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    What to Do if a Frozen Pipe Bursts

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When water freezes into ice, it expands. This often causes pipes to burst during cold weather. A burst pipe can waste up to 250 gallons of water per day, running up your water bill and damaging your home.

    This video explains what to do if you experience a burst pipe this winter. Turn off your home’s main water supply to cut off the flow of water from the pipe. Contact a plumber to address the cracked pipe, and then call your insurance company to make a claim regarding any damaged property. 

    Call Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical at (206) 452-4363 for same-day and emergency service to address frozen pipes, clogged drains, sewer problems, and other plumbing emergencies. We pride ourselves on providing fast, effective, and professional service in Seattle and the surrounding areas. Check us out on the web to view our current special offers or schedule service today.

    Handling Your Home's Water Supply

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you encounter a plumbing emergency, shutting off your home’s main water supply can prevent extensive flooding and water damage to your property. Your main water shutoff valve should be located near your water meter. Once you find your water meter, you will see the main water line bringing water in to supply your home’s plumbing. The main water shutoff valve is located between the incoming water line and your water meter. The shutoff valve may look like a knob or a lever. If your shutoff valve is a knob, turn the knob in a clockwise direction to stop the flow of water. A lever should be moved so that it is perpendicular to the incoming pipe to turn off your water supply. If you can’t find your water meter or your main shutoff valve, or if you have questions about how to turn off the water supply in an emergency, contact your plumber for assistance.

    At Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical, our plumbers provide 24/7 emergency services in the Seattle area. If you’re experiencing a plumbing or heating problem, call us at (206) 452-4363 for fast, reliable repairs. You can find more plumbing tips on our blog!

    Preventing Pesky Winter Plumbing Problems

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Cold weather is often the culprit when pipes burst open. One of the easiest solutions for preventing burst pipes is to add some extra insulation. Watch this video clip to find out more about keeping your pipes safe throughout the winter season.

    Covering the length of pipes found outside or in cold areas of the home, such as the basement or attic, with insulation will help to keep them from freezing and bursting. Depending on the kind of insulation you buy, you may be able to plug it into a nearby outlet and generate additional heat. Faucet protectors are also available for hose bibs found outside the home.

    Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical staffs some of the most experienced specialists in Seattle. We offer service 24 hours a day on every day of the week, ensuring that you can get the help you need when you need it. Call (206) 452-4363 to learn more.

    Does Homeowner's Insurance Cover Burst Pipes?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you’re like many homeowners, you may have wondered if your basic insurance policy covers property damage caused by an excess of water. Generally, it depends on the root of the problem. Floods and other natural disasters usually aren’t covered by homeowner’s insurance, but it’s often a different story when the damage is caused by faulty plumbing. Here are some of the factors that may determine whether burst pipes are covered in your policy.                                                      

    The Scope of Your Coverage

    Homeowner’s insurance usually covers any pipes that burst either inside or outside your home. With outdoor piping, you may need to take certain steps to demonstrate the cause of the issue. Keep in mind that plumbing emergencies caused by poor drainage usually aren’t covered by these policies, so your claim may be denied based on how the damage occurred.

    The Nature of the Damage

    Some insurers are particular about what constitutes a burst pipe. It’s likely that you won’t be eligible for coverage if it turns out that the problem with your plumbing was caused by a slow leak that wasn’t fixed in a timely manner. When reporting the emergency, it’s recommended that you avoid referring to the situation as a flood; while it might seem like a matter of semantics, the terminology you use can play a big role in whether your claim is accepted.

    The Limitations of Your Policy

    If there’s evidence that you are at fault for the water damage in your home, there’s a good chance that you might not receive coverage. For example, if your home’s plumbing is damaged because you didn’t set up any form of insulation, your insurer may write the issue off as a result of negligence and refuse to offer the benefits of your policy. Call a plumbing repair specialist and make sure your system is thoroughly inspected each year to ensure that any burst pipes will be covered.

    Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical offers same-day service to Seattle-area homeowners in need of inspection or repair. We will waste no time in identifying the source of your problem and ensuring that it is fixed right away. Call (206) 452-4363 or visit our website to find out more about our services.

    How to Keep Your Tankless Water Heater from Freezing

    Last updated 4 months ago

    One of the first steps in keeping your tankless water heater damage-free is making sure it doesn’t freeze. Water heaters that break down due to negligence are often not covered by manufacturer’s warranties. The best way to keep this kind of damage from occurring is to drain the system of excess water before the first freeze of the season.

    Allow the water to cool for several hours, making sure the heater is off and unplugged. After this, shut off the water supply and drain the liquid from the system. It’s recommended that you detach any pipes and hoses, along with the inlet water filter, so that these parts can dry out as well. If your heater is stored outside, cover it with some form of insulation to keep it sufficiently warm. Any ice or snow that accumulates on its surface should be cleared away as soon as possible.

    Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical is the best place to turn in times of crisis. Our repair specialists are always ready to help you with any problem at any hour of the day. Call (206) 452-4363 to learn more about our services. 

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