The greater Seattle area enjoys a boisterous growing season, thanks to our more temperate climate, fertile soil, and generous annual rainfall. Great for gardens, this exuberant growth can spell trouble for underground sewer pipes. The coming weeks are the perfect time for Seattle homeowners to call a qualified plumber to inspect and protect their sewer pipes before the weather turns.
Sewer pipes are like magnets for roots in search of sources of water and nutrients, especially during dry conditions such as we experienced this summer. Poor installation, small cracks, or worn junctions and seals create a lure for these questing roots and offer them access to the pipe’s interior. Once roots get into the sewer pipe, they create blockages that, if left unaddressed, can result in sewage backing up into your home.
The worst way to discover a sewer problem is by having wastewater back up into your home. Emergency sewer repair is often more costly and a sewer backup can cause additional damage to your property that may require specialized assistance to safely clean and repair. Plus, nobody wants to be without hot water or a functional toilet in the middle of winter. Prevent this messy scenario by performing regular sewer maintenance to keep your pipes clear of roots and other blockages.
For savvy Seattle homeowners, hiring a professional plumber is the best way to ensure sewer pipes keep sewage flowing properly away. At Best Plumbing, our expert team members can conduct a complete sewer video inspection to assess the condition of your sewer pipes, identify threats, and clear out roots and clogs. When you are ready to secure your sewer pipes, contact Best Plumbing!
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