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Seattle Plumbing

Though Seattle is famous for its frequent rain, heavy downpours that cause sewer backups and flooding are rare. Even though plumbing problems originating from sewer backups aren’t of particular concern, Seattle residents should be familiar with the home’s plumbing system and know when to call in a plumbing professional to help with any issues that do arise when mudslides and flooding do occur.

Another area of concern for Seattle homeowners, particularly those who live in historic neighborhoods such as Queen Anne Hill or Ravenna, is keeping plumbing parts up-to-date by locating and replacing outdated pipes and fittings.  

General Plumbing Knowledge

Other than these specific concerns, Seattle area homeowners should know when to call in a professional to deal with plumbing problems. Some issues are simple enough that just about any adult with a plunger can fix them, but oftentimes, it’s necessary to call an experienced plumber to help resolve issues and make sure there won’t be any recurring problems in the future.

Homeowners should make sure their plumbing issues don’t lead to leaking and other moisture problems, which can cause major issues with mold during cold, rainy fall and winter months. This means performing regular inspections and maintenance, which is another area where a professional plumber can be helpful.

Areas Served by Seattle Plumbers

  • Some Seattle-area plumbers serve the entire metro area, while others serve limited parts of the metro area. For example, companies may limit their service to King County, while others may include Snohomish and Pierce Counties as well to encompass the entire area from Bellevue to Tacoma.
  • Plumbing companies that focus on King County locations do not necessarily restrict their service to Seattle proper. Many will serve the entire county, including southern areas such as Auburn and eastern areas such as Issaquah.

When choosing a plumber, do your research and make sure to select a professional that serves your area.

Budgeting for Seattle Plumbing Services

Cost for plumbing service in the Seattle area varies greatly depending on what you need done and when. Many plumbers offer emergency plumbing services for premium prices. Outdoor projects that need to be completed in winter can also add to the cost of services. Other services, such as conversion to the environmentally friendly tankless water heater that’s so popular among green Seattleites, may cost several hundred dollars or more, with $500 being a commonly quoted initial estimate. Pipe repair projects can be much more expensive, with large repair projects frequently costing several thousand dollars to complete. Because the city sees so much rain, these types of outdoor pipe repair projects can be necessary more often than they might be in a drier climate, but experienced local plumbers can give good advice on how often and when to seek this kind of expensive service.

Price Ranges for Specific Plumbing Services in Seattle

As with any professional service, different companies and individuals charge different rates, and the cost of a service is not necessarily a reliable indicator of how good the work actually is. That’s why it is important to shop around for a plumber and ask for recommendations from trusted friends and colleagues who live in your area. Checking into a plumber’s online reviews can also help you get an idea of whether they have a reputation for sticking to project budgets. This chart can help determine whether a Seattle-area plumber’s price quote is a good deal or too high.

Service

Low Cost

High Cost

Average Cost in Seattle

Repair Clogged Drain

$100

$800

$182 - $455

Install Faucet

$90

$565

$154 - $336

Install Shower

$600

$8,503

$1,303 - $5,660

Repair Sewer Main

$880

$9,000

$2,235 - $6,801

Install Water Heater

$450

$1658

$862 - $1,277

Clean Septic Tank

$350

$849

$403 - $604

Install New Plumbing Pipes

$250

$7,000

$806 - $3,604

Repair a Toilet

$125

$425

$183 - $326

These pricing ranges may vary based on where you live in the metro area, with prices within Seattle proper often being a bit higher than in the suburbs. The good news, though, is that even within the city, Seattle plumbing prices are generally in line with the national average.

Plumbing Licensure and Insurance Requirements in the Seattle Area

  • All plumbers in Washington State must be state certified and must adhere to the state’s education requirements for their specific certification level.
  • Certifications start at the Trainee level and progress to specialty plumbing areas such as Residential and Backflow plumbing.
  • Registered plumbers in Washington must also have general liability insurance and may be required to purchase specific permits to perform work such as gas piping installation in King County.

How to Confirm Licensure

Whether you live in King, Snohomish, or Pierce County, you can check on whether the plumber you intend to hire is certified by Washington State with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ online Contractor Verification Tool. This Department also has resources for those who have been defrauded or otherwise harmed by a tradesperson, so make sure to keep the Department of Labor in mind if you encounter any problems with a plumber.

Plumbing’s Impact on Seattle Real Estate Prices

Plumbing quality may be of particular concern to prospective homebuyers in the previously mentioned historic neighborhoods of Seattle. Though many parts of the metro area are quite new, many of the city’s stately mansions in areas such as North Capitol Hill near Volunteer Park were built in the 1900s. Though it’s likely these historic homes have received plumbing updates since their initial construction, it’s important for prospective buyers to confirm this fact and make sure the home’s plumbing system is up to date. Old-fashioned plumbing materials such as galvanized steel are likely to need replacement even if they appear to be in good working order.

Replacing such materials can be a very costly endeavor, meaning that current homeowners should become aware of the extent of potential repairs and either be willing to fix these problems themselves before closing or be open to reducing the final selling price of the home. Newer homes with environmentally friendly plumbing components such as tankless water heaters are more likely to be commercially viable for the average Seattle resident, so those who are updating their houses for an upcoming sale may want to look into these types of green technologies to compete in the Seattle real estate market.

