Dishwashers are usually huge timesavers for busy Seattle residents, but sometimes they get clogged. Frequently, this problem occurs when things like labels on the bottom of cups and plastic containers find their way into the dishwasher. However, these clogs can usually be fixed pretty quickly if you’re handy with tools. If this sounds like you, here are three places you can try looking before you call a professional:
If your dishwasher uses an air gap, you’ll find it on top of your sink near the faucet. An air gap allows your dishwasher to drain without the risk of wastewater from the sink backing up into the dishwasher. Occasionally, air gaps get blocked and need to be cleaned out. To do this:
The drain hose runs from your dishwasher and either attaches directly to your sink and garbage disposal or to the air gap. To clear a clogged drain hose, do the following:
The filtration system is located under the spray arm at the bottom of the dishwasher. While the system is good at dealing with chunks of food, it’s not particularly well suited to handle non-food items. There are a variety of ways the filtration system might be configured, so it’s important to consult the owner’s manual for your specific dishwasher model. The good news is most of the time cleaning it involves a series of fairly simple tasks that can be done using only a screwdriver.
If you’re comfortable completing basic home maintenance jobs, troubleshooting a dishwasher will usually be a pretty manageable task. However, if your dishwasher still isn’t draining after you clean the hoses and filter, then it’s possible the problem could be with your sewer line or garbage disposal. If you need help, call Best Plumbing at all at (206) 208-0429. We’ve been serving the Seattle area since 1968, and we’re here to help you with all your plumbing needs.
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If you have a garbage disposal for your kitchen sink, you know it can be a real time saver when it comes to cleaning up after a meal — if it’s maintained properly. Below are some great tips to make sure your garbage disposal runs smoothly. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing!
Best Plumbing has been serving Puget Sound residents since 1968. Whether it’s helping you with a leaky faucet or installing plumbing for your commercial project, Best Plumbing is here for you. For more home plumbing tips and tricks, check out our blog or Youtube channel. We proudly serve the Seattle and Bellevue areas. Give us a call today!
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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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