Stop! If You’re Experiencing These Plumbing Issues, You Might Need a Water Line Repair!

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Waterline repairs can be one of the most costly and inconvenient of plumbing issues, which is why some folks can tend to look the other way when the likely signs start to show up. That’s ridiculous! There’s no time to wait, if you’re experiencing any of the following, call Price Busters ASAP!

Yard Puddles

The water you use in your house actually comes from a city-maintained line under the street. From that mainline, it runs under your yard and into your home. In rainy Seattle, puddles may not be the strangest thing to notice in your yard, but if there’s unusual, lingering pooling, it could be a sign that your water line needs to be repaired. Make sure to keep an eye on lingering puddles in your yard, because that’s the telltale sign that you need a waterline repair in Seattle, or wherever you are.

Discoloured Water

This is definitely easier to identify than extra puddles, and a definite sign you need a waterline repair. Discolored water shooting out of the tap can be alarming, and when it comes to your waterline, indicates a few potential plumbing problems. Discoloration could mean that there’s a crack in your water line, allowing dirt and debris to get into your water system. If you live in an older home, it could also signal that your pipes are corroded and need to be replaced. Older plumbing often used iron or steel pipes, which will break down over time.

Decreased Water Pressure

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Another easy way to identify possible issues with your water line is water pressure. If, while only running one fixture, you notice that your water pressure is significantly lower than normal it could mean that your line is damaged, or even impacted by an invading root. However, it could also be an issue with the water company, so be sure to call them as well. If decreased pressure persists, it’s time to call Price Busters in Seattle!

High Water Bill

This can be tricky in the summer months when you’re using more water for your lawn or garden, or even swimming pool, but if your water bill arrives and it’s more expensive than you think it should be, it could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. It might be a running toilet tank, but, when it comes to plumbing, it’s best to address plumbing problems as soon you notice them. Small problems can quickly become disasters! If you suspect you have a leak, be sure to call your trusted Seattle plumbers at Price Busters Plumbing.

If you’ve noticed any of these plumbing issues, don’t hesitate! Call us at Price Busters today!

Sewer Cleaning & Inspection in Seattle: Here’s How Often You Need To Get it Done

Seattle’s heavy rainfall and abundant tree growth aren’t the only reasons to be on top of sewer inspection and cleaning. Sewer line inspection Seattle has a huge hidden cost that many property owners don’t know about.

Alert! Sewer Line Inspections in Seattle

Homeowners in Seattle are in a uniquely tricky situation compared to those in other cities. Here, property owners are held responsible for repairs to the entire length of side-sewer pipe that connects a home to the main line. Don’t think you’re just having a pipe fixed or replaced either; repair costs also include excavation and street or sidewalk resurfacing. Total costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. The Seattle Times offers a deeper look into the situation, and makes clear that the consequences of a sewer line failure aren’t limited to dollars and cents; they also mean lots of raw sewage spilling out into the street.

The Basics

Homes 10 or more years old

Homes of this age should get an inspection (and cleaning as needed) roughly every six months. If that seems like a lot, don’t forget the cost of a major repair. Besides, technological advances in the field have made real-time video inspection possible. Any issues can be diagnosed on the spot.

If your home is newer than 10 years old, you only need to get an inspection once a year

If you’re moving to a new home, be sure to get an inspection before you move in, or else you could wind up with an expensive problem before you move in. Seattle utility officials have recommended budgeting $10,000 to $40,000 for sewer repairs to new home purchases. Invest a little bit of money in an inspection and you may save yourself loads more.

The specific benefits of regular sewer inspections and cleaning

Prevent and treat backups

Non-invasive video inspections are the industry standard for sewer inspection and allow problems to be diagnosed almost immediately. If any clogs are blockages are identified, they can be water jetted away to prevent sewage backups in your home.

Early diagnoses

Especially when it comes to sewer repair in Seattle, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular cleanings will give you and your sewer inspector a clear sense of what’s going on underground and what problems you may be able to anticipate having to invest in.

