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    Understanding the Common Causes of Clogged Drains

    Last updated 20 hours 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 7 days 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! 

    Factors to Consider When Hiring an Emergency Plumber

    Last updated 14 days ago

    People spend hours planning the most trivial and mundane activities, but how much time have you spent planning what you’re going to do when your sewer backs up or when your water heater starts to leak? A serious and unexpected plumbing situation requires immediate action. The longer you wait to hire an emergency plumber, the more damage will be done and the more expensive the repairs will be. To make sure you hire the right person for the job, we recommend researching emergency plumbers before you’re knee-deep in sewage or chasing down a leaky pipe in your ceiling. Here are a few rules of thumb to help determine your best option:

    Look for 24-Hour Emergency Plumbing Services

    First and foremost, look for a plumbing company that offers 24-hour emergency plumbing services. After all, you never know when a plumbing emergency will strike, so you want to make sure that you can reach your plumber any time of the day. If a plumbing company doesn’t explicitly offer 24-hour service and your pipes burst in the middle of the night, you may find yourself talking to an answering machine when you need plumbing service the most.

    Look for a Plumbing Company that Offers Underground Utility Services

    Depending on the extent of your plumbing emergency, your plumber may need access your home’s underground utility lines. Unless you want to waste extra time and money while an inexperienced plumber calls out a third-party contractor, look for an emergency plumber in Seattle who offers underground utility services, including trenchless sewer repair, hydro jetting, and re-piping.

    Look for a Company with Experience

    You want to make sure that you can trust your emergency plumber, so look for a plumbing company with lots of experience and loads of customer reviews. O’Neill Plumbing has been serving the Seattle area since 1917. That’s almost 100 years of plumbing services! We offer free estimates and our plumbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us today at (206) 395-3964 to learn more about our residential and commercial plumbing services. 

    Water Heater Woes: Repair or Replace? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 16 days ago

    When your water heater breaks down, you face a big question: repair or replace? If your water heater is leaking, the choice is easy – it needs to be replaced. With other problems, however, the decision isn’t so clear. When choosing between repairing your water heater and replacing it, there are several factors to consider. One of the biggest concerns is the age of the unit. Most water heaters have a lifespan of about eight to 10 years, so if yours is nearing that age, repairing it may just be putting off the inevitable. Energy usage is another factor. Newer water heaters are dramatically more efficient than older models. In this Infographic, Seattle’s O’Neill Plumbing offers tips for deciding when to repair or replace your water heater. Help your fellow homeowners choose wisely by sharing this information with them. 

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    What is Hydro Jetting?

    Last updated 20 days ago

    There are plenty of DIY methods to get rid of clogged drains, but not all of them work. Especially when you’re dealing with a stubborn clog deep inside the pipe or slow sewage lines, the best option is to hire a Seattle plumber to hydro jet your home’s plumbing lines. A blast of high-pressure water is sent into the lines at about 4,000 PSI to remove blockages and build up. Because the high pressure can damage lines if they are not properly inspect first, hydro jetting should be done by a professional plumbing contractor.

    If your home or business has a stubborn clog or problem drain, contact O’Neill Plumbing to learn about our hydro jetting services. We have been serving the Seattle area since 1917. Contact us online or call us today to receive your free estimate or talk to one of our plumbers about the problems you are experiencing. 

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