winter checklist

Your Furnace Winter Checklist

If your heating system needs maintenance or repair this winter, the certified technicians at South West Plumbing can help. Call (206) 932-1777 today!

winter heating

Common Winter Heating Problems and How to Fix Them

Seattle can get surprisingly chilly in the winter, with average lows in the 30s. The last thing you want at that temperature is a heating system malfunction that leaves you huddled up in a mound of blankets on your couch. Such problems can be prevented with an annual inspection, but sometimes, homeowners lose track of… Read more »

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Dead-of-Winter Plumbing Woes

It feels like technology seems to fail us when we need it most – in the case of cold winters, heating and plumbing systems tend to bite the dust just when the weather is at its most frigid. Many of these issues can be attributed to the additional stress that the cold weather puts on… Read more »

sewer pipe

Sewer Sorrows: Has a Sewer Pipe Burst In My Yard?

We rely on our water pipes and sewer lines to shuttle clean water into our homes and dirty water out. With so much waste water from our toilets, showers and sinks, it’s no wonder sewer pipes wear out and burst every now and then. When a pipe bursts on your property, though, the signs may… Read more »

copper pipes

How to Choose the Right Piping for a Repair or Replacement

Most of the time, homeowners don’t worry about their piping as long as it reliably delivers water to the places they need it most, like the shower, sink and toilet. Some even ignore the first signs of plumbing trouble because the problem doesn’t seem serious enough to warrant an intervention. What many don’t realize is… Read more »

water conservation

Tips for Conserving Water in Your Home

We’ve all heard about how certain regions are dealing with droughts and even enforcing strict local water conservation laws in some cases. Even if you aren’t required by law, adopting a few water conservation strategies is a great way to save a few bucks on your utility bills while preserving an increasingly scarce, life-sustaining resource…. Read more »

revamp kitchen

Revamp Your Kitchen and Save Money While Doing It

Food brings people together, which may be why the kitchen is often the center of the home. Of course, that also means your kitchen gets the most use, and as a result, more repairs and updates may be required than other rooms in your home. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. A new kitchen… Read more »

grout cracking

Why is My Bathroom Grout Cracking?

Tile is one of the most timeless and popular home finishing materials. From contemporary subway tiles to elegant marble tile, this flooring or wall material is ideal for use in spaces that are exposed to significant moisture, particularly the kitchen and bathroom. Although tile is slightly more high maintenance than other materials, the luxurious appearance… Read more »

Put That Wrench Down!

A little DIY knowledge can fix many things, but it isn’t going to fix most of the complex problems that arise when attempting to repair an intricate plumbing system. The desire to save money with personal ingenuity is understandable, but the stakes can be high when it comes to repairing plumbing, as one tiny mistake… Read more »