Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘plumbing services’

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Monday, December 6th, 2021

frozen-and-burst-pipeIf you’ve lived here for even just a year, then you know that even though we don’t get the bitter weather that our neighbors in the Midwest get, our winters still pack a punch! We’re still likely to have below-freezing temperatures when winter is upon us, at least at night. This of course means you want to be set up with an effective and efficient heating system to keep you and your family warm. But what about keeping your plumbing warm?

Take a moment with us to consider this–is your plumbing system ready for freezing temperatures? It’s easier than you might realize for your pipes to freeze up in cold weather. And the problem isn’t necessarily that they freeze, but what happens when they begin to thaw–they burst. Fortunately, it’s not winter yet, and you have plenty of time to prevent this problem from happening. That’s right, it is preventable!

We want to help you avoid a plumbing mishap this year, read on for some tips on how to do so.

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How Not to Treat Your Kitchen Sink

Monday, 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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Tree Roots: A Major Sewer Line Threat

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsThere’s a perfectly good reason that your plumbing system’s sewer line is buried beneath your yard. First off, it’s more attractive this way—but that’s not the main reason. Having your sewer line located beneath your property is for your safety and convenience. But unfortunately, when something is out of sight like this, it’s hard to spot problems right away. This makes this portion of your plumbing system more vulnerable to problems such as tree roots searching for a water source.

Tree roots are a pretty common reason for sewer line damage and clogs, and they require professional Yelm plumbing services to overcome. As you can likely guess on your own, tree roots crave water. Therefore, all it takes for them to be attracted to your sewer line is a small leak. Tree roots, of course, aren’t the only threat to your sewer line, but they definitely are a major one.

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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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Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Monday, November 27th, 2017

tank water heaterAssuming you keep up with care for your water heater, you can reasonably expect it to last a pretty long time. No water heater lasts forever, however, no matter how well maintained it may be. At some point, you’ll need to invest in a new system. The key is to know when that is required, and then to hire a professional Tumwater, WA plumber to do the installation correctly.

There are a variety of signs that you can look for that indicate your water heater is nearing the end of its life. If you start to notice one or more of the following signs, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional about whether or not it’s time to replace the system. Continue reading to learn more.

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Watch for These Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The holiday get-togethers may be over with, but winter is definitely a time we all stay indoors, and cook big, comfort-food type meals. That being said, you could be tempted to put all your food waste down the drain.

But if you have a garbage disposal, you’d be better of disposing of some items in your trash can—such as hard foods, fibrous foods such as celery, and excessive potato peels. This is just one of the common winter plumbing problems homeowners deal with. Keep reading to learn more.

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How to Best Protect Your Plumbing This Winter

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Winter may not officially be here quite yet, however temperatures have definitely cooled down considerably, signaling that the heating season is certainly here. With that cold weather comes a number of potential issues, from ice on your walkways to keeping your home warm and comfortable for your family and guests.

One additional winter challenge that is important not to overlook is that of your plumbing system. While our temperatures typically don’t drop below freezing, it has happened before and could always happen again. With everything you have to think about as a homeowner, burst pipes are certainly not something you want to deal with. So how can you protect your plumbing to reduce the risk of this occurring?

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3 Reasons Hiring a Professional Plumber is Absolutely Worth It

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

We certainly have our fair share of enthusiastic “do-it-yourselfers” throughout Washington state. And when trouble arises with your plumbing system you might be tempted to try handling the repairs on your own. In almost all cases, however, this can prove detrimental.

Only highly trained and experienced plumbers should work on your pipes or appliances such as your water heater. This is not only for your safety, but also for the overall cost-effectiveness of the repairs. We’ve shared below 3 reasons that hiring a licensed professional plumber is absolutely worth your time and money.

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What Are You Doing to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

While our average temperatures don’t always approach below freezing, it has been known to happen. And as such, it’s important to be prepared and be aware of the problems your home can run into due to this—such as the possibility of frozen pipes.

When winter comes, professional plumbers around the country are well prepared for emergency calls in regards to frozen or burst pipes. We are, of course, happy to help with quick plumbing repairs to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible. However, you should know that there are steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes from impacting you at all. Keep reading for more information.

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Don’t Ignore These 3 Signs You Need Whole-House Repiping!

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Most of the time, and in the most ideal situations, when you have a leak or clog you can just call a professional for repairs and get the job done quickly. However, at some point your plumbing system is going to age to the point that replacing the pipes entirely is the safest and most cost effective way to protect your home from leaks and water damage.

As long as you keep your plumbing system regularly maintained, you shouldn’t have to worry about this for some time. It’s also important than you call a professional plumber right away if you notice any signs of trouble. Whole-house repiping is typically a last-resort option, however it’s an option nonetheless. Watch for the following 3 signs that it could be time for you to consider this service.

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