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BestPlumbing.com Blog by Best Plumbing - 1y ago

While toilets may seem pretty straightforward, there is actually more than one way they can work to dispose of waste. Toilets run the gamut of flush features, and these can be important to consider when selecting the right units for your home or work setting. The experts at Best Plumbing want Seattle to be equipped with just the right toilets to meet its needs. Let’s investigate the options!

Gravity-Flush

The gravity-flush toilet is a very common fixture in modern bathrooms, and perhaps the oldest modern toilet unit around. With this unit, it’s all in the name: gravity is used to flush waste. Specifically, water from the toilet tank is released into the bowl at the press of the flush valve, and the water pushes waste downward through the trapway. With gravity-feed toilets, the circular motion of the flushing water is used to simultaneously clean the bowl.

Pressure-Assisted

The pressure-assisted toilet is the power tool of the modern bathroom. Pressurized air compels water from the tank into the bowl with great force, creating a loud, abrupt flushing sound. While far more efficient than your standard gravity-feed unit, a pressure-assisted toilet is best suited to large family homes or public restrooms that see a lot of use.

Dual-Flush

Dual-flush toilets are a mixture of the above options for an effective, yet environmentally friendly method of waste disposal. When using this unit, you have the option of selecting between a half-strength flush and a full flush. The half-strength is equivalent to a gravity-feed toilet and is used for liquid waste disposals. The full-strength will dispose waste with the force of a pressure-assisted toilet and is used for solid waste. The duel system results in 60% water savings of toilet water consumption thus reducing the overall water use.

Waterless

The waterless self-contained toilet is an option of increasing popularity on worksites or campsites. These totally dry units collect waste in a receptacle beneath the seat. Waterless toilets range in quality, with the latest and best unit featuring an electric-powered, odorless disposal system with double-bagging technology for easy switch-outs. This could be perfect for travelers on the go!

Best Plumbing – Your Local Plumbers

For all questions or concerns regarding plumbing systems, waste disposal, pipe systems, and more give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 633-1700. We are your local Seattle plumbing experts, serving the Puget Sound area since 1968. We also provide emergency plumbing services for issues requiring immediate attention. Visit our website for more information or check out our other blogs and YouTube channel for more great plumbing tips!

Photo © jarmoluk, available under Creative Commons CCO.

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When something minor happens with your home plumbing, there’s often the impulse to ignore it and hope it goes away. Strange noises, a slow drain, or low water pressure — they’re annoying, but you can live with it, right? Unfortunately, these are usually signs that something is wrong with your pipes. Stay ahead of things and contact a professional before it gets worse. To help you out, here are five signs that it’s time to call your plumber.

Low Water Pressure

The pet peeve of homeowners everywhere: terrible water pressure. This seemingly minor problem can be caused by a variety of issues, including leaks, clogs, incorrectly sized pipes, or malfunctioning pressure valves. To get to the root of the problem as quick as possible, it’s best to contact a plumber for an inspection.

Slow Draining Water

Often, a clogged drain is something that a plunger or drain snake can fix. However, for a slow drain that just won’t unclog, it’s a good idea to call a professional. Trying too hard to clear out a stubborn block can actually cause more damage to your pipes. When in doubt, it’s best to hire a plumber and avoid any unintended, expensive repairs.

Unusual Noises

Do you hear water running through your pipes at odd times? Do you hear gurgling when you run the dishwasher or flush the toilet? A loud thud when you turn off faucets (a phenomenon known as water hammering)? Often these can be early warning signs that a problem is developing. It could be that the air chamber in your sink has become waterlogged, that water pressure is set too high, or that water valves or lines connecting to your appliances need to be replaced. Hiring a professional can save you a lot of time tracking down and fixing the root cause before it gets out of hand.

Strange Smells

If you catch a whiff of sulfur coming from your sink, or sewage is backing up into your bathtub, it means that something is very wrong with a sewer pipe near your home. Left unchecked, a burst sewer pipe can cause major damage to your home’s foundations and surrounding property. This is definitely not a fix-it-yourself situation — contact a certified plumber immediately.

Major Installations

A DIY mindset can make sense for smaller projects, but when it comes to making major changes to fixtures or appliances, be smart and hire a plumber. Even something that seems relatively easy, such as moving a dishwasher or sink, could result in expensive repairs if you’re not careful. Your best bet is to hire an expert who has the correct tools and know-how to get the job done. 

Get Started in Seattle Today

Find your local Seattle plumbing expert with Best Plumbing! We’ve been serving the Puget Sound area for 50 years. From minor concerns to emergency plumbing servings, we’re here to help 24/7. Give us a call at (206) 633-1700. Visit our website for more information, or check out our YouTube channel for more helpful plumbing tips!

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Plumbing isn’t always the most accessible topic and misinformation can cause a lot of confusion. Even worse, it could cost you a lot of money if a mistaken idea means you don’t take care of a plumbing issue quickly enough. Best Plumbing in Seattle is here to help set the record straight. Keep reading to learn about three common misconceptions as we separate plumbing fact from plumbing fiction!

Leaky Faucets are Nothing to Worry About

Best Plumbing’s verdict? False. While it might not seem like an immediate problem, minor leaks can lead to a major problem over time. One drip? Okay, but how about ten-thousand? That’s a significant amount of water waste. Leaky faucets, toilets, or appliances should be addressed sooner rather than later. The leak could be the result of a broken seal, a cracked pipe, or potential issues with water pressure. If you suspect that the leak is being caused by more than a loose bolt, call a professional plumber for an inspection.

