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Why Does the Kitchen Sink in My Seattle Home Smell Like Sewer?
Sewage smells from the kitchen sink indicate a more severe plumbing issue.

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Your home’s plumbing system is designed to bring in fresh water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. Then, the reverse goes into action – a set of pipes will remove all waste. The two never intermingle. But on occasion, despite our best efforts, your home’s plumbing system may clog. If the right portion of the drain clogs, the water pressure cannot force noxious odors or sewer gases out of the system. Every day, the design of your plumbing pipes prevents such smells from escaping into the house, but a clog allows them into the home. The moment you notice such smells, contact a professional plumber for immediate drain cleaning services.

Rotten Smells in the Kitchen Sink

Have you recently noticed a rotten smell coming from the kitchen sink? Then it is one of two things:

  • A rotten food smell from debris stuck in the drain or disposal
  • Sewer smell from gas leaks in the drain trap or vent

These are the two most common occurrences. Thankfully, you have a few options to resolve the trouble.

Rotten Food Smells

Occasionally, food debris and gunk will build up in the kitchen drain or garbage disposal. Often, these smells happen because we put the wrong items down the drain, such as grease, oil, or fat. If that’s the case, try the following tricks:

  • Drain Cleaner – If you wish to use a drain cleaning solution, you need to be careful about which one you select. You want to use a bio-enzyme drain cleaner only, as it does not include the same harsh chemicals as traditional name-brand products. The enzymes will eat any food buildup in the drain.
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda – By combining half a cup of baking soda with one cup of white vinegar in the drain, you can remove crud and buildup. The solution combines to produce a foaming action, which then eats away at the blockage. Allow the mixture to sit, then follow it with hot water.
  • Ice Cubes – On occasion, try putting a few ice cubes down the drain to knock any food debris off the interior pipe walls.

Sewer Gas Smells

If you smell sewer gases, then you have a more severe problem than food debris buildup. The smell is gas leaking in from the sewer system, through the drain, and into your home. This happens because of an issue with the sink trap or plumbing vent.

  • Trap – The trap earns its name because it contains a small amount of water in the u-shaped portion of the pipe. The water actually prevents sewer gases from passing back through the system into your home. So, any smell escaping through the trap usually means a leak in the system.
  • Vent – If there is nothing wrong with the trap, then the vent is the likely culprit. The pressure within the sewer system fluctuates over time, which leads to the siphoning of water from the trap. The vent allows this change in pressure without gas escaping. An issue with the vent means gas can enter your home instead.

If you suspect an issue with your sewer system or kitchen sink drain, call Raymark Plumbing at 206-440-9077 . We’re here for you!

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5 Common Reasons for a Clogged Sewer Line in Your Seattle Home

Plumbing systems, especially drains, require thorough cleaning regularly. You’ll want to avoid chemical cleaners from the local store, however. These solutions have proven rather harmful to modern plumbing systems. If you do not clean your plumbing, unfortunately, you risk a clogged sewer line, which leads to adverse health effects and costly repairs. These are the top five reasons for a clogged sewer line in your Seattle home!


Hair is one of the leading culprits in a sewer and drain blockage. Hair, which often is stuffed down the shower drain, binds with grease and sticky substances in the sewer line, thereby forming clogs. Dealing with a hair blockage is all about preventing the issue in the first place. Ensure your drains have guards in place to catch hair before it has the chance to enter your drains.


Most homeowners believe their plumbing is to wash away all waste, including dirt. That’s incorrect, though. While you want to remove excess dirt from you and your clothing, it may buildup and cause problems for your sewer line. Shake or rinse off excess dirt from your clothing outdoors first!

Tree Roots

Over time, a nearby tree may expand and its roots will penetrate the sewer line. If this happens, the roots will cause a serious blockage and leaking. The only fix is to remove the roots and reline the pipe.

Food Waste

Your plumbing system is connected to the main sewer line; even the kitchen sink. Food waste does not belong down the drain, even with a garbage disposal. Waste such as tea leaves and coffee grounds do not break down, thereby causing a blockage.

Mineral Buildup

Minerals that dissolve in hard water tend to buildup and cause a mass that blocks the sewer line. One solution is a water softener. If that is not available, you need to descale and remove built-up sediment regularly.

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For sewer line repair and drain cleaning, call Raymark Plumbing at 206-440-9077  today! We’ll send an expert plumber straight to your doorstep!

