Barbos Plumbing LLC

Helpful Plumbing Tips

Get Ready for Garden Season

Holding Water Rubber Hose Tube. Watering: Holding a water rubber hose tube. WateringNow that May has arrived we can officially put the cold winter months behind us and start enjoying all that the warmer weather has to offer! Our local Olympia, Washington plumber has found that as temperatures start to rise in the area more people are active in their yards. Whether you are doing yard clean up or planting new plants or a garden, you’ll most likely need to utilize your hose.

Your outside hose is one of the most commonly used tools that you depend on more than you think. From cleaning off outside furniture, washing the dog, to watering your new garden a hose makes outside chores a lot easier!

Our plumber recommends that you winterize your outside hose bib every winter to avoid costly damages. You should always drain the hose fully and then unscrew the hose bib prior to the first major freeze. This will help prevent the hose from bursting, splitting, and/ leaking when you turn it on again in the spring.

In the event that you did not properly winterize your hose bib and have an issue when you go to use it for the first time this spring, contact our local Olympia, Washington office to schedule an appointment for our licensed plumber to come out to your home.

Hire an Experienced Plumber for Your Remodel

Yellow and red tulips with fringe on the background of trees and houses, spring flowers bloom in spring in the gardenSpring is just around the corner which means that remodeling season will kick in across the Olympia, WA area. If you are planning on tackling a remodeling project in a room of your home that involves plumbing then you want to be sure that you hire an experienced plumber to handle that part of the job. Typically general contractors are not licensed plumbers; therefore they have to contract out for this portion of their remodeling project.

Barbos Plumbing of Olympia, WA provides reliable and affordable plumbing services for home owners across the area. If you are looking for an experienced plumber for your next remodel then contact our office today.

Common plumbing repair issues during a home remodel

It is extremely common for plumbing issues to be revealed during the remodeling process. Think about it. If you are remodeling a room in your home such as a kitchen or bathroom then you are mostly likely going to demo the room. During the demolition process different plumbing fixtures will be revealed, some of which might need attention.

In addition, to fixing any issues found during the demolition process you will also need new plumbing fixtures installed to complete your remodel such as:

  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Showerheads

Contact our Olympia, WA office today to learn more about our plumbing services!

Avoid Plumbing Issues This Holiday

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Did you know that one of the busiest times of years for plumbers is around the holidays? While we love the extra work and a chance to meet new clients, we hate to see our clients suffer from plumbing problems that can be easily prevented. Our local plumber has put together a few helpful tips and tricks for you this holiday season. If you are planning on hosting guests for a long weekend or even throwing a holiday party you’ll definitely want to finish reading this article!

4 Easy Holiday Plumbing Tips

  • Don’t put grease or liquid fats down your kitchen sink. The pipes in your home are not designed to process grease or liquid fats which would build up if you constantly poured those down the drain. Instead you should pour the grease or liquid fats in an empty can and let them solidify. Then you can dispose of the can in the trashcan.
  • Don’t use your garbage disposal as a trash can. If you put large amounts of food scraps down your garbage disposal then they will build up over time (yes even if you grind them up). As a result your plumbing will clog and cause costly repairs.
  • Unclog drains before having house guests. Often times you shower drains and sink drains can build up hair, soap film, tooth paste build up, and bacteria. It is important that you routinely clean your drains to avoid this issue.
  • Winterize your pipes. If the pipes inside your home are not properly winterized then pressure builds up and can cause an ice blockage. This is one of the most costly winter plumbing repairs that can easily be avoided with winterizing your system.

Barbos Plumbing provides reliable and competitive plumbing repair and installation services across the Olympia, Washington area. We hope that you have a wonderful and carefree holiday, but in the event you need quality plumbing services at a reasonable rate than contact our office today!

Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Longer

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If you are a homeowner than most likely your kitchen has a garbage disposal. A garbage disposal is a common kitchen device that can be found underneath your kitchen sink. Your garbage disposal’s main job is to shred up food that goes down the sink. By shredding food waste into smaller pieces you will run a lesser chance of clogging up your pipes.

