Unlike many other cities, in Seattle the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the side sewer line on their property up until the point it attaches to the main city line. This means that if you’re interested in buying a house in Seattle, part of the negotiation process should include getting the entire sewer line video inspected. A professional plumber will be able to determine the pipe material, the overall condition of the line, whether any sections have been replaced already. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to work with the seller to determine who will be responsible for any necessary repairs.
A large number of homes in Seattle were built before the 1960s and often used clay or concrete pipes for their sewer line. These materials have a life expectancy of around 50 years, meaning that any lines that haven’t been replaced are at the end of their lifespan. You can find numerous stories of new Seattle homeowners who didn’t check the condition of the side sewers, only to discover they inherited a costly replacement job.
On top of that, because of Seattle’s hilly terrain, a broken line can often cause damage to surrounding properties as the sewage runs downhill. Even newer homes with PVC pipes could have potential issues. Unusual weather patterns (such as storms or droughts) and construction can cause the surrounding earth to shift, which can result in weakened joints or cracks. Once a break forms, sediment can start leaking in the line and plant roots will quickly follow— eventually causing a blockage.
Locally owned and operated in the Puget Sound area since 1968, Best Plumbing is well acquainted with the usual sewer challenges Seattle homeowners face. Our expert sewer inspection will reveal if a job requires a full replacement or smaller repair. When done correctly, a side sewer repair can save a lot of time and money and at Best Plumbing, our sewer specialists know how to get the job done right. Whether it’s renewing a broken section of piping or replacing an entire line, we will work to find the best solution to restore proper flow. Call us at 206-633-1700 or contact us here to schedule an appointment today!
Do you need all new plumbing in your bathroom because of faulty pipes? Are you remodeling and simply considering replacing your pipes while you’re at it?
A plumbing remodel allows for more flexibility in your bathroom remodel updates, increases your home’s overall value, and can help you avoid plumbing emergencies in the future. Here are some tips for planning your plumbing remodel.
It’s understandable to want to rectify poor plumbing on your own. However, doing your own plumbing is much different than doing your own painting or even your own tile work.
Special tools are necessary, and special skills are essential. At Best Plumbing, our technicians go through extensive training and certification. Furthermore, we can handle any problem or challenge. The truth is, you never know what you’re going to run into when crack open your flooring and walls to replace your plumbing. Often, the issues are more complex than you initially thought.
Working with a professional plumber will give you peace of mind and confidence, knowing that your plumbing remodel projects will exactly match what you originally envisioned.
While your plumber should do their best to meet your exact needs, they can’t know exactly what you want if you don’t tell them. That’s why meeting with your plumber with plan-in-hand before getting an estimate is so important. Otherwise, your plumber may end up going too far or not far enough — and you don’t want to be surprised by your bill.
As you plan your remodel, remember that you’re always going to save money and time if you stick with your current plumbing layout. For a bathroom remodel, for example, this means keeping the tub where it is, the toilet where it is, and the sink where it is. While our plumbers are happy to adjust this layout if that’s something you want, keeping core plumbing in the same locations is usually less expensive.
Best Plumbing has been providing greater Seattle residents with top-quality plumbing services for over fifty years. No matter the breadth of your plumbing remodel project, our expert plumbers can handle the job and ensure sound implementation of all your plan details.
Contact us online today to speak with an expert and schedule a visit.
You may not have heard of a “waste and overflow,” but if you like to take baths, you should know that it is the system that makes them possible. The waste and overflow controls your bathtub drain, allowing you to fill your tub and empty it as necessary. Whether you want to install a new waste and overflow, repair an existing one, or just understand how it works, Best Plumbing can help! We provide a variety of services for waste and overflow assemblies.
The waste and overflow serves multiple purposes. The waste portion of the system is what drains used water from a bath. It is usually controlled by a triplever, which can be flipped to open or close the drain – thereby filling or draining the tub. The overflow half of the system is meant to prevent the tub from filling with too much water. If the water in the tub gets too high, it will drain via the waste and overflow system.
The waste and overflow is an L-shaped apparatus. The lower piece is the main tub drain, and the upper piece is the overflow drain. These drains are usually exposed and visible in the tub, while the rest of the system is enclosed. If you need to install or repair part of this enclosed system, it is best to call in a professional plumber who knows the different pieces and how they function together.
It’s easy to take waste and overflows for granted, but if you want to ensure that taking a bath doesn’t end up flooding your bathroom, make sure yours is in working order! For more information or help regarding waste and overflow systems, call Best Plumbing. We install, replace, and repair waste and overflows in the greater Seattle area. Contact us online today to schedule an appointment!