Pac West Plumbing Serves All Your Plumbing Emergencies. But Consider Plumbing Maintenance, Too

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“Honey call the plumber!”

When we think of reaching for the plumber’s number, it’s usually due to an emergency. But there are many things you can proactively for plumbing maintenance.

To help keep your plumbing systems cost efficient and running smoothly, consider the following maintenance tips.

  • If you’re thinking about an update in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, choose water-efficient faucets and shower heads.
  • If you’re happy with your current pieces, make sure to always keep an eye and ear out for drips when the faucets are off. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet with one drip per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water every year. That’s like wasting more than 180 showers!
  • Your showers will be more enjoyable with an even spray. You can unscrew the collar nut from the shower head, gently clean the outlet and inlet holes using a thin wire. Soak the shower head in vinegar to remove mineral deposits. Also, clean the strainers regularly to remove the hair and soap collected to keep water running smoothly and evenly down the drain.
  • You’ve heard it before, but a good reminder to not use your toilet as a trashcan. Don’t flush facial tissue or cotton balls as they can clog the lines.

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When you do have a plumbing emergency, you want a professional you can have confidence in. Pac West Plumbing has been serving the Puget Sound and Western Washington for more than 20 years and can tackle historic, older plumbing systems along with the most modern technologies. Beyond traditional plumbing services (kitchen, bath, laundry rooms) Pac West Plumbing also offers jacuzzi, whirlpool and spa installations. It’s dangerous for an unexperienced person to navigate the combination of electricity and water.

Keep Pac West Plumbing’s number handy, because when that emergency does strike, one less thing to worry about is finding a trusted and reliable contractor. Click here to see all of their contact information.

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What to Look for When Evaluating Your Roof’s Health: Featuring Tony’s Roofcare

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A home is not a home without a roof – it makes up the very definition of shelter. Don’t overlook small roof issues that could add up to a major expense. If it’s time to replace all or part of your roof, Tony’s Roofcare is committed to offering homeowners and businesses with the best quality, service and price. They only use the best materials and all of their roofers have a minimum of five years experience installing roofs. They offer any brand or type, whether it’s a new or replacement roof or maintenance of an existing roof.

Replacing a roof can be an expensive process, but thankfully for most homes, a roof should last at least 25 years. A roof inspection should occur during every home buying transaction. Too many homeowners are caught off guard with the need to replace the roof before it can go through to the sellers. So if you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, make sure you’re aware of the quality of your roof before you get hit with a costly bill.

If the shingles are curling, your roof is ok for now, but it may only last another 1 to 5 years. But when the shingles turn upward, there’s the potential or leaks. If you notice a few shingles blown off your roof into the yard or see a bald patch up top isolated to one area, you may just need a patch up. Keep an eye out if you start to see more shingles popping off as it could be a sign the shingles are cracked and weathered, and you’ll have a bigger issue in the coming years.

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The Pacific Northwest is wet and humid, you don’t need us to tell you that. But it’s the perfect breeding ground (or roof) for moss or algae to grow. You may notice this on your roof, but don’t panic yet. Typically, this is just a cosmetic issue. A wash consisting of one-part bleach and one-part water can be your solution. But unless you’re comfortable with heights and have worked on roofs before, consider hiring a professional at Tony’s Roofcare to handle the dirty work.

About Tony’s Roofcare: They can handle your windows, siding, and exterior painting as well as repairing or replacing your roof, or cleaning and general maintenance. When it comes to the exterior of the home, they save homeowners time and money by being a singular point of contact. Even more, their customer care doesn’t conclude with the project. They believe in educating their customers on proper care and maintenance and being available long after a project has finished. 

Finally, if you can see sunlight coming from your ceiling or if the roof is sagging, you need to contact a roofing company as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse, and ultimately, more expensive the damage will be.

These are not all of the symptoms that can happen to an imperfect roof. If you have concerns about leaks or the structural look, contact Tony’s Roofcare for a trusted and professional inspection.

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Awnings by Design Give Your Outdoor Life New Dimensions

Retractable awnings are one of the best investments you can make to your outdoor space.

They give your outdoor life new dimensions, providing more use out of your patio by protecting you from the scorching summer sun or drizzle of rain we are accustomed to in the Pacific Northwest. Awnings also extend the life of your outdoor furniture by blocking the bleaching effect of the sun’s damaging rays.

