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We provide commercial and residential plumbing and heating services to Whatcom and Skagit Counties, including.

  • Bellingham
  • Mt. Vernon
  • Lynden
  • Blaine
  • Ferndale
  • Burlington
  • Sedro Woolley
  • Sumas
  • Everson
  • Acme
  • Maple Falls
  • Deming
  • Glacier
  • Birch Bay

And anywhere in between, for fast service call us now @ 360.739.9207

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My drain is clogged! What should I do?

Picture of a clogged drain in a Bellingham home.In most cases a clogged drain is a job for a professional that has the right equipment. However, there are a few things you can try before you call that may potentially save you some money. If it’s your bathroom sink, tub or shower drain that’s clogged, chances are it’s hair.

For a couple of bucks at Lowes you can get a handy little item called a Zip-it that works wonders for removing hair. You can also try removing the p-trap under your sink and clear it of debris. We recommend that you avoid using chemical drain cleaners, as they are environmentally unfriendly and often just postpone the inevitable.

If all else fails, call Spectrum for fast, friendly service!   360.739.9207

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What’s the deal with water-saving fixtures?

Image of a faucet dripping water economically.If you are on metered water, you’re paying for the amount of water you use. It’s really that simple; using less water will save you money on your next bill! There are many instances where you will hear that a new, more efficient fixture will save you money in the long run.

Sometimes this is true, sometimes it isn’t. In the case of water-saving toilets you are guaranteed to recoup the installation expenses plus a lot more over the life of your toilet. An older style toilet uses 5 gallons per flush; a new toilet uses only 1.6. That’s a lot of water!

Our basic professional grade toilets are $289.50, installed!

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How about a tankless water heater?

New Tankless Water Heater Tax Credits Image.Have you ever been second in line for a shower and ended up rinsing your hair in ice water? No fun! With a professional grade Noritz tankless water heater this will never happen again. Do they save space? Heck yeah! Are they green? You better believe it!

In fact, under the 2005 Energy Policy Act, homeowners can get up to $500 tax credit for installing a Noritz.

They are over 80% efficient, low emission and very environmentally friendly. Will you recoup the extra cost of having a tankless installed through savings on your energy bill? Maybe not. We believe that a tankless water heater is the right choice for someone who wants an endless supply of hot water and is looking to efficiently utilize space or is concerned with the environment.

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My dripping faucet is driving me nuts! What now?

Image of a dripping water faucet.You have a couple of options here. The cheaper option is to have the offending faucet, shower valve or hose bib rebuilt. This is your best bet if you have no plans to remodel or replace the fixture anytime in the near future, and the fixture itself is in decent shape.

Option two is to replace the fixture completely. This is best if you were hoping to update the look of your bath or kitchen anyway, or if the fixture is ancient and not worth putting any money into. I like to think of plumbing fixtures like cars, as the repair costs start mounting due to age and wear, it’s time to begin considering replacement.

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Help! My water heater isn’t working!

Image of a standing water heater.If you have an electric water heater the first thing you should check is your electrical breaker panel. If the switch marked for your water heater is in the off position, try resetting it. You should then wait a half-hour and check to see if you have warm water. If you have a gas water heater, your pilot light may have gone out. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for lighting the pilot light. You can find these in the pamphlet provided with the water heater or online.

If neither of these options works, then you may need new heating elements, thermostats, a thermocouple or there may be a problem with your gas control valve. We can repair any of these problems. The worst case scenario would be a water heater replacement.

We can provide and install a new water heater for a very competitive price.

Call now 360.739.9207

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It sounds like my toilet is running... What should I do?

Image of the toilet flapper valve.This can lead to a massive water loss, which can lead to a massive water bill. In many cases a running toilet can be fixed by a moderately handy homeowner.

There is a part called a flapper that can be easily replaced. You can buy one at Lowes for about five to ten dollars depending on the toilet. Another frequent cause of a running toilet is an improperly adjusted fill valve. The fill valve can be found in the back left corner of most toilet tanks. If it is adjusted to high it will cause your toilet to run.

If the insides of your toilet look just a little too confusing, or if you don’t have the time you should call Spectrum. 360.739.9207


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My garbage disposal quit working. Do I need a new one?

Image of sink drain.I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have driven to a customer’s home to replace their disposal and found that it only needed to be reset or cranked.

Before you call a pro, try these cheap and easy fixes: First attempt to reset the disposer. You will want to shut the power off to the unit either by unplugging it or turning it off in the breaker panel, then make sure you have removed anything that may be jamming the unit. Once you have made sure it’s not jammed you simply turn power back on, shine a light underneath the unit and locate a small red button.

You then press the button and hold for a few seconds. Now test it out and see if it works! If you have trouble removing an object that is jamming up the disposer you can crank it using the tool that came with it. If you can’t find the tool you can buy one at most hardware stores.

If all else fails, call Spectrum @ 360.739.9207

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