stays in top shape.
This is a bit of an exaggeration. While a better solution than non-flushable wipes, the flushable variety still aren’t the best thing for plumbing systems. This is because they degrade at a much slower rate than toilet paper and can cause potential blockages or other problems, especially if they are used in large quantities.
Best Plumbing is your local Seattle plumbing expert and we been serving the greater Seattle area since 1968. For help with leaky pipes, troublesome water heaters, and more, give us a call at (206) 633-1700. We also provide emergency plumbing services for issues requiring immediate attention. Visit our website for more information or check out our other blogs and YouTube channel for more great plumbing tips!
There have been a lot of different pipe materials used in the plumbing industry over the years. Some of these materials, such as galvanized metal, have proven not to be suitable for plumbing and it’s recommended that you have them replaced. Here are three of the most popular choices used in Seattle indoor plumbing today. Keep reading to learn more!
Copper pipes are a proven standard for residential plumbing. Copper can be used with hot or cold water and are extremely durable. Even better, copper has a long lifespan but can be recycled once it eventually does need to be replaced. However, the downside of copper tubing is the price. It’s also important to know that copper pipes in older homes (built before 1980) may contain lead-based solder. It’s important that you get them tested and replaced if necessary!
PEX (Cross-link Polyethylene) is a safe, versatile, and flexible option. It’s extremely heat resistant and is suitable for hot and cold water distribution lines. Its flexibility means easy installation. Plumbers can unroll PEX tubing from long spools and thread it through walls and around tight corners without the need for fittings (a common spot for leaks to develop). Another benefit of PEX is that it’s more freeze-resistant than metal or rigid plastic pipes. However, nothing is perfect. A few weaknesses of PEX include the fact that it can’t be used in exposed areas outside (underground or indoor installations only) and it can’t be recycled. Its flexibility also makes it vulnerable to being chewed on by rodents.
CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes are a common choice for residential plumbing. Made from a type of plastic, CPVC pipes are known for their durability — unlike metal pipes, there’s no fear of rust or corrosion. CPVC pipes are also more affordable than PEX or metal. CPVC can be used for residential hot and cold-water applications and is a popular choice to replace old copper tubing. A downside is that CPVC pipes are prone to splitting if they freeze. Also, old CPVC pipes can’t be recycled.
If you have more questions about which option is right for your project, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Best Plumbing. We have been serving homes in the greater Seattle area since 1968. You can contact us online or come visit our showroom any time.
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