 

Retractable awnings design and installed by Awnings by Design give this home’s many outdoor spaces plenty of sun protection. 

Awnings by Design has more than 200 fabric colors and patterns to custom-design your perfect balcony or patio. Because your awning is custom designed for your unique style and preferences, allow 4 – 6 weeks from date of order to installation.

Manual awnings use a crank or pull tape to open and close. Automatic awnings use a motor to do the work but are also more expensive. The professionals at Awnings by Design will install your motorized awning.

Retractable awnings are more than just an outdoor investment – they may contribute to lower electric bills. By providing exterior shade, they help to keep the interior of your home cooler. If you don’t have an indoor cooling system, blocking the direct sun from your windows is critical to keeping your home comfortable. Even with a cooling system, blocking the sun with an awning will keep them from working too hard, thus helping to bring your electric bill down.

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A pop of color adds an exciting design element to this Pacific Northwest home.

Retractable awnings do what they say they do – retract. Pull it in during rough rain and wind or during the off-season when your patio isn’t in frequent use. You can also install a rain and wind sensor that automatically closes the awning itself to keep it safe from damaging weather elements.

Awnings are mildew-resistant and low-maintenance, but overtime, awnings collect dirt and dust, water can also collect in some places on fabric awnings. Make sure it is always clear of debris to keep it functioning properly.  You can quickly and easily clean awning with a soft bristled brush, warm water and a natural soap solution.

To get started on your custom retractable awning, contact Awnings by Design.

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Color trends to carry your interior walls into the new season

Open the blinds and let the light in! Spring cleaning and a bright home is sure to wash those rainy-day blues away. But not pleased with the look of your walls? Do they need a touch up or a major change? If you want to do the project yourself, remember it is often worth spending the money for higher quality paints as they contain a higher concentration of pigments, creating a more even finish. If you’re looking for a professional painter, search our list of eight trusted painting contractors serving the Puget Sound.

If you’re not sure what to do, consider the latest trends in paint color featured below.

The color of the ocean brings a calming vacation vibe to any room in your house. In the bathroom you’ll feel like you’re in a luxury spa, or in the living room you’ll capture the feeling of adventure and wanderlust.

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If you’d like to fake a bright room  year round or add some light to a room with small or no windows, update it with a crisp white.

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An alternative to classic white is a beautiful cotton color called Ramie SW 6156 from Sherwin-Williams.

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Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color of the year, Shadow 2117-30, is a glamorous option to consider in a space where you want to add luxury with gold or neural accessories.

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Be sure to get detailed estimates of casts and completion dates from more than one painter before making a decision. All contractors on this site are licensed and bonded, but should you use another contractor, be sure to verify their Washington State Contractor’s License.

Consult with your contractor for the best color and sheen for your walls. A professional opinion and application can make a world of difference to your interior look.

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Make the most of your landscaping with materials from Lloyd Enterprises

With the first day of spring officially here, many of us are eager to jump into the new season with fresh landscaping and a bountiful garden. Until the weather is in the all clear for no late freeze or snowfall, you can use this time to get started with a post-winter clean up and planning session. One of the best things to do is look at the potential for new walkways or jazz up a large flowerbed with new topsoil and mulch.

Quick tip: Make sure you wait until the risk of frost has passed before you start cutting back shrubs and perennials. Wait until soil beds are dried out from the winter snow and heavy spring rains.

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Until it’s the right time of the season to get your hands dirty, you can use this dwell period to evaluate new or updated projects including driveway, sidewalk or pathways, a new sand box for the kids, topsoil for your lawn or yard, or soil-mixes and mulch for your flower beds.  Local landscape-supply company, Lloyd Enterprises carries a complete line of materials and supplies and offers convenient same day delivery.

No project is too big or small for Lloyd Enterprises which has helped construct golf courses and led projects for wetland mitigation and flood control. For the do-it-yourself homeowner, the company has complete line of landscape materials and supplies with same day delivery available. Lloyd Enterprises has more than 100 specially-trained staff and takes pride in its fleet of state-of-the-art equipment that accommodates all forms of heavy construction and site work.

