Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Olympia’

What to Know about New Plumbing

Monday, 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?

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Is It Time for a Water Heater Upgrade?

Monday, 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.

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The Time to Prevent Frozen Pipes is Now

Monday, 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?

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Water Heaters: Why Is Water Temperature So Important?

Monday, 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.

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For Your Plumbing Woes, Only Trust the Pros

Monday, July 9th, 2018

woman under sink with worried expression on her faceNo matter what plumbing repair or service needs you may have, they are likely going to be complex. And if you hire the wrong team for the job, the results can be detrimental to your plumbing system and to your home. Even something as seemingly easy as unclogging a drain can go wrong without the right equipment, training, and expertise. Still, though, we get how tempting it is to “save a few bucks” by hiring a standard handyman, or even a neighbor who is really enthusiastic about DIY projects.

We’re here to encourage you to consider how important it is to hire a licensed, insured, and experienced Olympia plumbing company when you need any sort of plumbing work done on your property. Sure, it can seem like a good idea to save some money upfront. However, in the long run, hiring the wrong plumber can cost you more.

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Signs of a Failing Water Heater

Monday, June 25th, 2018

tank water heater in homeWith summer officially here, many homeowners are turning their focus to their air conditioning systems, making sure they are ready to keep them comfortable all season long. And when summer is over, their attention will be turned to their heater. What most people don’t give much consideration to, is a home comfort appliance they use year-round: their water heater.

This system is designed to last for quite a while, especially if they are properly maintained and cared for. No appliance or electrical system lasts forever, though, and eventually you will need an Olympia, WA water heater replacement. But what if you don’t know if the time has come to start shopping for a new water heater? Are there signs to watch out for?

Certainly! Keep reading to learn more.

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Low Water Pressure: What It Means and What to Do

Monday, June 11th, 2018

faucet and water drop isolated on white backgroundUnexpected low water pressure has to be among the most frustrating problems for a homeowner to face. After all, when the water pressure is subpar, so too is your ability to shower effectively, do your dishes, or perform any daily task that requires a pressurized stream of water. Naturally, you want to get to the bottom of your low water pressure problem. The good news is, there might be a simple fix.

Keep reading to learn if your water pressure trouble is a simple repair you can do on your own, or if it’s time to call a professional Olympia plumbing repair technician. We are standing by and ready to help!

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FAQ: Can I Fix My Own Kitchen Sink?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.Well, it depends on what exactly is wrong. If we’re talking about a dripping faucet, then you can likely purchase a small part and replace it on your own. But there are some issues where you really need a professional. Take clearing a drain clog, for instance. You may think that this is something you can do on your own, but in order to prevent unexpected sink repair in Olympia, you really need professional assistance.

“But wait, can’t I just use a store-bought drain cleaner?” We get it, this is the instinct of many a homeowner when a drain clog forms. But this is not a good way to deal with drain clogs.

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How Do You Treat Your Kitchen Plumbing?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

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 windowMore specifically, how do you treat your garbage disposal? This is arguably one of the greatest plumbing innovations to make its way into homes, making cooking and cleanup must more convenient and allowing for less waste in the trash can. The garbage disposal takes care of everything, right?

Well, not quite. There are a few common misconceptions about garbage disposals that unfortunately lead many homeowners to treat their garbage disposal the wrong way. And while you might not have a problem right away, if you continue to abuse your garbage disposal—albeit unintentionally—it’s going to eventually fail on you. To avoid trouble, take a look at the following misconceptions and explanations of how you should treat your disposal system.

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Is Your Sewer Line in Trouble?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

water line with leak in itThe sewer line in your plumbing system is the main line that removes wastewater from your home and moves it into the civic sewer system. Sewer lines are typically buried under the ground in your yard, which keeps them safe from damage and wear from the weather.

When trouble crops up, it requires the services of a professional plumber. We carry the most up-to-date equipment and use professional methods to access the sewer line, enabling us to repair leaks, clean out clogs, and address other issues without needing to excavate the pipe.

Of course, this would mean you actually spotted signs of sewer line trouble to begin with, and know that you need Olympia, WA sewer line services. It’s important as a homeowner that you don’t attempt to formally diagnose a problem with your sewer line. However, you can spot the common signs of a problem. When this happens, it’s time to call in a pro ASAP.

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