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4 Steps to Take When a Pipe Bursts

By Bob Oates | Mar 12, 2024

No one can deny that owning a home is a major expense, especially if it’s an older model like many homes in the greater Seattle area. When it comes to a water pipe that bursts, the damage can be serious for your home, your possessions, and your health if the mess is not cleaned up…

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How Long Does Drain Cleaning Take to Complete?

By Bob Oates | Mar 11, 2024

What do you do when you have a clog in your drains? While pouring acid-based or off-the-shelf drain cleaners into your plumbing may seem fast and easy for drain cleaning, this shaves years off your pipe’s lifespan. The acid in these drains destroys the lining of your sewer pipes. At Bob Oates, we’re a family-run…

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Live in Seattle? Here’s how often you should get your sewers inspected

By Bob Oates | Feb 13, 2024

How often should you get your sewers inspected? This is a question we get all the time from Bob Oates customers. To put it bluntly, if you have to ask, it’s probably time you get them checked out. Better safe than sorry as they say, and safe in this case means avoiding an extremely costly…

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The 3 Undeniable Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair Vs. Sewer Line Replacement

By Bob Oates | Feb 12, 2024

Say your home or office in Seattle is need of a sewer line repair and you’re wondering which of your options is best. Well, first things first, you should make sure you understand exactly who is responsible for the section of the sewer line in question. As we covered in our blog post on sewer…

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4 Things You Should Never Do To Pipes

By Bob Oates | Jan 22, 2024

Pipes are like the blood vessels of your house. You only ever notice them when something goes wrong, like when they freeze or burst, or when you unearth them during your annual cleaning spree. For maintenance of your running water, it’s essential to keep the pipes in working order. The other side of the coin is that…

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6 Things That Should Never Be Flushed

By Bob Oates | Jan 20, 2024

The toilet and the trash can are not the same thing. Everyone knows this, but when you’re in a hurry or feeling lazy, you might go ahead and toss that garbage in the toilet. What harm could it do? Quite a bit, in fact. In this post, Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter will discuss six…

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