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How to Prevent Your Sink From Clogging

Avoid a clogged sink with professional drain cleaning services!On occasion, you need to whip out the plunger for some manual labor. Many of us might like to avoid plunging, but unfortunately, a clogged sink is a genuine concern to your plumbing system. It’s inconvenient, and often dangerous if left unattended. The eventual cost of ignoring a sink clog can be overwhelming. But if the plunger fails, you need expert drain cleaning services. First and foremost, consider prevention. They say prevention is the best form of medicine, and that saying works for plumbing systems, too!

Avoiding Bathroom Sink Clogs

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the modern household. If you have a large family, then everyone is fighting for time in the bathroom. You are then left with quite the mess, and a clogged bathroom sink is more common. You can avoid a serious bathroom sink clog by doing the following:

  • Cleaning the drain stopper regularly. Over time, hair, soap scum, and gunk will accumulate on the stopper and slow the drainage, or clog the drain completely.
  • Do not let hair flow down the drain. While it would seem this tip is just common sense, many of us completely forget in the moment. When shaving or brushing our hair, we often ignore the hair falling from our body and into the sink.
  • Perform regular drain cleaning. Once per week, consider cleaning the drain and sink to reduce scum and gunk from accumulating.
  • Pour hot water down the drain to reduce buildup. Hot water is known to undo stubborn drainage clogs.

Avoiding Kitchen Sink Clogs

Whether your kitchen sink has a garbage disposal or not, it’s best to take preventative measures to avoid kitchen sink clogs. It’s easy to toss food scraps and other junk down the kitchen sink drain, but try to avoid doing so. Also:

  • If you do not have a garbage disposal, avoid putting food scraps down the drain. Even with a disposal, you should only put small scraps into the unit.
  • Do not pour grease or oil into the kitchen sink drain. Grease can accumulate and stick to the inside of the pipes, leading to a severe clog.
  • On occasion, pour hot water down the kitchen sink to melt small deposits of fat or grease. Pour the water slowly to avoid splash-back.

Drain Cleaning Benefits

If you’re uncomfortable cleaning your drainage system or wish to avoid harmful chemical drain cleaners, consider scheduling professional drain cleaning services. The benefits are profound!

  • Reduced Blockages – Occasional drain cleaning services can significantly reduce the risk of blockages or clogs.
  • Prevent Slow Drainage – A slow drain is a sign of a blockage or leak. Plus, slow drainage can promote mold growth and spread bad odors.
  • Reduced Odors – Speaking of odors, drain cleaning helps rid your plumbing system and home of unpleasant smells stemming from the drain.

Today is the day to schedule professional drain cleaning services from Raymark Plumbing. Call us anytime at 206-440-9077 . We’ll send a licensed, certified plumbing expert straight to your doorstep this week!

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How to See and Smell the Signs of Floor Drain Problems in Seattle

Seattle Floor Drain MaintenanceFloor drains might be easy to forget about, but don’t underestimate the integral role they play in your home’s plumbing system! When floor drain problems arise, it’s important to recognize the signs so that you can take the appropriate action right away.

For help with Seattle floor drain maintenance and understanding common floor drain problems, you can trust the professionals at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer. After nearly 40 years of resolving floor drain problems, you can rest assured that no job is too big, too small, or too much for our experienced Seattle plumbers!

Here’s what you can expect to see or smell if you have floor drain problems in Seattle.

Clogged floor drain

Does your floor drain overflow on a regular basis? Does it have trouble draining properly, if it does at all? If so, then you should call us right away to schedule drain cleaning service. Clogged floor drains are usually caused by crystallized grease and soap or wads of hair, which requires professional equipment to remove without causing damage to your pipes. In some cases, a sewer pipe can break, fill with dirt, and cause clogged floor drains. This requires extensive repair that only a professional plumbing service like us can perform!

Leaking sewer pipe

Don’t assume it’s a good thing if your floor drains never, ever, ever overflows. A floor drain that never overflows could indicate a broken or leaking sewer pipe. How can you know this might be the case? If large amounts of water are going down your plumbing pipes at the same time from washing dishes, flushing the toilet, etc., and there’s no water backup whatsoever, a sewer leak could be lurking. But the best way to accurately diagnose this is to call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer and have a Seattle video sewer line inspection performed.

Backflow from the sewer line

A backed up drain isn’t always a “good” thing, especially when municipal sewer lines become overwhelmed by heavy rainfall and storms. In this case, wastewater can back right up into your basement floor drain, causing a stench and posing a health hazard. You can have a backflow preventer gate installed by us to stop the flow of wastewater in its tracks.

Super stinky floor drain odors

If a floor drain in your home is causing a big stink, then a dry p trap could be the secret behind stench. Without water, p traps are unable to prevent pests and sewer odors from making their way into your home. The result is creepy crawlies and foul drain odor. This usually happen in floor drains that aren’t used often, such as those in a guest bathroom. Turn on your faucet every so often to block odors and pests.

For professional Seattle drain maintenance services you can count on, call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer!