Water Heaters Can Explode

While it certainly makes for an eye-catching headline, the reality is decidedly less dramatic. It’s true that old, poorly maintained, water heaters can sometimes rupture under rare circumstances. However, the result will be a cracked tank, not an explosion. Moreover, modern water heaters are installed with pressure relief valves that are designed to release built-up pressure and prevent this exact problem. Sometimes water heaters make rumbling noises, which can mislead homeowners into thinking danger is imminent. However, this is generally a sign that sediment has collected at the bottom of the tank and is preventing efficient operation. So if you do hear noises from your water heater, it is probably time for a check-up. In general, valves should be checked every few months, and the tank should be drained yearly. This will ensure your water heater stays in top shape.

Flushable Wipes are Pipe-Friendly

This is a bit of an exaggeration. While a better solution than non-flushable wipes, the flushable variety still isn’t the best thing for plumbing systems. This is because they degrade at a much slower rate than toilet paper, causing potential blockages and other problems, especially if they are used in large quantities.
Best Plumbing is your local Seattle plumbing expert and we been serving the Puget Sound area as far back as 1968. For help with leaky pipes, troublesome water heaters, and more, give us a call at (206) 633-1700. We also provide emergency plumbing services for issues requiring immediate attention. Visit our website for more information or check out our other blogs and YouTube channel for more great plumbing tips!

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People often don’t pay much attention to plumbing until something goes wrong, so it’s easy to understand why a slow revolution in the world of interior plumbing has gone largely unnoticed. Since its introduction in the early 1990s, PEX piping has been transforming the plumbing installation process and has become the material of choice for both commercial and residential applications. Keep reading to learn more about PEX and why you should consider it for your next interior pipe installation or replacement project.

How It’s Made

PEX is a cross-linked polyethylene. What this means is that chains of polyethylene are chemically altered and bonded with each other to produce high-density polyethylene, which is then melted down and formed into a durable, flexible tube. There are three types of PEX piping available on the market: PEX-A, PEX-B, and PEX-C, which are used for different applications. PEX is a resilient material and generally comes with a warranty lifespan of 25-30 years.

How It’s Used

One of the biggest advantages PEX pipes has over metal or plastic pipes is that PEX is flexible. This means it’s an ideal product for retrofit and remodel projects since it’s able to easily handle corners, be fed through walls, and maneuvered around obstacles. Unlike rigid pipes, PEX also doesn’t require any sort of glue or bonding agent, but rather uses proprietary fittings, valves, manifolds, and connectors to create a watertight system. This type of installation can translate into higher quality work in unconventional applications and quicker turnarounds for contractors and owners alike.

PEX can be used for a variety of applications in the home, including water supply lines and radiant (or hydronic) heating systems. Depending on the type, PEX pipes can withstand water temperatures as hot as 200° F. Thanks to its flexibility, PEX is also able to better handle cold temperatures than many of its rigid counterparts. In the event water freezes in the pipe, PEX can expand, meaning it’s much less likely to burst than metal or plastic.

Some important things to be aware of is that PEX is not rated for use outdoors nor is it approved for continuous UV exposure. However, these limitations are generally not of major concern for most standard building projects, where pipes are hidden away in the walls or under floors.

Want to Learn More?

If you need to upgrade your home’s interior plumbing or are building a new construction, you should consider making the switch to PEX piping. Contact the experts at Best Plumbing to discuss your plumbing needs and we’ll help you find the best solution for your project. We have proudly served Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area for over 50 years! Call us today at (206) 633-1700.

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BestPlumbing.com Blog by Best Plumbing - 1y ago

Our crew received this wonderful thank you letter from a young customer who was excited that we got the pipes in their home working again after a small plumbing emergency. It really made everyone’s day!

A locally owned and operated business, we have been serving Seattle’s plumbing needs for 50 years. One of the best things about our work as plumbers is knowing that we’re helping our community by improving Seattle’s water infrastructure, one plumbing system at a time.

Visit our website to learn about our various plumbing services or check out our YouTube channel for some great plumbing tips!

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If it’s taking your sink forever to empty or there’s standing water in your dishwasher or laundry machine, then it means there’s a problem in your drain system. As grease, soap residue, hair (and occasionally small toys if you have young children) get washed down the drain, they slowly leave behind a layer of build up in your pipes that can obstruct water flow. Plant roots are another common suspect, particularly during the spring and summer. If left unaddressed for too long, these obstructions can cause the pipe to become completely blocked, resulting in an expensive repair or replacement job.

While it might be tempting to use a bottle of liquid drain cleaner in hopes of a quick fix, resist the urge! Using harsh chemicals can lead to more trouble if they don’t work as expected and their corrosive properties can further damage your pipes. If you suspect it’s a case of some hair stuck in the sink or shower drain, usually a small drain snake (available at most department stores) is enough to fix the issue. However, depending on the extent and severity of the blockage, it might be time to call in a plumber. A good indication of when to contact a professional is if multiple drains are being affected or if the blockage involves your appliances.

Fortunately, Best Plumbing is here to help! Our expert plumbers are available 24/7 to get your drains cleaned out and working again. Our drain specialists handle grease traps, catch basins, hot water heaters, toilets, sinks and showers of all types, floor drains, large appliances and more. We will perform a camera and video inspection to pinpoint the nature and location of the clog then will use cabling or hydraulic jetting to quickly and safely clear up the blockage. All you’ll need to do is sit back and relax, knowing that your drains won’t slow down again anytime in the near future — unless another toy finds its way down the toilet.

Visit our website to learn more about Best Plumbing’s service specials or call (206) 633-1700 to set up an appointment. We proudly serve the greater Seattle and Puget Sound area!

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