Did this winter season take a toll on your plumbing? Were you dealing with uncomfortable problems or irritating noises? Many homeowners might try to ignore issues until the weather warms up, but many also end up having to pay for expensive emergency repair. No matter what issue you dealt with, the team here at Best Plumbing can help you fix it for good and better prepare for future winters.
Frozen pipes don’t just turn your water to ice and keep you from running your faucet; they can crack your pipes or break rubber gaskets leading to leaks. Some of these leaks may be too small or too hidden to notice, but over time they can add up to big water bills or big damage to your home.
It might take longer to feel hot water since the water sitting in your pipes is colder, but your water heater should maintain the same temperature even during winter. If your hot water isn’t coming out at the set temperature, it could be a sign that your water heater is poorly insulated or that you have a leak allowing cold water to come in even when only the hot water valve is open. Remember: the more your water heater has to work, the more money you have to spend, so don’t settle for turning up the heat a little or deciding your water is “warm enough.”
If you flush more things down your pipes than you should, you can end up with a bad clog. Cold weather can make us hope for the best and put off finding a fix until it warms up. At best, you’ll be faced with an irritatingly slow drain until the problem is fixed. However, ignoring a clog could lead to a backup in your pipes or end up with a leak.
Avoid running up your utility bills or having to pay for an emergency repair next winter. Talk to Seattle’s Best Plumbing and trust us to make repairs that will last many winters to come! We can take a look at any problem areas or do a full inspection of your home. Contact us now for an appointment.
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Thinking about skipping a professional opinion and trying to fix your plumbing on your own? The team here at Best Plumbing wants to help you avoid further damage and more expensive bills. Here’s what could go wrong in a DIY project:
Whether you’re doing a repair or installing a new plumbing fixture, you may need to get a permit from the city. The penalty for not doing so could be big fines and having to pay to redo the entire job under a permit.
Sure, you might be able to get away with not getting a permit for small jobs that are inside your home, but this won’t help you when it’s time to sell. A home inspection will reveal work that wasn’t permitted or isn’t up to building codes, and you won’t be able to sell your home until you fix it. Don’t get stuck with extra bills in the long run and trust a professional from the get-go instead.
Some problems might have multiple causes. For example, a drop in water pressure could be a sign of multiple leaks. If you fix one leak and your water pressure goes up and your water bill goes down, you might not realize that you still have another leak causing you problems. Part of a plumber’s job is making sure to find any hidden problems and understanding that the problem getting better may not mean that it was fixed all the way.
Many homeowners don’t know how to put the finishing touches on a DIY job. For example, you may not tighten a pipe properly if you don’t have the right tools, or you might install a rubber gasket incorrectly. The job may look well done, and you may not see obvious leaks, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have problems. Even a small drip could lead to mold, water damage, or bigger water bills. This is an especially serious concern when you won’t be able to observe your work over time such as trying to fix pipes behind your washing machine or inside of a wall.
Instead of a DIY job that will only end up costing you more money, get professional help! The expert team here at Best Plumbing serves the greater King County area and would be happy to take a look at anything you’re dealing with. Contact us today!
Your water heater is an appliance that can last for decades, yet daily usage will take its toll and your water heater will eventually need to be replaced. Here are four indicators to watch out for so that you have plenty of time to repair or update your system before a malfunction leaves you in the cold.
If your water heater is more than 10 years old then you should consider getting it professionally inspected to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure of its age, look for the manufacturer’s label on the upper part of the water heater. This label will feature the serial number for the unit and a date code for when it was made. To read the date code, look at the first letter and the first two digits. The letter “A” represents the first month of the year (i.e. January), the letter “B” represents February, and so forth. The next two digits represent the year. If the beginning of the date code says D07, it means that the water heater was made in April 2007. You can also use the manufacturer’s website to help you determine the date of your water heater.
A sure sign that your water heater is wearing out is when it starts producing less hot water. This issue could be caused by several factors. Over time, sediment can build up in the tank, reducing the volume of hot water available for your home. Another common problem is that the heating element starts to fail and is unable to heat the water to the desired temperature.
Leakage and rust are two common signs that it’s time to get an inspection or go shopping for a new water heater. Water pooling on the floor around the heater indicates that the inner tank sealing has failed. If you turn on the hot water and it looks brownish-red, this is the sign of rust in the tank.
Older water heaters are less efficient and upgrading to a newer model, such as a tankless water heater, can really help cut energy costs. It can also help reduce water waste, as you’ll no longer have to keep the tap running constantly, waiting for the hot water to arrive.
Best Plumbing is available to help homeowners with all of their plumbing needs. Call or contact us today if you think your water heater needs an inspection or that you might benefit from a system upgrade. Our expert plumbers will come out and help you determine the best solution for your needs and budget.