Seattle business and homeowners naturally want to get the best value for their dollar. In order to reduce costs, some people might consider using an unlicensed handy-worker who’s offering rock-bottom prices. While this might work for basic property upkeep, when it comes to plumbing, hiring an unlicensed contractor isn’t worth the money you might save up front. Here are the top reasons you should only hire a licensed plumber to work on your water and sewer system.
There is no guarantee that unlicensed workers will comply with state requirements and other industry standards. Because of potential health and infrastructure problems that can result from improperly installed plumbing, it is illegal for contractors to do plumbing work in Washington without proper licensing. If damage results from faulty work, you could be facing legal issues from tenants, neighbors, employees, clients or visitors. Using a licensed plumber will ensure that all plumbing work is done to code.
Messed up plumbing can result in an unsafe environment for all who live, work, or visit the property. A slow leak in a wall can aid in the undetected growth of hazardous mold. Damage from rot can ruin flooring or weaken the structural integrity of support joists. A broken sewer line can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or spill over onto surrounding properties. Using the incorrect pipe materials can introduce toxic chemicals to drinking water. A trained and licensed plumber will understand these risks and know what to do in order to keep everyone safe.
Becoming a licensed plumber involves specialized education, training under experienced technicians, and keeping up with state certification requirements. With this knowledge and experience, licensed plumbers are able to quickly identify and resolve your plumbing issues. They also stay up to date with industry developments that will help keep you safe and reduce water and energy waste. Moreover, they are eligible to be hired by bonded and insured companies, such as Best Plumbing, which can help protect you in the event something does go wrong with a job.
It’s hard to put a price on feeling relaxed and at ease during a home repair. Using an unlicensed contractor might save you money in the short term, but only at the risk of facing more costly problems down the road. Get the best value for your money by hiring smart and only working with a fully licensed plumber. To learn more, visit our website or contact the experts at Best Plumbing at (206) 208-0429. You can also check out our Youtube channel. We’ve been Seattle’s trusted local plumbers for more than 50 years!
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Running out of hot water is rarely a pleasant experience. Sometimes it’s just a matter of poor timing (for example, starting a load of laundry when someone’s in the shower). However, if you notice that hot water shortages are occurring more frequently, it could be time for a new water heater.
The two main causes for running out of hot water are either because your current tank isn’t large enough to support demand, or because your water heater is wearing out. Check out this post for common warning signs of a failing water heater. In either case, it’s a good idea to research newer models since you could benefit from increased energy efficiency. Another benefit is that newer water heaters can include monitoring systems to catch potential issues in order to keep operating at peak efficiency. You can determine the potential savings of different models by using this calculator available from the Department of Energy. Making sure that you have the right water heater system could save you hundreds of dollars a year.
With advances in plumbing technology, there are now a variety of new water heater systems to meet your needs. Some alternatives to the traditional storage tank model include:
The experts at Best Plumbing are available to answer all your water heater questions. Give us a call at (206) 208-0429 and set up a consultation! We’ll help you figure out a new water heater system to meet your needs and improve energy savings. We proudly serve Seattle, the East Side, and communities throughout King County.
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Is a running toilet driving up your water bill and keeping you awake at night? It’s a common issue that homeowners will likely encounter at some point. The simplest explanation for this annoyance is that, for one reason for another, the flapper (which controls the flow of water from the tank into the toilet bowl) is not closing properly, so water is continuously leaking from the tank to the bowl. This can be caused by one of several different problems inside your toilet’s tank. Fortunately, it is usually a simple and inexpensive fix. Here are a few issues that could cause your toilet to run continuously:
The first thing to check in a running toilet is the flapper. Over time, flappers can become warped, dirty, or damaged so that they don’t function properly and allow water to leak from the tank. If your flapper looks discolored, warped, or broken, it is probably time for a replacement.
Your toilet may have a plastic balloon attached to the pump, floating on top of the water in the tank. This float tells the pump when the tank is full so that it will stop filling with water. However, setting the float too high will result in a running toilet. To adjust, there will be a small screw on the rod that connects the balloon to the valve. Turn the screw clockwise to lower the balloon hight setting.
If someone recently worked on your toilet and you soon notice it running afterward, it’s probably a case that they reattached the chain incorrectly. When you open up the tank, you’ll see a chain connecting the rubber flapper to the flush lever. When you push down on the lever to flush the toilet, it is meant to lift the chain which then pulls up the flapper, allowing water to rush from the tank to the bowl. However, if your chain is too short, the flapper will be raised and will not to stop the water from leaking from the tank. To fix, unhook the chain, press the flapper completely down, reattach the chain and voilà! No more running toilet.
Need help figuring out why your toilet keeps running? Call the Best Plumbing team at (206) 785-2551! We’ll take a look, make a fix, and ensure that your toilet is functioning properly. Visit our website to learn more about our wide range of plumbing services.