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Sewer Backup: Repair and Cleanout Installation

As anyone who has dealt with one can tell you, a sewer backup can be a messy and costly problem. Fortunately, the expert team at Best Plumbing has years of experience dealing with a variety of sewer issues. In this video, you can see an example of our team working on a sewer in the Seattle area, where a backup was flooding the basement of a building with water and sewage.

Sewer Line Video Inspection

Our team started by feeding a camera into the sewer line to discover the source of the backup. Our team determined that a tree root was blocking the sewer line. We dug a trench in order to access the blocked pipe and were able to remove the root. Water and sewage to begin flowing again, but we did another camera inspection to ensure there weren’t any other problems.

Sewer Cleanout Installation

Once the sewer line had been cleared, we were able to begin work on repairing the pipe. Our team used a new piece of PVC pipe to reconnect the sewer line where it had broken. In addition, we installed an outdoor cleanout (an access point to the sewer line) for easier maintenance and repair in the future. Installing an outdoor cleanout is a wise choice for any property owner since it makes it much easier for a plumber to access your sewer line in case of an emergency.

If you think you may have a sewer backup, be sure to contact a licensed plumber immediately. Best Plumbing is available 7 days a week, 365 days a year to resolve sewer problems in the Seattle and Bellevue area. Check out our Youtube channel for more great videos!

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Thank You For 50 Years of Trust!

This year we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of our company! It’s been an amazing journey made possible by the trust and loyalty of the greater Puget Sound community. We appreciate all of our customers and look forward to another great 50 years.

Our Story

We started out as a small, family-owned, plumbing and parts store in 1968 and quickly became known for our extensive stock, friendly service, and plumbing expertise. In the 50 years since, we’ve grown into a Seattle institution for everything plumbing related. We offer 24/7 emergency repair, sewer and rooter services, residential and commercial plumbing installation — and much, much more!

In addition to plumbing services, we also have a beautiful showroom and a team of skilled designers to help our terrific clients select the perfect kitchen and bath fixtures.

Local Values

Because of our Seattle roots, we’ve always been dedicated to incorporating eco-friendly plumbing practices into our business. As local leaders in water conversion, we work hard to provide our clients with green-friendly products and solutions that save money and protect our waterways. We are the “Trusted Authority” in dealing with unique plumbing challenges created by Seattle’s terrain, infrastructure, and environment. It takes a lot to surprise us these days.

Here’s To The Future

We proudly remain a family owned business and maintain our founding principles of quality work, business integrity, friendly service, and unrivaled industry expertise. We continue to grow by seeking out talented individuals and offering them a supportive and exciting work environment with opportunities to grow, learn and advance. With such an amazing team, we’re confident that we’ll continue to provide the greater Seattle and Eastside areas with outstanding service for years to come!

Visit our blog and YouTube channel for great tips and advice from our plumbing experts.

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Winter Plumbing Precautions

Meteorologists have declared a La Niña pattern has developed this winter, which is affecting weather conditions across the continent. While December was fairly mild, forecasters have warned that Seattle could be in for some colder weather in the coming months. Keep reading for tips on how to prevent three common plumbing issues you might face if things get chilly!

Frozen Pipes

When temperatures drop, exposed pipes, such as in crawl spaces or basements, can lead to trouble. A common issue is that water partially freezes in the pipe, restricting flow. In severe cases the pipe can become frozen solid. This can result in cracks as water pressure builds, and if the pipe breaks, water will start flooding your space. An easy way to prevent this is to insulate exposed pipes with a foam pipe cover. If Seattle should experience an arctic blast, let cold water drip from the faucets of any expose pipes — including kitchen and bathroom sinks. The water circulation will help maintain water pressure and prevent freezing.

Clogged Drains

Cold weather often results in more kitchen activity as people cook their favorite hearty dishes in order toward off the chill. This also means there’s more opportunity for grease and food scrapes to be washed down your kitchen drain and form a clog. Prevention is a fairly straightforward — simply make sure you compost food scraps and properly dispose of grease in the garbage. If your drain does clog, avoid reaching for liquid drain cleaner. Instead, check out our article covering tried and true methods for getting things unclogged.

Septic Tank Troubles

If your home uses a septic tank system, you’ll need to keep an eye out for prolonged periods of below freezing temperatures, especially with no snow. Under these conditions the ground can start freezing. While it’s unlikely that the tank itself will be threatened (at least in the Seattle area) depending on how deep the frost extends, parts of your septic system could still be at risk of freezing. In particular, check the point where the septic line leaves the house and make sure to cover it with a layer of insulation, such as hay, leaves, or mulch. Regular household activity will generally provide enough warm water circulation to prevent the line from freezing, but watch out if you go away for a long weekend or vacation.

If you experience any plumbing problems this winter, give the experts at Best Plumbing a call. We are available for emergency plumbing services 24/7 throughout the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas! You can also schedule an appointment for routine plumbing maintenance. Contact us today and learn why we’ve been trusted local plumbers for 50 years!

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