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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Smart home technology is transforming how we complete routine tasks and manage utility costs in our homes. Here are three popular trends savvy owners are following to upgrade their home plumbing systems to be safer, more sanitary, and more energy efficient.
There are a number of smart home automation plumbing systems available on the market that monitor water pressure and will alert you to the exact location of leaks or breakages it detects. Removing the guesswork allows you to quickly call a plumber to get the issue fixed before any permanent damage occurs.
Motion sensor faucets are a common feature in public spaces because they are more sanitary than traditional ones and help prevent water waste if someone forgets to turn off the tap. An increasing number of homeowners are taking this lesson to heart and are installing touchless faucets in their kitchens and bathrooms. They’re a simple way to help keep your household healthy, as there’s no more struggling to get water flowing when your hands are dirty.
Since water heater tanks from the early 1990’s are reaching the end of their lifespan, many homeowners are choosing to upgrade to a tankless water heater system. These feats of plumbing technology can produce hot water almost instantly on demand and are extremely efficient. In fact, according to energy.gov, tankless heaters can save homeowners 25% or more on annual water expenses.
If you want to learn more about new plumbing options, give Best Plumbing a call today at (206) 785-2551. We can help you upgrade to a modern plumbing system that takes advantage of all the benefits smart technology has to offer!
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