Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog

Do You Need Hydro-Jetting Help?

October 12th, 2020

water-flowing-down-a-drainHow often do you think about the drain and sewer part of your plumbing system? If you’re like most homeowners, probably not much! You may think about it a little when you have a drain clog, but maybe you just reach for a bottle of liquid drain cleaner you got at the hardware store, and call it a day.

We could write an entire blog post on why you shouldn’t use these chemical “solutions” (in fact, we have!) The bottom line is, they are caustic and eat away at the lining of your pipes, ultimately doing more harm than good. Plus, if your clog originated from a blockage or problem in your sewer line, then a little bit of liquid drain cleaner isn’t going to resolve the problem.

For this, you will likely need the help of a hydro-jet, a type of drain snake that has an omnidirectional sprayer head on it that scours the lining of your pipes with a high-pressured stream of water. This not only removes whatever is sticking to the inside of your plumbing, but prevents clogs from happening in the future, too. Read on to learn how to tell when you may have a sewer line blockage and need this service!

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The Danger of Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

September 14th, 2020

water-running-down-a-drainIf you’re like most homeowners, then your first instinct when you encounter a clog or backup in a sink within your home is likely to reach for that bottle of store-bought drain cleaner you keep on hand. This seems like a good idea in theory, and will probably solve your problem, for a while, anyway. However, it won’t get to the root of the problem causing the clog, and may actually do more harm than good!

Look, we get it. The way that these drain cleaning “solutions” are marketed to homeowners makes it sound like they’re the best and most obvious resolution there is for drain clogs. But no professional plumber would ever recommend this. Read on to learn why.

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“Does My Tankless Water Heater Really Need Maintenance?”

August 17th, 2020

tankless-boiler-water-heaterThe short answer to this is, “Yes.” Of course, we’ll elaborate on that more below.

Look, we understand why you may not think a tankless water heater needs servicing just like a tank system would. While tank systems are large, sometimes fairly noisy, and have a pretty obvious presence in or on your property, a tankless system is just a small addition to the home.

But yes, they do need maintenance, and actually that maintenance is pretty similar to what a conventional storage tank system needs!

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Beware These Signs That Repiping Is in Your Future

July 20th, 2020

plumber-working-on-sink-pipeWhen it comes to plumbing problems, hearing that you need repiping services can be pretty daunting. After all, in some cases, repiping is necessary for the entire home. It’s an unfortunately common problem as the homes in our area continue to age, and their plumbing systems age with them. The good news is, once you have your home repiped, you don’ have to worry about it again for decades.

Before repiping can happen, however, you would need to know the signs that it’s even necessary, right? This can be a hard thing to spot since, after all, your plumbing system is mostly hidden from view behind walls or in your crawlspace. There are symptoms you can watch out for though, which we’ve covered below.

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How Not to Treat Your Kitchen Sink

June 22nd, 2020

woman-and-little-girl-washing-veggies-at-kitchen-sinkHave you ever tried to throw a banana peel down the drain, hoping your garbage disposal will grind it up? You might have been unpleasantly surprised…

Garbage disposal systems certainly are very convenient and easy to use, but they were not designed to chew up all types of garbage or uneaten scraps. In fact, there are quite a few things that homeowners throw down their kitchen sink that could damage the garbage disposal or even the drain itself.

So, we thought we’d provide you with a little guide below about what it is that shouldn’t go down your kitchen sink. 

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Ready to Remodel Your Bathroom? Here’s What You Ought to Know!

May 25th, 2020

kids-in-bathtubDeciding to remodel your bathroom can be both exciting and stressful. You are excited to have a beautiful, new bathroom, but you might not be sure how to get there. Hiring the right contractor for your home project can make a world of difference in saving you both time and money. We understand that doing it yourself might seem like the cheaper route, but trust us, a major project such as a remodel is best left to the professionals.

We recognize that you want your bathroom to be functional and comfortable, which is why we are here to help make that possible. Below, we have outlined some tips to help make remodeling a breeze! All you need to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us when you need a plumber in Olympia, WA. 

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Here’s Why We Love Video Pipe Inspection

April 27th, 2020

entrance of a pipe from the insideWe may not have super cool superpowers, like x-ray vision, but modern technology has brought us pretty close! That’s right: we are talking about video pipe inspection and why plumbers love it so much! In fact, we think you should love it too!

There are plenty of reasons to schedule video pipe inspection services for your home, and below, we have listed some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us when you need a plumber in Olympia, WA.

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Tips to Avoid a Plumbing Emergency

April 13th, 2020

plumbing-emergencyOf course, we all love and appreciate emergency plumbers, but that does not mean we want them in our homes. Why? Because having to call an emergency plumber means that you’ve likely got a plumbing emergency on your hands!

Fortunately, we know quite a few tricks to help you avoid plumbing emergencies, and below, we have outlined some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us when you need an Olympia, WA plumber! 

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Looking to Save Some Water? Here Are Some Tips!

March 30th, 2020

Young beautiful mother and her cute curly toddler daughter washing vegetables together in a kitchen sink getting ready to cook salad for lunch in a sunny white kitchen with a big garden view windowThere are many reasons why homeowners wish to conserve water — perhaps they’re thinking about the environment? Or maybe, they’re concerned about their high water bills? Either way, we can help because saving water is a lot easier than you might think!

In fact, there are plenty of ways that you can do your part in conserving water, and below, we have outlined some helpful tips for you! All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us for your plumbing in Yelm.

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Here’s What Leads to Early Pipe Replacement

March 16th, 2020

pipes-with-internal-build-upOf course, you depend on your plumbing system every day for things like laundry, bathing, cooking, and cleaning, so surely, you don’t want to take it for granted. Unfortunately, though, one issue that many homeowners find themselves facing is early pipe replacement.

Luckily for you, our team is well-versed in the issues that tend to lead to early pipe replacement, and below, we’ve outlined the two most common for you! All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call our team when you need a plumber in Yelm, WA.

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