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13 Things Your Plumber Won’t Tell You

  1. If you need a recommendation, call a plumbing-supply or fixuture store.  They dont’ tolerate bad plumbers.
  2. Monday is our busiest day.  That’s the day wives call us to correct the “work” their husbands did over the weekend.
  3. A burst washing machine hose is a top homeowner-insurance claim.  I’d replace those filmsy rubber hoses with stainless steel ones.
  4. No bricks in toilet tank.  They can keep your toilet from flushing correctly.  No liquid drain cleaners either.  they eat away at the pipes.  Try a plunger or, better yet, a $30 augur.
  5. Know where the main water turnoff source is.  I can’t tell you how many calls I get from people screaming and crying that their house is flooding and they don’t know what to do.
  6. If you’ve got a Rapunzel at home (or even a rapidly balding man), buy a drain strainer or a hair snare or tell her to use a paper towel to clear the drain.  (Soap can gum up the pipes too, so use as little of that as you can.)
  7. Those “flushable” baby wipes are one of the main culprits for clogging pipes.  They don’t break down the way toilet paper does.
  8. Pay me by the job not by the hour.
  9. Yes, its against the rules to remove flow inhibitors from your showerheads, but some of us will do it if you ask.
  10. I’m not a babysitter, a mover or an auto mechanic….don’t ask.
  11. Always jiggling the toilet handle?  You need to replace the flap valve.  The part costs $4 and it’s an easy fix.  I charge $100 just to walk in the door. 
  12. There’s often an Allen wrench that comes with the garbage disposal.  I keep it under the sink.  When the thing jams, follow the directions in the manual and I won’t need to come out.
  13. I was working in one bathroom while my client was using the whirlpool in another one.  And blow-drying her hair at the same time.  Her husband tolder her it was fine.  I told her he was trying to get rid of her.

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