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Why your Seattle home could benefit from Kitec pipe replacement

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Kitec is a material manufactured as an alternative to traditional copper plumbing and hydronic heating pipes and fittings. Consisting of an aluminum pipe enclosed within layers of plastic pipe, this material was used in new homes and renovations between 1995 and 2007 as piping for potable water and boiler-based in-floor or baseboard heating. However, despite the promises made by Kitec’s manufacturer in terms of performance and longevity, Kitec was found to corrode at a rapid rate, resulting in a recall of the material in 2005; today, Kitec is no longer produced or used as a replacement for copper water pipes. The only way to replace existing Kitec plumbing is to remove this material from your home, which often requires creating access points in walls, ceilings, and floors. If your home contains Kitec plumbing, you may wonder whether replacing this material before any problems have occurred is worth the effort; however, the number of failures and lawsuits filed due to Kitec plumbing should prompt you to contact your Seattle plumbing service to discuss Kitec pipe replacement.

Peace of mind

The most important reason to consider replacing your Kitec piping and fittings is peace of mind. Professional plumbers have observed an increasing rate of Kitec plumbing failures, which is only expected to continue over time as the remaining Kitec pipes still installed begin to fail. This means that the longer you have gone without replacing your Kitec plumbing, the higher your risk for an issue related to your plumbing in the future. Furthermore, because of the nature of Kitec plumbing and its failures, small leaks are not the only possibility associated with deterioration—large-scale pipe failures are also likely, which can lead to serious flooding, property damage, and loss, especially if a pipe bursts while you are not home. The only way to ensure that you will not experience a major issue associated with plumbing pipe failure is to have your Kitec plumbing replaced by an experienced plumber.

Financial savings

In addition to peace of mind and flooding prevention, the replacement of Kitec plumbing can also help you save money. Home flooding is associated with extensive repair costs, especially if flooding damages valuable possessions or leads to a mold or pest problem due to high humidity and standing water. By eliminating the likelihood of a costly plumbing problem, your investment in Kitec plumbing replacement can save you money in terms of repairs and the replacement of damaged materials or possessions, as well as mold or pest abatement. Furthermore, if you file a claim related to your Kitec plumbing before 2020, you are eligible for financial assistance based on a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of Kitec plumbing. Thus, the costs of replacing your Kitec plumbing can be offset through a payout from this class action lawsuit, reducing or eliminating the cost of this important plumbing service that can protect your home and your belongings from serious flooding and pipe-related problems.

Even if you haven’t experienced a problem with your Kitec plumbing, there are several important benefits associated with replacing this material, as well as several serious risks with putting off this vital service. Let us evaluate your plumbing situation and recommend the best course of action for your pipes. Your home is your biggest investment, make sure you protect it with Washington Energy Services.

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Top 10 back to school energy savings

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Be in hot water

Is your water heater up to the challenge of multiple, concurrent showers? Getting ready for school and work can put a strain on an old or undersized water heater—making showers chilly. If your water heater is nearing ten years old, it may be time for an energy-efficient upgrade from Washington Energy. Check out our standard and tankless water heaters and ensure your fall mornings aren’t starting colder than they need to.

Stay warm at the right time

You hate wasting energy, but you also don’t want to return to a cold home. The answer is simple: set it and forget it. Honeywell’s thermostats are sleek, smart, and can provide major savings on your energy bills—up to 15%. Set the thermostat to drop the temperature during the day, raise it right before you or the kids get home, and reap the rewards all season long.

Inspect your heating

Speaking of heat, it’s a good idea to get your furnace inspected by a professional before you start using it in full force. A Precision Tune-Up will make sure it stays running smoothly during the back to school season and beyond.

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Don’t let the cold out

The back to school season means the return of early morning lunch prep. When you’re making lunches, grab everything you need out of the refrigerator at one time and be sure to shut the door. Leaving the door open, even for short periods of time, can waste a surprising amount of energy.

Remember to unplug

It sounds spooky, but “vampire power” is very real. It’s the energy loss that comes from devices you’re not using, but still have plugged in. Think hair dryers, fans, and video game consoles. Get your family in the habit of unplugging devices before school and work to combat this creepy (and costly) phenomenon.

Close the blinds

If you find your home is too hot or too cold – a culprit might be your windows. Closing your blinds or curtains can mitigate cold air or block hot rays of sunshine.

Don’t let a drip drain your wallet

Be sure to fix faucet leaks, drips and running toilets as soon as possible. If you’re unsure of the overall state of your plumbing, consider a plumbing inspection, which will identify these costly problems.

Time your lighting

Always forgetting to turn off the porch light? How about the living room lamp before bed? As the days get shorter, it’s a great time to program your lights to a timer. You can set them to illuminate at homework time and turn off for bedtime.

Have a backup (generator) plan

Do you have a plan for power loss during an ice or windstorm? A Ggenerac backup generator from WES ensures life goes on without skipping a beat. Homework is done, meals can be cooked, and the family stays warm.

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Know where you stand

The first day of school is a great time to maximize your home’s energy efficiency before fall and winter set in. A home energy audit gives you the knowledge and information you need for improvement, including:

  • Customized color report detailing audit results
  • Prioritized list of opportunities to improve home’s performance
  • Tips to improve indoor air quality
  • Utility savings modeling on home
  • Detailed breakdown of available incentives and rebates

While saying goodbye to summer can be tough, the back to school season is a fresh start and an exciting time for everyone. With additional energy savings, back to school can be economical as well.

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Conserving water: ethical and economical

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 counties in Washington State as natural disaster areas because of the statewide drought. With high temperatures and a lack of rain, it’s clear that water conservation is more important than ever. Incorporating efficient, water-saving fixtures and products into your home not only helps the environment—it’s crucial to your wallet. From toilets to faucets, and water heaters to water leak protection systems, selecting products and installation from Washington Energy Services can make a big difference.

Toilets

Tired of flushing money down the toilet? Figuratively speaking, that is. The toilets we offer and install provide the efficiency you want and the power you need. The Cadet PRO Round Front Toilet uses 20% less water, while the TOTO Drake Toilet line offers premier design and innovation.

Faucets

Dirty dishes and hands require a faucet that’s up to the challenge, without sacrificing efficiency. Our faucets fit the (water) bill. With affordable options from Matco-Norca, and sleek, modern selections from Moen, you’ll be sure to find the right faucet to fit your style and budget. We can even install your new faucet to ensure maximum ease and efficiency. Take a look and contact us to learn more.

Water heaters

Options are good. But when it comes to water heaters, it can be a challenge to know what type is right for your family, your wallet, and the environment. Washington Energy Services can help. Here’s an at-a-glance look at the various types of water heaters:

  • Tank Water Heaters: This standard water heater is a reliable workhorse that can provide low operating costs and efficiency.
  • Tankless Water Heaters: This resourceful option heats water only when you need it.
  • Heat Pump Water Heaters: Perhaps the most efficient option, this heater uses ambient air to warm the water.
  • Boilers: The energy efficient boiler is becoming increasingly popular in Seattle—and with good reason. It works by heating water to a preset temperature and circulating it throughout the home.

Water heaters don’t have to be confusing. Learn more and get a free estimate.

Plumbing inspection and water leak protection systems

Prevent water waste before it starts with a plumbing inspection and water leak protection system. A plumbing inspection by Washington Energy Services provides a thorough examination of your water heater, sewer line, pipes, fixtures, water disposals, and more. Most importantly, it offers peace of mind that your home is safe from water breaks, flooding, and damage. Get complete protection by adding water leak protection systems that will alert you in the event of flooding and immediately shut off the unwelcome water.

Washington Energy Services can help you achieve both your ethical and economical goals. After all, conserving water is simply the right thing to do… and the money savings don’t hurt either.

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Plumbing inspections are gaining in popularity

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Nobody likes to wake up in the morning, step out of bed, and feel wet, squishy flooring under their feet.  The first reaction, as it hits you that you just stepped into the lake that used to be your bedroom floor is probably “what the ####?” The next thought in your mind is “who do I call and ugh, how much is this going to cost?”

Plumbing emergencies never happen at the ideal time.  Plumbing is one of those luxuries that we tend to take for granted until the day that you can’t flush your toilet or take a hot shower. Chances are that you never thought about having a plumber out until it gets to that emergency status of a flood, backed up drain, or no hot water. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The best way to prevent a plumbing disaster is to have regular, thorough whole house plumbing inspections. Most people don’t realize that this service even exists. It does, and it can save you many headaches down the road.

When was the last time you were under your crawlspace to check and make sure that nothing was leaking?  How about flushing your water heater as required by the manufacturer on an annual basis?  Have you had the water pressure checked, ever?

Here’s some of what a licensed qualified plumber will be doing when they give you an inspection.

  • Water heater safety check
  • Check fixtures in kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and crawlspace
  • Identify potential issues in the water and drain system
  • Note items that are in good condition
  • Give recommendations for improvements where needed.

No inspection can ensure against all future emergencies, but many pre-cursors to common problems can be found and fixed or at least, identified.

Your plumbing system is one of the most critical systems in your home, and deserves your attention.  Call or click PlumbWorks to have an experienced, licensed plumber out to perform a whole house plumbing inspection and a water heater flush and safety inspection. PlumbWorks is the plumbing division of Washington Energy Services, with licensed, expert plumbers ready 24 hours a day.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”

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Plumbing inspections have big payoff

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Plumbing emergencies never happen at the ideal time.  Nobody wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Hmmm… today seems like a good day to call a plumber.” Plumbing is one of those luxuries that we tend to take for granted until the day that you can’t flush your toilet or take a hot shower. Chances are that you never thought about having a plumber out until it gets to that emergency status of a flood, backed up drain, or no hot water.

Much like you should see the doctor every year; your plumbing system needs the same attention and care.  The best way to prevent a plumbing disaster is to have regular, thorough whole house plumbing inspections. Most people don’t realize that this service even exists. It does, and it can save you many headaches down the road.

When was the last time you were under your crawlspace to check and make sure that nothing was leaking?  How about flushing your water heater flushed as required by the manufacturer on an annual basis?  Have you had the water pressure checked, ever?

Here’s some of what a licensed qualified plumber will be doing when they give you an inspection.

  • Flushing the water heater and doing a safety check
  • Check fixtures in kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and crawlspace
  • Identify potential issues in the water and drain system
  • Note items that are in good condition
  • Give recommendations for improvements where needed.

No inspection can ensure against all future emergencies, but many pre-cursors to common problems can be found and fixed or at least, identified.

Your plumbing system is one of the most critical systems in your home, and deserves your attention.  Call or click Washington Energy Plumbing to have an experienced, licensed plumber out to perform a whole house plumbing inspection and a water heater flush and safety inspection.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”

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