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Why Is the Water in My Faucets Brown and Cloudy?
Cloudy or brown water is a sign your plumbing system needs expert plumbing services.

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We live in pretty comfortable times. Access to water is relatively easy in most of the country. You cannot walk through your home without spotting some type of plumbing system or water-based appliance. In the bathroom – one of the most used rooms in the entire house – there are numerous plumbing fixtures. Unfortunately, with so many plumbing connections, that means there’s a higher chance of something going wrong. When you spot brown, cloudy water coming from your faucet, it’s a sure sign that something has indeed gone wrong.

If your faucet water has recently turned brown and cloudy, here’s a few likely reasons why:

Water Source

One of the most common causes of brown water in residential areas is due to a new water source, such as a nearby reservoir or river. A switch to a new source provides different water quality levels, disruptions, and more. These factors all affect the appearance, odor, and taste of your home’s water supply.

Plumbing Pipes

Over time, a cast iron or lead pipe will begin to corrode, rust, and flake into the water supply itself. Both iron and manganese have been known to produce an orange-brown color, while lead turns the water a darker color. Plus, rubber plumbing such as gaskets or O-rings can also break down, which then leads to noticeable black particles in the water. The faster your water flows, such as during a shower or through a faucet on full blast, the quicker such particles break down and enter the water supply.


We’re no stranger to excessive rainwater in our area, and it can wash chemicals, such as pesticides and motor oil residue, into the reservoir water. As these chemicals spread through the surface water or groundwater feeding your tap, you’ll begin to notice the color gradually change. As more chemical content reaches your house, the tap water will be brown and cloudy.

What to Do

Any type of discoloration in your home’s water supply does not immediately mean your water is contaminated with chemicals or unhealthy to consume, though the color is likely off-putting! Still, it’s smart to investigate these recent changes to your water supply.

Some common fixes include:

  • Turn on the faucets in your home for 20 minutes to flush the water pipes
  • Connect a garden hose to an outdoor spigot. Then, water the lawn for around 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, if the water remains brown, repeat either process

If neither of these fixes works, it’s time to call a professional plumber. You want to hire someone with experience – someone who has handled brown water issues in the past. Be sure to ask specifically for such experience to ensure you receive a much-needed solution.

Schedule professional plumbing repair in Seattle, WA with Raymark Plumbing. Give us a call anytime at 206-440-9077 . We know exactly how to resolve brown, cloudy water in a residential home, and will offer you solutions that make a difference.

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How Do I Locate And Shut Off My Main Water Valve?

In the case of a plumbing emergency it is important for all homeowners to know how to locate and shut off their main water valve.Water Valve Seattle TX However, many homeowners don’t even know where to start looking! Read on below to see how to locate and shut off your main water valve.

What is the main water valve?

The main water valve is exactly what it sounds like! It is the main way that water gets supplied to your home. You’ll want to be able to quickly locate and shut off this valve if a pipe breaks in your home. 

Locating the main water valve

To discover your home’s main water valve, you should first ask yourself a few questions: 

  • Do you live in a home with a basement? If your home has a basement, usually that will be where your main water valve will be located. It will usually be located on the same wall as your hose bib on the opposite side of the wall.
  • Do you live in a home that is built on a slab? If this is the case, your main water valve should be located close to your home’s water heater.
  • Do you live in a home that is built on stilts (or with a crawl space)? If this is the case, your main water valve could be located underneath your home in this crawl space.

Turning off water supply

In order to turn off your main water valve, you must determine what kind of valve it is. For a gate valve, the round kind of valve, you will want to turn the valve all the way to the right to turn off the water supply. For the other type of valve, a lever or “ball” valve, you will want to turn the valve lever in a perpendicular motion.

Contact the Plumbing Experts at Raymark

Do you have further questions about locating and turning off your main water valve? It can definitely help to speak to a plumbing professional about this. Here at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we offer the best-of-the-best when it comes plumbing remodels and maintenance. No job is too big or too small for us. Our team of skilled plumbing maintenance & repair experts is here to provide fast, efficient assistance – always.

Call us today or fill out our online contact form! To schedule your cost estimate and consultation today, contact us via our online form or by phone at 206-440-9077. We look forward to speaking with you soon!


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Improving Bathroom Accessibility and Safety in Seattle for Elderly and Disabled Family Members

Improving Bathroom AccessibilityFor people with limited physical strength and mobility due to age or a disability, the bathroom poses many safety risks and opportunities for injury. Research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 235,000 people suffer from bathroom-related injuries that require medical treatment each year, with the majority being seniors over the age of 65. People with a physical disabilities are also at risk of such injuries.

