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.
Trials of Urban Density
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.
Consult Your Local Experts
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:
1. Sewer Backed Up in Your Drain
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.
2. Your P Trap is Dried Up
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.
3. Loose Pipes or Undone Cleanout Caps
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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Everyone knows how frustrating a leaky faucet can be. Most of the time the cartridge of your faucet causes this issue. Today on the blog, our Best Plumbing experts are here to help you stop that incessant drip, drip, drip! Just follow these easy steps:
Tools You’ll Need:
- Hex key or Allen Wrench
- Crescent wrench
- Faucet lube or Grease
- A new cartridge (We’ll teach you how to identify your cartridge and get a replacement in the instructions!)
- Shut the water off. Be sure to verify that it’s off by testing both the hot and cold water from your faucet.
- Take your Allen wrench and loosen the setscrew on the handle, then pull the handle off.
- Remove the bonnet nut by loosening it with the crescent wrench. This will give you access to the cartridge.
- Remove your cartridge, and replace it with a new one. If you have never replaced your cartridge before, that’s ok. Here’s what our team at Best Plumbing does: take a picture of the cartridge and of the faucet, and head to the hardware store. They will be able to get the correct cartridge to you for installation. Unfortunately if your faucet has a leaking cartridge, the most common fix is simply replacing it with a new one, rather than repairing the cartridge itself.
- Put a bit of faucet lube on the new cartridge and the bonnet nut.
- Carefully align the new cartridge and replace it. Most cartridges have bumps that need to be lined up correctly with the faucet. You should be able to feel these click in. Check out our video above for an easy visual guide to this step.
- Put the bonnet back on and tighten it.
- This is a good point to test that the water is coming out correctly. Turn the water back on and test both the hot and cold.
- Replace the handle and tighten.
We recommend calling a licensed plumber if you have trouble finding any of the above materials, or are concerned that something else may be wrong with your faucet. Our Best Plumbing team has proudly served the greater Seattle area for over 40 years. Come visit us at our Seattle showroom any time!
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