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Ask any homeowner and you are pretty much guaranteed to discover that the very last thing a homeowner ever wants to deal with is a sewer line and a drain backup. Ironically enough, no one wants to deal with a sewer line backup, but such an issue is often easily prevented with a few simple steps. In fact, dealing with limiting one’s potential for a sewer line backup is often a do it yourself issue, and you can save yourself both money and time while avoiding the act of having to call in one of the plumbers in Ottawa. Below we examine a few of the measures you can take to ensure that a sewer backup doesn’t happen.

 Seven Common Indicators of Blogs and Sewer Drain Clogs

  1. You note the overwhelming and rather undesirable sewage odor. You also note that the drains in the household are not working properly and have slowed considerably when you attempt to drain your sinks and tub.  
  2.  When you notice several of your in-home fixture are not working properly and are draining slowly or not at all. Alternatively, when you notice your toilet is running or leaking constantly. In fact, keeping a close eye on your toilet can be one of the first indications something is amiss since the fixture is connected to the sewer line directly. Your bathtub and sinks may start to slow when they drain or may not drain at all.
  3. Your in home fixtures start doing things that are not normal. For example, if you suddenly drain the bathtub and hear the toilet bubbling or vice versa, there is likely an issue with a clog in your sewer drain.
  4. A clog in the sewer line leads to trapped air. The air that is trapped with bubble up in the house, most likely in the toilet or tub. If you note bubbles when you attempt to drain a tub or you see the toilet water bubbling or rising water, there is likely a clog in the sewer drainpipe that needs to be cleared.
  5. If when you check a drain clean out you see a blockage you can instantly confirm a clog being caused from a backed up sewer when you see the water coming out of the drain.
  6. If you happen to flush the toilet and you suddenly note the back up of sewage in a driveway, patio, basement, or alternative low-lying drain, you have a clog.
  7. If you see soapy water come up from the toilet drain or bathtub when the washer is running, it is indicative of a clog.

All of the above issues are a hint that something is amiss with your sewage line and call for immediate investigation into the issue. It is imperative that you remedy an existing issue as soon as possible: Doing so can save you time, money, and extra inconvenience. When you use the washroom and then flush the toilet, the last thing you want is to see anything overflow onto the floor. It won’t be fun mopping up the water and cleaning up the mess. Backups can be as minor as a slow drain and as major as an overflowing toilet. It’s not something you can put on the backburner since what might start off as a small problem will soon become a major one. That’s why you must know these 4 signs of possible sewer backups.

Watch Out for These 4 Sewer Backup Problems

1. Clogged Up Drains

It’s not uncommon for a drain to get clogged up due to an accumulation of things like grease, hair, toilet paper, and other things. While such a problem can be stressful, it can usually be remedied by unclogging it with a plunger. You will, however, have a serious problem on your hands if there are multiple drains clogged simultaneously. This can be a sign that you have a major problem on your hands. You should take particular notice if the clogged drains are not ones you don’t use that often, such as mudroom sinks and guest bathroom showers.

2. Water Backs Up in Other Drains

If you use your plumbing and find that water backs up in other drains in your home, take note! This is a tell-tale sign that you have a serious sewer backup issue and that you’re on the verge of a plumbing disaster. Unless the issue is nipped in the bud, you could face costly repairs.

3. Bubbling

Have you ever heard a bubbling sound after flushing the toilet? Don’t ignore it if you do. When water tries to get past a clog in a drain, air can get trapped, and this can cause bubbling. Bubbling can occur when you flush a toilet or when water is going down a sink drain.

4. Toilet No Longer Flushes Properly

If you push the flusher handle and the toilet does not flush properly, you’ve got a problem. You’ve got an even bigger problem if plunging does not resolve the issue. This might be a sign of sewer problems that require a service call from a professional plumber.

Drain Clogs – What You Should Know

Whether a minor problem or a huge issue, a clogged drain can be a real pain in the neck and, if bad enough, the. The costs of potential repairs are hard to determine if you do not know the cause of a clog or if all traditional methods of clog repair fail. How much you must pay to fix any kind of clog is highly dependent on several different factors. A drain clogs Ottawa professional can help you assess the issue and give you a price quote.

Clog Severity

Let’s face it, some clogs are a real hassle to clear. A drain clog Ottawa plumbing pro will immediately tell you the longer and more difficult it is to remove a clog, the more the task will cost. The charge for a drain clogs Ottawa pro is based on hourly rates, so let’s hope when you do get a clog it is one that can be dealt with quickly.

How Many Clogs Do You Have?

