While it may not feel like it, we are quickly racing towards summer here in Seattle. Here are three common plumbing issues that people encounter in the summertime and tips on how you might avoid them. Keep reading to learn more!
As you enjoy the fresh produce of the summer harvest, make sure you are properly disposing of food waste to avoid drain and garbage disposal problems. Key things to remember are don’t pour grease or oils down the drain, avoid putting fibrous plant material (such as melon rinds or potato skins) in your disposal, and make sure to run cold water while you use the disposal to help ease the flow of waste down the line. Another reason to properly dispose of food waste is to avoid attracting rats — they have a great sense of smell and can retrace the path of food that you washed down the drain.
As previously mentioned, there are generally more people around the home during the summer months. This also means there’s a greater change of your toilets getting clogged as a result of people flushing too much toilet paper. Make a small sign asking people to use smaller amounts of toilet paper and be sure to keep a plunger handy. If a toilet becomes completely clogged beyond the power of plunging, it’s time to call a professional since removing the blockage without damaging the pipe can require special tools.
As the ground warms up and dries out during the summer, buried pipes can shift and develop small cracks. This can introduce sediment or allow roots to grow into a sewer line and cause it to back up. If you notice toilet water coming up through the bathtub drain, strong odors coming from the pipes, or your appliances draining slowly, make sure to call a professional plumber to inspect your sewer lines!
Proper maintenance can go a long way towards ensuring that your summer isn’t interrupted by an unpleasant plumbing issue, but if something does happen the experts at Best Plumbing are available 24/7! You can also check out our blog and Youtube channel for great tips and how-to videos!
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Spring has sprung — and as you make your list of general cleaning chores that you want to ring in the season with, now’s also a great time to make sure your plumbing is up to snuff and to make any necessary repairs. We’ve put together this handy list of five plumbing projects you should tackle this spring.
Outdated or problematic showerheads, faucets, or toilets? Upgrading them won’t just help with visual aesthetics, but likely help with maintenance and efficiency as well. The likes of low-flow showerheads, water-saving faucets, and ultra-low flush high-efficiency toilets work great, look great and can save you money on utilities. Talk to us about your options or visit our showroom to see our wide variety of styles in-person.
Whether you have outdated galvanized pipes or just some problems with your home’s plumbing, having an expert out to inspect the system and recommend any necessary fixes is a great task to tackle this spring. An isolated fix or repiping can often help resolve common issues such as poor water pressure, discolored water or loud water hammering sounds.
The average hot water heater only lasts for eight to 12 years, but good maintenance can extend its usable life. We suggest flushing your hot water heater annually to remove any sediment that could affect its performance. If your water heater is aging, it’s also worth considering a replacement. A great option is an energy-efficient tankless water heater, which can deliver hot water on-demand to your home.
Spring is typically a season of growth, and this means that roots could be growing into your sewer system and lead to pipe blockage. Whether you need a sewer drain cleaning such as this, or just want to have your tub, sink, and toilet drains snaked and cleared, spring is an opportune time to do it.
Don’t forget about convenient solutions like the garbage disposal and dishwasher. Spring is an ideal time to have them inspected and maintained so you can ensure they last for longer.
For more information on plumbing projects that are great to take on during the spring season, contact us today. At Best Plumbing, we’re pleased to offer a wide range of services — from faucet replacement to sewer drain cleaning — to keep a home’s plumbing working as it should.
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This video on our Youtube channel provides a great overview of a rooting and sewer line repair we did for a Seattle homeowner.
After our plumbing team arrived on the site, one of the first things they did was to locate a sewer cleanout and use a camera scope to perform a video inspection of the line to figure out where the problem was located. They were quickly able to determine that a broken side-sewer outside caused the backup. These sorts of breaks commonly develop when plant roots grow into and expand hairline fractures in older pipes. It highlights how getting your pipes rooted periodically — especially if you have trees on your property — can help prevent costly sewer repairs.
After they pinpointed the location and determined severity of the break, our plumbers decided that trenchless sewer repair methods would be the most effective and least disruptive way to replace the broken section of the side sewer. First they dug small holes at either end of the pipe section to be replaced. They then used a Jetter (a high pressure water jet) to cut out roots and clear out any debris. After the pipe was clear, our plumbers used a technique called cured in place pipe (CIPP), to create a whole new pipe within the shell of the broken section. This new pipe was then seamlessly attached to the city sewer line and the side-sewer attachment point for the house.
After passing an inspection by the Seattle Public Utilities Department, the dirt was put back in the holes and the job was done. The whole job only took three days, and we were able to arrange it so that our clients never lost plumbing service and were able to use their facilities the entire time!
We are available 24/7 to provide expert plumbing service to residents of the greater Puget Sound area. We proudly serve the greater King County area. Call us today at (206) 633-1700 for any of your plumbing needs!