One of the most important pieces of home maintenance to be aware of is your side sewer. While it’s a big responsibility and problems can be costly, there is a local team of experts that is here to help if anything comes up. Let’s take a look at the basics of your sewer and some common issues to be aware of.
The city of Seattle manages the main sewer line, it is up to every homeowner to maintain and repair the individual line that connects to your home. These pipes are typically under the yard and set up to promote easy flow to the main sewer line, but the pipes themselves aren’t very wide. This means that depending on how you treat your pipes inside your home, you could end up with a blockage that is your duty to fix. For example, hygienic wipes that are flushed down a toilet can easily get stuck on the way to the sewer line and begin blocking the pipe. Small clogs will create problems like slow drainage but larger issues can actually cause wastewater to come back up the pipes into your sinks, showers, or tubs.
When buying a home, be sure to have a professional inspection of the pipes and side sewer to know if there are any hidden issues that might reveal themselves with time. Cracked, broken, or clogged pipes should be fixed immediately as the development of the problem is more costly than fixing it from the get-go.
Clogged drains that haven’t caused major backups can be fixed by a process of hydro-jetting. A hydro-jet uses water pressure to break up obstructions and clears the pipe.
From the kitchen drain to the sewer line, keeping drains clean is incredibly important. Best Plumbing rooter services are an easy way to maintain the health of your pipes and clear out any clogs
If the issue in your sewer has caused your pipe to burst or leak, it’s time for a complete repair. Luckily, we have trenchless repair options to minimize the impact on your home and yard. Our main methods are to pull a brand-new pipe through the existing one, use epoxy to line the damaged section of pipe, or use a PipePatch to repair short sections of pipe that are difficult to dig up. During a sewer inspection, our expert can let you know which is the best for your situation.
Ready to get started? Call Best Plumbing today at 206-633-1700. We proudly serve the greater Seattle area.
This is one of the most common issues that homeowners will encounter. More often than not, this is a small issue with the flapper not closing properly and allowing water to continuously leak from the rank to the bowl. However, there may be a few other culprits at play. The toilet pump will have a plastic balloon attached to indicate when the tank is full. If the float is set too high, this could result in a running toilet. Lastly, there might also be an issue with the chain that attaches the flapper to the flush lever. If you’ve checked all these and still have a running toilet – call Best Plumbing and have the experts check it out!
Nobody wants to walk into their bathroom and find an odor that doesn’t belong indoors. Sewer smell in the home is concerning and you’ll want to make sure that your drains are working properly. First, use a flashlight to check that your sewer is not backing up into your shower drain. You can also run the water and watch as it drains to tell if there is something slowing it down. If you have loose pipes or cleanout caps, this allows for space where sewer gas can enter your home. These fixes can be tricky to locate, so we recommend calling a professional to assess the issue.
At the end of a long day, most of us like to unwind with a warm shower. However, if you step in and the water falls out of the showerhead rather than streaming out as it should, you may have some issues that need a solution. For example, sediment build-up on a faucet can obstruct the flow of water. A simple pipe cleaning should do the trick, but if it keeps happening even with a clean fixture, you may have a different issue on your hands. Leaks or worn-out pipes can also cause low water pressure as the internal parts to stop functioning as they should. In this case, it’s best to replace the pipes altogether.
These are just three of the common issues we hear about in homeowner’s bathrooms. To learn more about how we can help solve problems, contact the team at Best Plumbing here!
Homeowners looking to install plumbing fixtures and systems are usually looking for something more efficient, ecofriendly, and cost-effective. Whether you’re looking for a new shower head or water heater, Best Plumbing can provide the knowledge and expertise to find the best option for you and your home. Today we want to talk about tankless water heaters and how to know what to look for.
Unlike standard water heaters, tankless water heaters work on demand. So, instead of a large tank in your garage or tucked away in your home that is constantly working to heat the available water, tankless water heaters will only turn on when needed. This helps avoid the energy waste of keeping multiple gallons of water warmed and also ensures that you will never run out of hot water! Furthermore, tankless water heaters are much more compact and great for homes of all sizes.
Speaking of size, this is an important distinction to make when finding a tankless unit for you. Depending on the size of your home, you may have to upgrade to a larger heater to meet the demand of hot water for everyone you live with.
Larger units are more expensive up front and can cost more to operate, so be sure to ask the experts what they think is necessary for you to ensure you’re not overpaying for a new water heater. Based on typical flow rates of fixtures and the average water usage in your home, Best Plumbing will be able to suggest the perfect system to meet your unique needs.
So are we! Best Plumbing proudly serves the greater Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Renton, and everywhere in between. During these challenging times, our team is taking extra precautions to keep our community safe and healthy. Call us at 206-633-1700 to learn more about our social distancing and no-contact installations or contact us online here.
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