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    Common Ways Water Is Wasted at Home

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Every day, people in Seattle and across the country use water for bathing, cleaning dishes, and watering the lawn. Judging by the way some people use water, one might think there is an infinite amount. In fact, clean, drinkable water makes up less than 1% of the world’s freshwater supply.

    Many people use water without thinking about it. One of the most common ways people waste water is by taking long showers. The next time you take a shower, ask yourself, “How much time do I need to adequately clean myself?” By reducing your shower time by just five minutes, you could save 13 gallons of water. Leaky water fixtures, partially full dishwashers, and inefficient appliances also contribute to water waste. If your monthly water bill seems too high, ask your plumber or local water utility how you can conserve.

    For more information on water conservation, call the experts of O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 973-3582. We’re proud to provide Seattle citizens with a number of plumbing services, including water heater replacement, trenchless sewer installation, and leaky faucet repair.  

    Is Your Drain Always Backed Up? Use These Tips to Prevent Problematic Recurring Clogs

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When you’re washing the dishes in the kitchen sink, you expect the water to drain every time. Sometimes, however, the drain may clog, leaving you with a sink full of dirty water. Even if you manage to clear the drain with a plunger or chemical drain cleaner, there’s always a chance the clog will return. Follow these helpful tips to keep your drains clear at all times:

    Watch What You Flush

    The best way to prevent a recurring clog is to avoid the initial clog. When cooking or cleaning, you should watch what you flush down the drain or garbage disposal. Floss, medicine, and large food chunks are just a few items that should be thrown in the trash instead of flushed down the sink. Grease is especially harmful to pipes—though it may go down the drain in liquid form, grease can quickly harden and catch other food particles on their way down, eventually leading to a clog.

    Buy Drain Guards

    Even the most vigilant homeowners sometimes let certain items slip down the sink. In order to make sure nothing harms your pipes, you should consider buying guards for all the drains in your house. A guard in the shower is great for catching hair, while a guard in the kitchen sink can catch food scraps. To make sure you get the appropriate guards for your drains, speak with your plumber.

    Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

    A chemical drain cleaner may seem like an easy fix for your clogged drain. However, chemical drain cleaners often only clear part of the clog, and can corrode your pipe on the way down. Instead of reaching for the chemical drain cleaner, you should hire an experienced plumber to snake the drain and completely remove the clog once and for all.

    If you’ve been struggling with a persistent clog, call the plumbers of O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 973-3582. We employ some of the finest plumbers in Seattle. After we clear your clog, we’ll gladly replace your water heater, install a trenchless sewer, or perform any other plumbing service you may need.  

    Plumbing Problems? Repair vs. Replacement [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When you experience a problem with your plumbing, you have a big decision to make: repair or replace? It’s not an easy call for any homeowner. There are several different factors to consider, from the age of the equipment to the cost of the repair. An emergency plumber in Seattle created this Infographic to help you determine whether you should opt for the repair or choose to replace. Help your fellow homeowners make smart decisions about their plumbing systems by sharing this important information with everyone you can.

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    Ways to Spot a Toilet Leak

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your home’s toilets may be responsible for up to 27% of your home’s total water usage. If any of your toilets are leaking, that percentage could go up significantly.

    While some toilet leaks make a distinct sound, others are completely silent. In this video from the Regional Water Providers Consortium, a water conservation expert demonstrates how to check for a toilet leak. All you have to do is drop a dye tablet into the tank and come back 10 to 15 minutes later. If the colored water appears in the bowl, you have a toilet leak.

    If you’ve recently discovered that your toilet is leaking, let O’Neill Plumbing fix it for you. Our expert plumbers have been helping Seattle residents save money and water since 1917. Call (206) 973-3582 to schedule a house call or learn more about our services.  

    What You Need to Know About Low-Flow Toilets

    Last updated 1 year ago

    It’s hard for modern homeowners to imagine life without toilets. Instead of chamber pots and outhouses, virtually every house in the U.S. has a flushing toilet that quickly and discreetly removes waste. Though some may consider a flushing toilet to be a modern marvel, developers of today’s toilets are doing whatever they can to further reduce the water in each flush. Read on if you’d like to learn more about low-flow toilets.  

    Low-Flow Forerunners

    The path to the modern low-flow toilet is long and lined with unsuccessful attempts. The first flush toilet was invented by Englishman Joseph Adamson in 1853. This toilet, like modern toilets, relied on a siphon to keep the sewer gases from entering the home. In 1915, the development of a narrower pathway allowed for a smaller tank to be installed on the back of the bowl, as opposed to far above. Low-flow toilets first came on the scene in 1994, but they sometimes required two flushes, thus defeating the purpose of “low-flow.”  

    Essential Components

    Low-flow toilets have the same basic components as regular toilets, but with a few notable differences. Once the user pushes the lever of a normal toilet, the lift chain pulls the flapper and water from the tank rushes into the bowl, triggering the siphoning effect. Low-flow toilets work the same way, only the chain float closes the flapper sooner, limiting the flush to only 1.6 gallons.  

    Water-Saving Potential

    Before 1982, toilets regularly used 5-7 gallons per flush. Between 1983 and 1993, about 3.5 gallons were the norm. By installing a low-flow toilet, you can reduce your toilet’s water consumption by half. Assuming you flush the toilet three times daily, you can save over 2,000 gallons of water in a year.

    If one of the toilets in your Seattle home is over 20 years old, contact the expert plumbers of O’Neill Plumbing. One of our skilled plumbers will gladly discuss low-flow toilets with you, and if you’re interested, install one for you. Call us at (206) 973-3582 to speak with one of our plumbers today.

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