If you have a shower-tub combination in your bathroom, the shower diverter valve is what allows you to divert the water back and forth between the tub faucet and the showerhead. Though they are typically very simple devices, shower diverters may malfunction and need replacing once in a while. Fortunately, our team at Best Plumbing is here to explain everything a Seattle homeowner needs to know about diverters, whether it involves picking the right new valve or fixing the one you already have.
The water pipe that connects to your tub faucet also extends vertically to your showerhead. When the diverter valve is open, water flows directly through the faucet and into the tub. However, when you want to take a shower, you lift the knob or lever to close the diverter valve. This creates pressure, forcing the water flow upward and out of the showerhead.
If water comes out of both your tub faucet and showerhead when you activate the diverter, then there is something impeding its function. Over time, diverter valves can become worn out or clogged by sediment. If this happens, the valve will not close completely, and so some water will continue to flow out of the tub faucet even when the diverter is activated.
If your shower diverter valve is not functioning properly, contact Best Plumbing! We can help you clean, repair, or replace your shower diverter. Just give us a call to schedule a consultation in the Seattle or Bellevue area.
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Choosing a sink can be surprisingly tricky since it will be a prominent feature in your kitchen or bathroom and must combine both form and function. Best Plumbing is here to give you the lowdown on some of the most popular sink types to consider for your Seattle home. Keep reading to learn more!
Also know as self-rimming, this model is a staple in sink design. Featuring a rolled rim that allows the basin to hang, suspended over a cutout in the countertop, overmount sinks are adaptable and non-invasive. Overmount sinks work with any counter material and can be replaced without making substantial changes to the supporting countertop. They’re also a solid choice when you need a sink to be installed quickly or are on a budget.
If you need a sink but don’t have room for a counter, you might consider a wall-hung basin. When installed, all the plumbing goes directly into the wall, leaving the floor space below the basin entirely clear. This option can save more space than any other sink type and is perfect for restricted spaces, such as the small bathrooms common in Seattle’s well-loved craftsman style homes or in micro-apartments.
Another popular, counter-free choice is the pedestal-style sink, where the bowel sits atop a supporting column atop a support column. It takes up more room than a wall-hung sink, but less space than a countertop model. Pedestal sinks generally have a timeless quality that works well with a wide range of different bathroom décors.
It requires more plumbing know-how to install, but if you want to make a statement with a clean, modern look, consider an undermount sink. Everything is cut to fit exactly so the sink basin will sit flush with the counter edge. This means that undermount sinks are better paired with solid wood or stone countertops, as the edge surrounding the sink basin will remain visible.
If you’re on the hunt for something unique, look no further than vessel-style sinks. With this design, the sink bowl rests on top of the counter. This allows for a lot of stylistic flexibility in terms of shape and material. Your sink could look like glazed pottery, carved wood, a waterfall, or any number of custom designs. This is a great option for homeowners looking for a sink with a lot of distinct presence.
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Do you have a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor faucet that seems to be suffering from low water pressure? Best Plumbing is here to help! Fortunately, low water pressure is usually a minor issue that can be solved without extensive plumbing work. The real trick is to identify the reason for the low pressure, since there may be many possible causes. Here are a few common situations that can cause low water pressure in Seattle and Bellevue homes:
Build up of sediment can clog your pipes and/or slow the flow of water to a particular faucet. If this is the case, it will usually only affect a single faucet, and a simple pipe cleaning should resolve the problem. If you have noticed low water pressure in multiple areas of your home, it is likely a different issue.
If you’ve noticed a sudden or dramatic drop in water pressure, it could have been caused by a leaking pipe. A plumber will be able to examine your home for signs of a water leak, and if necessary, will be able to repair or replace the affected pipe.
A damaged or faulty faucet can also cause low water pressure. If the internal parts no longer function properly, the valves may not fully open. In that case, the flow of water would be partially blocked, resulting in lower pressure. In this situation, it is best to have a plumber replace your faucet completely.
If you notice occasional low water pressure from one or more of your faucets, consider how many water sources are in use at that time. In some homes, water pressure may be reduced when water is being used in multiple locations (showers, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers) simultaneously. If this is an ongoing issue, you can always consider enlarging your home’s main water pipes to help increase the water pressure.
For help diagnosing your low water pressure problems, call Best Plumbing! We serve homeowners throughout the Greater Seattle area.