If something starts to smell a bit off in your bathroom, it’s easy to get concerned and to be unsure how to solve the problem. The Best Plumbing experts are here to help! There are three main reasons why you could have a sewer smell in your bathroom or home:
It is possible that sewer could be backed up in your shower drain. To check that this is not the case, use a flashlight and shine it down into the drain of your shower. You can also run the water to make sure that everything is draining as it should be.
In the bottom of your shower there is a drain that has a small indented area to hold water. This is called a P Trap, and they are also installed in sinks and toilets. The P Trap holds water at all times, allowing water to continually pass through, while stopping sewer gasses from coming up and entering your bathroom. If you don’t use the shower or a floor drain often, the P Trap can dry out and allow methane gas from the sewer to enter your bathroom. Add water back into the P Trap in order to stop this unwanted airflow.
If pipes have become loosened or a cleanout cap has come undone in your bathroom or basement, this can create an area where sewer gas comes into your home. When this happens, the smell can be especially tricky to locate. Inspect all of your pipes and cleanouts to ensure that nothing has come loose.
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Everyone knows how frustrating a leaky faucet can be. Most of the time the cartridge of your faucet causes this issue. Today on the blog, our Best Plumbing experts are here to help you stop that incessant drip, drip, drip! Just follow these easy steps:
We recommend calling a licensed plumber if you have trouble finding any of the above materials, or are concerned that something else may be wrong with your faucet. Our Best Plumbing team has proudly served the greater Seattle area for over 40 years. Come visit us at our Seattle showroom any time!
Backflow prevention and testing is a necessity for apartment and condominium buildings, restaurants, and other public places. Local municipal codes often require annual testing, so if your property or business needs professional help, call Best Plumbing! We provide backflow prevention devices and testing in the greater Seattle area.
Backflow is when contaminated water has reversed flow and entered clean water lines. It can occur at any cross-connection between clean and dirty water lines and is typically caused by a significant change in water pressure —such as from a burst water main. The dirty water may contain hazardous materials like human waste, pesticides, or chemicals, so it poses a serious health concern.
A safety device can be installed to prevent backflow from occurring. In the case of an unexpected or dramatic change in water pressure, this device will stop dirty water from entering the clean water supply. However, this device must be properly installed and tested to ensure that the clean water line remains free of contaminants.
Municipal codes require annual testing of backflow prevention devices to ensure that they are functioning properly. You can be fined if testing is not completed on time, or the water supply to your property or business might be cut off. That is why we recommend scheduling testing well ahead of time.
Fortunately, Best Plumbing is here to help! We provide a variety of commercial and residential services in Seattle and Bellevue, including backflow prevention device installation and testing. Call (206) 785-2360 or submit a contact form online to schedule testing for your business or property.
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