Plumbing emergencies can be a nightmare situation for anybody. Not every emergency is a Hollywood-level disaster, but knowing the steps to stop and mitigate a problem is key to limiting damage to your Seattle home. Here are 5 steps to take when looking at and solving a plumbing emergency:
With an unexpected problem, it can be easy to panic. The best thing to do though is to stay calm and try to understand what went wrong and where the problem is. Gauging the severity of the plumbing issue will help you solve it and reduce potential damage.
The first actionable step is to stop the water from the problem source. If the issue is less severe and localized, like a single toilet or sink, then turning the valve behind the toilet or under the sink will do the trick. For more serious issues, you will want to cut the main water valve. Whenever you move into a new home or apartment, knowing the location of the main water valve is key. You can see a guide to finding it here. This will immediately stop the flow of water throughout your home and prevent flooding and more serious damage.
Your next step should be to turn off your water heater. Leaving the water heater on can seriously damage the unit due to a build-up of heat. If left unchecked, this could result in overheating, and in extreme cases, bursting. If you have a gas heater, always make sure to turn the gas off first.
Even though your valve may be shut off, there will still be water left in the pipes. Opening your home’s drains and spigots will help clear this excess water out and avoid additional damage. Utilize your hose in order to get the last water out of there too. Also start using towels and buckets to clean up the affected area. This will help minimize damage to your home until a plumber arrives.
Calling a plumber as soon as possible can only speed up the time it takes for them to be dispatched to your home. Given that emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, you will want plumbing available at any time. Here at Best Plumbing in Seattle, our experienced teams are available 24/7 to handle any of your general and emergency plumbing needs. Our dispatcher can also advise you on how to handle many situations until help arrives to prevent injury or potential home damage.
If you’re looking for a trusted local plumber, contact Best Plumbing in Seattle 24/7. We’ve been serving the greater Puget Sound area for over 50 years!
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.
When it comes to toilets, we expect them to do their jobs properly. So when a toilet misbehaves, it can be especially frustrating. Leaky toilet water is never acceptable, and an unreliable toilet needs should never have a place in your home or business. In the greater Seattle area, Best Plumbing is your source for expert toilet servicing and top-quality new toilet units. Here are 5 issues that you shouldn’t shrug off when it comes to the most important seat in your home.
If your toilet has cracks anywhere on the tank or bowl, then it’s in most cases, it’s time for a new unit. Some smaller cracks can be repaired, depending on their location. But it’s best practice to consider a new toilet when it’s water-holding capabilities become questionable.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with old plumbing fixtures, a very old toilet could be costing you money with high water bills. Federal guidelines say that toilets made and sold from 1994 on cannot use more than 1.6 gallons of water. Some old toilet units use substantially more than this. With new technology, it is now possible to have dual-flush toilets for varied solid and liquid disposals.
A Clog can be either a simple fix or a sign of a bigger problem. Persistent clogs indicate bigger problems that are often best solved with a new toilet. Either way, Best Plumbing will be able to advise on what path will be the best for you in the long term.
If you have low water levels in your bowl, then it could indicate a clog downstream. As stated above, if you have persistent clogs, then it is time for a new toilet. If you have low water levels in the tank, and your water valve is turned on all the way, give us a call – we can help with that.
A constant toilet leak is generally the sign to purchase a new toilet. If it has been persistently leaking and resists repair efforts, then a new toilet should be strongly considered.
If you’re looking for an expert plumber in Seattle, Washington, contact or stop by Best Plumbing today. We’re the one-stop, all-service plumbing solution for residents in the Puget Sound area. We’re here to help, all day every day.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Everett, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.
If you’re in the greater Seattle area, then chances are good that you have sufficient experience with water (coming from the sky, at least). But when you’ve found yourself elbow or knee-deep in standing water, it’s probably new territory. So let’s talk about drain clog issues.
With the Shower or Tub: Standing water is the most apparent sign of drainage issues. If your shower turns into a hot bath against your wishes, then there is an obstruction downstream. You might find that when your tub or shower drains, it burps air more than usual.
With the Sink: Bathroom, kitchen, and utility sinks can take extra time to drain or could be completely obstructed. Often times, people try to self-clear obstructions here with drain cleaner with little success.
With the Appliances: Dishwashers and washing machines are common culprits of downstream drainage woes. Poor drainage results in suboptimal cleaning and reduced appliance efficiency.
With Multiple Drains: When multiple drains start backing up or when you see material from a different drain bubbling up from the one you’re looking at – this is a classic sign that you have an obstruction in one of your main drainage pipes.
Drains get a lot of use in everyday life. So even with the best care, small pieces of debris and dirt can build up along with soaps that cling to prominences along the pipes. Clogs are a fact of life when it comes to domestic and industrial plumbing. Kitchen sinks with garbage disposals can chop up food that congeals with grease in your pipes. Soap and detergents don’t always go down smoothly, and when they mix with hair, it creates an impenetrable mess for water to get through. Kids drop food, small toys, and coins down drains. You can see some of the stuff we pull out of drains on our YouTube Channel.
If drainage issues persist without being addressed, pressure can build up downstream, and clogs can become very large and difficult to dislodge. At Best Plumbing, we use cables and jetting methods to dislodge your total backups and keep partial clogs from becoming major plumbing issues.
Best Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency services. Simply call our emergency hotline (206) 800-7822 and we’ll be there to get the issue solved.
If you’re looking for an expert plumber in Seattle, Washington, contact or stop by Best Plumbing today. We’re the one-stop, all-service, plumbing solution for residents in the Puget Sound area. We’re here to help, all day every day.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Everett, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood