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Why Is Water Coming Up Out Of My Drains?

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If your drains are backing up, be sure to call a plumber ASAP!

Are you having trouble with your drains? In the world of plumbing, there are high drains and low drains. The low drains are in your showers, tubs, and toilets, whereas your sinks have the highest drains in your system. This means that if you are having water coming up out of your sink drain, it is generally a problem associated with that particular sink, rather than the entire plumbing system. However, if there is water backing up into your tubs or toilets, you might have an issue with a main plumbing component. Below, we will discuss a few common causes of backed up drains.

Dishwasher Woes

Is your dishwasher running when your kitchen sink backs up? If so, the drain lines that come out of the dishwasher might be clogged or restricted. Make sure to have them flushed, and the problem should go away.

Drain Lines

There is a master drain line in your home. In the event that you have hair or dirt backing up into your lower drains, as well as a foul odor, you likely have a backed up or clogged main sewer line. Be sure to call a professional to sort this out for your ASAP!


Every drain should be equipped with a trap that is meant to keep sewer gas from coming up through your pipes. In the event that your trap becomes clogged by hair, soaps, and other debris that flush down the sink, the trap will stop allowing water to flow through it, and the drain will begin to backup. It is wise to hire a professional to assist you here as well, to ensure the repair is done quickly and correctly.

If you need help with plumbing repairs in Renton, WA, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (206) 629-8686 today to schedule an appointment!

4 Steps To Better Plumbing This Fall

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Fall Plumbing MaintenanceAs homeowners and home renters, we are already privy to regularly scheduled Summer and Winter plumbing maintenance. This is when we check our sprinklers, insulate our pipes, and check our drains, among other things. However, there are tasks that should be completed when the weather begins to get cooler that will help your pipes last longer and your energy bill stays where it is.

Shut Down Your Outside System

When Fall approaches, there is less need for watering and misting, so it’s a great time to unhook your water hoses and turn off any outdoor valves you won’t be using. Cover your spigots with a styrofoam shield to prevent cold air from entering your pipes. This will help you save water and the line in the event of an early freeze.

Water Heater Care

As the temperature gets colder, heating water gets more difficult for your water heater. Turn your thermostat to 120℉ to keep the water warmer and prevent your heater from having to work so hard. Fall is also the perfect time to flush your water heater. Spring and Summer rain can agitate the soil, leaving sediment in your heater that can cause it to fail. Flushing your heater will prevent it building up and causing problems.

Sewer Line TLC

Fall is the time to ensure your sewer lines are clean and clear. Heavy rains and tree root growth are two of the main causes of sewer trouble, along with sewer main backup and clogged sewer home lines. A professional can clean your drains and sewer lines to help prevent problems during the upcoming months.

Garbage Disposal Care

With Fall comes the beginning of the holiday season which means food and company galore. Inspecting and caring for your garbage disposal can help ensure that your holiday get-togethers go as planned. Inspect your disposal blades to make sure they are turning properly and check the unit for leaking or funny noises that may need to be professionally repaired.

Fall is a time of cool weather and changing colors. Don’t let plumbing woes ruin your season. When you need plumbing maintenance or repair, call the experts at Trusted Plumbing & Heating for fast, reliable service.

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3 Signs Of Furnace Problems

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Heating and Cooling ContractorThe temperature will begin to drop as Seattle homeowners head into the fall and winter seasons. Now is the time to diagnose and repair any furnace problems you have, so that you won’t have to worry about it when the cooler weather starts to present itself. Trusted Plumbing & Heating offers furnace inspection and repair for residents of Renton, WASeattle, WA, and surrounding locationsLook for these 4 signs of furnace problems:

Broken Thermostat

If the temperature on your thermostat is not correlating to how the interior of your home feels, you likely have a furnace problem. If you find yourself constantly increasing the temperature, just to feel some sort of heating comfort, a professional inspection is the best course of action. This symptom can be caused by simple electrical defects, but attempting to fix those on your own can cause electrocution.

Moisture at Base

If you notice any type of liquid below your furnace, you should contact a professional immediately. Though it could just be water, which is still a problem because it indicates a clog in the condensation line, it could also be gas which is a more dangerous scenario. If you smell gas in the area, it is likely gas rather than water. TURN OFF your furnace and gas valve and contact Trusted Plumbing & Heating.

Recurrent Cycling

The sound of your furnace turning off, and then restarting again, is a sign of cycling issues. In other words, your heating system is performing for more time than it should be. There are many possible causes of this issue. They include; clogged filtersnarrow air pathways, and loose wiring. The best thing to do in a situation like this, is to contact Trusted Plumbing & Heating at (206) 629-8686. We offer furnace inspection and repair in Seattle, WA and surrounding areas.

3 Common Faucet Problems And How To Fix Them

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Homeowners never really think much about their faucets until they aren’t working properly. When your faucet is having issues, it can be anything from a nuisance to a costly problem. 

Faucet Problems

This list of common faucet problems can help you resolve the issue, and decide when to call for professional help. 

Water is leaking from the base.

When water is leaking from the bottom of your faucet, chances are you need a new seat washer. This can be replaced by removing the handle and simply replacing the small, black washer underneath.

When to call a Professional

If your faucet is still leaking once you have replaced the seal, or if you find that it’s leaking in more than one spot, it may be time to call a professional for a faucet replacement.

When Water is spewing from the tap.

Typically, water spraying from your tap is a sign your aerator filter needs to be replaced. This can be done by unscrewing the tip of your tap and replacing the small screen inside.

When to call a Professional

If you notice that there is an unusual amount of buildup or if you find that you are having to clean your aerator often, it benefit you to ask our professionals about a water softener system.

Low Water Pressure

When you suddenly begin to lose water pressure in your faucet, it may be a sign of a dirty diverter which controls the flow of your water. Simply remove the faucet section and clean the diverter of any lime or calcium buildup.

When to Call a Professional

If your diverter is thinning or weakened, it may be time for a new faucet installation. Similarly, if you are needing to clean your diverter often, you may benefit from a water softener installation.

Knowing the signs of simple repairs can save you money on service calls as well as extending the life of your faucets. If you have questions about faucet problems or if it’s time for a new one, call the professionals at Trusted Plumbing & Heating at (206) 629-8686 to schedule your consultation.

Get a Sewer Insepction Before You Buy

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If you’re considering buying a home, you will most likely have the home inspected before you buy it to make sure that it is in good condition and not going to cause you a lot of headaches later on down the road. Most home inspectors will not inspect the plumbing, which can be some of the most expensive problems homeowners have to deal with. Trusted Plumbing & Heating offers services for sewer line inspections where we run a camera down the pipes to determine the exact condition of all parts of the plumbing systems.

A Camera Sewer Inspection Could Help You Make a Decision About Buying A House.

Lessons From a Sewer Inspection

There are many different things you can learn from a sewer inspection. One of the most important things you can learn is what material the pipes are made of. Older homes may have clay or concrete pipes that are highly susceptible to cracks and tree root invasions. Homes that were built during the 1970s could have plastic pipes, which can come apart or shift and cause sewer problems. A camera plumbing inspection can also determine if the sewer or septic system has corrosion, damage or clogs. If you find something wrong with the sewer or plumbing systems, you might be able to get a lower asking price.

Contact Our Office

As a homebuyer, having a sewer inspection can provide you with extra knowledge and information to lower the price or determine if you should look at a different house. If you are homeowner trying to sell your home, getting a sewer inspection can alert you to any potential problems your buyers will see. If you repair minor damages to your plumbing, you might be able to get more money for your home. Whether you’re buying or selling, contact our office at (206) 629-8686 for all your sewer inspection needs.