5 Benefits to Hydro Jetting

January 18, 2020

Hydro jetting is a cleaning process for the plumbing in your home. It uses pressurized water to clean everything out of the pipes by forcing water throughout the system. There are five main benefits. 1. Removes All Residue Hydro jetting will clear out everything in your home’s pipes. This can include soap scum, food, balls of hair, grease, dirt and sand. These materials can build up over time and cause clogs. 2. Removes Harmful Bacteria Bacteria builds up in your plumbing system over time. This results in terrible smells in your kitchen and bathrooms. You also don’t want to be...

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History of Plumbing in Seattle

January 16, 2020

It may seem difficult to believe, but there was a time when Seattle didn’t have a plumbing system. It now has one of the best systems in the nation, especially when it comes to water leak detection. Here’s an overview of how this happened. The Early Days When Seattle was established in 1851, people used either an outhouse or privy. They hauled water out of Elliot Bay to use in their homes. In the middle of the 1800s, wealthy people started putting the newly invented toilet in their homes. They were hooked up to a central sewage system that emptied...

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What Are the Different Types of Septic Systems?

January 10, 2020

There are several different kinds of septic systems homeowners may have installed. An experienced septic system provider like in Puyallup can help you decide which one is best for your particular situation and assist you with maintenance. It’s a long-term decision, so choosing the right type to install is important. Here are a few of the most popular septic systems: Septic Tank A septic tank is a watertight box buried underground. It receives raw waste and partially treats it. Heavy solids fall to the bottom while lighter solids float to the top. The solids stay in the tank, and wastewater...

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How Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes?

January 1, 2020

Frozen pipes are a potential problem every winter. When you know how to prevent and thaw frozen pipes, you can ease your worries on cold nights. If you follow the tips below, it’s very unlikely you’ll ever have frozen pipes. Keep the Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Cabinets Open on Cold Nights When it drops below 21 degrees outside, your pipes are at risk of freezing. You can help prevent them from freezing by opening the cabinet doors under your bathroom and kitchen sink. This allows warm air inside to keep the pipes warmer. Drip Cold Water From the Faucet on...

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3 Tips to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing Leaks

November 15, 2019

The winter can be harsh, especially on your plumbing. The cold can cause water to freeze and even possibly break the pipes when it expands. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are three tips to avoid costly winter plumbing leaks. 1. Insulate Pipes You insulate your home to keep it from getting too cold in the winter. You should do this to your pipes, too. There is special insulation made specifically for pipes. It covers the pipes, stopping the cold from affecting the water inside. This will help prevent the water in the pipes from freezing, even in the...

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How to Protect Your Water Heater This Winter

November 3, 2019

The frigid temperatures of winter along the western seaboard can put many of your home’s plumbing components in jeopardy. When water freezes, it expands and destroys pipes. Burst pipes can cause a plumbing emergency, but there is yet another component that you have to be mindful of — your home’s water heater. Take Added Precautions to Protect Your Water Heater in the Winter Just like freezing water can wreak havoc on your home’s pipes, it can do the exact same thing with your water heater. If your water heater is not properly insulated from the freezing cold temperatures of the...

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Why is My Double Kitchen Sink Backing Up to the Other Side?

June 6, 2019

When your double kitchen sink clogs on one or both sides, you likely either have a clog in your garbage disposal and/or a blockage within your main drainage water line. Wondering what to do next? Here are some home remedies you may want to try on your own. Try A Plunger In a double sink configuration, one side houses the garbage disposal. Plunge this side first by applying the plunger to the clogged sink hole – making sure to completely cover it. Be sure to close off the drain on the other side to keep from creating a mess! Keep...

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5 Easy Ways to Conserve More Water

May 30, 2019

Cutting back on water use in your home will help save you money and put less strain on your plumbing system. Water conservation is also taking center stage at many discussions of how to combat drought and preserve our environment. While there are many ways to accomplish the goal of water conservation every day, here are five of the most effective ways to reduce your water use. 1. Turn Off Your Faucet While Washing And Brushing Although many of us leave the water running in our sinks while we are soaping our hands and brushing our teeth, the truth is...

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What to Do When You Clog Someone Else’s Toilet

April 15, 2019

Horror hits hard the moment you realize you have clogged your host’s toilet, and awkward doesn’t even begin to describe how you’ll feel telling them about it. But there may be a way out of this embarrassing situation if you follow a few simple steps. Don’t Panic Panic never unclogged anyone’s toilet, so don’t waste time doing it. Inhale, exhale, and calmly address the problem. Stop Flushing Flushing a clogged toilet will not unclog it so stop trying to solve the problem this way. In fact, it could make the problem worse by causing the toilet water to overflow –...

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April 8, 2019

When you turn off a faucet and hear a thumping or pounding sound, that’s water hammer. It happens when water quickly changes the direction of its flow and the resulting momentum causes the pipes to experience waves of pressure. If the problem isn’t fixed, it may cause serious damage to your plumbing system’s pipes. Why Does Water Hammer Happen? There are several reasons why water hammer occurs: Pipe Attachment Issues It may be that a loose pipe-mounting strip is causing your water hammer problem. These straps attach pipes to a framing to reduce your pipes’ movement when water flows through...

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