Choosing a sink can be surprisingly tricky since it will be a prominent feature in your kitchen or bathroom and must combine both form and function. Best Plumbing is here to give you the lowdown on some of the most popular sink types to consider for your Seattle home. Keep reading to learn more!
Also know as self-rimming, this model is a staple in sink design. Featuring a rolled rim that allows the basin to hang, suspended over a cutout in the countertop, overmount sinks are adaptable and non-invasive. Overmount sinks work with any counter material and can be replaced without making substantial changes to the supporting countertop. They’re also a solid choice when you need a sink to be installed quickly or are on a budget.
If you need a sink but don’t have room for a counter, you might consider a wall-hung basin. When installed, all the plumbing goes directly into the wall, leaving the floor space below the basin entirely clear. This option can save more space than any other sink type and is perfect for restricted spaces, such as the small bathrooms common in Seattle’s well-loved craftsman style homes or in micro-apartments.
Another popular, counter-free choice is the pedestal-style sink, where the bowel sits atop a supporting column atop a support column. It takes up more room than a wall-hung sink, but less space than a countertop model. Pedestal sinks generally have a timeless quality that works well with a wide range of different bathroom décors.
It requires more plumbing know-how to install, but if you want to make a statement with a clean, modern look, consider an undermount sink. Everything is cut to fit exactly so the sink basin will sit flush with the counter edge. This means that undermount sinks are better paired with solid wood or stone countertops, as the edge surrounding the sink basin will remain visible.
If you’re on the hunt for something unique, look no further than vessel-style sinks. With this design, the sink bowl rests on top of the counter. This allows for a lot of stylistic flexibility in terms of shape and material. Your sink could look like glazed pottery, carved wood, a waterfall, or any number of custom designs. This is a great option for homeowners looking for a sink with a lot of distinct presence.
Best Plumbing is your one-stop shop for all your plumbing needs. Our showroom staff will help you find the perfect plumbing fixtures and our expert plumbers will install them perfectly. Give us a call at (206) 785-2360. We are your local plumbing authority, trusted in the Puget Sound area for 50 years. Visit our website or Youtube channel to learn more!
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Here at Best Plumbing in Seattle we often get questions from homeowners about radiant floor heating. Radiant heating has become increasingly popular around Seattle, the Eastside, and across the country. Today we are going to answer a few common questions about radiant heating.
The heat from radiant floors comes from electric coils or water heated pipes that are installed under your home’s floors. A radiant floor heating system is able to warm everything it touches, which allows heat to “radiate” around a room from the ground up. Generally, radiant heating provides a more constant air temperature than the traditional forced-air system.
Generally, we would not recommend that homeowners attempt to install radiant floor heating on their own. This is largely due to the fact that some of the most common errors end up being more expensive to repair than the original installation. One of these mistakes is running the loop length too long for the pump that has been planned out. If the concrete has already been laid when this mistake is discovered, the only way to fix it is to take a jackhammer to the floor. This repair is both costly and time-consuming. Essentially, you’ll be starting from square one.
One of the main ways to save money on radiant floor heating is by only installing it in a couple of rooms in your home. The most popular place for this is usually the bathroom. Heated tile floors feel great underfoot when you get out of bed on a cold winter morning. Another way to save money on your radiant heat flooring is by using the same heat source that heats up the domestic hot water in your home.
There are a lot of things to consider before installing radiant floor heating in your home. If you live in the Seattle area, contact Best Plumbing to learn more about our services. If you’re looking for more info about radiant heating, plumbing, or sewer problems, be sure to check out our blog and Youtube channel.
If your business is part of Seattle’s amazing culinary scene, it’s important to understand the role of grease traps in commercial kitchens. Fortunately, Best Plumbing Seattle is here to explain everything you need to know. The large amount of fat, oil, and grease (often called “FOG”) generated by restaurants can clog drains and wastewater systems. For this reason, local government requires that commercial kitchens install grease traps — also called grease interceptors. Located between the business’ drain and the main sewer line, the traps filter out FOG for easy collection and disposal. This helps prevent problematic levels of FOG from reaching the municipal wastewater system.
Grease traps intercept and filters out the FOG while allowing the remaining water to pass through to the wastewater system. They work by slowing the movement of (and thereby cooling) the water in the drain. Water and FOG do not mix, so as both begin to cool, the FOG coagulates on the water’s surface where it is easier to skim off and remove.
You can be fined if your grease traps are not working correctly. This generally happens when FOG build up in the traps over time, decreasing their effectiveness. One preventative step your business can take is instructing employees to throw away fat, oil, and grease into the garbage instead of washing it down the drain. You can also schedule a regular cleaning for your grease traps to remove build up before it becomes a problem
Best Plumbing Seattle offers a variety of services to ensure your grease traps function properly and meet government guidelines. In addition to grease traps, we provide regularly scheduled plumbing maintenance and repairs. Whether you are a new or long-time commercial food establishment, our expert team can help you manage your plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services or call us at (206) 785-2360!
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