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Common Radiant Heat Questions

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.

What is Radiant Floor 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.

Can I install radiant floor heating myself?

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.

I have a limited budget. How can I save money on my radiant floor heating?

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.

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Grease Traps: What You Should Know

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.

How Does a Grease Trap Work?

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.

Maintaining Your Grease Traps

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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Low Water Pressure: Causes & Solutions

Do you have a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor faucet that seems to be suffering from low water pressure? Best Plumbing is available 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.

Water Leaks

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.

Old Faucets

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.

Heavy Water Use

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.

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