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    Understanding What Causes Pipes to Burst

    Last updated 12 months ago

    The chilly days of fall have arrived, and the changing of the seasons brings additional considerations for your home plumbing system. When the outdoor temperatures drop to freezing, your plumbing can become vulnerable to the problem of frozen or burst pipes. To highlight the importance of preparing your home plumbing system for the winter months, here’s a look at how cold weather can cause your pipes to burst:

    Freezing Water and Your Pipes

    When water is exposed to freezing temperatures, it turns into ice; and as liquid water is transformed into solid ice, it expands. Water inside a pipe can freeze and expand in the same way as water in any other location. If water freezes inside a pipe, it will fill up the walls of the pipe and cause a blockage. In the area of the pipe that is upstream from the blockage, water pressure will increase at a rapid rate. Once the pressure inside the pipe reaches a certain threshold, the pipe will burst, causing water to leak everywhere.

    Preventing Frozen Pipes

    Fortunately, there are several steps that homeowners can take to reduce the risk of burst pipes during the winter. To prevent pipes from freezing, it is important to make sure that all of the pipes in the home are properly insulated. Any pipes that are exposed to outdoor air should be fitted with insulation sleeves, which will keep the water inside from freezing. You should also keep the temperature in your home above 55 degrees at all times—even when you go away on a winter vacation.

    At O’Neill Plumbing, our expert technicians can help you prepare your home’s plumbing system for the winter months. We specialize in pipe maintenance and water heater replacement, and we work on all types of pipes, including concrete, clay, and a/c pipes. For more information about the quality plumbing services we have to offer, call our location in Seattle at (206) 973-3582. 

    Winter Plumbing Maintenance Tips

    Last updated 1 year ago

    There are several simple ways to prepare your home for the winter season. To prevent frozen and burst pipes, you can fit your pipes with insulating sleeves or heated insulation tape. When you go away on vacation, remember to keep your home temperature above 55 degrees. For more winter plumbing maintenance tips, watch this video from KCLive TV.

    To ensure that your home’s pipes are ready for winter, contact O’Neill Plumbing. We provide homeowners throughout the Seattle area with a full range of seasonal plumbing maintenance services, including pipe repairs, water heater replacement, and sewer line maintenance. Call us at (206) 973-3582 to schedule a plumbing service appointment for your home today. 

    Common Plumbing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your home’s plumbing system requires proper maintenance and care to stay in great working condition. While some plumbing emergencies are unavoidable, other common plumbing problems are caused by operator error. To ensure that your plumbing remains in good shape, it is important to be aware of how everyday actions can result in plumbing problems. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems and how you can avoid them:

    Clogged Garbage Disposal

    Garbage disposals are one of the most commonly repaired kitchen plumbing components. While your garbage disposal is designed to dispose of many types of food scraps, not all food items should be sent down the drain. To prevent clogs in your garbage disposal, only put soft and easily processed food items down the drain. Hard, starchy, or stringy foods should be placed in your trash can instead.

    Weighing Down Fixtures

    Some homeowners choose to hang shower caddies or racks around their showerheads. While a shower rack is a convenient method of organizing your bathroom, too much weight on your showerhead can cause the fixture to break or snap. To prevent problems with your shower fixtures, be sure to store only light objects on your shower rack.

    Over-Tightening Handles

    Many homeowners are familiar with the annoyance of a leaky faucet. Sometimes, a person will attempt to fix the leak by over-tightening the handle. Rather than fixing the leak, over-tightening can strip the handle or make the leak worse. If your faucet is leaking, you should have your plumber perform repairs.

    For help with all of your plumbing maintenance needs, contact O’Neill Plumbing by calling (206) 973-3582. Our master plumbers offer homeowners in the Seattle area with plumbing services, trenchless sewer services, and water heater replacements. We will make sure that your home’s plumbing system is in fantastic working order. We look forward to serving your home in the near future!

    Common Household Items You Should Never Flush

    Last updated 1 year ago

    To keep your toilet in proper working order, it is important to flush only appropriate items. When you use your toilet to dispose of items that should go in the trash, you can create serious clogs and backups. Some common household items that should never be flushed include chewing gum, floss, cigarette butts, and tissues. Other items such as hair and insects should also never go down the toilet. By ensuring that each member of your household only flushes items that your system can handle, you will ensure that your toilet remains clog free.

    If your toilet is experiencing a backup, the master plumbers at O’Neill Plumbing will be there to help. We offer sewer line repairs, toilet repairs, and a wide range of other top quality plumbing services. With nearly 100 years of experience serving the Seattle area, we are your local plumbing experts. To make a plumbing appointment for your home, call us at (206) 973-3582.

    Signs Your Sewer Pipe Is Clogged or Broken

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When your home experiences a sewer pipe emergency, it is important to act fast. By calling your plumber at the first sign of a sewer problem, you can avoid costly damage to your property, as well as the heath hazards associated with coming into contact with raw sewage. To help you identify when it’s time to schedule a sewer repair service, here are some of the signs that your sewer pipe is clogged or broken:

    Pools of Water in Your Yard

    If your sewer pipe is broken, you may notice pools of water forming in unusual places throughout your yard. A broken pipe will begin to leak wastewater, creating these wet areas. You may also notice soft spots in your yard that seem excessively damp.

    Unusual Smells

    A broken sewer line can often be identified by an unusual, unpleasant smell in the air. If you suspect that your sewer line may be broken, notice if you detect the smell of sewage in the air. Unusual sewer smells are a clear indication that something is wrong with your sewer pipe.

    Toilet Bowl Fails to Fill

    A clogged sewer pipe will typically cause problems inside your home. You may notice that your toilet bowl fails to fill after you flush. This is a sign that a clog is preventing wastewater from traveling through your sewer pipe.

    Slow or Bubbling Drains

    When your sewer pipe is clogged, you may notice that your drains are very slow. As you pour water down the drain, listen for any unusual bubbling noises, which could also indicate a clog.

    When you are experiencing a clogged or broken sewer pipe, the experts at O’Neill Plumbing will be there to help. We can diagnose and repair your sewer line, and we offer a range of convenient trenchless sewer and rooter sewer services. Call us at (206) 973-3582 to make a plumbing service appointment for your home in the Seattle area.

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