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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.

    Understanding the Basics of Household Plumbing

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The plumbing in your home involves a complex network of different pipes. Your water supply may come from either a well or a municipal supply. Water enters your water heater from a main supply line, then travels in hot and cold water pipes to all of the fixtures in your home, including faucets and showers.

    Learn more about your home’s plumbing by watching this video. You’ll hear an expert discuss the various pipes in your home, including the main stack, which is the main drainage pipe for waste water. You’ll also learn what to do if your water pressure is insufficient.

    If you have any questions about your home’s plumbing, please call the experts of O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 973-3582. We offer plumbing troubleshooting, water heater replacement, and much more to residents of the Seattle area.

    What Are the Potential Causes of Your Water Heater's Poor Performance?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Many issues can plague your home’s water heater. When you talk to a plumber about a problem, be sure to mention the specifics, such as inadequate water flow, insufficient temperatures, or unusual noises coming from the unit. The plumber will evaluate the water heater to determine if it is fixable or if you need a replacement.

    Undersized Unit

    Sometimes, water heater problems have nothing to do with the unit’s performance. In some cases, the water heater may be too small to handle a household’s water heating demands. Your plumber can evaluate your household’s needs and recommend a proper size for your replacement unit.

    Temperature Setting

    Do you turn on the faucet to the hottest setting, only to discover that the water still won’t heat up enough? An inadequate temperature could mean that your thermostat is improperly set. Your plumber can recommend an ideal temperature setting for your household’s needs.

    Mineral Deposits

    Another potential cause for poor water heater performance is mineral deposits. Over time, the minerals in the water can accumulate inside the tank and interfere with the heating process. If you hear atypical noises coming from the water heater, mineral deposits may have broken off from the inside of the tank. Your plumber can flush the tank and remove the sediment, restoring proper function to your water heater.

    Water Leak

    Call a plumber right away if you see water on the floor next to the unit. The plumber might need to tighten or replace a valve, or replace leaky pipes. In some cases, the cause of water leakage involves a problem with the vent or the heating element.

    O’Neill Plumbing is proud to offer fast and reliable services for all of your plumbing needs. If you have a faulty water heater, call our Seattle office at (206) 973-3582 to schedule an appointment. You could also visit our website to learn more about us.

    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.  

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