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Evan Conklin posts info about plumbing and heating issues in Seattle.

Never change your electric water heater again!

Many apartments and condos have electric water heaters that cause a lot of water damage when they leak - and they do leak at the end of their useful life in 10-12 years.
We have new stainless steel electric water heaters that have lifetime warranty against corrosion. We are recommending that all water heaters in multi-unit buildings convert to stainless steel tanks. Give us a call if you never want to change your water heater again and minimize the risk of floor and ceiling damage due to a tank leak.

Everlast Residential

 This is a really good idea. Give me a call.

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We like the new local business directory SeattleOnly.com

We are happy to be listed in the only city business directory that is isn't overrun with paid ads, fake plumbers and/or sponsored listings. All contractors are vetted for contractor registration, bond and liability insurance.

Who could not like this kind of useful directory?

Seattleonly.com - Don't Go Full Retard Corporate Spam Doesn't Belong Here I just want to find a real plumber

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Lead goose neck water connection to your home?

How do you know if your water runs through one of these goosenecks? Well, you don’t. Not exactly. The indication of a gooseneck is that they are always attached to galvanized steel or iron pipes. Not every galvanized pipe has a gooseneck. SPU guesses that about 8,000 homes run their water through galvanized steel. It is probable that one in four of those uses a goose neck, so 2,000 homes at risk of exposure.

You can now check to see if you drink galvanized water, thanks to this neat map from SPU:

 

http://bit.ly/1Sy1wSL is a handy map that shows what kind of water pipe the utility feeds to your house.

Lead goose neck in Seattle Do you have one of these?

The map shows the pipe from the main in the street to the meter. This pipe is owned by the utility. The pipe from the meter to the house is owned by the homeowner and installed by the builder - it can be different than the feed to the meter.
The goose neck being talked about is the connector between the city main and the feed to the meter.
If the map says copper - you have nothing to worry about from the utility connection (goose neck).
Of course your piping may or may not have lead solder if you have copper piping installed prior to the year 2000 or so. This issue is another matter and is probably a very low ppm lead risk in most homes.

If you are worried about it you can have your water tested but the risk is low for most of us.

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Welcome to Evan Conklins Seattle Plumbing Blog

Thanks for checking out my Seattle Plumber Blog.

Give me a call with any plumbing issue you may have.

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Ten Things Bad Plumbers Don't Want You To Know in Washington State

1. Anybody performing plumbing work in Washington State must have a license in their pocket by law.

2. It is estimated that 80% of all plumbing done in Seattle is performed by the unlicensed

3. Most residential service shops advertising plumbing services use unlicensed "plumbers".

4. Rooter Companies cloud the issue intentionally by referring to the guy sent to your home as as  a"plumbing technician".

5. Anybody can clean a drain, but drain cleaner "technicians" can not perform plumbing work legally.

6. Many websites advertising plumbing services have no licenses, or contractor bonds or insurance.

7. There is little to no enforcement of plumber licensing laws in relation to Internet advertising and websites

8. Most service plumbing is performed by salesmen working on commission (with or without a plumber license).

9. Contract or "flat rate" pricing for small service repairs is almost certainly much higher than if an hourly rate was charged.

10. When consumers get defrauded by con men masquarding as legitimate plumbers. they seldom file fraud complaints with the Attorney General or the police. This is why there are so many scams - nobody is complaining to the agencies that can make a difference.

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