At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, our professional plumbers can significantly improve the safety and functionality of your bathroom with accessible bathroom remodeling. Since 1977, we’ve offered a variety of accessible bathroom solutions such accessible plumbing fixture installation to ensure the comfort and safety of all members of our community.

Things You Can Do To Improve Bathroom Accessibility and Safety for seniors

Here’s how you can improve the accessibility of your bathroom for elderly and disabled family members.

  • Install bathroom grab bars, rails, or floor-to-ceiling tension poles These help to provide balance and stability while sitting and standing. They also provide leverage, making it easier for a person with decreased strength or mobility to sit and stand with or without help.
  • Make bathing safer, easier, and more comfortable Getting in or out of a bathtub provides the perfect opportunity for a dangerous slip or fall, but walk in bathtubs significantly reduce this risk. With state of the art accessibility features such as built in slip-proof surfaces, shower chairs, and adjustable handheld showerheads, walk in bathtubs are a must for bathroom accessibility and safety. Some models have whirlpool jets for relaxation or therapeutic purposes.
  • Increase maneuverability Widen the entrance to your bathroom so that it’s between 32 and 36 inches wide to make access with a wheelchair, walker, cane, or scooter easier. These measurements are also compliant with American with Disability Act (ADA) design regulations.
  • Choose ADA compliant fixtures For a person with arthritis or a motor disability, turning or twisting a faucet can be both difficult and dangerous. Lever-style faucets and thermostatic valves are easy to use and can prevent accidental scalding.
  • Elevate toilets and sinks Replace your toilet with one that has a higher profile of at least five inches or so, depending on the needs of the individual using it. This makes standing and sitting much easier and less intimidating. Increasing the height of a sink to 30 or 40 inches makes it safer and easier to use as well, especially for those in a wheelchair.

Raymark Plumbing & Sewer is committed to the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of all of our customers. Call us today for help accessible bathroom upgrades in Seattle!

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Out With the Old, In With the New Plumbing Upgrades for the New Year in Seattle

Energy efficiency and water conservation is important to a lot of folks here in the Pacific Northwest, which is why eco-friendly plumbing upgrades such as switching to high efficiency plumbing fixtures is so popular. Upgrading just a few fixtures in the New Year can have a big impact on your home’s overall energy and water usage by improving its efficiency.

At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, our professional plumbers have expert knowledge on today’s high efficiency plumbing fixtures and can help you decide which plumbing upgrades work best for your needs. The money saving plumbing fixture services we offer can make your home more energy and water efficient while maintaining its comfort.

Check out these plumbing upgrades to consider for the New Year.

Your bathroom

fresh showerOutdated showerheads can use up to 5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). Showers account for a good portion of your home’s energy and water usage, so it only makes sense to upgrade to a low flow showerhead which only uses 2 gpm or even less. And they still have excellent water pressure! Upgrading to a high efficiency faucet and a low flush toilet can save even more energy, money, and water. Bathroom fixtures with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense seal of approval have undergone rigorous testing for efficiency and performance, and are even more efficient than other high efficiency fixtures.

Your kitchen

According to water usage statistics from the EPA, a leaky kitchen faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of per year. That’s enough for more than 180 showers! Older kitchen faucets use up to 7 gallons of water per minute (gpm), whereas the newest and most efficient models only use 1.5 gpm! A quick and affordable way to improve faucet efficiency is to replace the aerator, which is the small mesh screwed onto the end of the faucet. The New Year is also a good time to consider upgrading your garbage disposal. While they use a relatively small amount of energy, an old or worn garbage disposal can cause big plumbing problems.

For the rest of your home

Old water heaters can be real energy wasters, so if yours is nearing the end of its lifespan it’s time for an energy efficient upgrade. If never having enough hot water is an issue, consider upgrading to a tankless model which have an unlimited supply of hot water. These only heat water as needed, making them more energy efficient than their traditional counterparts. If water temperature isn’t a concern for you but water quality is, a whole house water filter provides purified water to all of your home’s water sources. Concerned about flooding? Upgrading to a battery backup sump pump can keep your basement dry even if the power shuts off!

Let Raymark Plumbing & Sewer help you ring in the New Year in style with energy efficient plumbing upgrades!

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