Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog

How to Give Your Bathroom Plumbing an Upgrade

July 19th, 2021

lady-looking-under-sink-at-leaking-pipeSpring and summertime are often popular seasons for homeowners to make upgrades to their homes. Have you been considering one yourself? Maybe you’re tired of the dated look in your bathroom, or you want to start using more efficient plumbing appliances. Whatever the case, you’ve found the right blog post, and the right plumbing team to help you out.

When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, you want to ensure that all aspects of the remodel are overlooked by a trained and experienced professional. This is the best way to avoid mistakes and get the most out of your bathroom area.

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Does Your Home Need Repiping?

June 21st, 2021

old-pipe-that-has-sprung-a-leakJust like any other component of your home, your plumbing pipes wear down over the years, with some materials aging quicker than others. At some point in your homeownership, especially if your home is more than a couple decades old, you may need pipe relining, repair, or complete home repiping. This is an extensive job, but one that our professional plumbers are very familiar with and highly skilled at managing. Plus you’ll benefit in a number of ways from whole house repiping! Namely, you won’t have to worry about any surprise plumbing leaks or repair needs for many years.

Of course, we understand that nobody really wants to invest in a plumbing project like this. It’s not exactly the most convenient or fun thing to have done. But managing it sooner rather than later can help prevents years of problems, including higher water bills than necessary and even potential property damage from leaks and the like. But how do you know when it’s time for repiping? Aside from having a professional plumbing inspection done, are there signs you can watch out for?

There sure are! Read on to learn what they are.

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Tank or Tankless: What’s the Right Water Heater Choice?

May 24th, 2021

hand-under-showerThe water heater of a home is probably one of the easiest appliances to take for granted, if not the easiest system to take for granted. And yet, this system is used every day for multiple purposes.

When it comes time for you to get a new water heater, or if you’re installing a water heater for the very first time in a newly constructed home, then you’ll want to make sure to get in touch with experienced professionals. Only a trustworthy contractor like us will be able to guide you effectively in making the right choice for your home—for instance, choosing between a tank and tankless system.

What are the differences? Is one better than the other? Read on to learn more!

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Things That Should Never Go Down Your Sink Drains

April 26th, 2021

sink-drainBefore you go throwing a banana peel down the garbage disposal or letting a wad of hair circle down the drain of your bathroom sink, read this blog post!

While drains are meant to wash away wastewater, there’s a lot of types of waste they can’t handle. This is especially true for kitchen sink drains. Too often, homeowners assume that if they have a garbage disposal system, that system can handle anything you give it, but that’s simply not the case.

Read on as we uncover what shouldn’t go down your sink drains.

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3 Signs That You Need Toilet Repairs

March 29th, 2021

open-toiletIf there’s any part of your plumbing system that gets the most use every day—aside from your water heater—it’s going to be your toilet.

The toilet or toilets of your home is a plumbing appliance that you really need to be able to rely on. However, when you use something like this every day, it’s going to accumulate some wear and tear. This means that eventually, you’ll need some type of repair, no matter how minor it might be.

You’re in good hands with Brooks! We are here for all your toilet and plumbing repair needs. But how do you know when it’s time to call us? Are there any signs you should want out for?

Yes! We’ve shared 3 signs below, in fact. Read on!

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Why Professional Drain Cleaning is the Only Drain Cleaning That Matters

March 1st, 2021

drain-with-water-going-downIf you’re like most homeowners, your first instinct when you discover a clogged drain in your home is probably to reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner you bought and store under the sink, right? What if we told you this can actually do a lot more harm than good to your plumbing?

Sure, store-bought drain cleaners can dissolve some clogs, such as hair buildup. But they do this at a significant price. One that most homeowners pay without even realizing it. Keep reading as we dive into what’s wrong with these chemical “solutions” and why professional drain cleaning is the only drain cleaning that matters.

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“Are My Pipes at Risk of Freezing?”

February 1st, 2021

icicles-dripping-from-pipeWe don’t exactly live in the artic. In fact, if you compared us to our friends in the Midwest or Northeast, they’d probably laugh at our ideas of “cold.” But while we can sometimes exaggerate the word “freezing,” the fact of the matter is, we do get freezing temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest. Anything below 32°F is, in fact, considered freezing and can subsequently lead to frozen pipes.

So to answer the question this post poses, yes, your pipes are at risk of freezing! Read on to learn more.

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The Top 3 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

January 4th, 2021

concept-drawing-of-new-bathroom-fixtures-with-hands-held-up-in-forefrontYour bathroom either doesn’t function or doesn’t look the way you want it to, right? That’s why you’ve decided to read a blog post dedicated to bathroom remodeling, we’d guess. Bathroom remodels are big jobs, and can be really fun when you start seeing the results! As the most used room in the house next to the kitchen, it makes sense that you want to spruce up the space.

But when it comes to the plumbing fixtures within your bathroom, it really pays off to work closely with an experienced and qualified plumbing contractor. The level of care we can help you take in planning and prepping for your remodel will make a huge different in the results. In fact, it can ultimately help you save money.

Homeowners who forgo the professional route for a DIY method unfortunately tend to run into a few problems if they’re not well prepared. Read on as we uncover the top 3 mistakes we see folks make when it comes to their bathroom remodeling job.

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Winter Water Heater Woes: Protect Your System!

December 7th, 2020

technician-servicing-hot-water-heaterEncountering trouble with a water heater during the wintertime is actually pretty common. True, we don’t have as frigid temperatures as our neighbors in the Midwest and Northeast, but our winters still pack quite the punch. And if you’re noticing that you have to wait longer for warm water to come out of your faucets this winter, then the weather is probably to blame.

Read on as we uncover what happens to your water heater in the winter, and what you can do about it. If you’re experiencing trouble that goes beyond what you can handle, please give our professionals a call. We are highly trained and experienced when it comes to this service, and ready to help!

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

November 9th, 2020

pipe-with-icicles If you’ve lived in our area for even just a year, then you know it’s never really that warm. Wintertime is downright chilly! You also probably know that while we don’t get the blizzard type weather that those on the east coast get, snow and freezing temperatures are still a thing!

This means you have to take steps to make sure your home is protected against inclement weather, ice, and snowmelt. Have you checked to see that your drafty doors and windows are sealed up? Is a humidifier investment a good idea for you to protect your property and your family’s health? Are your plumbing pipes protected from freezing?

Too few homeowners think about that last point! Read on to learn why this is a problem and what you can do about it.

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