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    A Look at Toilet Flushing and Bubbling Problems

    Last updated 7 months ago

    A number of things can cause flushing and bubbling problems. Often, the issue originates from the toilet itself, such as a buildup of minerals in the toilet siphoning system or a float adjustment issue. If you’ve had a problem with your toilet for a long time, it’s likely to be an issue with your home’s plumbing, such as galvanized piping or a clog in the system. To learn more about diagnosing problems with a bubbling toilet or one that doesn’t flush properly, watch this video clip.

    If your toilet is bubbling or flushing abnormally, contact O’Neill Plumbing, where we’ve been serving Seattle for more than 95 years. Check out our website to see what our satisfied customers have to say. If you have any questions, call us at (206) 932-5283.

    Tips for Choosing a New Water Heater

    Last updated 8 months ago

    There are many advantages to scheduling a water heater replacement. If your water heater frequently fails or costs more to run each year, replacing it can save you a lot of money. As you compare fuel sources and pick between storage tank and tankless configurations, keep the following tips in mind.

    Compare Different Fuel Sources

    You can get a water heater powered by electricity, natural gas, propane, oil, or solar. Electric water heaters are not as efficient as gas-powered heaters, but they are less expensive to purchase up front, so they’re a good option if you have a low water demand. Natural gas, oil, and propane water heaters are more efficient than electric systems, making them less expensive to operate. Solar water heating systems can be used alone or in addition to a conventional heating system, which could reduce your energy bills by up to 80 percent.

    Consider a Tankless Unit

    Conventional water heaters constantly heat water stored in a tank, whereas tankless water heaters simply heat water on an as-needed basis. In addition to being significantly more energy-efficient, tankless water heaters provide unlimited hot water. According to the Department of Energy, most tankless water heaters last about 10 years longer than storage tank water heaters.

    Find the Correct Size

    Did your previous water heater provide enough heat for your home? If not, your new water heater should be larger. If there’s a chance that your family will grow over the next 10 years, a larger water heater is advisable. According to Department of Energy estimates, a two-person household needs a 30- to 40-gallon tank, a three- or four-person household is best fitted with a 40- to 50-gallon unit, and households with five or more people need a 50- to 80-gallon tank.

    If you need help selecting or installing a new water heater, contact O’Neill Plumbing, where we have been serving Seattle for over 95 years. Call us at (206) 932-5283 if you have any questions for us. To see all of the plumbing services we offer, visit our website.

    Reasons Why Your Faucet Might Be Leaking

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Leaky faucets are annoying and resource-intensive. They also have the potential to inflict considerable water damage on a home. If a faucet in your home is leaking, there are a few possible explanations.

    The vast majority of leaky faucets are caused by worn-out cartridges, worn rubber O-ring seals, or other damaged parts inside the tap, most of which are usually inexpensive and fairly easy to replace. Other possible explanations are excessive water pressure and structural plumbing problems, which nearly always require the attention of a professional plumber

    If you suspect that a faucet in your Seattle home is leaking, attend to it as soon as possible. Every hour you put off repairs increases the volume of water wasted and the likelihood that greater damage will occur as a result of the leak. For efficient service from an experienced Seattle plumber, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 932-5283.

    Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Seattle seldom gets unbearably cold, but its average year-round temperature is lower than in many other parts of the U.S. Because of this Pacific Northwest chill, hot showers are a must-have for Seattle residents. If you want to avoid unexpected cold showers and keep your water heater in great condition, employ the following plumber-recommended water heater maintenance strategies:

    Insulate the Tank

    If you have a tank-sourced water heater, insulate it to heat water more efficiently. This will help keep your energy bills down, keep the water in your tank at a higher temperature, and prolong the life of your water heater.

    Drain and Clean Once Each Season

    Over time, sediment and debris can accumulate inside a water heater tank. To prevent this sediment from impacting the performance of your water heater, drain water from your tank to flush out debris every three or four months.

    Test Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

    The temperature and pressure relief valve is essential to the operation of a hot water heater, but it is also the component that is most likely to leak. To test the valve, discharge it quickly and keep an eye out for leaks after reengaging it. If you do detect a leak, hire a plumber to replace the temperature and pressure relief valve.

    Inspect Sacrificial Anode Rod

    The sacrificial anode rod protects your water heater from corrosion. As it does its job, the outer layer wears off and exposes the steel wire core beneath. Examine the anode rod every three years, and replace it if more than six inches of the steel wire core is exposed.

    Keep Area around Unit Clear

    To prevent damage to your water heater and items stored nearby, keep all objects at least two feet from it at all times. Also make sure any vents stay clear to allow air and fumes to exhaust properly.

    Follow the steps outlined above, and you should be able to avoid major water heater failure and detect problems early on. If you think that your tank requires professional service or may be in need of replacement, contact our Seattle plumbers sooner rather than later. To schedule an appointment with a water heater service and replacement specialist, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 932-5283.

    Finding an Internal Toilet Leak

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The greatest nuisance of an internal toilet leak is the sound of constantly running water that sometimes accompanies it. Even if the noise doesn’t bother you, an internal toilet leak can waste a lot of water and should be addressed in a prompt manner.

    In this video clip, a plumbing expert discusses the three most common causes of internal toilet leaks. He also demonstrates how you can attempt to identify the source of an internal leak.

    If you suspect that your toilet has an internal leak, you should employ the help of a professional plumber. To schedule a service appointment to fix a leaky toilet or any other plumbing problem, call O’Neill Plumbing of Seattle at (206) 932-5283.

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