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Drain Cleaning Ottawa

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.

When your home needs drain cleaning in Ottawa, call on the Ottawa sewer and drain professionals at Out of This World Plumbing. We’re available for all kinds of Ottawa drain cleaning and drain clog removal services, including emergency ones!

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Our Drain Cleaning Services in Ottawa

We offer a full range of drain cleaning services in Ottawa and the surrounding area, including:

  • Kitchen Drain Cleaning
  • Bathroom Drain Cleaning
  • Commercial Drain Cleaning
  • Residential Drain Cleaning
  • Sewer Line Drain Cleaning
  • Routine Maintenance

Signs You Need Ottawa Drain Cleaning

While a complete drain blockage or sewage backup is an easy indicator that it’s time to call for emergency drain cleaning in Ottawa, there are warning signs to pay attention to that will tell you it’s time to clean your pipes before it becomes an emergency, including:

  • Your clog keeps returning no matter what you do to remove it
  • Your clog won’t move, even when you use your regular drain cleaning methods
  • You are experiencing a sewage backup
  • You aren’t comfortable cleaning your drains yourself or your DIY method has backfired

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. Definitely time to call for professional drain cleaning in Ottawa!

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 and call us for Ottawa drain cleaning, to avoid having to call an emergency plumber later.

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Signs You Need Sewer Cleaning in Ottawa

You may need sewer cleaning in Ottawa if:

  • You have sewage backing up into your home
  • You hear frequent gurgling or bubbling noises from your pipes
  • You have damp or overgrown places in your yard
  • Your sewer pipes haven’t been cleaned in a long time
  • You tend to put grease and oils down your sewer line

What Causes Clogged Drains in Ottawa?

These factors can help make clogs more likely to happen, making it more likely you’ll need to call in a professional for Ottawa drain cleaning services:

  • 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.

How We Locate Drain Clogs

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 Ottawa 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 are best left to Ottawa drain cleaning 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.

Drain Cleaning at the Main Drain

If the clog is in the plumbing that leaves your home and connects to the city sewers, your Ottawa drain cleaning technicians will need to go to what is called the “main cleanout” for your home and perform sewer cleaning. 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 and warrant professional sewer cleaning in Ottawa.

Types of Ottawa Drain Cleaning Tools

When your Ottawa drain cleaning expert 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.

Ottawa Drain Cleaning Pros

When you need drain cleaning in Ottawa or the surrounding area, reach out to the pros at Out of This World. We’ll get an Ottawa drain cleaning expert to your door quickly, locate the source of the drain clog and then get it cleared away in no time!

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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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use a hair trap to prevent clogs in 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.
  4. Don’t install a garburator. They encourage the disposal of food scraps in the drain and can encourage clogs.

How to Prevent Toilet Clogs?

Toilet clogs are usually caused by flushing inappropriate items. These include:

  1. “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.
  2. Feminine hygiene products. These are our #1 cause of toilet clogs.
  3. 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.
  4. Facial tissues. These are designed for runny noses, not flushing.
  5. Paper towels. These never belong in the toilet.
  6. 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.

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