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.
Did this winter season take a toll on your plumbing? Were you dealing with uncomfortable problems or irritating noises? Many homeowners might try to ignore issues until the weather warms up, but many also end up having to pay for expensive emergency repair. No matter what issue you dealt with, the team here at Best Plumbing can help you fix it for good and better prepare for future winters.
Frozen pipes don’t just turn your water to ice and keep you from running your faucet; they can crack your pipes or break rubber gaskets leading to leaks. Some of these leaks may be too small or too hidden to notice, but over time they can add up to big water bills or big damage to your home.
It might take longer to feel hot water since the water sitting in your pipes is colder, but your water heater should maintain the same temperature even during winter. If your hot water isn’t coming out at the set temperature, it could be a sign that your water heater is poorly insulated or that you have a leak allowing cold water to come in even when only the hot water valve is open. Remember: the more your water heater has to work, the more money you have to spend, so don’t settle for turning up the heat a little or deciding your water is “warm enough.”
If you flush more things down your pipes than you should, you can end up with a bad clog. Cold weather can make us hope for the best and put off finding a fix until it warms up. At best, you’ll be faced with an irritatingly slow drain until the problem is fixed. However, ignoring a clog could lead to a backup in your pipes or end up with a leak.
Avoid running up your utility bills or having to pay for an emergency repair next winter. Talk to Seattle’s Best Plumbing and trust us to make repairs that will last many winters to come! We can take a look at any problem areas or do a full inspection of your home. Contact us now for an appointment.
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Thinking about skipping a professional opinion and trying to fix your plumbing on your own? The team here at Best Plumbing wants to help you avoid further damage and more expensive bills. Here’s what could go wrong in a DIY project:
Whether you’re doing a repair or installing a new plumbing fixture, you may need to get a permit from the city. The penalty for not doing so could be big fines and having to pay to redo the entire job under a permit.
Sure, you might be able to get away with not getting a permit for small jobs that are inside your home, but this won’t help you when it’s time to sell. A home inspection will reveal work that wasn’t permitted or isn’t up to building codes, and you won’t be able to sell your home until you fix it. Don’t get stuck with extra bills in the long run and trust a professional from the get-go instead.
Some problems might have multiple causes. For example, a drop in water pressure could be a sign of multiple leaks. If you fix one leak and your water pressure goes up and your water bill goes down, you might not realize that you still have another leak causing you problems. Part of a plumber’s job is making sure to find any hidden problems and understanding that the problem getting better may not mean that it was fixed all the way.
Many homeowners don’t know how to put the finishing touches on a DIY job. For example, you may not tighten a pipe properly if you don’t have the right tools, or you might install a rubber gasket incorrectly. The job may look well done, and you may not see obvious leaks, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have problems. Even a small drip could lead to mold, water damage, or bigger water bills. This is an especially serious concern when you won’t be able to observe your work over time such as trying to fix pipes behind your washing machine or inside of a wall.
Instead of a DIY job that will only end up costing you more money, get professional help! The expert team here at Best Plumbing serves the greater King County area and would be happy to take a look at anything you’re dealing with. Contact us today!