It may still feel like winter is far off here in Seattle, but there is no better time than fall to winterize your outdoor faucets. No one wants to discover that their pipes outside have burst; the damage can be difficult to fix in the cold winter months, and these repairs can be costly. Depending on the style of faucet you have outside your home, this process can be surprisingly easy. Today on the blog we’ll go over some of the simple ways to ensure your outdoor faucets are winterized.
In the Seattle area, we recommend that you winterize your faucet in October. However, if you’re reading this and it’s December, don’t be afraid to follow these steps. As they say, better late than never!
If water is left in the copper pipe of your outdoor faucet, this liquid is prone to freezing when the weather gets cold. When this happens, the water expands, and oftentimes the pipe bursts. You probably won’t notice this during the winter. But, when summer arrives and you turn on the faucet to wash your car or water plants, water will leak out of the burst pipe instead of flowing steadily out of your faucet. You might see water behind your house, and your dry wall can get wet, which can cause damage to the exterior of your home.
Winterizing your exterior faucet or Hose Bibb is fairly simple.
If you have a frost-free Hose Bibb:
If you do not have a frost-free Hose Bibb, be sure to get a foam dome, and maybe wrap the faucet with a sock underneath the foam dome.
We generally recommend that all homeowners have frost-free Hose Bibbs installed if they are concerned about pipes bursting during the winter. Contact Best Plumbing today if you are interested in having this installation complete on your home.
Choosing a sink can be surprisingly tricky since it will be a prominent feature in your kitchen or bathroom and must combine both form and function. Best Plumbing is here to give you the lowdown on some of the most popular sink types to consider for your Seattle home. Keep reading to learn more!
Also know as self-rimming, this model is a staple in sink design. Featuring a rolled rim that allows the basin to hang, suspended over a cutout in the countertop, overmount sinks are adaptable and non-invasive. Overmount sinks work with any counter material and can be replaced without making substantial changes to the supporting countertop. They’re also a solid choice when you need a sink to be installed quickly or are on a budget.
If you need a sink but don’t have room for a counter, you might consider a wall-hung basin. When installed, all the plumbing goes directly into the wall, leaving the floor space below the basin entirely clear. This option can save more space than any other sink type and is perfect for restricted spaces, such as the small bathrooms common in Seattle’s well-loved craftsman style homes or in micro-apartments.
Another popular, counter-free choice is the pedestal-style sink, where the bowel sits atop a supporting column atop a support column. It takes up more room than a wall-hung sink, but less space than a countertop model. Pedestal sinks generally have a timeless quality that works well with a wide range of different bathroom décors.
It requires more plumbing know-how to install, but if you want to make a statement with a clean, modern look, consider an undermount sink. Everything is cut to fit exactly so the sink basin will sit flush with the counter edge. This means that undermount sinks are better paired with solid wood or stone countertops, as the edge surrounding the sink basin will remain visible.
If you’re on the hunt for something unique, look no further than vessel-style sinks. With this design, the sink bowl rests on top of the counter. This allows for a lot of stylistic flexibility in terms of shape and material. Your sink could look like glazed pottery, carved wood, a waterfall, or any number of custom designs. This is a great option for homeowners looking for a sink with a lot of distinct presence.
Best Plumbing is your one-stop shop for all your plumbing needs. Our showroom staff will help you find the perfect plumbing fixtures and our expert plumbers will install them perfectly. Give us a call at (206) 785-2360. We are your local plumbing authority, trusted in the Puget Sound area for 50 years. Visit our website or Youtube channel to learn more!
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Backflow prevention and testing is a necessity for apartment and condominium buildings, restaurants, and other public places. Local municipal codes often require annual testing, so if your property or business needs professional help, call Best Plumbing! We provide backflow prevention devices and testing in the greater Seattle area.
Backflow is when contaminated water has reversed flow and entered clean water lines. It can occur at any cross-connection between clean and dirty water lines and is typically caused by a significant change in water pressure —such as from a burst water main. The dirty water may contain hazardous materials like human waste, pesticides, or chemicals, so it poses a serious health concern.
A safety device can be installed to prevent backflow from occurring. In the case of an unexpected or dramatic change in water pressure, this device will stop dirty water from entering the clean water supply. However, this device must be properly installed and tested to ensure that the clean water line remains free of contaminants.
Municipal codes require annual testing of backflow prevention devices to ensure that they are functioning properly. You can be fined if testing is not completed on time, or the water supply to your property or business might be cut off. That is why we recommend scheduling testing well ahead of time.
Fortunately, Best Plumbing is here to help! We provide a variety of commercial and residential services in Seattle and Bellevue, including backflow prevention device installation and testing. Call (206) 785-2360 or submit a contact form online to schedule testing for your business or property.
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