Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog

What to Know about New Plumbing

December 10th, 2018

copper pipes and plumbing fixturesOver the course of the years, many advancements have been made to indoor plumbing to further improve how fresh and wastewater are transferred to and from homes throughout Olympia and beyond. For many decades, the type of piping materials most commonly used included clay, cast iron, and galvanized steel. But each has fallen out of use by professional plumbers due to their tendency to break down or corrode.

So if you are looking to schedule a new Olympia plumbing installation to replace your existing pipes (this service is called repiping), it’s probably because your home was built in a time that these materials were still common, and your current plumbing is in danger of failure from corrosion. Fortunately, when you call on our team for this service, you can count on our plumbers using the right material, to ensure that your new plumbing lasts for many, many years. So, what are these materials?

Continue Reading

The Qualities of a Reputable Plumber

November 26th, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterA competent, reputable plumber is as important to the functionality of your home as a reputable mechanic is to your car or a dentist to your teeth. When issues arise with your plumbing system, you should be able to rely on not only a professional plumbing contractor but on one that provides 24-hour plumbing in DuPont among their comprehensive services.

You might have a number of plumbers you’re aware of in your area, or who you’ve seen driving around town. But, do you know what qualities are most important to look for in someone who is going to work on your plumbing? Before hiring someone, we urge you to read the guidelines we’ve provided below when choosing the right professional.

Continue Reading

With the Holidays around the Corner, Protect Your Plumbing

November 12th, 2018

person washing lettuce under kitchen sink faucetWhether you realize it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. If you celebrate these holidays and plan on hosting guests in your home this season, then the following tips regarding protecting your plumbing are for you.

If we can, we’re always happy to help our customers avoid any major issues with their living space—particularly, their plumbing. This has got to be one of the worst times of the years to have to deal with a plumbing problem after all. Although, there never really is a convenient time to have a plumbing problem!

Continue Reading

Is It Time for a Water Heater Upgrade?

October 29th, 2018

Pipes of a heating systemYour home’s water heater was built to last a long time, especially if you give it proper care and maintenance. However, no matter how well you take care of this system, eventually it will need an upgrade. The trick is to be able to identify when you’ll need an upgrade.

The last thing you need is to find out your water heater has permanently failed, while taking a shower or doing something else that requires effective hot water usage. Keep reading to learn some of the warning signs to watch out for that indicated it’s time for you to go shopping for water heaters in Olympia, WA.

Continue Reading

Plumbing Inspections Aren’t as Scary as You Think

October 15th, 2018

entrance of a pipe from the insideHave you ever wondered how plumber can diagnose problems with pipes that are hidden from view? Chances are you haven’t, but now we’re inviting you to think about it. You might have a vision of plumbers busting into walls and totally up-heaving your home or property in order to find the source of a leak or a clog.

Obviously, this is not an ideal situation, and something you’d like to avoid (and may avoid or put off calling for professional services if you suspect a problem with your plumbing in Yelm.) We’re here to put your mind at ease. The fact is, when your professional plumber is equipped with the right video pipe inspection equipment, and they have the skill and training needed for adequately using that equipment, you needn’t have these concerns. Keep reading, and when you suspect or discover problems with your pipes, give our team a call!

Continue Reading

Can a Plumbing Problem Ever Wait?

October 1st, 2018

An old pipe breaks Sometimes, there are plumbing issues that can, in fact, wait a bit. For instance, if you have a dripping faucet, a running toilet, or a single drain clog, you could probably let it go a day or two without causing irreversible harm. We don’t recommend this as it wastes water, but these are just a few examples of issues that aren’t that major.

But what about more severe problems? What if you hear water rushing behind a wall, or feel a hot spot on your floor indicating a hot water line ruptured and you have a slab leak? Or, what if you noticed multiple drains in your home are backing up, which is the sign of a sewer line blockage? These all constitute as hygienic and/or damaging emergencies and definitely require a call to a professional plumber in Olympia, WA. But what can you do in the meantime?

Continue Reading

The Time to Prevent Frozen Pipes is Now

September 17th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWhen compared to parts of the east coast and the Midwest, our winters aren’t that cold, right? We don’t really need to worry about much as far as weather-related incidents. One wintertime problem you should be aware of though, is the threat of frozen pipes. And no, it’s not too early to begin thinking about this and preparing for potential plumbing issues.

Historically, our temperatures rarely dip below freezing, but it does happen. This is a reason to be even more diligent about this issue, because even though we don’t think about it as much as homeowners in colder climates, just a few days of temperatures at 30° or below this winter can result in frozen—and subsequently burst—pipes in your home. So, what can you do to prevent this?

Continue Reading

What Should You Know about Garbage Disposal Care?

September 3rd, 2018

Closeup of the hands of a woman washing a lettuce and some other vegetables in the kitchen sinkOne of the great luxuries that modern plumbing has brought into many homes is that of the garbage disposal. And if you have one in your kitchen, you likely can’t even imagine cooking and cleaning up without it. Unfinished meals, kitchen scraps, or even spoiling leftovers are easily and hygienically disposed of, rather than sitting in your trash can and smelling up the place. But, could this dependence on your garbage disposal system get in you trouble?

If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated by your garbage disposal getting jammed up, more than once, or you’ve had to call a professional Dupont plumber to fix the mechanism, then chances are you aren’t giving this appliance the proper care it needs. This isn’t your fault, though, if you don’t know what items and do not belong in your garbage disposal system to begin with! Keep reading to learn more.

Continue Reading

Water Heaters: Why Is Water Temperature So Important?

August 20th, 2018

Pipes of a heating systemDo you have a storage tank type water heater? This is the most commonly found water heaters in Olympia, WA in homes today, so we wouldn’t be surprised. Even with recent developments in technology, resulting in the spread of systems such as tankless water heaters and heat pump water heaters, the storage tank water heater remains a reliable way to enjoy a steady supply of warm-hot water.

So, what if you are one of those who has a storage tank water heater? Is there anything specific you should know. Well, you should know about your risks. Yes, these systems are ultimately safe, so long as they are professionally installed and properly cared for. But there are risks involved, too, such as the threat of scalding that comes with a water heater whose temperature is set too high.

Continue Reading

What Low Water Pressure Means for Your Home

August 6th, 2018

shower head dripping waterLow water pressure can be one of the most frustrating, and even perhaps alarming, of plumbing problems you might deal with. You may be in the shower when it happens, or washing your dishes, or doing any other daily task that depends on a pressurized stream of water. In some cases, there is a simple fix for your water pressure woes. In others, it may be necessary to call in a professional plumber in Tumwater, WA.

Keep reading to learn more about what causes low water pressure, and what you can do about it.

Continue Reading