Is it time to replace your water heater? If so, you may want to consider switching to a tankless heater – they offer significant energy savings as well as easy maintenance. However, it’s also important to understand that tankless water heaters don’t work in every home, so if you’re considering a switch, you may want to consult the Best Plumbing team first. Here are a few factors that may guide your decision.
Regardless of whether you choose a gas-fired or electric tankless water heater, you’ll likely save on energy costs. Tankless heaters are compact, so they’re great for small spaces. Plus, they last longer and typically have longer warranties (often around 15 years, as compared to six for a traditional water heater). And if you’re trying to go green, you should also know that tankless water heaters are better for the environment because you won’t have to dispose of a rusty tank later on.
The biggest deterrent for tankless water heaters is the price. Not only are the heaters themselves considerably more expensive than traditional tank versions, but they may also require additional expense to install. If you choose an electric tankless water heater, you may need to hire an electrician to ensure that your home’s electrical system is updated. If you choose a gas-fired tankless water heater, you’ll need to make sure that it is vented. Either way, you will likely need a professional to help install your new tankless water heater.
Not sure if a tankless water heater is right for your Seattle home? Contact Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current water heater situation and determine whether you could benefit from a tankless heater (and if so, which kind!). If you already know that you want to make the switch, we can also help you install a new tankless water heater in your home. We proudly serve the greater Seattle area.
If you notice that water is not draining down your sinks or appliances normally, you may need to clean your sewer lines. Sewer cleaning involves clearing out build up and debris in the sewer line so that water and waste can flow down the line without impediment. This is usually done using one of two methods: cabling or jetting. Keep reading to learn about each of these methods, and how to determine which one is suited to your cleaning task.
Cabling is a process that is used to remove stubborn clogs in a sewer line. As you might guess from the name, it involves inserting a cable into the drain line that has a head that can retrieve items, such as toys, or chop up debris like tree roots. The biggest advantage to cabling is that it can quickly break up and remove large blocks from the line, however it isn’t as effective for dealing with build-up that’s caked onto the side of the pipe, like soap residue and grease.
The second method that is used for sewer line cleaning is jetting. In this case, a hose is inserted into your sewer line that sprays out pressurized water. This helps to break up clogs that are formed by food or scum, while also cleaning the pipe walls. The advantage to jetting is that it is able to remove residue and clean the lines in a way that cabling cannot. The downside to jetting is that it cannot also remove larger obstructions that are firmly lodged in the sewer line. Also, if your sewer lines are older or in poor condition, jetting may not be an option, as the pressurized water may cause damage to your pipes.
If your sewer line is in need of cleaning, give Best Plumbing a call. We offer both cabling and jetting services and will help determine which is the best method for your sewer lines. Contact our experts today to schedule a cleaning appointment. We proudly serve Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Bothell, Redmond, Shoreline, and Bainbridge!
Best Plumbing is proud to employ plumbers who are passionate about the work they do. Are you interested in pursuing a rewarding career in plumbing? Follow along as we take you through what it takes to become a certified plumber in Washington State.
Anyone looking to pursue a career in plumbing is required by law to become certified by the state of Washington. This helps to ensure that plumbing services meet certain standards. Plumbing can be dangerous at times, and improperly trained workers can cause serious damage. Therefore, it is critical that plumbers earn one of the various certifications provided by Washington State.
To become a plumber, you’ll begin as a trainee, working with a plumber who is already certified as a Journey Level or Specialty Plumber. The work you do under their supervision will supply the required hours you need to become certified.
Depending on your interests, there are a number of certifications you can pursue in plumbing. Becoming a Journey Level Plumber will certify you to work in every single phase of plumbing construction. While this is one of the most intensive certifications, it will make you extremely hirable and allow you to work laterally across the field of plumbing.
If you would prefer to earn a certification in a specific area of plumbing, there are a number of available options. Washington State currently provides certifications for Residential, Pump and Irrigation, Domestic Well, and Backflow. Each of these certifications has its own set of requirements, with some also necessitating additional certifications. Pump and Irrigation, for example, requires an electrical certification in addition to its other prerequisites.
The plumbing world is always changing as new technological advancements change the way buildings are built. As such, plumbers are required to renew their certifications every year by taking continuing education classes that must be approved by the state of Washington. The exact number of hours and credits will vary depending on the specific certification, but all aspiring plumbers should be avid learners who have an interest in continually bettering themselves through further education.
Becoming a certified plumber requires years of on the job training. Best Plumbing looks for hard-working, experienced employees to serve the greater Seattle area. If you’re a homeowner who is in need of expert plumbing services, then give us a call! Our new and existing employees are looking forward to helping you with all of your plumbing needs!