Considering Seattle’s status as a tech hub, it’s no surprise that a growing number of owners are using smart home technology to transform all areas of their home—including the bathroom. Below, Best Plumbing explores a few of the exciting advancements that you can incorporate into your own high tech bathroom plan.
You might find it hard to imagine how much a classic toilet could possibly change, but they are evolving with the addition of smart technology. New luxury toilets have features including automatic lids, heated seats, nightlights, and leak detection sensors. There’s also been a rise in various voice-controlled devices. Simply say “toilet flush” and it’s taken care of, hands-free!
In the past, using electronic devices near a bathing area was a bad idea. However, with improvements in waterproofing technology, the shower as joined the home automation revolution. Installing a digital controller allows you to choose (and even pre-program) the exact temperature and water pressure you prefer, eliminating the often-painstaking process of fiddling with knobs. Another popular shower upgrade is LED lighting to set a relaxing mood. And for those of you who love singing in the shower, there are now showerheads with built-in Bluetooth speakers!
Ever been to a public restroom where you had to spend an annoying amount of time frantically waving your hands to try and activate a motion sensor sink. Well, this isn’t an issue with new home-automated sinks. Utilizing infrared technology, hands-free sinks add a touch of luxury to your bathroom experience and offer an incredible water saving solution.
Bathrooms of the future have arrived, adding comfort, convenience, and luxury to your Seattle home. Give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 622-1700, or visit our showroom, and our expert plumbers and design staff will help bring your bathroom into the modern age.
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Plumbing issues are the last thing you want when hosting visiting friends and relatives for the holidays. However, the extra company means extra work for your plumbing and a higher chance of something getting clogged. Here are some easy ways to prevent the top three causes of the holiday plumbing blues. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing!
Visitors often admire the lovely Craftsman style homes found throughout the Seattle area. However, they might not realize that things easily handled by modern plumbing systems can cause problems here since many of these homes also have old pipework. Common culprits for toilet clogs are sanitary napkins, paper towels, and the occasional child’s toy. To help prevent clogs, hang a sign over the toilet letting guests know what not to flush and place a small wastebasket nearby for convenience. Also, keep a plunger handy!
Sinks, showers, and tubs in the bathroom can become clogged over time as loose hair, shaving cream, and soap scum build up inside the pipe. This process speeds up the more people you have in the home. Investing in some drain filters is a simple way to catch this debris and keep your drains from slowing down.
The extra company also means extra dishes and too many food scrapes washing down the sink can overwork your garbage disposal. Before visitors arrive, turn on the sink and run the disposal unit on empty to help clear out any buildup. Then throw in some ice cubes to help sharpen the blades and scrape grease and food items off the walls. Remind your guests about items that shouldn’t be placed down the garbage disposal, such as bones and fibrous vegetables like celery and potato peels. Also, inform visitors that Seattle has a city composting program and show them where you keep your bin to collect food scraps. Finally, have some old containers on standby to pour grease into so you can throw it in the trash.
By following these tips, you can avoid holiday plumbing woes and keep your guests happy. And remember, if something does happen, just call Best Plumbing at (206) 622-1700. Our expert plumbers will quickly come out and fix your plumbing so that you can focus on spending time with your loved one!
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Is a running toilet driving up your water bill and keeping you awake at night? It’s a common issue that homeowners will likely encounter at some point. The simplest explanation for this annoyance is that, for one reason for another, the flapper (which controls the flow of water from the tank into the toilet bowl) is not closing properly, so water is continuously leaking from the tank to the bowl. This can be caused by one of several different problems inside your toilet’s tank. Fortunately, it is usually a simple and inexpensive fix. Here are a few issues that could cause your toilet to run continuously:
The first thing to check in a running toilet is the flapper. Over time, flappers can become warped, dirty, or damaged so that they don’t function properly and allow water to leak from the tank. If your flapper looks discolored, warped, or broken, it is probably time for a replacement.
Your toilet may have a plastic balloon attached to the pump, floating on top of the water in the tank. This float tells the pump when the tank is full so that it will stop filling with water. However, setting the float too high will result in a running toilet. To adjust, there will be a small screw on the rod that connects the balloon to the valve. Turn the screw clockwise to lower the balloon hight setting.
If someone recently worked on your toilet and you soon notice it running afterward, it’s probably a case that they reattached the chain incorrectly. When you open up the tank, you’ll see a chain connecting the rubber flapper to the flush lever. When you push down on the lever to flush the toilet, it is meant to lift the chain which then pulls up the flapper, allowing water to rush from the tank to the bowl. However, if your chain is too short, the flapper will be raised and will not to stop the water from leaking from the tank. To fix, unhook the chain, press the flapper completely down, reattach the chain and voilà! No more running toilet.
Need help figuring out why your toilet keeps running? Call the Best Plumbing team at (206) 785-2551! We’ll take a look, make a fix, and ensure that your toilet is functioning properly. Visit our website to learn more about our wide range of plumbing services.