As a homeowner, you might think you have to fix plumbing problems yourself. While you might clear a simple clog or even clean out your P-trap without issue, not all plumbing concerns are this easy. Sometimes, your fix addresses the symptom but not the cause and there are times when you are much better off hiring a professional. Here are four cases you’ll want to call a professional team like the one here at Best Plumbing for help.
When the toilet doesn’t flush, it can be tempting to keep pressing the lever. This is the last thing you want to do. Toilet problems can go from messy to disastrous in a hurry, particularly if it isn’t controlling the flow of water. Instead of plunging it yet again, shut off the water valve and call for expert assistance. This will keep the water in the bowl and not all over your floor.
Turning on a faucet to see only a trickle (or nothing at all) could be caused by a variety of issues. There may be a blockage or even a broken or burst pipe. If the water isn’t going to the faucet, you need to discover quickly where it is going. In this case, you should turn off the home’s water supply and schedule emergency service.
Your water heater has many devices to help it heat water for your home. When one of these breaks down, you may encounter leaks. Finding a small pool of water surrounding your water heater is your cue to take immediate action. Leaks can be a sign of issues like tank corrosion or dangerous pressure levels inside.
Taking care of clogs on occasion is a common task, but there’s a point when you should consult a professional. Almost anyone can buy and learn how to correctly use a plunger or auger. These tools help you keep the drains flowing naturally. If you find that you are constantly fixing clogs, it’s time to schedule a repair. Repeat clogs might mean that there is an obstruction further down the line, or other problems you need a plumber to fix.
Since most of your plumbing sits out of sight, it can develop problems that you do not notice until they reach crisis levels. When it comes, you need to be prepared to handle it in a hurry. Best Plumbing is ready to assist residents in greater Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and beyond with 24-hour emergency service. To request emergency repairs, contact us online or call 206-633-1700.
The steady Seattle winter rains are arriving and a little preventative drain cleaning can save you from pumping out a flooded basement as the ground becomes saturated. Take the time now to clean out the following drains around your property for a worry-free rainy season.
The city keeps the storm drains clear on the street, but if you have one at the bottom of your driveway, that is your responsibility. Pull any weeds back that are growing up through the grate, rake the leaves, and remove any piles of dirt that prevent water from flowing into the drain. You may need to schedule a more extensive drain cleaning if you can see silt building up below the grate.
A clogged gutter can cause water to pour down on your head by your door or straight down the stem wall into the basement. Use your power washer to remove all those built-up leaves and dirt from your gutters. Make sure that your downspout is still properly attached and that water drains away from your foundation and down towards the street. Adding a screen or gutter helmet can help prevent future buildup inside the downspout itself.
Seattle is full of hills and many homeowners have garages at the bottom of a slope from the street. The drain in front of your garage doors must be working properly to prevent water from flowing straight into your home. After removing leaves and dirt, run your garden hose for 20 minutes and check that the drain is properly directing all the water away from the house. If you notice puddles forming near the foundation, you may want to contact a professional plumber to discuss ways to improve drainage.
If any of your drains are not functioning properly, give Best Plumbing a call to schedule a professional drainage check-up. We serve the greater Seattle area and beyond. Find more great plumbing tips on our Youtube channel!
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Do you need all new plumbing in your bathroom because of faulty pipes? Are you remodeling and simply considering replacing your pipes while you’re at it?
A plumbing remodel allows for more flexibility in your bathroom remodel updates, increases your home’s overall value, and can help you avoid plumbing emergencies in the future. Here are some tips for planning your plumbing remodel.
It’s understandable to want to rectify poor plumbing on your own. However, doing your own plumbing is much different than doing your own painting or even your own tile work.
Special tools are necessary, and special skills are essential. At Best Plumbing, our technicians go through extensive training and certification. Furthermore, we can handle any problem or challenge. The truth is, you never know what you’re going to run into when crack open your flooring and walls to replace your plumbing. Often, the issues are more complex than you initially thought.
Working with a professional plumber will give you peace of mind and confidence, knowing that your plumbing remodel projects will exactly match what you originally envisioned.
While your plumber should do their best to meet your exact needs, they can’t know exactly what you want if you don’t tell them. That’s why meeting with your plumber with plan-in-hand before getting an estimate is so important. Otherwise, your plumber may end up going too far or not far enough — and you don’t want to be surprised by your bill.
As you plan your remodel, remember that you’re always going to save money and time if you stick with your current plumbing layout. For a bathroom remodel, for example, this means keeping the tub where it is, the toilet where it is, and the sink where it is. While our plumbers are happy to adjust this layout if that’s something you want, keeping core plumbing in the same locations is usually less expensive.
Best Plumbing has been providing greater Seattle residents with top-quality plumbing services for over fifty years. No matter the breadth of your plumbing remodel project, our expert plumbers can handle the job and ensure sound implementation of all your plan details.
Contact us online today to speak with an expert and schedule a visit.