In Seattle, the most common plumbing issues we have to face are fortunately not too major, but they are also not to be ignored! When you do ignore them, it could result in massive water waste – that’s not good environmentally, nor for your monthly utility bills. So what’s the good news? They are all easily rectified with the correct steps, and sometimes, the right professional assistance. Here are three common plumbing issues that homeowners face in Seattle, Washington.
1. Leaking Pipes and Faucets
Not only are they a major nuisance, they also cost money. Leaking and dripping fixtures are one of the major water wasters that will cost you a significant amount in wasted cash. If you look at your bill every month, and wonder why it seems to be higher without any overt changes in your water usage, pay attention – that dripping faucet might really be adding up! On a related note, if your bill is high and you have no idea why, you may have a hidden leak somewhere in one of your pipes. Keep an eye out for any texture changes on your walls, a random mold or mildew outbreak, or a musty smell. These could be clues that a leaking pipe is nearby.
2. Clogged Drains
Who hasn’t experienced this? A clogged drain can be a gross plumbing issue that’s just as common in Seattle as anywhere else. And also, many times it’s more difficult to truly fix than just purchasing a treatment method from the store. More often than not, those “over-the-counter” drain products won’t work as well as claimed. You will still want an experienced plumber to take a look, especially if the problem persists. As for our methods at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we are quite thorough when it comes to our drain unclogging process. And we do encourage our clients to clean their drains regularly, as well as to take additional steps that keep them clean and clear. This can help prevent future, more catastrophic clogs – the ones with the potential to take your bathroom out of commission!
3. Water Heater Malfunctions
Water heaters are appliances that are generally built to last, but you’d be surprised how often they need to be repaired or replaced. Yours might be going strong – until suddenly it isn’t. Check these common signs of a problem that needs to be addressed:
- When your water is an abnormal color, such as rusty brown, reddish or black
- When there’s a metallic odor or another strange odor (that could mean a buildup of bacteria within the heater)
- And of course the classic – leaking
These and other signs are showing that you need to either repair or replace your water heater. Before you make any decisions, find out how old your heater is. If your water heater consistently exhibits such symptoms and is over 12 years old, the best thing you can do is replace it. Otherwise you could be in for an endless cycle of repair jobs that will add up in expenses, when the water heater has simply reached the end of its lifespan.
Call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer Today
At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, all of the above plumbing issues are fast, easy fixes for us. We are trusted experts that have been in this business since 1977, and we are committed to homeowners everywhere in the Greater Seattle area. If you’re experiencing an issue with your plumbing, water heater or sewer line, call us today at 206-440-9077 .