For many homeowners in Seattle, summer is a time to catch up on all those projects that have fallen by the wayside throughout the year. You may be thinking about updating your kitchen, repairing your bathroom, or perhaps doing some landscaping in the yard.
No matter what the project is, it is important to be mindful of the plumbing systems around your house to make sure that nothing gets damaged in the process. Here are a few areas you should keep an eye out for when you tackle your summer to-do list.
Check Before You Dig
Before you start any kind of landscaping or outdoor construction project, check before you dig. You might risk damaging your sewer or septic line, busting a pipe or digging up your sprinkler system. In addition, it could be dangerous if you hit a gas or electric line too.
Turn Off Your Outdoor Water
While you might be using that outdoor faucet for a repair job, make sure you cut it off when you’re done. It may be perfectly fine now but come winter–it could be at risk for freezing.
Be Careful Disposing of Chemicals
The chemicals you use around your house for cleaning and renovating don’t usually play well with your pipes. If you have chemicals that need to be disposed of, find a local recycling center or disposal facility. Pouring them into your sink or down the toilet could cause you serious plumbing problems.
Check for Pipes Before Renovating
There are few mistakes more aggravating than hammering, screwing or sawing into a pipe you didn’t realize was hidden in the walls. Make sure you know where all the pipes are before you do any of these tasks.
Let a Professional Handle Plumbing Problems
While there are certain tasks that you may be able to do without too much effort, such as resolving a simple shower drain clog, for the most part plumbing is best left to those who know what they are doing. This isn’t a time to try to save money–it could wind up costing you much more if you fail.
The key to making improvements around your home and yard without causing more harm than good is knowing when it is time to call the pros. If you have plans to complete any plumbing-related tasks, the team at Best Plumbing is always here to help. Give us a call or contact us online today and let us help you do the job right. We proudly serve Seattle and greater King County and we look forward to working with you!