Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Does Your Commercial Plumbing System Need Repair?

Monday, October 11th, 2021

commercial-bathroom-sinksWhether you just started your own business within a commercial space or bought some commercial property, there is a lot to consider to keep your business successful, right? You need to work with many different people to keep your business running smoothly, and it can be stressful. The last thing on your mind is likely the commercial plumbing within your building. Unfortunately, not considering this important aspect could leave you with problems.

It’s important to think about your commercial plumbing. It’s so much more vast than residential plumbing and therefore the things that can go wrong have bigger consequences. Read on as we uncover what type of repair needs you might face, and why you need an experienced commercial plumber for the job.

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Here’s the Reason Your Tankless Water Heater Needs a Tune-Up

Monday, September 13th, 2021

tankless-water-heater-on-wallThe typical water heater type found in most modern homes is the tank water heater–large and noticeable, sometimes even a little noisy. In other words, it would be pretty hard to not pay attention to it, right? So, you probably already know that it would need an occasional tune-up. After all, it can suffer from scaling–which is a buildup of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and sometimes iron. This scaling can create problems with water pressure, corrosion, and the temperature of the water. As a result, tank water heaters need to be flushed out once a year.

It may seem to you, then, that a tankless water heater doesn’t need maintenance. This just isn’t the case though. In fact, much of the maintenance done for conventional tank water heaters is actually pretty close to what is needed for a tankless system. Read on as we uncover why your tankless water heater needs tune-ups just as much as a tank water heater would.

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Common Commercial Plumbing Problems to Be Aware Of

Monday, August 16th, 2021

commercial-bathroom-sinksIf you own commercial space or run a business inside one, then you already know that the plumbing system isn’t anything like a residential plumbing system–it’s much more complex! So when a problem comes up and it’s not addressed quickly, it can have drastic consequences. Businesses and buildings that suffer from plumbing catastrophes are open to litigation depending on the type of property it is–especially if you have employees or tenants relying on the building’s safety.

This all said you can be prepared for commercial plumbing problems. They’ll never happen at a convenient time–what kind of emergencies do? But you don’ need to panic. We’re about to go over some of the most common commercial plumbing issues so you’re aware of them and can give us a call before they turn into huge emergencies.

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How to Give Your Bathroom Plumbing an Upgrade

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Things That Should Never Go Down Your Sink Drains

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?”

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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