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.
Unlike many other cities, in Seattle the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the side sewer line on their property up until the point it attaches to the main city line. This means that if you’re interested in buying a house in Seattle, part of the negotiation process should include getting the entire sewer line video inspected. A professional plumber will be able to determine the pipe material, the overall condition of the line, whether any sections have been replaced already. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to work with the seller to determine who will be responsible for any necessary repairs.
A large number of homes in Seattle were built before the 1960s and often used clay or concrete pipes for their sewer line. These materials have a life expectancy of around 50 years, meaning that any lines that haven’t been replaced are at the end of their lifespan. You can find numerous stories of new Seattle homeowners who didn’t check the condition of the side sewers, only to discover they inherited a costly replacement job.
On top of that, because of Seattle’s hilly terrain, a broken line can often cause damage to surrounding properties as the sewage runs downhill. Even newer homes with PVC pipes could have potential issues. Unusual weather patterns (such as storms or droughts) and construction can cause the surrounding earth to shift, which can result in weakened joints or cracks. Once a break forms, sediment can start leaking in the line and plant roots will quickly follow— eventually causing a blockage.
Locally owned and operated in the Puget Sound area since 1968, Best Plumbing is well acquainted with the usual sewer challenges Seattle homeowners face. Our expert sewer inspection will reveal if a job requires a full replacement or smaller repair. When done correctly, a side sewer repair can save a lot of time and money and at Best Plumbing, our sewer specialists know how to get the job done right. Whether it’s renewing a broken section of piping or replacing an entire line, we will work to find the best solution to restore proper flow. Call us at 206-633-1700 or contact us here to schedule an appointment today!
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.