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Clogged Toilet? Here’s What to Do

A clogged toilet can be quite severe without the proper help!It happens to the best of us. It is still a nightmare. You’re in the bathroom, you attempt to flush the toilet, but nothing happens. It is an embarrassing and stressful situation. No matter how many times you hit the toilet flush handle, nothing is happening. With a bit of practice and a plunger to tackle the job, you’ll be handling your own clogged toilet in no time. Or, if things get truly messy and the clog just wants to stick in place, you can call a professional plumber to tackle the situation.

Plunging a Clogged Toilet

First, the ideal method to remove a clog from your toilet is the manual way. Pull out your trusty plunger and prepare yourself for a bit of upper-arm work.

  • Start by running your plunger under hot water to soften the material, which helps form a tight seal around the drain.
  • Then, carefully submerge the plunger into the toilet without using too much force.
  • Form a tight seal between the plunger and the drain.
  • Plunge slowly and carefully.
  • Put equal weight in both the up and down motions of the plunging action.
  • The force of the motion will cause the clog to break down, thereby allowing you to flush it away.

DIY Method

One DIY drain cleaning method that has been known to help a clogged toilet is the soap and water method. First, squeeze a bit of hand soap or dish detergent into the toilet bowl. Then, pour hot water into the bowl. You will need a bucket or bowl to hold the hot water. The force of the water is often enough to handle the clog. Either way, let it sit for a few minutes. The soap helps to break apart any fat deposits in the clog, which helps move things along.

Professional Drain Cleaning

Your other alternative, one many homeowners will select, will be to call for professional drain cleaning services. Often, professional services are the only surefire method to handle a severe or recurring clog.

Whether you’re scheduling routine drain cleaning as a form of maintenance or because you have a significant clog, professional service should make all the difference.

  • Reduced Blockages – Expert service will cut down on future blockages by ensuring a completely clean drainage system and pipes.
  • Reduced Odors – A severe clog can produce terrible odors, including sewage smells, that are unwelcome in your household. Professional service helps to reduce such odors by flushing the system completely.
  • Reduced Expenses – Maintenance is always less expensive than significant repairs. By scheduling drain cleaning service now, you reduce the risk of future clogs or costly repairs to the drainage system.

For decades, Raymark Plumbing has been the number one choice for drain cleaning services in the Seattle area. Since 1977, we have helped homeowners like yourself overcome significant clogs and recurring drainage issues to keep a healthy plumbing system year-round. Today, we would like to help you handle your clogged toilet. Give us a call at 206-440-9077  for service that makes a difference.

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5 Ways That Water Can Ruin Your Day in Seattle

An image of an overflowing toilet.There’s no doubt that water is both a friend and a foe. One minute we’re trying to conserve water in Seattle with low-flow plumbing fixtures, the next minute we’re trying to banish water as quickly as possible from an area where it doesn’t belong. Today, we’re exploring five ways that water can totally ruin your day, but don’t worry, our Seattle plumbers are here to help you with any of these problems.

5 Ways That Water Can Ruin Your Day

A Flooded Basement – That moment you climb down the basement stairs and see four inches of standing water is a moment you’ll never forget.  What seems like a bout of harmless rain, can become a disaster in your basement in a matter of hours.  Test your sump pump occasionally by dumping a bucket of water into the pit, and if you find it’s not working up to par, call Raymark Plumbing before the next big rain!

A Burst Washing Machine Hose – Have you checked your washing machine hose for wear lately? If you haven’t, we recommend that you do because a burst hose can soak everything surrounding your washer very quickly, causing costly water damages.

Frozen Plumbing Pipes – When water turns to ice, it can do a whole different kind of destruction. Don’t try to thaw your plumbing pipes yourself (a lot of people set their homes on fire trying); just call your local plumber for assistance.

An Overflowing Toilet – Sometimes a plunger is no match for a toilet clog that causes your toilet to overflow all over your bathroom floor. Whether you need drain cleaning or a whole new toilet, we’re here to help!

Bubbles & Blisters in Wallpaper – If you notice odd bubbles, blisters, or cracks in your wallpaper or paint, you could have a water leak in a plumbing pipe. Call us for leak detection service, and we’ll find and fix the problem.

As frustrating as all of these water problems are, they aren’t anything that can’t be resolved quickly and effectively by one of our expert plumbers in Seattle. The next time you run into one of these watery issues, don’t let it ruin your day—just call Raymark Plumbing right away!

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Tips for Choosing the Best Toilet for Your Plumbing

Plumbing RemodelingSo, you need a new toilet. You want to get the best one: one that meets your needs, is comfortable, and fits your bathroom’s size.

