The last thing you want to do if you discover a leak is ignore it. Even what might appear to be a small leak can result in significant damage if water is allowed to soak underneath your walls and floors for a prolonged amount of time. Here are four steps you can take to prevent a plumbing annoyance from turning into a plumbing emergency!
The first step is to turn off the water to the damaged pipe or plumbing fixture. If you can’t turn off the water to just that fixture, go ahead and turn off the water main — here’s a great video that walks you through the process. We also recommend turning off your water heater for good measure if you end up shutting off the water main.
Do some detective work to find how exactly where the water is coming from, the size of the leak, and the condition of the pipe, fixture, or toilet. This will help you determine if it’s a major problem or a smaller maintenance issue — just keep in mind that the leak could possibly be the result of a larger issue elsewhere in the line. Also, take the time to clean up any standing water so it doesn’t have a chance to soak into your floors.
Depending on what you uncover during your investigation, your plumbing issue might be the result of a blocked sewer or damaged main waterline. Make sure to contact your water company if you suspect this is the case.
The experts at Best Plumbing are available 24/7 to help you with your plumbing situation! You can visit our blog and Youtube channel for useful tips on how to do small repairs yourself or schedule an appointment if you feel your plumbing needs a professional opinion. Our Best Plumbing team has proudly served the greater Seattle area for over 40 years!
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Do a quick search of YouTube for “DIY plumbing,” and you’ll come up with a host of videos, all purporting to help you fix that leaky faucet or running toilet lickety-split. These experts make plumbing look like a breeze, and of course, they know exactly what they’re doing.
But should you be so confident in copying their skills? Here at Best Plumbing, we want to make sure your plumbing fixes are done right and last you a long time. Here are three reasons why you should never DIY your plumbing problems.
It’s easy to see why DIY-ing your plumbing problems is tempting:
You might be able to save some money.
You won’t have to wait to schedule a service.
You’ll feel confident and proud of fixing the problem on your own.
While these are all worthy reasons, what’s important to remember when it comes to plumbing is that it’s not the same type of service as painting or carpet cleaning. Plumbing goes beyond basic skills you can learn in a day over the internet.
Best Plumbing plumbers are highly trained and receive certifications in their field. They have all the right tools and implements needed to make efficient repairs and replacements. And they’ve seen it all and understand best practices when it comes to various types of plumbing problems.
Still, if you need a bit more convincing as to why you shouldn’t do your own plumbing repairs, we understand. Here are three more solid reasons why you should always call the pros.
Sure, it just looks like a leaky faucet. Probably just the O-ring, right? Well, it could be. Or, it could be a corroded valve seat, bad installation of a washer, a washer that’s worn out, or a host of other problems. Our experts have the tools and know-how to properly detect the origin of a problem.
By either misdiagnosing the problem or not carrying out the correct steps to fix the problem, it’s highly likely that you’ll actually worsen the problem — something that will cost you much more time, energy, and money in the long run. Investing in a plumbing service now will put more money in your pocket later.
Plumbing isn’t an injury-free profession. Hot pipes, confined spaces, tool malfunctions, and the possibility of encountering things like mold and asbestos all make plumbing a rather dangerous job for laypeople to try.
Best Plumbing proudly serves the residents of the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas with unbeatable residential and commercial plumbing services — available 24/7. No matter the time of day or night, if you have a plumbing emergency, our experts will be there to take care of the issue in a timely fashion.
Of course, we also offer by-appointment repair or maintenance services whenever you need them. To schedule your professional plumbing service with Best Plumbing today, give us a call at 206-633-1700 or contact us here.
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!