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!
When it comes time to sell, Seattle homeowners will often invest in remodeling projects as a way to sweeten the deal for prospective buyers. The bathroom and the kitchen are the two most popular rooms to renovate and can greatly add to resale value. When you are looking for cost-effective ways to remodel, consider performing these easy plumbing upgrades.
Low flow toilets, also called low flush toilets, save homeowners money by using less water to get rid of waste. Even if they can’t entirely renovate a bathroom, homeowners who want to sell can still upgrade to a low flow toilet as a way to appeal to people looking for more sustainable homes.
Another popular upgrade is adding motion sensor faucets in kitchens and bathrooms. These allow people to wash their hands without turning a handle. As a person’s hand comes close to the sensor, the faucet automatically turns on the water and can turn it off after a few seconds to conserve water.
Switching out showerheads is an easy way to add luxury and style to the shower area. You can install low flow showerheads to conserve water, while luxury massage and rain showerheads can inspire elegance and relaxation into the space.
If the kitchen has the space, or there is a master bathroom in the house, consider installing a double sink. Double sinks are extremely popular, especially when marketing a house to larger families where they need an extra basin to accommodate everyone during those busy mornings as people rush to get to work and school.
If you are completely renovating a kitchen or bathroom to the point where you are switching the positions of sinks, toilets and showers, taking the time to replace old pipes in the wall can be a great selling point that can help close the deal.
Contact Best Plumbing to learn more about remodeling your plumbing to maximize your return on investment. We carry a wide selection of top brand plumbing fixtures and will expertly install them for you to make that everything works properly and looks great. Visit our showroom to speak with an expert design associate and view fixture options. We proudly serve Seattle, Bellevue and more!
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!