For many homeowners in Seattle, summer is a time to catch up on all those projects that have fallen by the wayside throughout the year. You may be thinking about updating your kitchen, repairing your bathroom, or perhaps doing some landscaping in the yard.
No matter what the project is, it is important to be mindful of the plumbing systems around your house to make sure that nothing gets damaged in the process. Here are a few areas you should keep an eye out for when you tackle your summer to-do list.
Before you start any kind of landscaping or outdoor construction project, check before you dig. You might risk damaging your sewer or septic line, busting a pipe or digging up your sprinkler system. In addition, it could be dangerous if you hit a gas or electric line too.
While you might be using that outdoor faucet for a repair job, make sure you cut it off when you’re done. It may be perfectly fine now but come winter–it could be at risk for freezing.
The chemicals you use around your house for cleaning and renovating don’t usually play well with your pipes. If you have chemicals that need to be disposed of, find a local recycling center or disposal facility. Pouring them into your sink or down the toilet could cause you serious plumbing problems.
There are few mistakes more aggravating than hammering, screwing or sawing into a pipe you didn’t realize was hidden in the walls. Make sure you know where all the pipes are before you do any of these tasks.
While there are certain tasks that you may be able to do without too much effort, such as resolving a simple shower drain clog, for the most part plumbing is best left to those who know what they are doing. This isn’t a time to try to save money–it could wind up costing you much more if you fail.
The key to making improvements around your home and yard without causing more harm than good is knowing when it is time to call the pros. If you have plans to complete any plumbing-related tasks, the team at Best Plumbing is always here to help. Give us a call or contact us online today and let us help you do the job right. We proudly serve Seattle and greater King County and we look forward to working with you!
Here at Best Plumbing, we hear a lot of questions from Seattle homeowners regarding their pipes, drains, and more. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding water leaks and hot water woes. If you haven’t already asked these questions, there’s a good chance you will later, so why not learn about them now?
A single leak in your water system is a definite danger to your home. A continuous flow of water can amount to serious corrosion in your pipes and other infrastructural components like floors and walls. To make matters worse, leaks will grow in size over time, which means that the longer they go unnoticed, the more dangerous they become. Did we mention you’ll also pay a higher water bill for the constant loss of water?
To check for leaks, simply locate your home’s water meter, and check the water level at two distant time periods between which you don’t use ay water. To do an effective test, you should wait for at least six hours between checks. If there are no leaks in your home, the water levels should stay the same. If the levels are different, then that could be a sign of trouble. We recommend calling a professional if that’s the case.
There are some common reasons as to why this might be happening. In each case, the solution will require you to enlist the help of a licensed professional.
Whether you fear you might have a leak or need a water heater inspection, our experts are here to help you with any and all of your plumbing needs. Just contact the local team at Best Plumbing today! We proudly serve the greater Seattle area. To find more tips on plumbing and maintenance, check out our blog and our Youtube page.
Our crew received this wonderful thank you letter from a young customer who was excited that we got the pipes in their home working again after a small plumbing emergency. It really made everyone’s day!
A locally owned and operated business, we have been serving Seattle’s plumbing needs for 50 years. One of the best things about our work as plumbers is knowing that we’re helping our community by improving Seattle’s water infrastructure, one plumbing system at a time.