Dishwashers are usually huge timesavers for busy Seattle residents, but sometimes they get clogged. Frequently, this problem occurs when things like labels on the bottom of cups and plastic containers find their way into the dishwasher. However, these clogs can usually be fixed pretty quickly if you’re handy with tools. If this sounds like you, here are three places you can try looking before you call a professional:
If your dishwasher uses an air gap, you’ll find it on top of your sink near the faucet. An air gap allows your dishwasher to drain without the risk of wastewater from the sink backing up into the dishwasher. Occasionally, air gaps get blocked and need to be cleaned out. To do this:
The drain hose runs from your dishwasher and either attaches directly to your sink and garbage disposal or to the air gap. To clear a clogged drain hose, do the following:
The filtration system is located under the spray arm at the bottom of the dishwasher. While the system is good at dealing with chunks of food, it’s not particularly well suited to handle non-food items. There are a variety of ways the filtration system might be configured, so it’s important to consult the owner’s manual for your specific dishwasher model. The good news is most of the time cleaning it involves a series of fairly simple tasks that can be done using only a screwdriver.
If you’re comfortable completing basic home maintenance jobs, troubleshooting a dishwasher will usually be a pretty manageable task. However, if your dishwasher still isn’t draining after you clean the hoses and filter, then it’s possible the problem could be with your sewer line or garbage disposal. If you need help, call Best Plumbing at all at (206) 208-0429. We’ve been serving the Seattle area since 1968, and we’re here to help you with all your plumbing needs.
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The side sewer is the unsung hero of your plumbing that plays a vital role in helping keep your household clean and healthy. Learn how to locate and properly maintain your side sewer to keep your entire plumbing system running smoothly!
The side sewer is the line that carries wastewater from sinks, toilets, and other drains away from your home to the main city sewer line located under the street. If it gets clogged or damaged, waste can back up into your home!
If you own property in Seattle, you are also the proud owner of its side sewer. Therefore, it’s important that you know its location. You can find information about your property’s utility lines on the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (DCI) website using their interactive search tool. If you live outside of the Seattle area, try contacting your city utility department. Once you know where you’re sewer line is located, have it professionally inspected to look for any signs of damage.
Regularly cleaning out your sewer line can go a long way towards preventing a costly repair in the future. For instance, hire a professional to cable your pipes and remove plant roots every couple of years. Also, periodically have the sewer line jetted to remove any waste build up inside the pipe.
Need help with your side sewer? Contact the experts at Best Plumbing today! Our fully licensed plumbers will conduct a video inspection, clean the line, and repair any issues to keep your home plumbing working perfectly! For more useful plumbing tips and tricks, check out our YouTube channel!
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Do you have an older home in the Seattle or Bellevue area? If so, you may want to take a closer look at your water and sewer system. Many homes that were built before the 1960s have galvanized pipes, which are now known to be vulnerable to corrosion and are potentially hazardous. Fortunately, the Best Plumbing team can help you identify if your pipes are galvanized and install new piping if necessary.
Galvanized pipes are iron pipes that have been coated with a layer of zinc. They were commonly used in homes until around the 1960s. The problem with these pipes is that over time, the zinc erodes, causing corrosion to form on the inside walls of the pipes.
There are several issues that can arise from galvanized pipes. The first is that the corrosion sediments can clog the pipes, slowing the flow of water. This may result in low water pressure throughout your home. The second problem is that when the zinc lining corrodes, it can leach lead and other impurities into your water. A third concern is the increased potential for undetected leaks. Generally, when a pipe springs a leak, it’s near a seal or where two pipes meet — which can make them easier to spot. However, in the case of deteriorating galvanized pipes, leaks can occur anywhere along the pipe where rust has corroded through. This means that even if they’re small, these leaks can cause considerable damage before you locate them.
If you suspect that your home may still have galvanized pipes, give Best Plumbing of Seattle a call! We will carefully inspect your water and sewer systems to determine what kind of pipes you have. If necessary, we can also repipe your home with a safer, more durable option like copper. Though it may seem like a daunting project, our professional team will make the process a smooth and efficient one – and you’ll rest easy knowing that your water is clean and safe. Learn more on our website or visit our YouTube channel to see our team in action!
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