Ever wondered if you should call your local West Seattle plumber for a water or plumbing issue in your home, or seek the help of a drain specialist instead? You’re not alone. You are probably one of the millions of people who do not know anything about drains and home plumbing.

Most homeowners often do not know the distinction between a plumber and a drainage specialist. So they readily call their plumber when they encounter any problem with their drains or plumbing. But depending on the nature of the problem you’re having in your home, you may need to call a Drainage Specialist (also known as a drain and sewer specialist) and not a plumber. 


So What’s the Difference Between Plumbers and Drainage Specialists?

First, you need to understand that dealing with plumbing and drain issues can be approached from two different angles. For issues relating to water going into your home through plumbing pipes and fixtures, the right professional to call is your local Seattle area plumber. So for water leaks in your bathroom, clogged sink, broken pipes, your toilet not flushing, bathroom remodeling, replacement or repair of bathroom cabinets, vanities, and other related issues, your best bet is to work with a plumber.

However, for wastewater leaving your building through drain pipes or your sewer line (most commonly found underneath and external to your home or office), you are better off consulting a drainage specialist. If, for instance, you notice that your sink or toilet is giving off a terrible odor and making a gurgling sound whenever you flush, you’re likely dealing with a clogged sewer line. In this case, you should call a drainage specialist. They will inspect the problem and use special equipment to unclog the drain and free up the flow of wastewater away from your property.  

The works of both plumbers and drain specialists are similar, but the focus of their work is completely different. 

Generally, plumbers deal with your home’s plumbing (the system that brings water into your home) while drain specialists deal with drainages (the system that directs wastewater away from your home). 

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What a Plumber Can Do For You

Here is some of the focus area of a typical plumber:

  • Maintain and service plumbing connections, damaged dishwashers, and broken plumbing pipes
  • If you notice a sudden drop in water pressure in your home, you might need to call your plumber. Although in some cases, the water company may need to intervene. 
  • Assist with the layout, assembly, and installation of pipe fixtures for water and air systems in a building.
  • Fixing issues associated with slow-moving drains and clogged sinks
  • Fixing water leaks in your plumbing pipes
  • Occasionally inspect plumbing systems to identify issues and recommend repairs
  • Ensure compliance with building local codes and safety standards
  • Bathroom remodeling. If you want to remodel your home and improve the look of your kitchen and bathroom, you need to work with a plumber and not a drain specialist. 


Plumbers in West Seattle Vs. NW Sewer & Drain

Inspection of Your Pipes and Drain System

Most residents and property owners within the area will call a plumber only when a problem has occurred, but many do not consult a plumber to inspect their drains and check for potential issues. But the best your plumber can do is to do a preliminary diagnosis of the issue, especially if it relates to your sewer line. To get a proper understanding of the issue in your sewer line, you will need to consult a drainage specialist.. 

NW Sewer & Drain is a frontline sewer and drains specialist, providing top-notch drain cleaning and sewer line repair services in the greater Seattle area. In addition to helping you effectively deal with drain issues, we provide thorough drain inspection services that allow us to identify the underlying issues in your drain system and proffer the best solutions. Our team has vast experience in carrying out drain and sewer line repairs, such as drain unblocking and sewer line replacement. NW Sewer and Drain  aims to prevent these issues from becoming too serious.



As plumbing materials get older, they get weaker, and cracks and chips begin to appear – all of which compromise the integrity of foundations and pipes. Bad connections to sewer pipes can affect your property, as well as that of others nearby. Preventative measures can be used to identify potential issues that could cause you trouble in the future. 


This is another area where the services of a drainage specialist become handy. Since your sewer lines are mostly buried underneath the ground, you will require the services of a drainage specialist to be able to monitor issues, diagnose problems arising, and proffer lasting solutions. West Seattle plumbers are unable to do this, as it is outside the focus of their plumbing work. Plumbers, in general, don’t usually work on sewer pipes and their connections.


But you can reach out to NW Sewer & Drain if you need help understanding and fixing any issue arising in your sewer line. NW Sewer & Drain uses state-of-the-art sewer line inspection equipment to identify areas of the connections that might cause problems, as well as pinpoint existing drain issues in the sewer lines. 

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Waste Removal

When it comes to the removal of wastewater from your home, unclogging of blocked drains, and general sewer line cleaning, you can only work with a drainage specialist and not a plumber. Generally, drain contractors are experts in waste removal and are capable of assisting you with emptying your septic tanks and cesspools. 

Depending on the scope of the project, NW Sewer can conduct a preliminary drain inspection service to identify any blockages. This also helps to inform the type of issue and type of equipment that will be deployed to fix the problem.


Why You Can Rely On NW Sewer & Drain

N.W. Sewer & Drain has been in the business of providing drain cleaning, installation, and repair services for more than 20 years. For every drain or sewer line-related problem, we have a well-trained and ready-to-move team on standby. 

Areas we cover include Seattle and surrounding cities, including Edmonds, Marysville, Everett, Arlington, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, Bellingham, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Renton, and Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Auburn, etc., and other surrounding areas. Have more questions about your drains and sewer connections, contact us today at 206-931-7728 to schedule an inspection of your drain pipes.



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