Let’s face it. Sometimes, we get a little lazy and we don’t do things by the book. Sometimes, our indifference and bad habits can come back to bite us, especially with a sensitive and delicately balanced system like the home sewer. Here are some typical bad home habits that can cause sewer issues, and some tips for avoiding them.
Your sewer is designed to handle organic waste and toilet tissue, not other discarded elements. People often flush things like cotton swabs, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products, but those foreign objects tend to catch and build up in the sewer line, leading to clogs and backups. Stick to what your system was designed for, and you shouldn’t run into any issues.
Whether planting a tree, building a fence or outbuilding, digging a plot for a garden, or letting kids burn energy with an impromptu backyard treasure hunt, there’s a chance of hitting water lines. In most cases, water lines are at least two feet beneath the surface of the soil, but settling earth, landscaping changes, or inaccurate measurements can reduce that depth considerably. Besides, it’s not unheard of for children to hatch overzealous plots to dig to the center of the earth. Breaching these lines can cause major issues with erosion, flooding, and even overwhelm the public sewer system. Public sewers can back up into your home and cause big problems.
Avoiding issues with buried lines is as easy as calling 811, the utility location service. They’ll tell you where gas, electric, and water lines are so you don’t cause yourself the headache of flooded basements or no running water.
For most people, the sewer is out of sight and out of mind. Until trouble arises, that is. We understand that a sewer isn’t the most fun or exciting part of home chores. But it’s an important and central element of the wellbeing of your home and your family. Have your fixtures and lines checked every year and a half or so—especially in advance of expected heavy storms. That way, you’ll catch small problems before they become big problems and stay on top of your sewer’s health.
Maybe you haven’t been so on-top of your home habits, and one of these sewer issues has cropped up. We proudly serve homeowners in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Redmond, and beyond. If you’ve got a project in mind or need inspection or servicing for existing plumbing, contact us for further information and help with your problems.
For more urgent appointments, Best Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency burst pipe repair services. Simply call our emergency hotline (206) 800-7822 and we’ll be there to get the issue solved.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.
When it comes to toilets, we expect them to do their jobs properly. So when a toilet misbehaves, it can be especially frustrating. Leaky toilet water is never acceptable, and an unreliable toilet needs should never have a place in your home or business. In the greater Seattle area, Best Plumbing is your source for expert toilet servicing and top-quality new toilet units. Here are 5 issues that you shouldn’t shrug off when it comes to the most important seat in your home.
If your toilet has cracks anywhere on the tank or bowl, then it’s in most cases, it’s time for a new unit. Some smaller cracks can be repaired, depending on their location. But it’s best practice to consider a new toilet when it’s water-holding capabilities become questionable.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with old plumbing fixtures, a very old toilet could be costing you money with high water bills. Federal guidelines say that toilets made and sold from 1994 on cannot use more than 1.6 gallons of water. Some old toilet units use substantially more than this. With new technology, it is now possible to have dual-flush toilets for varied solid and liquid disposals.
A Clog can be either a simple fix or a sign of a bigger problem. Persistent clogs indicate bigger problems that are often best solved with a new toilet. Either way, Best Plumbing will be able to advise on what path will be the best for you in the long term.
If you have low water levels in your bowl, then it could indicate a clog downstream. As stated above, if you have persistent clogs, then it is time for a new toilet. If you have low water levels in the tank, and your water valve is turned on all the way, give us a call – we can help with that.
A constant toilet leak is generally the sign to purchase a new toilet. If it has been persistently leaking and resists repair efforts, then a new toilet should be strongly considered.
If you’re looking for an expert plumber in Seattle, Washington, contact or stop by Best Plumbing today. We’re the one-stop, all-service plumbing solution for residents in the Puget Sound area. We’re here to help, all day every day.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Everett, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.
If you’re in the greater Seattle area, then chances are good that you have sufficient experience with water (coming from the sky, at least). But when you’ve found yourself elbow or knee-deep in standing water, it’s probably new territory. So let’s talk about drain clog issues.
With the Shower or Tub: Standing water is the most apparent sign of drainage issues. If your shower turns into a hot bath against your wishes, then there is an obstruction downstream. You might find that when your tub or shower drains, it burps air more than usual.
With the Sink: Bathroom, kitchen, and utility sinks can take extra time to drain or could be completely obstructed. Often times, people try to self-clear obstructions here with drain cleaner with little success.
With the Appliances: Dishwashers and washing machines are common culprits of downstream drainage woes. Poor drainage results in suboptimal cleaning and reduced appliance efficiency.
With Multiple Drains: When multiple drains start backing up or when you see material from a different drain bubbling up from the one you’re looking at – this is a classic sign that you have an obstruction in one of your main drainage pipes.
Drains get a lot of use in everyday life. So even with the best care, small pieces of debris and dirt can build up along with soaps that cling to prominences along the pipes. Clogs are a fact of life when it comes to domestic and industrial plumbing. Kitchen sinks with garbage disposals can chop up food that congeals with grease in your pipes. Soap and detergents don’t always go down smoothly, and when they mix with hair, it creates an impenetrable mess for water to get through. Kids drop food, small toys, and coins down drains. You can see some of the stuff we pull out of drains on our YouTube Channel.
If drainage issues persist without being addressed, pressure can build up downstream, and clogs can become very large and difficult to dislodge. At Best Plumbing, we use cables and jetting methods to dislodge your total backups and keep partial clogs from becoming major plumbing issues.
Best Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency services. Simply call our emergency hotline (206) 800-7822 and we’ll be there to get the issue solved.
If you’re looking for an expert plumber in Seattle, Washington, contact or stop by Best Plumbing today. We’re the one-stop, all-service, plumbing solution for residents in the Puget Sound area. We’re here to help, all day every day.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Everett, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood