Finding a Good Plumbing Contractor in Spokane, WA

  • By Bulldog Rooter
  • 23 May, 2016
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Bulldog Rooter: Spokane's Premier Plumbing Contractor for repairs & remodeling including 24/7 emergency service.

Are you looking for a reliable and trustworthy plumbing contractor? It’s never a good idea to wait until the last minute to find a good plumber. Otherwise, you might find yourself without water on a Friday night! While many people turn to friends and family to find a reliable plumbing service, we recommend you follow these basic steps for choosing a plumber you can trust to repair your plumbing issues.

 

  1. Plan in advance. It’s best to do your research before problems arise so you have a shortlist of trusted plumbers lined up. This will alleviate stress and the chances of making a hasty decision in the middle of a plumbing emergency. Check for reviews on sites like Angie’s List, Google reviews, social networking platforms, your state licensing board and the Better Business Bureau for good standing. Feel free to ask for references. Previously satisfied customers should be happy to answer any questions about their experience with a particular contractor.
  2. Go with an insured and licensed plumber. Conduct an online search with your state’s licensing board to verify a plumber carries a current license. One of the most important steps is to make sure a plumber has both liability and worker’s compensation insurance, including coverage for any other employees or apprentices who might be on the job. Plumbing contractors who carry the proper insurance provide financial protection in the event of injuries or property damage.
  3. Get bids. The quality of work and parts can vary widely from plumber to plumber, so ask for details if you notice cost differences. Often a plumber needs to see a job before giving an accurate estimate. Verify in advance that the estimate is free and no-obligation. Have the plumber put the estimate in writing, and include any guarantees and warranties on both labor and materials. Some plumbing services charge by the hour, and others by the job. Some charge for travel time, or charge extra for night and weekend hours; be sure to compare estimates carefully.

 

Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing contractor for repairs and remodeling, including 24/7 emergency service. We never charge extra for overtime, night, weekend, or holiday hours. Check out our website for more information, or call (509) 535-3447 for a free, no-obligations estimate.

“Got a clog? Call the dog!”   

By Bulldog Rooter 06 Jul, 2017

Limescale is commonly found on faucets, tubs, and other appliances. It appears to be a chalky, off-white, mineral deposit called “Alkaline.” It’s found on surfaces where “hard water” has evaporated. The white residue left over is grey or white, leaving a chalky texture.

How to Remove Limescale

Although, it is possible to scrub off limescale, it’s the hardest way to do it. Products like, vinegar and lemon juice are recommended to soak the limescale with. The more expensive alternative is buying a brand name product specifically for limescale removal.

To clean a faucet, you will first, need to get a rag and soak it in either vinegar or lemon juice. White vinegar is the overall best choice. After you soak the rag, wrap it around the faucet where the limescale is. Wrapping a rubber band around the rag will help apply more pressure. Finally, after an hour of letting it sit, use a rag or sponge to gently clean.

Cleaning sinks and tubs involve spraying the vinegar or lemon juice on the limescale, then letting it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. After waiting said time, wash off with a sponge or rag.

Toilets are a little different when it comes to limescale removal. Once again, vinegar and lemon juice will be needed, but creating a mixture with borax is suggested. Borax is often used in detergents and dissolves in water, so it will make it a lot easier to clean your toilet. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes and then you can begin scrubbing! Softening the limescale will make it easier to remove.

Our employees and contractors at Bulldog Rooter have many years of experience and take pride in our overall customer satisfaction. Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing company and offer a variety of services. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. We also install water softening systems and water heaters, and perform commercial jetting. 

For more information about Bulldog Rooter visit our website at  www.bulldogrooter.com/home  or give us a call at 509-535-3447.


By Bulldog Rooter 21 Jun, 2017

Trying to find the best way to clean your drain? Bulldog Rooter can keep your drain clean and unclogged! Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. We can solve all your plumbing problems and drain unclogging needs!

 

Drain cleaning and unclogging all starts with, “what type of drain do I have?” If water is involved with your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry appliances, there has to be a drain! The first two things you should do to clean a clog is to use a liquid drain cleaner or a drain snake. Liquid drain cleaners are usually the first go-to product, but sometimes they just aren’t strong enough. The drain snake goes down, your drain and collects any built up of hair or objects stuck within the drain. The auger, according to acme tools, is your next best bet. Plumbers usually have one with them. The drain snake can’t get tough materials out like the auger can, because the auger is an electric powered drain cleaner and applies more force.                  

 

In the end, though, it’s important to know how to prevent drain clogging, because it all starts with you and what you put down your drains. And you can start by preventing clogs with your basic hygiene and grooming routines. Both the sink and shower drain have various kinds of hair catchers that you can buy. For showers, it’s important to brush your hair before showering to prevent loose hairs from going down the drain. Taking these simple steps will save you money and time.

 

Bulldog Rooter can unclog any drain with our many years of plumbing expertise. We provide multiple plumbing services. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. We also install water softening systems and water heaters, and perform commercial jetting. 

For more information about how to unclog drains or Bulldog Rooter visit our website at

https://www.bulldogrooter.com

or give us a call at (509) 535-3447.


By Bulldog Rooter 23 May, 2017
Choosing the right improvement project for your home requires careful consideration. It should be balanced between personal preferences as well as how the project will impact the value of your home. This is especially important if you are considering selling in the future. Plumbing upgrades are not always on a homeowner’s radar when they consider value-added improvements. There are several things you can do that are excellent investments in your home.

It’s the little things
It is amazing what small upgrades will do to the value of your home as well as the aesthetics. Plumbing is no exception to this rule. Simple improvements like updated fixtures in the bath or a new faucet in your kitchen are cost effective and easy steps to take to increase value. Consider coordinating the fixtures throughout your home for a unified look and feel. Select from the same manufacturer and design family for a similar theme in every room.

 Eco-friendly
Green homes are not a passing fad, rather they are the way consumers, contractors and manufacturers are working together to preserve our planet. Low-flow devices can be added to your shower heads and faucets to save both money and natural resources. Additionally, consider installing energy efficient, low-flush toilets in your bathroom. New designs use only 1.5 gallons of water per flush compared to older toilet models that use up to five gallons. Even the toilets from just seven years ago use up to 3.5 gallons.

Capital improvements
Older plumbing can create big expenses for homeowners. From leaks to clogs, there are a lot of things that can go wrong as it ages. One big sign that an upgrade is needed is discolored water. This can mean your pipe material is breaking down. Additionally, if your fixtures are lead or iron, it might be time to consider upgrading to PVC or copper. Lead pipes, in particular, are cause for concern as they can leach toxins into your water. Finally, low water pressure is another issue that can signal the need for an upgrade. While the culprit might be as simple as a clogged pipe, it could point to a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

 If you have questions about plumbing upgrades, the team at Bulldog Rooter is available to talk. Contact us today with questions about the best way to update your plumbing.
By Bulldog Rooter 07 Apr, 2017
Spring cleaning, yard cleanup, and gardening after a long winter seem to mark this time of year. Spring also allows us to assess any damage our properties sustained during the harsher winter months and gets our homes in good shape so we can enjoy the coming summer. Including a quick plumbing inspection both indoors and out is easy to add to your spring maintenance list, and can catch any problems that surfaced over the winter before they become bigger repairs.
By Bulldog Rooter 10 Mar, 2017
Plumbing problems can cause questions and concerns if you are not sure what is standard. Similar to a doctor being asked about medical issues, as plumbing contractors, we are often asked questions about what is normal for plumbing systems.
By Bulldog Rooter 15 Feb, 2017

A clogged drain can be more than just a little home nuisance. It could mean huge repairs if it is not cleared promptly or properly.  Many people try to unclog a drain on their own before calling in an expert. While light clogs can be effectively cleared by homeowners, often the tools they use can cause damage to their pipes down the road. Acid based drain cleaners are highly toxic and extremely corrosive to any metal component in your drain system. They also might not get to the actual source of the clog, only clearing a small portion of the problem. This can lead to an even tougher clog down the road.

At Bulldog Rooter , our drain cleaning professionals can help you clear clogs quickly and effectively. This can include floor drains, garbage disposals, sinks, toilets, showers and tubs and washers and wash tubs. We also offer video pipe inspections to help you determine (or rule out) any underlying issues further into your drainage system.
By Bulldog Rooter 31 Jan, 2017
Winter is in full swing here in Spokane, Washington, According to the Office of the Washington State Climatologist, the current la niña is contributing to an uncommonly cold winter season for the entire State of Washington. While we are battling frigid temperatures, snow, and freezing rain it is also important to be aware of what cold conditions can do to your plumbing systems.

In our December blog, we discussed the perils of frozen pipes and what you can do to prevent them. This is probably the most common winter plumbing issue we see at Bulldog Rooter, however, there are other plumbing concerns that can cause just as many issues.
By Bulldog Rooter 14 Dec, 2016
It seems like at this time of year—just about everything is turning cold! But just because the temperatures outside are rapidly falling, that doesn’t mean that the temperature in your home also has to drop!

Did you know that unfortunately, the pipes in your home can freeze when the weather outside turns frightful? And when your pipes are frozen, that can mean a number of things for you as homeowner, and none of them are ideal! Your home can be left without water for a prolonged period of time, or even worse, your pipes can burst! What do burst pipes mean for you and your home? Expensive property damage, that’s what!

If you are like us, we’d much rather spend our hard earned money in other ways, not on expensive property damage bills caused by a burst pipe! Here are the ways that you can take preventative steps to make sure your pipes remain in the best of shape this winter.
By Bulldog Rooter 16 Nov, 2016

With winter fast approaching, now is the time to think about your water heater and make sure it is in good operating order. Water heaters are often overlooked in our daily lives, but a little bit of preventative maintenance will go a long way towards prolonging its life and increasing its efficiency. Checking your water heater can easily be incorporated into your general fall maintenance or winter-proofing schedule.

Water heaters are the  second-largest  contributor to household energy bills, after heating and air conditioning systems. For those living in cold climates, energy bills go way up in winter, and even those in milder climates typically see an increase in their energy consumption. That’s why it’s a great idea to pay special attention to your water heater in time for winter.

By Bulldog Rooter 17 Oct, 2016

The garbage disposal is a wonderful invention! It keeps food waste out of landfills, your garbage bins free of critters and is also very convenient during the holiday season. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, households generate plenty of organic waste. Here’s what you need to know about your garbage disposal during the upcoming holiday season.

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