Recent Job Requests for Plumbing Contractors in Seattle, WA


New Lead
Project: Repair or Install Gas Piping
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Is this an emergency?: No
Scope of Work: Replace old gas lines, Appliance gas hook-up
Appliances in Need of Gas: Stove/oven/cooktop
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes
After Business Hours: No
Comment: I would like to replace/update the gas line to a stove and any other line that may need it. rental basement, would like to make sure everything is in good shape before a new tenant moves in

New Lead
Project: Install, Repair or Replace Plumbing or Fixtures
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Project Description: Install a new plumbing item
Is this an emergency?: No
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

New Lead
Project: Install a Tankless Water Heater System
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Type of Water Heater: Tankless
Type of heat source : Natural gas
Location of Installation: Basement
Property Owner: Yes
Desired Project Start Date: Tomorrow
Comment: My current gas powered 50 gallon water heater just started leaking at the bottom. I would like to replace it with Takagi T-KJr2-IN-NG Indoor Tankless Water Heater, Natural Gas.

New Lead
Project: Install, Repair or Replace Plumbing or Fixtures
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Project Description: Repair a faulty plumbing item, Replace an old plumbing item
Is this an emergency?: No
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

New Lead
Project: Install or Replace a Shower
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Toilet: No - I will keep the existing toilet as is
Shower / Bath: Yes - I want to move or install a new shower or bath
Countertops: No - I do not plan to update the countertops
Cabinets / Vanity: No - I do not plan to update the cabinets / vanity
Extensiveness of Remodel: I plan to maintain existing bathroom floorplan
Flooring: No - I do not plan to update the flooring
Sinks: No - I do not plan to update the sinks
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Property Owner: Yes
Desired Completion Date: Less than 2 months
Covered by Insurance: No
Are you updating a shower or a bathtub?: Shower
Requires Work on Historical Structure: No
Request for Commercial Location: No
Comment: Need to remove current Tile shower and enclosure door and replace with new tile and enclosure door I have a window of time June 29th thru July 7th

New Lead
Project: Install, Replace or Repair a Main Sewer Pipe
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Nature of Project: Other
Reason for Service: Other
Distance to Street (ft.): Less than 100 feet, 200201
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: We are putting a guesthouse in the backyard and need to see what it will cost us to install a macerating toilet line into existing main house plumbing as well as clean h2o for sink and shower?

New Lead
Project: Install, Replace or Repair a Main Sewer Pipe
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Is this an emergency?: No
Nature of Project: Install new sewer pipe from home to street
Reason for Service: Bathtubs and sinks drain slowly
Distance to Street (ft.): 200824, 101 to 250 feet
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: Sewer is running fine have not had any backups but want to repair the line soon Used Metropolitan Sewer They did a video sope and this is the report Video Inspection 200.00T Remove Toilet 37.50T - Accessed line through 4" cast iron toilet flange - 4" concrete pipe at 9', heavy erosion - Multiple root intrusions between 10' and 78' - Erosion holes at 28' and 38' - 6" concrete pipe at 63', heavy erosion - Moderate erosion starting at 80' - 6" clay pipe at 104' - City main line connection at 105' - Line is open and flowing at this time Floor Drain Cleaning 125.00T - Floor drain in basement backs up - Ran cable to 20' - Cleared obstructions between 3' and 15' - Open and flowing - Refer to field invoice # 6749 Edit

New Lead
Project: Clear a Clogged or Slow Drain
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Problem(s): Drains slowly, Garage or basement drain is backed up
Desired Project Start Date: Unsure about timing
Comment: laundry trays fill with water when washing clothes; drain very slowly; kitchen sink - draining very slowly bathroom sink drains slowly

New Lead
Project: Install, Replace or Repair a Main Sewer Pipe
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/24/2018
Nature of Project: Repair broken sewer pipe from home to street
Reason for Service: Plumber or other professional has recommended it
Distance to Street (ft.): Less than 100 feet, 200201
Property Owner: Yes
Desired Project Start Date: Within a few weeks
Comment: A pre inspection of the side sewer at our residence which is on the market to be sold found a separation in the connection between the cast iron 4 inch line and the concrete side sewer. The location of this is 4 feet outside the house and 5 feet deep based on the inspection. The location is under a concrete patio.

New Lead
Project: Install, Repair or Replace Plumbing or Fixtures
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 05/23/2018
What type of toilet?: Standard flow toilet
For installs, have you already bought the toilet?: Yes
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
After Business Hours: No
Historical Work: No
Property Owner: Yes
Desired Project Start Date: Tomorrow
Comment: bought a new toilet ran into trouble with the install (77yrs old) should have known - need to also install condo unit shut off. the condo is rented so somewhat of an emergency.

Unscreened Plumbing Contractors in Seattle

AAA Repipe Masters
4023 S. 261st St.
Kent, WA 98032
N B U Construction, LLC
1200 Westlake Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
Advanced Radiant Technology
8314 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
Pipeline Plumbing & Consulting Inc.
720 Lakeside Ave
Seattle, WA 98144
Roto Rooter
Direct To Your Local Office
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Heath Landscape Service
571 N. 169th St
Shoreline, WA 98133
Providence Plumbing and Remodeling
P.O. Box 4901
Bremerton, WA 98312
Honey Do Maintenance and Repair, LLC
819 211th Place Ne
Sammamish, WA 98074

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