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    Summer Rains Can Lead to Sewage Backup

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Seattle and the surrounding areas receive many inches of rainfall each month. On days with heavy rains, take care to check your basement for signs of flooding. Excessive amounts of rain can fill your home’s sewer pipes and the city storm sewers faster than they can drain, causing sewage to back up.

    Watch this video to learn how sewage backups are causing pollution in Spokane. You will see that proper sewer drainage is not simply a problem that affects individual homeowners—it is a public health concern.

    If you experience flash flooding in your home’s basement, or if you suspect that your sewer line may need to be repaired, call O’Neill Plumbing today at (206) 973-3582. For nearly a century, our plumbers have provided Seattle homeowners with professional service.

    A Look at Summer Plumbing Care

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Most Seattle homeowners know that winter freezes can affect their home’s pipes. However, you should take care to maintain your plumbing in the summertime as well, because seasonal changes in your water use habits can cause problems now or down the road. The tips below will help you preserve your pipes and conserve water during the warmer months.

    Properly Dispose of Your Barbeque Scraps

    Delicious foods such as corn on the cob and fatty barbequed meats are staples of summer cookouts. Be careful to dispose of all food waste correctly in order to avoid a clogged drain. Your garbage disposal is not designed to shred fibrous corn husks, and don’t empty the drip pan from your grill into your sink, as the grease will coat your plumbing and eventually cause a blockage.

    Inspect Your Washing Machine Hoses

    In the summer, many people hike, garden, and spend more time outdoors in general. With increased outdoor activity, clothes get dirtier and many people tend to wash more loads of laundry in the summertime. Unfortunately, that extra dirt from the trails or from your yard can clog your washing machine drain and cause a flood, so be sure to inspect the hoses for any kinks or leaks.

    Keep an Eye on Your Sewer Line

    Summer rainwater can often overwhelm city storm drains, and excess water in the soil around the pipes can feed destructive tree roots that have already infiltrated your sewer. Check your basement or crawlspace for unusually damp spots—water problems in the basement are often signs of sewer line problems. Call a plumber to have your pipes inspected if you suspect that your home has any sewer damage at all.

    O’Neill Plumbing is available 24 hours a day to attend to any plumbing emergency you may have, big or small. We have served our neighbors in Seattle for almost a century since our founding in 1917. To schedule a drain cleaning, sewer inspection, or other plumbing service, call us today at (206) 973-3582.

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    What Exactly Is Hydro Jetting?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your plumber can often fix clogged drains by snaking them and loosening debris. For stubborn clogs and poorly draining lines, however, your plumber might recommend hydro jetting. With hydro jetting, your plumber uses specialized equipment to introduce water pressure of approximately 1,500 to 3,500 psi into the pipe to clear away all obstructions. Hydro jetting is particularly well suited to clearing away years of accumulated grease, sediment, and other substances that snaking cannot remove.

    Your plumber might recommend a video inspection of the line prior to hydro jetting it. The images inform the plumber of whether hydro jetting is ideal for that particular pipe. If the line is clogged by tree roots, for example, hydro jetting can clear them away. If the camera reveals a broken pipe, however, you’ll need to replace it.

    Learn more about the benefits of hydro jetting by calling the experts of O’Neill Plumbing. We proudly offer Seattle-area residents hydro jetting, pipe replacement, and many more services. Give us a call today at (206) 973-3582 or visit us on the Web for more information.

    Why Old Galvanized Steel Pipes May Be Threatening to Your Health

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you live in an older home, there could have problems with your old pipes. Over time, galvanized steel pipes can become corroded, which poses health hazards and can decrease your water flow. Call a plumber to determine what type of pipes you have and whether they pose any risk to your family or property. A plumber can replace your existing pipes and safeguard your family’s health.

    Corrosion of Pipes

    Plumbers often recommend plastic or concrete pipes because they are more resistant to deterioration. Galvanized steel pipes constantly corrode due to environmental factors such as the quality of the water and the properties of the soil surrounding the pipes. The corrosion of galvanized steel pipes is an electrochemical process. Metal ions are released into your drinking water, which increases the risk of heavy metal toxicity from substances such as lead and cadmium.

    Contamination with Lead

    Your plumber might recommend testing your drinking water supply for lead if your home has old galvanized steel pipes. With continued exposure, lead builds up gradually in your body. As more lead accumulates in your bloodstream, you experience a higher risk of anemia, insomnia, muscle weakness, and cognitive decline. Lead can increase the risk of miscarriage for pregnant women, while men may develop infertility issues. Even low levels of lead are hazardous to children; it can cause problems with physical and cognitive development, behavior and attention problems, and kidney damage. If tests reveal lead in your drinking water, have a plumber replace your pipes promptly.

    Contamination with Cadmium

    Heavy metal poisoning with cadmium is another possible problem with galvanized steel pipes. Short-term cadmium toxicity may cause nausea, and over time, cadmium exposure can lead to kidney disease. This dangerous heavy metal also targets the bones, brain, liver, and lungs.

    The highly trained plumbers of O’Neill Plumbing can replace your old galvanized steel pipes and help preserve the health of your family. Seattle-area residents are encouraged to call us at (206) 973-3582. Feel free to ask us about our many other services, including water heater replacement.

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