Improve sewer line longevity

You probably don’t think about it very often, but your sewer line is one of the most important parts of your home. Think of how many times you’ve flushed your toilets today alone. If it weren’t for your sewer lines all that nasty stuff wouldn’t be going anywhere you didn’t carry it. Treat your sewer well and save yourself some (large amounts of) money and ensure your sewer line has the longest life it can.

If you think your home may be ready for a sewer cleaning or inspection, or even a repair, get in touch with us today!

5 Ways to Avoid A Major Plumbing Repair Down The Line

Some plumbing repairs can’t be avoided. Especially in Seattle where heavy rainfalls and tree roots can put a serious strain on sewer lines. Good news is, some plumbing repairs, however, can be avoided. At Price Busters Plumbing, we want nothing more than for your home’s plumbing to run as smoothly as possible. We’ve put together five easy ways to avoid major plumbing repairs down the line.

Cut the Grease

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Grease doesn’t belong in your sink. Over time, grease will build up in pipes, collecting other debris, and prevent water flow. Worst case scenario, grease will clog a sewer line causing a sewer back up. Rather than trying to flush grease down the drain, collect it in a jar or can. Added bonus: you can reuse grease for cooking.

Replace Rubber Hoses with Steel Braided Hoses

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Your washing machine probably drains and fills through rubber hoses. Unfortunately, these hoses can break unexpectedly, pouring out up to 5 gallons of water per minute. If no one’s home when it happens, that could quickly become a plumbing emergency. Avoid catastrophe and replace those rubber hoses with stainless steel braided ones.

Be Kind to Your Toilet

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Think of all your toilet does for you, the unique and special relationship you share. Show some love and be kind to your toilet!

No Bricks in the Tank

Displacing water in your toilet’s tank is a great way to cut down on water waste. However, if you’re going to do that, be sure to use a sealable, plastic bottle filled with gravel or sand. A brick will erode in the tank and can damage the hardware of your toilet leading to much bigger problems down the line.

Avoid Chemical Decloggers

Chemical de-cloggers and drain cleaners may clear your drain in a pinch, but they’ll corrode pipes and seals, which can lead to a serious plumbing emergency.

Enzyme Drain Cleaners

Enzymatic drain cleaners are a great preventative measure. Just like there are enzymes in your own digestive system that help break down food, enzymatic drain cleaners live in your drains and break down materials, which helps your plumbing run more smoothly.

Protect Your Drains

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There’s no denying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Protecting your drains is the best way to protect the pipes and plumbing they feed into.

Drain Guards

Guard your drains with drain guards. You know what we’re talking about. Just a couple dollars could save you hundreds in fixing drains clogged with all the nasty stuff that a drain guard catches.

Unflushables

Not everything is meant to go down the drain. In fact, most things are NOT meant to go down the drain. Those “flushable” baby wipes? Nope, don’t flush ‘em. Hair, floss, tampons, and condoms all belong in the trash, not your toilet.

How to Treat a Clog

If the tried and true methods—plunger, hot water, baking soda, and vinegar—haven’t worked for you, it’s time to call on your reliable Seattle plumber, Price Busters Plumbing.

Clean Your Drains—Often!

Don’t let clogs happen to you. Clean your drains! Simply pouring a gallon of your hottest tap water down each of your drains will go a long way in preventing costly clogs from cluttering your plumbing! Enzyme Cleaners and other preventative fluids also help, just make sure to avoid chemical de-cloggers!

If you’ve done all you can and you have a clog you can’t beat, a running toilet that’s costing you sleep, or a serious plumbing emergency, call on Price Busters Plumbing today!

Price Busters’ Tips for Saving Water At Home

At Price Busters Plumbing, we have a real hard time understanding how some folks are so shocked by their water bill. Unless you have an unexpected leak or repair that needs to happen, it should be pretty straightforward. That is, unless, you’re terrible at saving water at home. Hey, we’re not ones to judge. We’ll certainly give you the benefit of the doubt, but just in case you need a little refresher, here are some surefire tips for saving water at home.

