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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Plumbing issues are the last thing you want when hosting visiting friends and relatives for the holidays. However, the extra company means extra work for your plumbing and a higher chance of something getting clogged. Here are some easy ways to prevent the top three causes of the holiday plumbing blues. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing!
Visitors often admire the lovely Craftsman style homes found throughout the Seattle area. However, they might not realize that things easily handled by modern plumbing systems can cause problems here since many of these homes also have old pipework. Common culprits for toilet clogs are sanitary napkins, paper towels, and the occasional child’s toy. To help prevent clogs, hang a sign over the toilet letting guests know what not to flush and place a small wastebasket nearby for convenience. Also, keep a plunger handy!
Sinks, showers, and tubs in the bathroom can become clogged over time as loose hair, shaving cream, and soap scum build up inside the pipe. This process speeds up the more people you have in the home. Investing in some drain filters is a simple way to catch this debris and keep your drains from slowing down.
The extra company also means extra dishes and too many food scrapes washing down the sink can overwork your garbage disposal. Before visitors arrive, turn on the sink and run the disposal unit on empty to help clear out any buildup. Then throw in some ice cubes to help sharpen the blades and scrape grease and food items off the walls. Remind your guests about items that shouldn’t be placed down the garbage disposal, such as bones and fibrous vegetables like celery and potato peels. Also, inform visitors that Seattle has a city composting program and show them where you keep your bin to collect food scraps. Finally, have some old containers on standby to pour grease into so you can throw it in the trash.
By following these tips, you can avoid holiday plumbing woes and keep your guests happy. And remember, if something does happen, just call Best Plumbing at (206) 622-1700. Our expert plumbers will quickly come out and fix your plumbing so that you can focus on spending time with your loved one!
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