Last updated 11 months ago
The sewer line is the essential element in the disposal of wastewater from your home’s plumbing system. A functioning sewer line means that everything that goes down your drain isn’t recirculated back into the system, but is instead carried out into the sewer and sent along to your city’s sewage treatment plant. Blockages or leaks in your sewer line can cause a host of problems, from raw sewage backup into your home to damage of your home’s foundation. The various threats to your sewer line include:
Roots: A heavily forested front yard is pleasing to eye, but what’s going on underneath the lawn could be compromising your sewer line. Roots are attracted to sewer pipes for the water and organic nutrients found within. Once they invade the pipe, it becomes an escalating problem as the roots continue to feed off the water and grow until you have yourself a clogged, leaking sewer line.
Deterioration: Sewer lines made from cast iron have a high probability of corrosion as they age. Iron sewer pipes also have lead joints that are structurally weak and can separate in shifting soil. Cast iron pipes are typical found in houses built before the 1970s, when PVC (a hard plastic) started to be used in favor of cast iron.
Build-up: Whatever goes down the drain in your sinks, showers, and toilets needs to make its way through your sewer line—which is typically only 8 inches in diameter. Never dispose of grease, rags, diapers, towels, or other such items down a drain. These items may make it out of sight, but they are destined to build up and cause a sewer line blockage.
A compromised sewer line is a plumbing emergency. Wastewater backing up into your home is extremely hazardous, so be sure to tackle the problem immediately. If you live in Seattle and are experiencing problems with your sewer line, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 932-5283. We’ve been in the plumbing business for almost a century and can get the job done as quickly as possible.
Last updated 11 months ago
As a homeowner, there may come a time where you need to quickly shut off the water supply to your home. Whether you have a major leak or are just working on your pipes, knowing where your shut off valve is located and how to shut it off can prevent costly damage.
If you’re not familiar with how to shut off the water supply to your home, watch this video to find out how. You’ll learn where your shut off valve is located, how to get to it, and what tools you’ll need. Click play to learn more!
For plumbing maintenance, repair, or installation, contact O’Neill Plumbing of Seattle at (206) 932-5283. Family-owned and operated since 1917, we’ll tackle your problem as quickly and professionally as we can. Call today to schedule an appointment with Seattle’s best plumbing service.
Last updated 12 months ago
Hot water is a convenience that is easily taken for granted. Unfortunately, this means that the water heater itself often falls into the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” You might forget to properly maintain your water heater or replace an old unit that’s reached the end of its lifetime because of this. However, water heater maintenance is not only essential to keep the hot water flowing, but also to avoid costly and even life-threatening dangers, including:
Leaks: It is not uncommon for an aged or poorly maintained water heater to leak. The causes may range from excess pressure in the temperature-pressure relief valve, a loose drain valve, obstructions in the vent, a corroded tank, or loose water pipe fitting. Depending on where your water heater is located in your home and how large the leak is, you could be facing thousands of dollars in water damage.
Backdrafting: For gas water heaters, a lack of proper ventilation and maintenance will combine to cause a lethal buildup of fumes, called “backdrafting.” The combustion that occurs to heat your water produces harmful byproducts that, if not properly vented outside, will double back into your home. Inhalation of the toxic and odorless gas carbon monoxide can cause headaches, vertigo, flu-like symptoms, toxicity of the central nervous system, and even death.
Explosion: Although extremely rare, the most well-known danger that water heaters present to a household is the possibility of explosion. This is caused by an extreme variation in temperature or pressure, and is safeguarded against by the temperature/pressure relief valve. However, failure to properly maintain this valve strips it of its ability to perform this vital function and increases the risk of a devastating explosion.
Both electric and gas water heaters have built in safety features to prevent disaster from occurring, but the potential still exists, especially in a unit that hasn’t seen maintenance since installation. If you live in the Seattle area, keep safe by scheduling water heater maintenance with O’Neill Plumbing. Call us at (206) 932-5283 to speak to one of our experienced plumbers.
Last updated 1 year ago
Understand why it’s important to winterize your plumbing in order to avoid frozen and burst pipes and get an idea of how to spot water leaks in your home when you visit these webpages below. O’Neill Plumbing can winterize your plumbing and provide leak detection services to help keep your Seattle home secure this winter. Contact us at (206) 932-5283 to learn more.
Last updated 1 year ago
When it comes to your home, it’s important to have a good relationship with a Seattle plumber who can help you understand how to keep your eye out for leaks. If you suspect that you have a water leak somewhere on your property, here are a few ways to verify that it is in fact a leak and not some other type of plumbing issue.
Common Leak Sources
Water leaks can be caused by a variety of different factors, including the age of your plumbing, seasonal temperature changes, and a lack of maintenance. Many leaks cannot be predicted, which is why it is important to understand the signs that you may have one. Consistently check all of your faucets for drips and make sure that your toilet is not constantly running. The toilet tank should only refill after a flush and should stop after the toilet is full of water. If at any point you notice your water bills creeping up a little bit every month, these are the first places to check.
Detecting Leaks with Your Water Meter
Leaks can be harder to find if they are outside your home or hidden in walls, basements, or crawlspaces. This is especially true of the main water lines underground. There’s no easy way for a homeowner to verify a leak underground, though a quick visual inspection of plumbing in crawlspaces and basements can quickly reveal if you have a leak. For potential underground leaks, you’re going to need your water meter and the help of an experienced plumber.
Most water meters have a leak indicator, which is simply a moving dial that indicates when water is moving through the system. You can isolate leaks by turning off all sources of demand inside your home and double-checking your water meter. If the indicator is still moving, you likely have a leak in the plumbing between the water meter and your house.
O’Neill Plumbing has the equipment and the experience to detect leaks in your home’s plumbing before they become major issues. Let us help you reduce your water bill and protect your home from extensive water damage. Visit our website or call (206) 932-5283 to learn more about our plumbing services.