While it may not feel like it, we are quickly racing towards summer here in Seattle. Here are three common plumbing issues that people encounter in the summertime and tips on how you might avoid them. Keep reading to learn more!
As you enjoy the fresh produce of the summer harvest, make sure you are properly disposing of food waste to avoid drain and garbage disposal problems. Key things to remember are don’t pour grease or oils down the drain, avoid putting fibrous plant material (such as melon rinds or potato skins) in your disposal, and make sure to run cold water while you use the disposal to help ease the flow of waste down the line. Another reason to properly dispose of food waste is to avoid attracting rats — they have a great sense of smell and can retrace the path of food that you washed down the drain.
As previously mentioned, there are generally more people around the home during the summer months. This also means there’s a greater change of your toilets getting clogged as a result of people flushing too much toilet paper. Make a small sign asking people to use smaller amounts of toilet paper and be sure to keep a plunger handy. If a toilet becomes completely clogged beyond the power of plunging, it’s time to call a professional since removing the blockage without damaging the pipe can require special tools.
As the ground warms up and dries out during the summer, buried pipes can shift and develop small cracks. This can introduce sediment or allow roots to grow into a sewer line and cause it to back up. If you notice toilet water coming up through the bathtub drain, strong odors coming from the pipes, or your appliances draining slowly, make sure to call a professional plumber to inspect your sewer lines!
Proper maintenance can go a long way towards ensuring that your summer isn’t interrupted by an unpleasant plumbing issue, but if something does happen the experts at Best Plumbing are available 24/7! You can also check out our blog and Youtube channel for great tips and how-to videos!
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Have you ever heard of a side sewer? If you own property in the greater Seattle area, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the plumbing on your land as you are legally obligated to maintain the pipes that connect to the public sewer main. Join Best Plumbing as we discuss side sewers and some of the best ways to take care of them.
In every city, there is a sewer line that is run and paid for by the city itself. But leading to these sewer lines are a series of smaller side sewers that reside on the property of homeowners and businesses. These side sewers transfer water and waste from the home or business out to the city-run sewer line. Side sewers are the responsibility of whoever owns the land they are located on, and therefore cannot be simply dismissed as someone else’s problem.
In order to properly take care of your side sewer, you need to know what you’re working with. Finding out the placement of your sewer and the material it is made of is an important first step. By knowing the placement of your sewer you can avoid planting any trees or bushes that may root into the sewer line. You can also avoid other types of landscaping projects that might accidentally disturb the sewer line and cause an issue.
Learning what material your side sewer is constructed from will help you to determine a replacement timeline and what types of warning to be on the lookout for. For example, if you have an older home you may have a side sewer that is made out of concrete, which tend to last about eighty years. If you don’t know if your side sewer has ever been changed, be sure to schedule an appointment to have the line evaluated for any signs of potential problems.
Contact Best Plumbing and we’ll help you get a handle on your side sewer. By running a video camera throughout the length of the line we’ll be able to check for any damages, or other points of concern, to prevent the risk of a costly sewer back up on your property.
Best Plumbing has been serving residents in the Puget Sound area since 1968. If you need help identifying your side sewer, maintaining it, or repairing it, then give us a call. In addition to our normal hours, we are available 24/7 for emergency services. We’re here to help you with all of your plumbing needs!