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    Preventing Fires with Portable Heaters and Furnaces

    Last updated 10 months ago

    More fires occur during the winter than any other season of the year. In most cases, the reason for this increased incidence of fire is the extended use of furnaces and portable heaters to maintain a comfortable indoor environment. If you suspect your furnace or heater isn’t functioning as it should, stop using it and contact a heating and furnace repair specialist immediately. Continue reading to learn some tips for preventing fires with these heating devices.

    Keep Heaters Clear

    It’s important to maintain a clear, unobstructed area of at least three feet around any furnace or portable heater. Don’t store objects around or against your furnace, as they could fall and cause damage to your furnace that may start a fire. Never place chemicals or cleaners near your furnace and don’t allow children to play near heating equipment. Portable heaters should never be placed within three feet of chemicals, clothing, draperies, or furniture. Make sure your portable heater sits on a stand or a surface made from tile or stone; heaters placed on carpeting or rugs could start a fire. Keep the area behind your portable heater clear as well to avoid obstructing airflow through the unit.

    Maintain Your Heating Equipment

    Furnace fires are often caused by poorly-maintained heating systems. Dirt and dust can build up inside your furnace, sparking a fire if enough material accumulates near the burners or on hot surfaces. Worn electrical components could spark and start an electrical fire inside your system. Schedule a furnace tune-up at least once a year to have your furnace checked and cleaned. Your furnace maintenance specialist will remove any accumulated dirt and replace worn or damaged parts before they become a fire hazard. Never use a portable heater that appears damaged or has a frayed power cord. It is imperative to repair or replace the unit to avoid starting a fire.

    Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical provides emergency repair services for sewers, plumbing, and heating systems in the Seattle area. Call us any time at (206) 720-2040 to speak with an experienced technician and schedule commercial or residential service. You can find out more about plumbing and furnace maintenance and safety on our blog.

    What to Do if a Frozen Pipe Bursts

    Last updated 10 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) 720-2040 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 10 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) 720-2040 for fast, reliable repairs. You can find more plumbing tips on our blog!

    Preventing Pesky Winter Plumbing Problems

    Last updated 10 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) 720-2040 to learn more.

    Does Homeowner's Insurance Cover Burst Pipes?

    Last updated 10 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) 720-2040 or visit our website to find out more about our services.

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