Caulking / Grout on counter backsplash, Does it matter?

Caulking for Kitchen and Bathroom counters is a very important item and can cause extensive damage it not maintained.

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Do Seattle homes need a Sewer Scope with the Home Inspection?

A sewer pipe inspection gives our clients the peace of mind to know that their pipes are clean or, if there are problems, prepares them with knowledge and options to proactively address the situation in a timely manner. What Are the Benefits of a Seattle Sewer Inspection? INSTANT VIDEO identifies the health of your buried sewer pipes FIND OUT INSTANTLY so you may save money on expensive sewer repair cost GROUND LOCATION of sewer problems minimize yard intrusion SAVE TIME, MONEY, & POSSIBLE EXCAVATION We are a licensed and insured company and will accept Visa And Mastercard. Seattle Bellevue Sewer Inspection services in video inspection our technicians will be able to give you an unbiased third party evaluation of your sewer pipes. Anyone who has had to deal with sewer problems will agree that it can be an expensive and frustrating process. PNWIG Sewer Inspection does not benefit from pipe replacement or any job contracts so you can expect an honest and informative experience without conflict of interest.

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Earthquake Shut Off Valves for Gas Lines

Does your gas service have an earthquake safety valve? While these provide good protection to your gas service they can also on occasion need rest. So before you call for a plumber check the rest indicator on the valve for proper operation.

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Galvanized Water Lines - The Issues and risk

A possibly huge expense on updating your building plumbing system is replacing old galvanized steel water lines. Over time this lines corrode and leak. An early sign of replacement is rust and corrosion build up at fittings.

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Heat Pumps & Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are a cost effective option for residential or commercial buildings. Tankless water heating systems cost 10-40% less to operate. This is less expensive than standard water heaters. Tankless water heating units provides hot water when you need it. They heat water without the need for a water storage tank.

Getting hot water only when you need it lowers your energy bill. When you go tankless you don’t have to wait for the storage tank to fill up. Your water heater gives you a constant supply of hot water. Tankless heating systems increase your energy efficiency by 24-34% over standard Gas or Electric water heaters.

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Plumbing Vent Traps

A trap - the bend in the drain below every plumbing fixture - creates a water seal that blocks sewer gases from escaping into the house. A vent prevents the trap water from siphoning away. Vents maintain equal air pressure on both sides of the trap seal. This keeps negative pressure from building up so that a slug of water running down the drain doesn’t pull the trap water out with it.

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Preventing Water Leaks / Water Intrusion

Other than just having a high humidity level in the home (due to humid climate), water leaks and other forms of water intrusion into the home or building is the most common reason a toxic black mold problem originates. Below are types of water leaks and places where unwanted water can enter the home, and ways to avoid these types of water intrusion problems. Leaking Pipes: Condensation or rusting on or around a pipe is a sign of a leak. Covering cold surfaces, such as cold water drainpipes, with insulation helps to prevent condensation. The most difficult part of preventing leaking pipes is determining whether or not they are leaking in the first place, since they are normally concealed from view.

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The REAL Ideal Temperture Setting For Your Water Heater

When adjusting my hot water heater, what temperature should I set it to? Is the answer different if you have: concerns about diseases, a dishwasher, young children or elderly that can be easily burned, electric vs. gas heat, type of plumbing (e.g. PEX or Copper) or Allergies?

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Water Heater Pressure Valve

The water heater pressure relief valve can be found on the side of the heater, and usually consists of a short pipe, which is not connected to anything. You may occasionally find it dripping. This is the mechanism by which the pressure relief valve allows excessive pressure to escape. If you find that your water heater regularly leaks water in this way, you may need to replace the thermostat, or turn it down to a more suitable temperature.

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Water Heaters - Inspection and Operation

A detailed overview of water heaters and the issues that may have been found in your inspection report. From safety issues to just good maintenance advice for prolonging the life of your water heater.

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What's in your water? Lead, Bacteria

Fom basic to complete environmental water testing. If you suspect your drinking water is contaminated, the water should be tested. If your water is provided by a public system, contact the operator of the system for testing and possible disinfection. If you have an individual well, we suggest that you test your water annually. If your water sample is unsatisfactory, you should then evaluate and disinfect the well.

 

Lead in drinking water continues to be a serious health issue. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996, which then resulted in the banning of lead pipes, solder and brass fittings in plumbing. However, many homes, schools and buildings that stand today were constructed before this ban.

The most common way that lead gets into water is through the corrosion of pipes, according to the Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF). Lead can be introduced into water when the water sits too long in leaded pipes, which can then unknowingly be consumed. Since lead in drinking water cannot be detected through scent, sight or taste, the only way to confirm its presence is through proper analysis. PNWIG, LLC provides analysis to individuals, companies and government agencies.

Let our team of experts help you with your next lead in drinking water project. We offer rapid turnaround times and are capable of providing a range of lead testing services. PNWIG's lead in drinking water services Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, Kirkland and Renton. Prior to wording our sampling, please confirm any state-specific certification requirements with our Inspection Team or Customer Service Center.


 

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