It is important to note that there are certain things that should not be put into the garbage disposal including:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Grease
  • Celery
  • Potato peels
  • Fruit pits
  • Egg shells

In addition, our plumber recommends that you routinely flush water down your garbage disposal and clean it regularly.

If you’re interested in garbage disposal installation then contact our Olympia, WA office today to schedule an appointment!

How Old is Your Water Heater?

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Did you know that the typical lifespan for a water heater is 10-12 years? This is on average and depending on a few factors your water heater might last longer or possibly need to be replaced before it hits the 10-12 year mark.

Your water heater’s lifespan varies based on:

• Location of the unit
• Quality of installation
• Manufacturer
• Water quality
• Frequency of usage
• Maintenance schedule
Regular maintenance of your water heater will help you troubleshoot any issues before they arise or become bigger problems. In the long run this will improve the longevity of your water heater.

Barbos Plumbing in Olympia, WA is experienced with maintenance and installation of all makes and models of water heaters. If you are in need of reliable water heater services in our area then contact our office today to schedule an appointment!


Tired of Struggling With Your Hose?

Holding Water Rubber Hose Tube. Watering: Holding a water rubber hose tube. Watering

When you think plumber, you might not think that we can help you with your landscaping. However, our plumbing contractor offers a variety of indoor and outdoor plumbing services across Olympia, WA. One of the most common outdoor plumbing requests that our plumber receives is to install a yard hydrants.

We know that after a long work week you want your hobbies to be as carefree as possible. This including gardening! Yard hydrants are a great addition to any garden for quick and easy watering.

In addition, to yard hydrant installation we also provide winterization of outdoor plumbing. Due to the lower temperatures that Olympia, WA experiences during the winter it is crucial that you take these extra measures to avoid issues with your plumbing freezing.

Call our plumber to install a yard hydrant


Prepare Your Outside Plumbing for the Spring!

Barbo’s Plumbing recommends that you always winterize your outdoor faucet to help prevent your outside pipes from bursting during the colder months. Hopefully you have already taken this preventative step this season.

As temperatures start to rise in March and April our plumber suggests that you take off the hose bibb/ outdoor faucet insulation and give it a try to make sure that they turn on and shutoff without any leaks. This will help you get in front of any potential issues with your outside plumbing before the spring planting season hits.

If you notice signs such as cracks or leaks then don’t hesitate to contact our plumbing company. We’ll come out to your home and inspect your outdoor faucet and pipes to ensure that you are ready for the spring and summer season!

Hire a Plumber to Winterize Your Pipes

Our plumbing company services Olympia, WA and surrounding areas

With the colder months quickly approaching in Olympia, WA you as a homeowner need to ensure that your home is prepped for the winter months. One of the most important things for you to have done to get ready for the winter is to have a plumber winterize your outside pipes.

A typical american house in winter. Snow covered.

Having your pipes winterized by an experienced plumber will help prevent your pipes from bursting or experiencing additional damage.

Our plumber will come out to your home to winterize your pipes for the season and return in the spring to de-winterize your pipes.


Inside Pipe Tips

Our plumbing company also recommends that homeowners take a few additional precautions on their own to avoid inside pipes from bursting. Our plumbers recommend that:

  • You keep garage doors closed if there is any water piping/ plumbing that runs through the garage
  • You crack the doors of cabinets underneath your inside sinks that are located on exterior walls
  • You keep a slow drip on indoor faucets if extremely low temperatures are expected
  • You keep your thermostat at the same temperature all day
  • Disconnect hoses from exterior hose bibbs
  • If exterior hose bibbs are the frost free style then insulating is not necessary
  • If exterior hose bibbs are not the frost free style they should be insulated to help prevent freezing

Call our plumbers today to learn more about your plumbing winterization options!