Raymark Plumbing decided to make this list of concerns and solutions for customers looking for new toilets. That way, people know what they’re looking for before they actually start looking.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Am I interested in saving water? If the answer to this is yes, you should consider choosing a low flow toilet. These are energy and water efficient, so go with this style if that’s what you want. However, be warned, that this means they have higher chance of getting clogged. So, if you have a big household with a lot of toilet users, you may not want to choose this option.
  • How big is my bathroom? The size of the bathroom may determine what bowl size you choose to go with. Most hardware stores sell oval-shaped (which are a little longer) and round-shaped (which are often shorter).
  • Do I need or want a chair height toilet or a standard size toilet? A chair height toilet is obviously slightly higher than the standard, but it is ADA approved, which makes it much more user friendly for anyone in your home. The standard height may be what you choose, should you be the only user of the toilet and do not have difficulty sitting.
  • How do I want it mounted? Toilets come either as a wall-mounted piece, a standing one-piece, or a standing two-piece. The differences here are this: wall-mounted ones are pretty friendly for walkers and wheelchairs that need to maneuver around it; a one-piece is more expensive but is easier to clean; and a two-piece is the most common and least expensive toilet.

 

Whatever You Choose…

You don’t have to make all these decisions yourself or alone! Raymark Plumbing’s qualified techs can assess your bathroom’s situation and choose the best toilet for you and your home’s users. Call us now for a consultation: 206-440-9077 .

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What Shouldn’t I Flush Down My Toilet in Seattle?

Plumbing Problems Seattle, TXWhen people go through the trouble of a clogged toilet or sewer line, they start to think about how to prevent plumbing problems. At Raymark Plumbing and Sewer, we see the types of materials that wind up clogging toilets and causing other plumbing system issues. If you’re looking to help keep your plumbing system operating effectively and to avoid inconvenient breakdowns, take a mental note of these ten items that should never be flushed down your toilet in Seattle. 

10 Items That You Should Never Flush Down Your Seattle Toilet

  • Food – Our Seattle plumbers aren’t sure why food is in the bathroom to begin with, but we do know that it is the cause of many clogged toilets. Make sure that your little ones know that the toilet bowl is not the place for cheerios and sandwich crusts!
  • Cotton Balls – Many people don’t think twice about dropping these little white balls of fluff into the toilet bowl, but the truth is cotton balls can band together in your plumbing pipes and cause a major clog.
  • Paper Towels – These big, thick papers have no place in the toilet. They simply can’t break down quickly like toilet paper and are likely to cause a clog. Keep a wastepaper basket handy for easy disposal.
  • Feminine Hygiene Products – Of course the manufacturers would rather not tell the public that tampons should not be flushed. Because they are absorbent and take a while to break down, waste treatment facilities are forced to filter them out and deliver them to landfills.
  • Wipes – Both baby wipes and so-called “flushable” wipes should not be flushed down the toilet. These wipes can cause toilet and sewer line clogs and, like tampons, will eventually need to be filtered out and disposed of properly.
  • Diapers – We know they’re smelly and you want them gone ASAP, but they cause serious toilet clogs, and unless you want to add mopping up toilet water to your list of things to do, you should really just throw them in the trash.
  • Kitty Litter – Kitty litter is designed to clump, and there’s nothing stopping it from clumping up inside your plumbing pipes.
  • Medications – These may or may not clog your toilet, but they definitively cause other problems when flushed. Mainly, they are detrimental to Seattle water quality and can harm local wildlife.
  • Cigarette Butts – Unhealthy chemicals in cigarette butts seep out into the water supply.
  • Prophylactics – These are likely to clog your toilet and it can be embarrassing when they pop back up into your toilet bowl.

Help your environment, your city, and your home’s plumbing system by being careful about what you flush down your toilet. Teach your kids about what not to flush and keep a garbage can handy for all the unflushables! For help with toilet clogs, sewer line backups, and for other plumbing services in Seattle, give Raymark Plumbing a call!

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Plumbing Repairs Most Often Needed During Summertime in Seattle

 

Plumbing Repairs Seattle, TXWhile certain plumbing problems, like frozen pipes, are most likely to happen during the winter, other plumbing issues are more common during the summer months. Learn how to prevent some of the most common summer plumbing problems and know when it’s time to contact a Seattle plumber for assistance.

3 Common Summer Plumbing Problems

Broken or Clogged Garbage Disposals

You may be able to avoid needing a garbage disposal repair this summer by being careful what you put into your disposer. These popular summer foods often cause broken blades or clogs:

  • Celery, corn husks, and other fibrous vegetables
  • Grease and cooking oil
  • Watermelon, corn cobs, large bones, and other hard foods

Toilet Clogs

Clogged toilets tend to happen more over the summer months when children are home from school. Teach children about the appropriate amount of toilet paper to use and keep a waste basket in the bathroom for items like paper towels and wipes which should not be disposed of in the toilet.

Sewer Backups

Summer rains can leave an excessive amount of water behind, which can seep into small cracks in your sewer lines. When the lines are overwhelmed by this water, they are likely to back up into your home. Furthermore, tree roots often seek out sewer lines as a source of nutrition. Tiny roots creep into cracks in your sewer lines, then continue to grow and clog the lines. At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we do sewer line camera inspections in Seattle  to find the precise location of problems and then complete the sewer repairs as needed. If you notice any signs of sewer trouble, give our plumbers a call right away before the situation gets worse.

Our Seattle plumbing company is here to help you with these and any other plumbing problems that you experience this summer. Just give Raymark Plumbing & Sewer a call for fast, friendly, plumbing service!

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