Your home’s plumbing system is like the arteries and veins in your body – you want to keep them as clear as possible so they can do their job of moving fluids efficiently. Over time, however, the soaps, creams, oils, and everything else that we send down the drain can build up and cause sink clogs.
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Most people realize that when the water drains slowly (or not at all), there’s a problem. The smell of sewer gas is also an important indication that there is a problem and your clogged drains are in need of a professional drain cleaning service.
Usually, the location of the slow drain indicates the approximate location of the clog – for example, if the top floor drains are clogged, and the ground floor drains are fine, then the problem is somewhere in the plumbing in between. If the water backs up in a laundry tub, it can be a bit more complicated, because the problem could be between the tub and the floor drain or between the city sewer and your home. It is why a basement bathroom is so likely to have a drain backup.
Unfortunately, we don’t always get a warning before the problem occurs. The exception is occasionally in the basement floor drain – sometimes you can see a stain or a water mark around it or near it that may indicate that there has been a small plumbing issue that can turn into a more significant plumbing emergency if left unattended.
Some of the minor clogged drain situations can be handled on your own if you’d like- but big clogs and emergency services in Ottawa are best left to the drain experts that can inspect the plumbing issues, make suggestions for immediate repair, and leave behind a clean space and quality work, that is fully insured.
While a complete drain blockage or sewage backup is an easy indicator that it’s time to call for emergency plumbing service, there are warning signs to pay attention to that will tell you it’s time to clean your pipes before it becomes an emergency.
When your kitchen sink drain is taking longer than usual to empty, and you are suddenly dealing with a large number of fruit flies in your home it is because the food and debris buildup is slowing water down and giving the flies plenty to feast on.
If you are smelling strange odours or hearing unusual noises, the water in your pipes is trying to get through however it can, no matter how small the space. These noises can come from sink drains as well as your toilet. Strange odours can be sewage or debris buildup in your pipes that has begun to decompose.
Just because it isn’t an emergency doesn’t mean it can be ignored. Indications of a drain problem mean you should act now to avoid having to call an emergency plumber.
If the clog is in the plumbing that leaves you home and connects to the city sewers, your plumber technicians will need to go to what is called the “main cleanout” for your home. The main cleanout is where wastewater leaves your home. Usually (about 90% of the time) the main cleanout is located near the main shutoff valve for the incoming water supply for your home and the water meter.
Minor problems can become larger problems if they are not caught in time. For example, multiple clog points can develop and create long clogs – we’ve seen drain clogs up to 4 feet long. That’s why we recommend doing what you can to prevent plumbing problems like clogs before they become serious.
These factors can help make clogs more likely to happen.
We’re seeing drain clog issues more and more these days for a number of reasons:
When our professional plumber arrives for emergency services they have a fully stocked truck with all the tools to get your pipes to drain properly. Some tools you may already have already seen before, or are a part of your toolbox. We’ll get the job done!
BioOne is a friendly bacterial treatment designed to digest any residue building up in your pipes over time. It won’t corrode pipes (even plastic ones) and is even kind to the environment. A capful or two per month will help prevent clogging. You can learn more about BioOne here!
Toilet clogs are usually caused by flushing inappropriate items. These include:
Being careful with what gets flushed can save you a lot of stress.