High water pressure might seem desirable if you’re taking a shower, but it can actually be a problem if not closely monitored. High water pressure will not only drive up your water bill, but it can also put stress on your pipes and household appliances. That’s why the Best Plumbing team encourages Seattle area homeowners to know the warning signs and call in a professional if necessary.
Pay attention to the water that comes out of your sink and shower. Does the pressure seem particularly strong? Do you hear your pipes banging when you turn on a faucet? These are signs that your water pressure may be too high. One way to tell for sure is to buy a pressure gauge and install it on the faucet near your water meter. If the pressure is measured to be over 80 psi, it may be a hazard.
Too-strong water pressure can cause intermittent leaks in your plumbing system, which may become big problems if left unattended. In addition, varying or high water pressure can put stress on your washing machine, dishwasher, and hot water heater, shortening their lifespan.
If you suspect your water pressure is too high, you should contact a professional to help install a pressure regulator on your main water line. A regulator slows the flow of water to a consistent and reasonable pressure level. This will help lower your water bill, reduce stress on your appliances, and prevent leaks.
The Best Plumbing team is always here to help homeowners in the greater King County area. Whether you need to measure your water pressure or install a regulator, our experts can help you resolve the problem quickly and easily. Just give us a call!
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Do a quick search of YouTube for “DIY plumbing,” and you’ll come up with a host of videos, all purporting to help you fix that leaky faucet or running toilet lickety-split. These experts make plumbing look like a breeze, and of course, they know exactly what they’re doing.
But should you be so confident in copying their skills? Here at Best Plumbing, we want to make sure your plumbing fixes are done right and last you a long time. Here are three reasons why you should never DIY your plumbing problems.
It’s easy to see why DIY-ing your plumbing problems is tempting:
You might be able to save some money.
You won’t have to wait to schedule a service.
You’ll feel confident and proud of fixing the problem on your own.
While these are all worthy reasons, what’s important to remember when it comes to plumbing is that it’s not the same type of service as painting or carpet cleaning. Plumbing goes beyond basic skills you can learn in a day over the internet.
Best Plumbing plumbers are highly trained and receive certifications in their field. They have all the right tools and implements needed to make efficient repairs and replacements. And they’ve seen it all and understand best practices when it comes to various types of plumbing problems.
Still, if you need a bit more convincing as to why you shouldn’t do your own plumbing repairs, we understand. Here are three more solid reasons why you should always call the pros.
Sure, it just looks like a leaky faucet. Probably just the O-ring, right? Well, it could be. Or, it could be a corroded valve seat, bad installation of a washer, a washer that’s worn out, or a host of other problems. Our experts have the tools and know-how to properly detect the origin of a problem.
By either misdiagnosing the problem or not carrying out the correct steps to fix the problem, it’s highly likely that you’ll actually worsen the problem — something that will cost you much more time, energy, and money in the long run. Investing in a plumbing service now will put more money in your pocket later.
Plumbing isn’t an injury-free profession. Hot pipes, confined spaces, tool malfunctions, and the possibility of encountering things like mold and asbestos all make plumbing a rather dangerous job for laypeople to try.
Best Plumbing proudly serves the residents of the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas with unbeatable residential and commercial plumbing services — available 24/7. No matter the time of day or night, if you have a plumbing emergency, our experts will be there to take care of the issue in a timely fashion.
Of course, we also offer by-appointment repair or maintenance services whenever you need them. To schedule your professional plumbing service with Best Plumbing today, give us a call at 206-633-1700 or contact us here.
You may not have heard of a “waste and overflow,” but if you like to take baths, you should know that it is the system that makes them possible. The waste and overflow controls your bathtub drain, allowing you to fill your tub and empty it as necessary. Whether you want to install a new waste and overflow, repair an existing one, or just understand how it works, Best Plumbing can help! We provide a variety of services for waste and overflow assemblies.
The waste and overflow serves multiple purposes. The waste portion of the system is what drains used water from a bath. It is usually controlled by a triplever, which can be flipped to open or close the drain – thereby filling or draining the tub. The overflow half of the system is meant to prevent the tub from filling with too much water. If the water in the tub gets too high, it will drain via the waste and overflow system.
The waste and overflow is an L-shaped apparatus. The lower piece is the main tub drain, and the upper piece is the overflow drain. These drains are usually exposed and visible in the tub, while the rest of the system is enclosed. If you need to install or repair part of this enclosed system, it is best to call in a professional plumber who knows the different pieces and how they function together.
It’s easy to take waste and overflows for granted, but if you want to ensure that taking a bath doesn’t end up flooding your bathroom, make sure yours is in working order! For more information or help regarding waste and overflow systems, call Best Plumbing. We install, replace, and repair waste and overflows in the greater Seattle area. Contact us online today to schedule an appointment!