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DIY Drain Cleaning Don’ts for Homeowners in Seattle

diy drain cleaning don’ts for homeowners seattleDrain clogs seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, but trying to unclog a drain yourself will only add to the inconvenience! DIY drain cleaning hacks are not only dangerous and ineffective, but they also have the potential to cause further damage to your plumbing pipes.

When it comes to DIY drain cleaning — don’t try this at home! The only thing you have to do is call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer! Using video camera inspections and the latest advances in plumbing technology, our highly reviewed professional drain cleaning services in Seattle can safely remove even the toughest clogs.

Here are a few DIY don’ts when it comes to clogged drains in Seattle.

DON’T use harsh chemicals or liquid drain cleaners

Never pour bleach down your drain in an attempt to clear a clog. Many drain clogs contain soap residue which can give off noxious fumes when combined with bleach. Similarly, liquid drain cleaners are not only ineffective in most cases, but they’re also extremely dangerous to both you and the environment. They may cause further damage to your plumbing pipes by corrosion, especially if you have copper pipes.

DON’T make your own drain auger, hydrojetter, or snake

Jamming a wire coat hanger down your drain will do nothing but make the problem worse. Not only is it likely to get stuck, but it will also cause more damage to pipes. Likewise, using your garden hose as a makeshift hydrojetter is a big waste of time. The water pressure isn’t strong enough, and you’ll only make a mess!

DON’T ignore pieces of wood in the backsplash

If you do manage to get some of the clog out and find bits of wood among the residue, this means you have tree root intrusion, which is a serious plumbing problem. Stop what you’re doing immediately and call us right away! Our drain and sewer camera inspection is the best way to get to the “root” cause of a clog so it can be removed properly!

DON’T forget to replace the clean out cap

If you opened the clean out cap or plug in an attempt to clear a deep clog in a pipe, be sure to remember to replace it. If you forget to do this, you’ll end up with even more clog-causing debris in your pipes. In the event you broke the cap while trying to take it off, cover the clean out pipe with aluminum foil and a rubber band to create a temporary barrier until we can come and fix the problem!

Don’t do DIY drain cleaning! Your clog may not go down the drain, but your time, energy, and money will trying to remove it yourself. The only thing you should do when it comes DIY clog removal is to call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer right away!

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5 Benefits of Regular Drain Maintenance

Drain MaintenanceIn order to keep our plumbing systems working to a high standard, we must maintain them and ensure that they are looked after properly. At Raymark Plumbing, we’ve put together 5 top tips you should follow to ensure you avoid problems with your drains.

Keep Drains Unclogged

Make sure that when you clear your clogged drains you are doing so properly. Many individuals use the wrong substances to clean their drains which can result in damage to the pipes. Bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and salt water are all natural and effective ways to successfully clear your drain pipes. Unclogged pipes mean that you don’t need to worry about built up bacteria or flooding.

Reduce Nasty Odors

It’s an unfortunate but true fact that if your drains aren’t cleaned regularly, they can begin to smell. This tends to be due to a build-up of bacteria and mold. Luckily, it can be avoided. While many natural and home-made remedies do work, they tend to only last on a short term basis. To have your drains cleaned thoroughly, you should call on the help of a professional.

Prevent Structural Damage

You may not be aware that your pipes are corroded and damaged beyond repair. That is why it’s important to have a professional check your pipes and replace them if need be. Damaged pipes can eventually cause structural damage such as flooding, mold, and dampness. Regular maintenance and checks will prevent these problems.

Improve Water Quality

Regular drain maintenance can improve the quality of your water. This is because the pipes are kept clean and bacteria free if regularly checked.

Use A Professional

Using a professional company such as Raymark Plumbing means that you will receive a first-class service from a reputable and friendly expert. To find out more about how we can help you maintain your pipes, call us at 206-440-9077 .

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How to Prevent Build-Up in Your Pipes

Pipes maintainance Seattle, WAIt’s highly important to maintain your pipes to ensure they are working to a high standard. Clogged or slow drains can end up costing a fortunate, and it’s so easy to avoid! To ensure you don’t need to phone a professional, follow our top tips from Raymark Plumbing.

Dispose of Old Grease

If you have pots and pans full of old oil or grease, do not pour them down the sink! This can greatly clog and damage the inside of the pipes. Instead, pour the oil and grease into used containers and bottles and dispose of in the trash.

Coffee Is a No-No

Old coffee grounds and granules should also be disposed of in the trash. If you have a mulch pile, you can add the remnants to that.

Use a Drain Gate

Drain gates and screens for your plug hole are a great way to minimize damaging substances in getting down the drains. Most plumbing supply stores sell these – just remember to find out what size you need!

Regular Household Cleaning

You can keep on top of your pipes without the help of a professional.

  • Use baking soda – pour a couple of spoonful’s of baking powder into the plug hole and then run hot water. This is a great way to clean the inside of your pipes and reduce bad odors.
  • Use vinegar – pour some vinegar down the plug hole and let it rest for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, run hot water into the sink. The vinegar works as an organic solvent and breaks up buildup.

Speak to a Professional

To find out more about how to look after your pipes, or to speak to a professional about any of our other services at Raymark Plumbing, call us at (206)-440-9077.

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