Before ordering materials, Lloyd Enterprises advises you to use their custom landscape materials calculator to estimate how much product you need. First, know what material you need. Choose from the list of options: mulch, compost, soil mixes, sand, top soil, rocks, lava rock. Then carefully measure your driveway, garden beds, or other areas you wish you fill in either rectangular, circular or triangular shapes.

Design idea: Rock is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add depth, texture and maintenance-free interest to your landscape. You can use small rock to create a walkway, patio area, or ground cover.

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If you have a project in mind, give Lloyd Enterprises a call at 253-874-6692 and an expert will help you with all your landscape needs. For more information, visit www.lloydenterprisesinc.com.

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Enjoy Clean, Pure Water with Mountain View Pumps & Filtration Inc.

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Water is one of the most important substances on earth and a critical every day part of our lives. But not just any water is acceptable. It needs to be properly filtered so that it is safe, clean and pleasant tasting. Water filtration and pumps ensure that the water you’re getting from your tap is clean and suitable for drinking and household tasks. If you have any concerns about the quality of your water supply, or any possible contamination, you need a company you can trust.

Mountain View Pumps & Filtration, Inc. has the experience and services needed to diagnose failing equipment, and repair and install new systems that will ensure the highest quality water in your home. Based in Eatonville, this Puget Sound area company offers a comprehensive list of services including well cleaning, pressure tanks installation, electrical control boxes and pressure switches replacement, water quality and well flow testing, and annual preventive maintenance.

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Debra in Graham called on Mountain View for an entire new water filtration and pump system. “The price was very fair, but more importantly, I was very comfortable having them in my home. They were very personable and easy to work with,” she said.

Quick Tip: Regular maintenance is key to healthy water and a healthy water pump and filtration system. Change your filters as recommended. Don’t wait till your water changes in taste or color.

How to diagnose bad water

We go to the doctor when we fell ill, similarly there are symptoms associated with “sick” water. Signs to look for of poor-quality water include white build-up on faucets and shower heads, which indicate calcium carbonate which produces hard water.

If you see orange, rust color staining in toilets, showers, bathtubs, the dishwater and even your laundry water, you likely have too much iron in your water. Installing a backwashing filter will eliminate odor, sediment and staining. If you smell a distasteful odor of rotten eggs, the problem is hydrogen sulfide. You may need a backwashing filter or chemical injection to deliver water treatment chemicals such as chlorine for disinfection.

Mountain View Pumps & Filtration will help you find the right water softening and filtration systems for your needs and will expertly install them, giving you worry-free water.

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If you have concerns about the quality of your water or are in need a new pump and filtration system, contact Mountain View Pumps & Filtration.  The experts ensure quality water treatment for clean, pure water from every faucet.

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How to find a qualified pest control and inspection company

 

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As a homeowner you can control and prevent many pest issues with consistent maintenance and proper sanitation. But when the pests get out of control or you need an extensive inspection if you are buying or selling a home, finding a qualified contractor is incredibly important. The right pest control and inspection company can help you save money and avoid major damage caused by pests.

If you have a pest control problem that you do not want to handle on your own, you may decide to turn to a professional applicator. How can you be sure that the pest control company you hire will do a good job?

Costs and competency are important. When selecting a pest control service, cost should not be the only factor that determines the company you pick.  It is important to make sure the pest control company you choose is competent. If pesticides are misused, both health and property can be damaged. The State of Washington requires all home and pests inspection companies to be licensed, bonded and insured. Click here to check if someone is licensed as a home inspector.

It’s important to know if the house you are selling or buying has an infestation of pests that can cost you thousands of dollars in damages and repairs, such as carpenter ants, termites and wood boring beetles. If your home needs to be treated for pests, ensure proper safety and security of children and pets, and follow these guidelines:

  • If the service person asks you to remove personal items from the floor, empty kitchen cabinets and remove pets, make sure you have done this before they arrive.
  • Do not allow children or pets into treated areas until the pesticide spray has dried.
  • Aquariums should be removed from the treatment site or covered with heavy plastic and the air pump turned off.
  • Remove all other household pets from the treatment area

For more information about safety and health concerns regarding pesticides, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.

All companies listed on Responsible Contractors have been verified.

 

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