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Hiring a contractor for your home involves more than just picking up the phone book or contacting the first result from a search engine. Inviting a contractor into your home to perform major repairs can be daunting, particularly when it involves something as important as plumbing issues. Protect your home and your wallet and look for these qualities when searching for a reliable Seattle plumber:
Above all, it is important to verify that a professional plumbing company has the appropriate licensure and insurance to protect you from any liability. Also, make sure that the company employs experienced professionals with the proper certifications. Does an “expert” plumber mean someone who has completed or is currently completing a license, or does it refer to anyone with more than two weeks of experience?
Any company can advertise, but an established plumbing company with a local reputation is more likely to have a wide customer base with plenty of reviews. They are also more likely to have a working knowledge of local building codes, which can vary by municipality.
Different plumbing companies may charge different rates for certain jobs. Some companies will charge a flat rate, while others will charge an hourly rate. However, don’t automatically choose a plumbing company with the lowest fees—beware of any equipment costs or surprise expenses. An expert should be able to provide an accurate written estimate for any necessary repairs.
Beacon Plumbing, Heating, & Mechanical has been serving the Puget Sound area for over 14 years. We employ a staff of licensed professionals, and we are available 24/7 to meet all of your plumbing needs. From appliance maintenance to emergency repairs, we’ll provide you with quick, courteous, and cost-effective services. Just follow the link to see our customer reviews and call (206) 452-4363 with any questions.
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Your washing machine probably isn’t the first appliance that comes to mind when you consider your home’s plumbing, but they do provide a valuable function nonetheless. You may not encounter many washing machine issues beyond the occasional heavy load, but any leaks or overflows could cause significant water damage.
As this video shows, you can reduce the risk of major washing machine issues with a few simple plumbing appliances. Also, by replacing the hoses every three to five years, you can avoid unexpected leaks.
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A stubborn clog can be a big nuisance in your kitchen or bathroom, but without proper precautions it’s easy to compromise your home’s plumbing and create bigger problems. Take a look at this guide to learn when DIY techniques will work and when it’s appropriate to contact a professional plumber:
Learn the Limitations of a Plunger
Plungers loosen clogs by simply moving them back and forth inside the pipes through suction power. While this works perfectly fine for minor clogs, it doesn’t necessarily get rid of the obstruction in the pipes. It may only push it further down the pipes and create a deeper clog which will likely require a plumbing snake to dislodge.
Use Drain Cleaners Sparingly
There are several types of commercially available drain cleaners that are designed to dissolve organic materials. These cleaners are extremely caustic, and while they are effective at dissolving hair and food, the strong chemical reactions in the pipes can weaken PVC pipes or even destroy older pipes made out of lead or clay. Additionally, the chemicals may harm septic system bacteria. Take care to follow directions and only use these materials sparingly with plenty of ventilation, and try green alternatives to drain cleaners whenever possible.
Know When to Call a Plumber
There’s a limit to what DIY plumbing tools can accomplish, and a deep clog may well require specialized tools and chemicals that are not commercially available. Damaging your pipes with makeshift equipment or improper drain cleaner use will only cost you more in the long run. A specialist will quickly provide you with an accurate estimate of any necessary repairs.
Your home is one of your most valuable assets, and the specialists here at Beacon Plumbing, Heating, and Mechanical can help you keep your home running smoothly and efficiently all year long. We also offer 24-hour emergency plumbing service to provide you with professional assistance when you need it most. Just call (206) 452-4363 to schedule a plumbing service appointment for your home or business in the Puget Sound area.
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Every homeowner is bound to encounter plumbing disappointment or problems at some point or another. When these experiences occur, residential re-piping is almost always the recommended solution.
If you live in a community with potable tap water but the water from your faucets tastes metallic and foul or your existing plumbing infrastructure is prone to leaks, professional whole-house re-piping services can rectify these problems. If you have leaky pipes or backed up sewage on your property, then you may not have any choice but to have your home re-piped.
If you think that your home could benefit from re-piping, contact the experienced plumbers with Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical at (206) 452-4363. In addition to our re-piping services, we also offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services, so contact us whenever a problem presents itself.
Last updated 9 months ago
Septic systems provide some 80 million Americans who are not connected to primary sewer lines with hygienic sewage solutions. When properly maintained and treated with care, a septic system can provide a household with safe, effective, and reliable sewage treatment for years. When the wrong materials find their way into the septic system, or when a minor problem is left unresolved, the effects can be harmful to the environment, your health, and your wallet. If you rely on a septic system for treating waste that passes through your plumbing, take the following precautions to maximize the effectiveness and lifespan of your septic system.
Know What is Forbidden
Virtually all of the waste that winds up in your septic tank should be biodegradable or water soluble. Avoid pouring oil or grease down the kitchen sink, flushing condoms, dental floss, and feminine hygiene products down the toilet, and allowing paint and harsh chemicals to work their way into your septic system. These products should be disposed of hygienically and properly out of concern for both the environment and the health of your septic system.
Have Your Septic Tank Pumped
The frequency that your septic tank needs to be pumped depends on a number of factors, particularly tank size and the size of the household using the tank. Most tanks need to be pumped every three or four years in order to avoid damage to the septic system and pollution of surrounding groundwater.
Minimize Water Consumption
Well-maintained septic systems are capable of processing a considerable amount of water and sewage, but it is wise to try and curb your water consumption to make things easier on your septic system anyway. Only use your dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads to clean, and invest in low-flow plumbing fixtures to curb your water consumption.
For high-quality septic system and sewer line repair services at affordable prices, call Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical at (206) 452-4363. Our goal is to help you make your septic system provide you with safe and convenient sewage treatment for as long as possible!