Spring has sprung — and as you make your list of general cleaning chores that you want to ring in the season with, now’s also a great time to make sure your plumbing is up to snuff and to make any necessary repairs. We’ve put together this handy list of five plumbing projects you should tackle this spring.
Outdated or problematic showerheads, faucets, or toilets? Upgrading them won’t just help with visual aesthetics, but likely help with maintenance and efficiency as well. The likes of low-flow showerheads, water-saving faucets, and ultra-low flush high-efficiency toilets work great, look great and can save you money on utilities. Talk to us about your options or visit our showroom to see our wide variety of styles in-person.
Whether you have outdated galvanized pipes or just some problems with your home’s plumbing, having an expert out to inspect the system and recommend any necessary fixes is a great task to tackle this spring. An isolated fix or repiping can often help resolve common issues such as poor water pressure, discolored water or loud water hammering sounds.
The average hot water heater only lasts for eight to 12 years, but good maintenance can extend its usable life. We suggest flushing your hot water heater annually to remove any sediment that could affect its performance. If your water heater is aging, it’s also worth considering a replacement. A great option is an energy-efficient tankless water heater, which can deliver hot water on-demand to your home.
Spring is typically a season of growth, and this means that roots could be growing into your sewer system and lead to pipe blockage. Whether you need a sewer drain cleaning such as this, or just want to have your tub, sink, and toilet drains snaked and cleared, spring is an opportune time to do it.
Don’t forget about convenient solutions like the garbage disposal and dishwasher. Spring is an ideal time to have them inspected and maintained so you can ensure they last for longer.
For more information on plumbing projects that are great to take on during the spring season, contact us today. At Best Plumbing, we’re pleased to offer a wide range of services — from faucet replacement to sewer drain cleaning — to keep a home’s plumbing working as it should.
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Is it time to replace your water heater? If so, you may want to consider switching to a tankless heater – they offer significant energy savings as well as easy maintenance. However, it’s also important to understand that tankless water heaters don’t work in every home, so if you’re considering a switch, you may want to consult the Best Plumbing team first. Here are a few factors that may guide your decision.
Regardless of whether you choose a gas-fired or electric tankless water heater, you’ll likely save on energy costs. Tankless heaters are compact, so they’re great for small spaces. Plus, they last longer and typically have longer warranties (often around 15 years, as compared to six for a traditional water heater). And if you’re trying to go green, you should also know that tankless water heaters are better for the environment because you won’t have to dispose of a rusty tank later on.
The biggest deterrent for tankless water heaters is the price. Not only are the heaters themselves considerably more expensive than traditional tank versions, but they may also require additional expense to install. If you choose an electric tankless water heater, you may need to hire an electrician to ensure that your home’s electrical system is updated. If you choose a gas-fired tankless water heater, you’ll need to make sure that it is vented. Either way, you will likely need a professional to help install your new tankless water heater.
Not sure if a tankless water heater is right for your Seattle home? Contact Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current water heater situation and determine whether you could benefit from a tankless heater (and if so, which kind!). If you already know that you want to make the switch, we can also help you install a new tankless water heater in your home. We proudly serve the greater Seattle area.
If you notice that water is not draining down your sinks or appliances normally, you may need to clean your sewer lines. Sewer cleaning involves clearing out build up and debris in the sewer line so that water and waste can flow down the line without impediment. This is usually done using one of two methods: cabling or jetting. Keep reading to learn about each of these methods, and how to determine which one is suited to your cleaning task.
Cabling is a process that is used to remove stubborn clogs in a sewer line. As you might guess from the name, it involves inserting a cable into the drain line that has a head that can retrieve items, such as toys, or chop up debris like tree roots. The biggest advantage to cabling is that it can quickly break up and remove large blocks from the line, however it isn’t as effective for dealing with build-up that’s caked onto the side of the pipe, like soap residue and grease.
The second method that is used for sewer line cleaning is jetting. In this case, a hose is inserted into your sewer line that sprays out pressurized water. This helps to break up clogs that are formed by food or scum, while also cleaning the pipe walls. The advantage to jetting is that it is able to remove residue and clean the lines in a way that cabling cannot. The downside to jetting is that it cannot also remove larger obstructions that are firmly lodged in the sewer line. Also, if your sewer lines are older or in poor condition, jetting may not be an option, as the pressurized water may cause damage to your pipes.
If your sewer line is in need of cleaning, give Best Plumbing a call. We offer both cabling and jetting services and will help determine which is the best method for your sewer lines. Contact our experts today to schedule a cleaning appointment. We proudly serve Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Bothell, Redmond, Shoreline, and Bainbridge!