Do you have a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor faucet that seems to be suffering from low water pressure? Best Plumbing is here to help! Fortunately, low water pressure is usually a minor issue that can be solved without extensive plumbing work. The real trick is to identify the reason for the low pressure, since there may be many possible causes. Here are a few common situations that can cause low water pressure in Seattle and Bellevue homes:
Build up of sediment can clog your pipes and/or slow the flow of water to a particular faucet. If this is the case, it will usually only affect a single faucet, and a simple pipe cleaning should resolve the problem. If you have noticed low water pressure in multiple areas of your home, it is likely a different issue.
If you’ve noticed a sudden or dramatic drop in water pressure, it could have been caused by a leaking pipe. A plumber will be able to examine your home for signs of a water leak, and if necessary, will be able to repair or replace the affected pipe.
A damaged or faulty faucet can also cause low water pressure. If the internal parts no longer function properly, the valves may not fully open. In that case, the flow of water would be partially blocked, resulting in lower pressure. In this situation, it is best to have a plumber replace your faucet completely.
If you notice occasional low water pressure from one or more of your faucets, consider how many water sources are in use at that time. In some homes, water pressure may be reduced when water is being used in multiple locations (showers, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers) simultaneously. If this is an ongoing issue, you can always consider enlarging your home’s main water pipes to help increase the water pressure.
For help diagnosing your low water pressure problems, call Best Plumbing! We serve homeowners throughout the Greater Seattle area.
Multi-family dwellings make up a large percentage of Seattle’s current construction boom. While necessary to help alleviate the city’s housing crunch, erecting a large apartment complex or multiple condos on what used to be parcel of land used for a single residence can lead to some significant plumbing issues.
One potential problem for new development is how to handle drainage. A rise in urban density also means a rise in urban storm water runoff, which can be a serious concern in the Emerald City. Because apartments and condos don’t have a yard to help absorb water, it’s important that they properly utilize storm drains and catch basins to effectively direct water to prevent flooding and property damage.
Another issue for new construction is making sure that the water and sewage demands of a mult-family unit don’t overwhelm the existing infrastructure. Seattle’s aging plumbing and sewage network has a colorful history, where the concrete or clay pipes used prior to the 1960’s can turn up in unexpected places. As you can imagine, attaching a modern apartment complex to a 70 year-old pipe is a recipe for disaster.
For these reasons it’s important to work with a plumbing expert who is familiar with Seattle’s water challenges and infrastructure. Locally owned and operated for the past 50 years, Best Plumbing is up to the task! Our expert team works with developers and contractors to plan and execute new construction plumbing solutions that are safe, efficient, and cost-effective. Contact us today by calling (206) 785-2360.
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If something starts to smell a bit off in your bathroom, it’s easy to get concerned and to be unsure how to solve the problem. The Best Plumbing experts are here to help! There are three main reasons why you could have a sewer smell in your bathroom or home:
It is possible that sewer could be backed up in your shower drain. To check that this is not the case, use a flashlight and shine it down into the drain of your shower. You can also run the water to make sure that everything is draining as it should be.
In the bottom of your shower there is a drain that has a small indented area to hold water. This is called a P Trap, and they are also installed in sinks and toilets. The P Trap holds water at all times, allowing water to continually pass through, while stopping sewer gasses from coming up and entering your bathroom. If you don’t use the shower or a floor drain often, the P Trap can dry out and allow methane gas from the sewer to enter your bathroom. Add water back into the P Trap in order to stop this unwanted airflow.
If pipes have become loosened or a cleanout cap has come undone in your bathroom or basement, this can create an area where sewer gas comes into your home. When this happens, the smell can be especially tricky to locate. Inspect all of your pipes and cleanouts to ensure that nothing has come loose.
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