Considering Seattle’s status as a tech hub, it’s no surprise that a growing number of owners are using smart home technology to transform all areas of their home—including the bathroom. Below, Best Plumbing explores a few of the exciting advancements that you can incorporate into your own high tech bathroom plan.
You might find it hard to imagine how much a classic toilet could possibly change, but they are evolving with the addition of smart technology. New luxury toilets have features including automatic lids, heated seats, nightlights, and leak detection sensors. There’s also been a rise in various voice-controlled devices. Simply say “toilet flush” and it’s taken care of, hands-free!
In the past, using electronic devices near a bathing area was a bad idea. However, with improvements in waterproofing technology, the shower as joined the home automation revolution. Installing a digital controller allows you to choose (and even pre-program) the exact temperature and water pressure you prefer, eliminating the often-painstaking process of fiddling with knobs. Another popular shower upgrade is LED lighting to set a relaxing mood. And for those of you who love singing in the shower, there are now showerheads with built-in Bluetooth speakers!
Ever been to a public restroom where you had to spend an annoying amount of time frantically waving your hands to try and activate a motion sensor sink. Well, this isn’t an issue with new home-automated sinks. Utilizing infrared technology, hands-free sinks add a touch of luxury to your bathroom experience and offer an incredible water saving solution.
Bathrooms of the future have arrived, adding comfort, convenience, and luxury to your Seattle home. Give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 622-1700, or visit our showroom, and our expert plumbers and design staff will help bring your bathroom into the modern age.
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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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For many Seattleites, ringing in the New Year involves going to parties, singing Auld Lang Syne, and making resolutions for the coming year. Here are three plumbing resolutions Seattle homeowners should make room for on their list of annual goals to keep everything running in optimal condition.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t use a plunger to force clogs through the pipe—doing so could make the problem worse! The goal is to use suction and compression to loosen and break up the clog so that water pressure can clear the drain as normal. To plunge sinks, showers, and tubs, first, cover the overflow drains. Then place the cup plunger over the drain so that the bell is submerged under the water. Push the air out from the plunger and make quick pumps for 20 seconds before lifting the plunger away. To clean toilets, turn off the water supply to the toilet and submerge the flange plunger so that the rubber ring is inserted into the drain opening. Quickly plunge for 20 seconds before lifting the plunger.
Early detection of plumbing issues can save you time, money, and a future headache. Make a 6-month plumbing maintenance schedule to check for problems. Walk around your property and visually inspect pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks. Also, check and flush out your water heater at least once a year. If you know you’re not going to have the time or ability to do it yourself, you can always schedule a home plumbing maintenance appointment with a licensed plumber.
With Seattle’s aging sewer infrastructure it’s common to find that the pipes connecting homes to the municipal sewer system haven’t been fully updated since the house was built. Getting your sewer line inspected will uncover any developing problems, such as tree roots, grease buildup, improper pipe joining, and other obstructions that could result in a sewer backup. Scheduling a sewer line inspection is especially important if you’re planning to purchase or renovate a property.
As you go through the year, fulfill these annual plumbing resolutions to keep your plumbing in top condition. You can always call Best Plumbing at (206) 208-0429. Our experienced staff with help you take care of all of your plumbing maintenance needs!
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