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When to Call Professionals in for Your Clogged Sewer

The quicker you can recognize the warning signs of a clogged sewer line, the faster repairs can commence. Should the clog go unnoticed, however, the issue may accumulate and lead to costly repairs. Not to mention exposing your family to contaminated water. When dirty water begins to flow back into your tub or the drain is too slow, it’s time to call the professionals. It may seem simple, but an underlying issue may be present.

Gurgling Noises

The first sign of a true issue with a clogged sewer line is an odd gurgling noise stemming from within the plumbing system. This noise occurs due to pressure being affected in the lines. A clog or interruption will likely be the primary cause.

The moment you notice unusual noises from your plumbing is the moment you should call a professional. An experienced plumber will inspect the sewer line to determine the issue and complete necessary repairs.

Foul Odors

Drains should be cleaned frequently using non-toxic solutions. Chemical cleaners are often hazardous. If you experience a continuous odor from the toilet, shower, or sink, even after cleaning, something serious is hidden within the plumbing. That weird smell begins to permeate when a clog or blockage expands and damages the sewer pipe. The result is waste material caught in the lines and backing up into your home.

Dirty Water

You may have noticed your sink or toilet is backing up or bubbling dirty water. A serious blockage or recent flood is the probable cause. Be warned: Do not handle dirty sewage water without proper precautions. A professional plumber will examine the sewer line using a certified camera and snake.

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Schedule sewer line repair with Raymark Plumbing today. Give us a call at 206-440-9077 for prompt, quality plumbing repair!

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Top 3 Causes of Clogged Sewer Lines and How to Prevent Clogs From Returning

A clogged drain is a nuisance that every homeowner will face in their lifetime. While most begin as minor issues, a clog can quickly escalate into a significant problem. A clogged drain may lead to slow drainage, corrosion, flooding, and even sewage backup in extreme cases. Prevention is the key. We’ll go over some of the most common causes of clogged sewer lines and how to prevent the issue from recurring.


Whether from mud, grass or the garbage disposal, clogs can occur in the sewer line if too much debris is forced into the sewer line.

While mud and grass may be unavoidable, garbage disposals can be utilized properly to help prevent sewer line clogs. Ensure your family puts minimal food debris and grease down your garbage disposal for best results. Remaining food should be scraped into the trash, and only the leftover residue should be sent down the garbage disposal.

Foreign Objects

Whether by accident or due to carelessness, foreign objects find themselves lodge in the sewer line regularly. Homeowners often deal with children who like to send their toys down the spiraling water hole of a toilet.

If small objects are blocking your sewer line, a professional will be needed to remove the blockage. You cannot simply dissolve a toy as easily as mud or grease.

Tree Roots

Lastly, we have tree roots. You cannot prevent a tree from growing, but you can use pipe materials that are impervious to tree root growth.

Clearing roots from a sewer line is challenging and typically require rooter service, pressure jet cleaning, or trenchless sewer repair. Speak with your professional plumber of choice.

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If you would like to schedule drain clearing services or trenchless sewer repair in the Seattle area, contact Raymark Plumbing by calling 206-440-9077 . Our technicians have seen it all and repaired it all!

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3 Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Replacement

If you have ever personally witnessed someone’s yard being torn up to replace the sewer lines, or even endured the mess yourself, then you know just how costly and troublesome sewer repair can truly be. These days, more professionals are opting for trenchless sewer repair and replacement options. This particular method is innovative, often cleaner, and far more efficient.


Most homes and businesses have a sewer line running directly underneath their landscaping. Digging up the lawn to replace the sewer line can cost thousands of dollars. Trenchless sewer repair requires just one or two small holes to reach the line, typically at the entrance and exit of the pipe. This method effectively reduces the damage to your landscaping, and can provide an easier, less intrusive repair.

Can Potentially Reduce Costs

Speaking of money, you likely want to save money on your plumbing repairs and replacements, right? Trenchless sewer repair can be a cost effective option to replace and repair sewer lines. While often more expensive upfront, the reduction of time spent on the job, fewer materials being used, and fewer repairs to other aspects of your home like landscaping and concrete means more efficient pricing overall.


Lastly, the level of quality offered by trenchless sewer repair is unparalleled. Trenchless replacements typically use seamless Polyethylene pipe or cure-in-place liners, both of which are higher-quality materials. This innovative technology allows plumbers to prevent tree root invasions, cracks, and off-set pipes with ease. Furthermore, the material does not corrode or rust due to moisture in the ground, unlike other common piping materials.

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When it comes to sewer line replacement, trenchless sewer repair and replacement is the only method homeowners can trust to reduce damage. If you’re in the Seattle area, contact Raymark Plumbing for trenchless sewer services today by calling 206-440-9077 .

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