Seattle business and homeowners naturally want to get the best value for their dollar. In order to reduce costs, some people might consider using an unlicensed handy-worker who’s offering rock-bottom prices. While this might work for basic property upkeep, when it comes to plumbing, hiring an unlicensed contractor isn’t worth the money you might save up front. Here are the top reasons you should only hire a licensed plumber to work on your water and sewer system.
There is no guarantee that unlicensed workers will comply with state requirements and other industry standards. Because of potential health and infrastructure problems that can result from improperly installed plumbing, it is illegal for contractors to do plumbing work in Washington without proper licensing. If damage results from faulty work, you could be facing legal issues from tenants, neighbors, employees, clients or visitors. Using a licensed plumber will ensure that all plumbing work is done to code.
Messed up plumbing can result in an unsafe environment for all who live, work, or visit the property. A slow leak in a wall can aid in the undetected growth of hazardous mold. Damage from rot can ruin flooring or weaken the structural integrity of support joists. A broken sewer line can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or spill over onto surrounding properties. Using the incorrect pipe materials can introduce toxic chemicals to drinking water. A trained and licensed plumber will understand these risks and know what to do in order to keep everyone safe.
Becoming a licensed plumber involves specialized education, training under experienced technicians, and keeping up with state certification requirements. With this knowledge and experience, licensed plumbers are able to quickly identify and resolve your plumbing issues. They also stay up to date with industry developments that will help keep you safe and reduce water and energy waste. Moreover, they are eligible to be hired by bonded and insured companies, such as Best Plumbing, which can help protect you in the event something does go wrong with a job.
It’s hard to put a price on feeling relaxed and at ease during a home repair. Using an unlicensed contractor might save you money in the short term, but only at the risk of facing more costly problems down the road. Get the best value for your money by hiring smart and only working with a fully licensed plumber. To learn more, visit our website or contact the experts at Best Plumbing at (206) 208-0429. You can also check out our Youtube channel. We’ve been Seattle’s trusted local plumbers for more than 50 years!
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The Seattle winter rains are on their way, bringing almost daily drizzle and the occasional heavy downpour. As experienced homeowners know, some preventative drain cleaning can save you from having a flooded basement later on. Here’s an easy list of drains to clean around your property for a worry-free rainy season.
While the city keeps the street drains clear, the ones at the bottom of your driveway are your responsibility. Pull any weeds growing around the grate and clear away debris that prevents water from flowing into the drain. If you can see silt building up below the grate you may need to schedule a more extensive drain cleaning.
A clogged gutter can cause water to run straight down the stem wall into the basement or foundation. First, check if any birds or rodents have taken up residence over the summer. Next, use a power washer to remove built up leaves and dirt from your gutters. Finally, check that your downspout is still properly attached and that water drains away from your foundation and towards the street. Adding a screen or gutter helmet can help prevent future buildup, or nesting, inside the downspout itself.
With the hilly Seattle terrain, many houses have garages at the bottom of a slope from the street. This means the drain in front of your garage doors must work properly to prevent water from flowing straight into your home. After removing debris, run your garden hose for 20 minutes and check that water is being directed away from the house. Also, be sure to check other outside drains and floor drains to be sure the water is not be re-directed to somewhere other than the street or storm system. If you notice puddles forming near the foundation, you may want to contact a professional plumber to discuss ways to improve drainage.
If any of your drains are not functioning properly, give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 785-2551 to schedule a professional drainage checkup. We serve the greater Seattle area and the East Side. Find more great plumbing tips on our Youtube channel!
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Chances are, sooner or later, you’ll have to deal with a slow-running or completely blocked drain somewhere in your Seattle home. When the time comes, many homeowners turn to the internet for solutions — however, sources are rife with drain cleaning myths and following the wrong advice could lead to a much bigger problem. The experts at Best Plumbing are here to help! Keep reading to discover some of the most common drain cleaning myths and how seemingly simple solutions could backfire.
It’s true that partial drain clogs can often be solved with a plunger or drain-snake. However, for people who don’t know their way around plumbing tools, attempting a DIY solution could be a serious mistake. Not only are home remedies often ineffective, but they can also cause even more damage. Overdoing it with an auger or trying a natural “drain cleaning” formula found online can worsen the clog or even harm your pipes — leading to expensive repairs down the line. If you’ve got a drain clog that needs to be dealt with and you know what you’re doing, play it safe and call a professional. Good plumbers are always happy to teach you the proper way to use a plunger!
Chemical drain cleaners may seem like an attractive solution – they’re simple, cheap, affordable, and easy to use. While drain cleaners may work on minor clogs, they can also disguise serious issues with your plumbing. For example, your pipes might be clogging because there’s a crack in the line that’s allowing dirt and roots to infiltrate your pipe. Moreover, the corrosive chemicals used by these products don’t always play nice with older pipe materials often found in Seattle homes. Finally, chemical drain cleaners can also be extremely dangerous for homes with children and small pets.
So your drain isn’t clogged, it’s just taking longer than it used to. No big deal, right? A lot of homeowners choose to ignore slow-flowing drains as a minor inconvenience rather than dealing with them immediately. However, even if you are dealing with a minor blockage, it will only get worse with time. It’s best to tackle this problem before it gets bigger. Plumbing requires maintenance, and dealing with a slow-flowing drain is an important step in keeping things running smoothly.
Find your local Seattle plumbing expert with Best Plumbing! We’ve been serving the Puget Sound area for 50 years. From minor concerns to emergency plumbing servings, we’re here to help 24/7. Give us a call, visit our website for more information, or check out our other blogs and YouTube channel for helpful plumbing tips!
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