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    Quick Tips for Choosing a New Water Heater

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Winter is coming. Are you ready for it? Before you answer that question with confidence, assess your water heater’s condition to determine if it is fit to provide consistent hot water so that everyone in your household can shower comfortably all season long. If it appears that corrosion or general use and age have taken their toll, it may be wise to invest in a new water heater before temperatures drop to around or below freezing.

    If you have decided that the time for a water replacement is here, consider factors such as cost, energy efficiency, and product or manufacturer reputation to choose the right water heater for your home. If space is tight or you are looking for the latest, most environmentally friendly water heating technology, be sure to check out tankless water heaters.

    Are you looking for a water heater replacement or other professional plumbing services in the Seattle area? To speak with an experienced and reputable plumber about your water heater options or schedule a new water heater installation, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 395-3964.

    Understanding How Your Toilet Works

    Last updated 3 months ago

    The modern toilet is probably the most underappreciated plumbing fixture in a home. Without a flush toilet, your home life would be less convenient, less sanitary, and generally less pleasant than it is with a working toilet. If you have not given much thought to how your toilet works but are curious to learn what happens when you pull on your toilet’s flush handle, read up on this everyday plumbing phenomenon below.

    Essential Components of a Toilet

    The primary parts of a toilet are the bowl, the siphon, the tank, and the flushing mechanism. The bowl is the place where you do your business. The siphon is the snake-like passage through which wastewater travels on its way to your septic tank or the municipal wastewater treatment plant. The tank is the large container filled with water, tubes, and valves that rests on the back of the toilet.

    Flush and Refill

    When you flush your toilet, the water stored in the toilet tank is dispensed with enough force to push the contents of the bowl through the siphon. Once the wastewater passes through the pipes that carry it to the place where it is treated, additional clean water refills the bowl to help your bathroom sanitary.

    Flush Manually to Better Understand the Process

    If your toilet tank is not working properly, you can flush manually using a bucket or two of water. Pouring a couple gallons of water into your toilet should push the wastewater through the bowl siphon just as the water stored in your tank does when it is working properly. This method of flushing is less convenient than having a toilet with a working toilet tank and flushing mechanism. It does, however, help you understand how toilets work and can serve as a short-term solution while you wait for your plumber to arrive and get your toilet tank working again.

    Now that you know how the bowl, siphon, and toilet tank work together to flush wastewater down your toilet after use and refill it with clean water, you may find it easier to tackle basic toilet trouble on your own. If you are dealing with a serious clog that a plunger will not fix or you experience any other plumbing problems that require professional attention, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 395-3964. We proudly serve the Greater Seattle area.

    Tips for Preventing Plumbing Problems

    Last updated 4 months ago

    No home is immune to plumbing problems. If you take care to maintain your plumbing fixtures and avoid misuse, however, you can avoid a great deal of plumbing trouble. For advice from consumer service expert Angie Hicks on how to keep most common problems from plaguing your plumbing fixtures and pipes and mitigating the severity of those that do, watch this brief video clip.

    Preventative maintenance, regular professional plumbing inspections, and basic knowledge about your plumbing system are the keys to keeping your plumbing difficulties to a minimum. If you live in Seattle and are looking to have your home’s plumbing inspected and maintained before winter sets in or you have a plumbing problem that requires professional attention, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 395-3964.

    Understanding the Common Causes of Clogged Drains

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Clogged drains can render your sinks, toilets, and bathtubs useless. While some clogs can be fixed with a plunger or a snake, others require more heavy-duty solutions, such as hydro jetting. Either way, a clogged drain can be a major inconvenience, especially if you have to call out a plumber to your home. Have a look at these common causes of clogged drains to help keep your home’s pipes clear.

    Food and Grease

    Kitchen sink drains routinely become clogged with food and grease. Grease is particularly troublesome since it hardens when it cools and collects travelling bits of food and debris, eventually causing a stubborn clog that requires the attention of a plumber. 


    If you notice that your bathroom sinks and showers are draining more slowly than usual, a hair clog could be to blame. As hair gets pushed down the drain, it can wrap around the pipe and clump up. If DIY clog removal methods don’t work, call your Seattle plumber to inspect the line and remove the hair so you can get back to showering and shaving like normal.

    Soap Scum/Mineral Buildup

    Soap scum and minerals can build up inside your pipes and eventually cause a clog, especially if your home is supplied with hard water. Hard water contains an excess amount of minerals which leave residue on pipes that can eventually clog. You can prevent soap scum and mineral buildup by pouring baking soda and boiling water down your drains every few months.

    If any of the drains around your home are acting strange, contact O’Neill Plumbing of Seattle. We can locate a clog in your home’s plumbing system and use our heavy-duty equipment to clear the pipes. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services or call us at (206) 395-3964 to talk to us about your needs. 

    How to Prevent Sewer Problems

    Last updated 4 months ago

    A sewer line problem can be a mess, figuratively and literally. If you want to avoid the headache and costs of sewer line repair, take steps to prevent problems before they occur. If you live in an older home, have your plumber inspect your home’s pipes for damage. If your plumber sees something worrisome, ask about trenchless sewer repair. This method of sewer repair is more expensive than digging, but it will save your home’s landscape.

    Watch this video for more tips on preventing and dealing with sewer problems. For the best sewer line inspection and repair in Seattle, call O’Neill Plumbing. We have been Seattle’s plumbing company since 1917. Contact us online or call us at (206) 395-3964 to schedule plumbing service for your home or business today! 

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