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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If you have a garbage disposal for your kitchen sink, you know it can be a real time saver when it comes to cleaning up after a meal — if it’s maintained properly. Below are some great tips to make sure your garbage disposal runs smoothly. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing!
Best Plumbing has been serving Puget Sound residents since 1968. Whether it’s helping you with a leaky faucet or installing plumbing for your commercial project, Best Plumbing is here for you. For more home plumbing tips and tricks, check out our blog or Youtube channel. We proudly serve the Seattle and Bellevue areas. Give us a call today!
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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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