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The most important thing to do during a plumbing emergency situation is to remain calm and to minimize any damage to your home. Whether it’s an overflowing toilet, a ruptured pipe, or other plumbing related problems, fast action is vital. Here are four tips for successfully handling a plumbing crisis from Seattle’s trusted experts at Best Plumbing.
When a plumbing emergency strikes, turn the water off at the closest source, such as the valve underneath the sink, behind the toilet, etc. In more serious situations, it might be necessary to turn off the main water valve for your home. Fast action can help prevent flooding so it’s important to know where shutoff valves are located and how to operate them. This is especially true if you live in an older structure, which may have an unusual plumbing set up.
After turning off the main water valve, the next step in managing an emergency plumbing situation is to turn off your hot water heater, especially if you have a traditional tank unit. This helps prevent heat buildup inside the water heater tank, which can cause it to overheat and damage the tank integrity. If you have a gas water heater, make sure to follow the instructions and turn the gas off first for safety reasons.
In situations where cutting off the main valve is necessary, keep in mind that there will still be water in the pipes, lines, and hoses. To help move the water away from the home, turn on any exterior spigots and give the hose a few squirts to clear out any remaining water in the pipes. This is also a good time to start putting buckets and towels around the leaking area to minimize damage until professional repairs can be made.
We recommend that you call the pros while you’re handling tasks like shutting off valves and draining lines so that help can be dispatched immediately. Here at Best Plumbing in Seattle, our experienced teams are available 24/7 to handle any of your general and emergency plumbing needs. Our dispatcher can also advise you on how to handle many situations until help arrives to prevent injury or potential home damage.
If you’re looking for a trusted local plumber, contact Best Plumbing in Seattle 24/7. We’ve been serving the greater Puget Sound area for over 50 years! Find more great plumbing advice on our blog or YouTube channel.
Do you have a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor faucet that seems to be suffering from low water pressure? Best Plumbing is here to help! Fortunately, low water pressure is usually a minor issue that can be solved without extensive plumbing work. The real trick is to identify the reason for the low pressure, since there may be many possible causes. Here are a few common situations that can cause low water pressure in Seattle and Bellevue homes:
Build up of sediment can clog your pipes and/or slow the flow of water to a particular faucet. If this is the case, it will usually only affect a single faucet, and a simple pipe cleaning should resolve the problem. If you have noticed low water pressure in multiple areas of your home, it is likely a different issue.
If you’ve noticed a sudden or dramatic drop in water pressure, it could have been caused by a leaking pipe. A plumber will be able to examine your home for signs of a water leak, and if necessary, will be able to repair or replace the affected pipe.
A damaged or faulty faucet can also cause low water pressure. If the internal parts no longer function properly, the valves may not fully open. In that case, the flow of water would be partially blocked, resulting in lower pressure. In this situation, it is best to have a plumber replace your faucet completely.
If you notice occasional low water pressure from one or more of your faucets, consider how many water sources are in use at that time. In some homes, water pressure may be reduced when water is being used in multiple locations (showers, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers) simultaneously. If this is an ongoing issue, you can always consider enlarging your home’s main water pipes to help increase the water pressure.
For help diagnosing your low water pressure problems, call Best Plumbing! We serve homeowners throughout the Greater Seattle area.
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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