Ottawa Drain Cleaning and Clog Removal Services
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 that need repair.
When your home needs drain cleaning service, call on the plumbing professionals at Out of This World Plumbing. Our plumbers are available for all kinds of drain cleaning and drain clog removal services. Your plumbing emergency is our priority!
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If this is an emergency, call us 7 days a week at: (613) 519-1342.
Why Choose Out of This World?
Drain Cleaning Starts With Locating the Drain Clog
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.
How to Prevent A Clogged Drain
Most blocked drains are preventable and build slowly over time. Follow these guidelines and you’ll get the best possible use out of your home’s plumbing:
- Avoid putting any oils down the drain after cooking. This includes liquid oils like olive or corn oil, as well as fats that are solid at room temperatures like butter or bacon grease.
- Wipe dishes down over your compost or garbage bin before washing. This will prevent small scraps and food residue from going down the drain and possibly contributing to buildup that can become a clog.
- Use a hair trap to unclog your shower or bathtub. It’s not just for people with long hair – any hair can become trapped and provide a foothold for soap scum and other residues to start building up. Some people mistakenly think that hair traps cause slow drains because they reduce the opening for water to flow through, and do their job of catching hair. To maximize water flow with a hair trap, simply clean it out after every bath or shower, and keep in mind that hair traps will prevent a lot of headaches in the future.
- Don’t install a garburator. They encourage the disposal of food scraps in the drain and can encourage clogs.
Toilet clogs are usually caused by flushing inappropriate items. These include:
- “Flushable” Wipes. Personal and baby wipes are flushable in a perfect world, but if your pipes are older, on a less than ideal gradient, or less than perfectly installed, they can cause problems. This is because they can take a long time to break down – we’ve found wipes that are months or even years old in pipes.
- Feminine hygiene products. These are our #1 cause of toilet clogs.
- Thick toilet paper. Toilet paper is usually designed to disintegrate on contact with water, but some “luxury” brands take longer to fall apart, or don’t fall apart all. Try to avoid these brands.
- Facial tissues. These are designed for runny noses, not flushing.
- Paper towels. These never belong in the toilet.
- Flushable cat litter. While we haven’t seen a lot of problems with flushable cat litter made from corn husks or sawdust, we don’t recommend it because it can increase the amount of debris going down the drain. Less is better!
Being careful with what gets flushed can save you a lot of stress.
These factors can help make clogs more likely to happen.
- Older pipes are more prone to clogs. For a number of reasons older pipes are more likely to clog. The interior surface of the pipe can corrode and become less smooth.
- In rural areas drain clogs are more likely to happen. Naturally occurring minerals in hard water, usually calcium, can coat the inner walls of pipes, reducing their diameter and creating edges and pits that can trap debris. A water softening system can help prevent this.
We’re seeing drain clog issues more and more these days for a number of reasons:
- Less natural bacteria is going down the drain. That’s right – some bacteria are good for your plumbing because they feed on the organic residue in your pipes, thereby reducing it. These days, the use of antibacterial hand soaps and gels, plus the reduction of natural bacteria in our food, is allowing more residue to build up.
- We’re using more grooming products. We have a great variety of personal care products these days, from face creams to hair treatments. Unfortunately anything thicker than water can contribute to a clog, so try to use it as sparingly as possible, and don’t dispose of the excess down the drain.
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!
- Drain Snake: The opposite of a plunger, the drain snake is typically a long coiled wire that is pushed into clogged drains and when you crank the handle, it pushes it more and more into the clog to get a good “grip” before pulling the blockage out of the drain.
- Drain Inspection Camera: When your sewer line connecting to your home is what is suspected to be the source of the clog, your technician will use a drain camera to confirm. It is a video camera on the end of a strong cable that is inserted to see what is causing the issue, such as foreign objects, debris, and even tree roots.
- Toilet Augers: These work similarly to drain snakes, but has modifications such as a longer handle and a rubber sleeve to protect your toilet bowl from scratches- a common issue when a drain snake is used on a toilet.
- BioOne Drain Cleaning product: Your drains need good bacteria to help break down what is washed down the drain. Strong chemical drain cleaning products kill & dissolve everything (Sometimes even eating your cast iron pipes)- a more ecologically responsible option is suggested to keep your plumbing system as healthy as possible.
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.
Signs You Need Drain Cleaning
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.
Drain Cleaning at the Main Drain for Your Home
If the clog is in the plumbing that leaves your 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.