For many homeowners in Seattle, summer is a time to catch up on all those projects that have fallen by the wayside throughout the year. You may be thinking about updating your kitchen, repairing your bathroom, or perhaps doing some landscaping in the yard.
No matter what the project is, it is important to be mindful of the plumbing systems around your house to make sure that nothing gets damaged in the process. Here are a few areas you should keep an eye out for when you tackle your summer to-do list.
Before you start any kind of landscaping or outdoor construction project, check before you dig. You might risk damaging your sewer or septic line, busting a pipe or digging up your sprinkler system. In addition, it could be dangerous if you hit a gas or electric line too.
While you might be using that outdoor faucet for a repair job, make sure you cut it off when you’re done. It may be perfectly fine now but come winter–it could be at risk for freezing.
The chemicals you use around your house for cleaning and renovating don’t usually play well with your pipes. If you have chemicals that need to be disposed of, find a local recycling center or disposal facility. Pouring them into your sink or down the toilet could cause you serious plumbing problems.
There are few mistakes more aggravating than hammering, screwing or sawing into a pipe you didn’t realize was hidden in the walls. Make sure you know where all the pipes are before you do any of these tasks.
While there are certain tasks that you may be able to do without too much effort, such as resolving a simple shower drain clog, for the most part plumbing is best left to those who know what they are doing. This isn’t a time to try to save money–it could wind up costing you much more if you fail.
The key to making improvements around your home and yard without causing more harm than good is knowing when it is time to call the pros. If you have plans to complete any plumbing-related tasks, the team at Best Plumbing is always here to help. Give us a call or contact us online today and let us help you do the job right. We proudly serve Seattle and greater King County and we look forward to working with you!
Have you ever considered how much it costs to flush your toilet? They account for almost 30% of water used in the home, making them a significant factor in your water bill. Furthermore, that’s a lot of treated water being flushed down the drain (literally) and this waste can have a long reaching environmental impact. Here is some useful information about water efficient toilets to help you save water and save money!
Old toilets often require more than 3 gallons of water per flush. In 1995 things improved significantly when 1.6 gallons per flush became the federal standard. These days, there are high efficiency toilet (HET) models that use 1.28 gallons or less. Some HET models incorporate duel flush capabilities that allow you to use a full flush or a half flush depending on need. Overall, switching from an old toilet to a water efficient model can reduce your household water usage by 20-60%! As you might imagine, this can save you a pretty penny when it comes to your water bill.
Purchasing and installing a new toilet can be a sizable investment, depending on the style, but they pay for themselves over time. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, installing a HET model that uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less can save the average family nearly 13,000 gallons of water a year. This represents more that $110 per year in water savings or $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet. Keep in mind that the most efficient model can still waste water if it takes multiple flushes to get the job done so it’s important to research what system will work best for your situation.
Not sure what type of toilet is right for your Seattle home or business? Call Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current plumbing situation and determine what model might work best for your situation. If you already know what you want, we can also help you install the new toilet in your greater Seattle home
Sewer backups and overflows are costly and inconvenient. While the Best Plumbing team is always available to help fix your sewer problems, there are small things you can do to take care of your sewer, too. Here are a few basic tips to help you maintain your Seattle area home and prevent sewer backups.
Grease is a common cause of sewer blockages and backups. You should never pour cooking oil or grease down a drain or flush it down a toilet. Even if it’s in liquid form when you pour it down the drain, it will eventually cool and solidify, resulting in a blockage in your drain and sewer line. Rather than pouring grease down your pipes, always scrape it into the garbage.
You should always be careful about what you put in your garbage disposal. You should generally avoid putting any large, fibrous, or tough foods into your disposal, as they can cause damage or clogs. Also, to help prevent food from getting stuck, run cold water down the drain while using your garbage disposal.
If a drain becomes completely clogged, it’s usually best to call in a professional. The Best Plumbing team can remove the blockage and also test the pipe to check for leaks. However, you can also clean your drains once a month to help prevent blockages in your shower, sink, or tub. Start by pouring equal amounts of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain. Then, an hour later, flush it with plenty of warm water.
Plant and tree roots can cause leaks and blockages in sewer lines. The best way to avoid this is to simply keep trees and shrubs away from your home’s clean-outs and sewer. However, if there are already trees growing near your sewer line, pay close attention to your drain flow. If you notice any significant changes, call a plumber to check the line.
For help checking, maintaining, or fixing your sewer line, contact Best Plumbing! We serve homeowners in the greater Seattle area.