In the Bathroom

Basically, every aspect of bathroom use is highly water intensive. If you live in an older home, it’s likely that your appliances haven’t been replaced with newer, more efficient models. There are a few other ways you can save water in the bathroom, though.

Toilet

Likely as not, your toilet uses more water than any other single appliance in your home. The first thing you can do to save water with this fixture is make sure it’s working properly. You can do this by placing a few drops of food dye into the tank. If the color appears in the bowl, you’ve got a leak that could waste up to 200 gallons of water a day! If you’re toilet is up to snuff, we recommend living by the old rule, if it’s yellow let it mellow. This is a crucial tip for saving water at home as it can automatically help save gallons every day.

Sink

Again, fix any leaks you already know about. That slow drip adds up faster than you’d think! Do you let the bathroom faucet run while you brush your teeth? While you shave? Don’t! There’s really no need at all to let the water run while you brush your teeth. If you fancy running water for a shave, instead try using a drain stopper to fill the sink basin and rinse your razor there, rather than under a running faucet.

Shower

Showers can use between 1 and 11 gallons of water a minute. There are many ways to reduce your water waste in the shower. Chief among them is—you guessed it—fixing up any leaks. After that, take a look online or at your local plumbing hardware store for low-flow shower heads that aerate water and put out fewer gallons per minute. Another crafty tip is taking a bucket into the shower with you. That’s right, if your water heater is slow to heat up, fill up a bucket (or two) while you wait for your temperature. You can use that extra water to water plants or even flush your toilet!

In the Kitchen

Kitchens are the beating hearts of any home, but they can also be a place where lots of water is used and, sadly, wasted. Here are specific water saving tips for the different areas in your kitchen.

Sink

Kitchen faucets get a lot of us and wear. As such, they’re often some of the first fixtures in a home to start leaking. The cost of repairing a leaky faucet pales in comparison to the long term impact on your water bill.

Dishwasher

No half loads! Half loads are enormously wasteful. Stick to full loads and you’ll see the difference when you get your water bill.

Produce

Rather than rinsing your produce under a running faucet, stop the drain or fill a tub and rinse it all at once. Just use a colander to drain all your produce. If you’re feeling extra green, put the colander over a bucket and use that rinse water to flush the toilet or water plants!

Compost

In-sink disposals are a marvel of the modern age, but they require quite a lot of water to work. Rather than scrapping scraps right down the drain and running the faucet while your disposal chews them up, compost! If you have compost pick up in your area (as Seattle does) then just leave a bucket near the sink and empty it into the green bin. Otherwise, starting a compost pile in your yard is a great way to bring the water savings into the garden.

In the Yard

Yards are beautiful and can make a home truly feel like home. But they are intensely thirsty. There are lots of ways to save water in your gardening practice. A rain barrel is a great start; free water! When you do water your plants, water deeply, aiming for the root zone rather than the whole plant. Choosing plants for your garden that are native to your area will also cut down on watering; they’re more likely to thrive with the natural rainfall where you live.

Miscellaneous

Leaks

We’ve already mentioned it a few times elsewhere, but fix your leaks, fix your leaks, fix your leaks! Wherever you find them, they seem so minor and are so easy to ignore, but those drops of water add up to gallons over time. You shouldn’t have to pay for it on your water bill any more than you should be wasting all that precious water.

Faucets

This is another point we mentioned above, but there are lots of high-efficiency faucets available out there that will reduce water output to a fraction of traditional faucets. They range greatly in price, but when choosing a new high-efficiency faucet, remember that it’ll pay for itself over time.

Car Wash

You’re not alone in your quest to save water! Green-minded businesses of all sorts offer services that strive to cut down on water waste. Next time you need to put the shine back on your Chevy, look for a car wash that recycles their water.

If you’re ready to start saving water and need a hand with those persistent leaks, new fixtures, or have some other plumbing concerns, get in touch with us today!