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Reliable Plumber Services by Puget Sound Plumbing & Heating

At Puget Sound Plumbing & Heating, we are Seattle, WA resident’s premier choice when looking for a plumber in the area. For over 20 years, we have gained the knowledge and experience to build a reliable and reputable plumbing and heating business. Our mission is to create lasting relationships with our customers by delivering superior services that are unmatched by the competition. We get the job done right on the first try and in a timely manner, so you can rest easy knowing your plumbing issues are in capable and compassionate hands. If you would like to learn more about how our plumbers can serve you, then you’ve come to the right place. Below, we have provided the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding our plumbing services. Keep reading!

Why is my toilet always running?

If your toilet is continuously running, this is typically the cause of a failed flapper. A flapper is a rubber or plastic valve located on the bottom of your toilet’s tank that drops back down once enough water exits the tank after flushing. If the flapper is decayed, cracked, or unable to perform its sealing duties, water will keep seeping into your toilet bowl, causing it to run even when it doesn’t need to. If you’re dealing with a toilet that seems to have a broken flapper, the team at Puget Sound Plumbing & Heating would be happy to assist. Running toilets can waste up to 200 gallons per day, so we urge you not to ignore this issue and give us a call.

How can I prevent clogged drains in my home?

You can help keep your drains from becoming clogged by stopping hairs, oils, greases, and pieces of food like carrots or apple cores from going down the drain. Investing in a drain filter makes it so any unwelcomed particles are caught while the water is still able to flow freely down the drain. If you are already dealing with a minor clog, we recommend rectifying the issue by putting some vinegar and baking soda down the drain and letting this safe chemical reaction break things up a bit.

Why is my dishwasher not draining?

If your dishwasher isn’t draining as it should be, it is likely the cause of mineral deposits in the pipes or a leaky inlet valve. To see if there is a real issue, empty the dishwasher and start a new cycle on empty. After a few seconds, cancel the cycle and open the door. If the water is gone, your dishwasher is working as it should. If not, the inlet valve will need to be replaced.

What are the most common causes of pipe corrosion?

A plethora of things can cause pipe corrosion, but most commonly has to do with water quality, including:

  • The amount of oxygen in the water
  • Chemicals in the water
  • The temperature of the water
  • Water pressure/the speed water moves through pipes
  • The pH of the water

If you are dealing with corroded pipes on your Seattle property, the team at Puget Sound Plumbing & Heating can quickly diagnose the problem and devise a plan of action to rectify the situation for you.

Is a dripping faucet really a big deal?

YES. A dripping faucet alone can waste around 7-10 gallons of water per day, adding up to around 3,600 gallons per year. Additionally, unresolved leaks, even small ones like these, will become worse over time. A leaky sink will also discolor your sink and increase your utility bills if not addressed by a professional plumber. If you have a constantly dripping sink at your property, be sure to call our team for assistance.

Are there things I shouldn’t be flushing down the toilet?

We get this question a lot, and the answer is that you shouldn’t be flushing anything down the toilet besides your waste and a small amount of toilet paper. Toilet paper is made to naturally break down once flushed while many other options will not, damaging your septic system or causing clogs. Avoid flushing the following items down any toilet:

  • Tampons/pads
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissue
  • Dental floss
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Hair
  • Food
  • Cat litter

Are there things I shouldn’t be putting down my garbage disposal?

There are many things we encourage homeowners never to put down a garbage disposal. Some of these include the following:

  • Eggshells
  • Bone fragments
  • Potato skins
  • Banana peels
  • Fruit pits/seeds
  • Onion skins
  • Popcorn kernels
  • String vegetables
  • Grease/fats

Why does my water heater seem to work less efficiently in the winter?

When the temperature begins dropping and the winter months are upon us, the water that enters your home is obviously much colder. This causes the hot water in your tank to lose heat when it is mixed with the incoming cold water. Additionally, you may be dealing with a buildup of sediment in your tank that’s hindering your water heater from performing optimally.

Why does my hot water have a foul odor?

Water that smells like rotten eggs is caused by the combination of sulfur, hydrogen, and bacteria in the water. Though the smell may be foul, it does not have the capacity to make you sick. The scent is often caused by the magnesium anode rod in your water heater tank reacting with the sulfur and bacteria already present in your water. This works to create enough hydrogen to produce the odor you are smelling. But don’t worry! There are many ways to rectify this issue, so be sure to call our team for assistance. We will likely need to replace the magnesium anode rod to purify the water within your water heater.

Why are my pipes always rattling and making noise?

If you’re dealing with rattling and noisy pipes, your water lines may not be adequately secured. When your pipes aren’t secured correctly, there are likely some spots where they will rub up against your property’s floor joists, causing noticeable noises. Our team can check your pipes to ensure they are correctly secured and install pipe hangers between your joists and pipes to eliminate the rubbing noises.

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If you have more questions about our plumber services that weren’t answered here, don’t hesitate to contact us. As Seattle’s premier choice for reliable plumbing solutions, the seasoned team at Puget Sound Plumbing & Heating has what it takes to perform fast and thorough plumbing service when you need them most.

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