More than one clog – that means more time dealing with the issue, and, well, it means more cost. A good indicator that there is one than one clog present in the system is if water pours onto the floor of the bathroom while you are doing a load of laundry. This might suggest a clog inside the main line. If you’ve got several drains to fix and a clogged main line, the repair price increases.

Parts Removal?

If you must have the toilet drained and unbolted from the floor, of if the plumber must go under the sink and start taking pipes apart, get ready to open your a wee bit wider. These measures are indicative of clogs that are far more difficult to deal with or get to with the basic means of clog repair.

Causes and Prevention

When pipes corrode, it can lead to clogs since the cracking pipes can snag on tissues and fibrous foods. As the snagged food increases, a clog forms. If your water level has a low/high PH level it can contribute to the corrosion of your pipework. The presence of bacteria, suspended solids, sulfates, and salts are also indicative of a potential corrosion of the pipes. When pipes corrode they require repair as soon as possible and, of course, this is more costly than a simple clog repair.

You can prevent many clogs by not putting food waste down the drain. Fats and grease should not go down the drain at any time, and a regular check of your pipework is something and Ottawa professional can do for you.

Maintaining Drains

If you use baking soda and hot water flushes through the drain on a regular basis it can help keep the drain free of debris and odors. It can also prevent and keep your repair costs to a minimum. A bit of prevention can save hundreds in future repairs. If you unsure of what to do yourself, we highly recommend that you call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.

Fast Cheap Remedies for a Clogged Drain

If you find yourself dealing with a clogged toilet, tub, shower, or sink, do not despair. Clogs are relatively easy to repair in many instances. There are a few things you can try before calling in the professionals to do it for you. With a few small measures, you can perhaps save yourself a bit of money in doing so. If the issue is the bathroom toilet, the drain might easily clog.

If the problem is the tub or shower, the drain might very well be clogged with soap residue or small leftover slivers of soap and hair. If the drain issue is in the kitchen, the most common causes for such a clog is soap grease, or other food matter being caught in the drain pipe. All of these issues are fixable. Check out some of these simple fix it tips to get started.

Solution #1: Plunger

Plungers can help you create the right level of pressure to clear a clog in the bathroom or kitchen. Of course, the most common place a person would use a plunger is in the bathroom toilet, but it can make a quick clog-clearing endeavor in your kitchen sink or bathtub too. If the plunger is going to work at all there has to be water in the sink or tub. Usually with a clog, having water is not an issue: If you are dealing with a toilet or small sink, you need to have the bowl or basin(s) half full with water.

If you are working on the tub, five inches of water should be sufficient. You have to take up the plunger and put it over the drain and force the plunger downer repeatedly for a period of about 60 seconds. If you see the water flow out of whatever you are plunging, you have succeeded in clearing the clog. If the clog only starts to drain a little bit, you will need to plunge the sink, tub, or toilet again to clear it of the clog. Once you finish with the plunger, clean it and sanitize it.

Solution #2: Trap Clean Out

If there is a clog at the kitchen or bathroom sink, one of the easiest methods for clearing it is to access the trap. Beneath the kitchen sink, you can see the trap instantly: It is the pipe that is U-Shaped that connects the drain to the rest of the drainpipe: This is a common location for undesirable clogs. You will require an empty pail to capture and water that might come out when you do remove the trap.

Slide the bucket under the trap before its removal. At the u bend in the pipe, there may be a clean out plug – check to see if this is true of your system. If you find a plug, unplug it and allow whatever is in the trap to drain out into the bucket. You can use a cut, reshaped wire hanger to make an effort in clearing existing clogs if you have no plunger.

Solution #3: Hit Up The Drain Auger

In the event that you have plunged the sink and you have found no trap underneath the sink, the next step is to make use of a snake. The snake is available at just about any department store and runs about $15 in terms of cost. First, remove the tub screen, sink stopper, or the hair trap. Once you have cleared the drain opening, insert the snake into whatever clogged drain you are working – the unit will move in a clockwise position when it is freeing the clog.

Once you reach the u-bend in the pipe, continue to push past it until you can go no further. When the snaking process works, you can feel the clog give way. Make no effort to break up whatever material is clogging the pipes. Just remove the snake unit slowly as you drag the clog out of your pipes. Continue this process until you clear the clog completely. Long snakes are available for clogs that run deeper into the pipes as well.

Solution #4: Use Boiling Hot Water

If something causing the clog is soluble, then that thing is readily susceptible to heat. Boil up a pot full of water and pour it down the drain. Please note, this is only recommended if you have pipes made of metal. Put just a few cups of the super hot water in the drain: It will help the grease, fats, and oils that might be clogging the drain to dissolve more readily.

Prevention Is The Best Solution

Want to not have to deal with clogs? Then take some extra measures to prevent them. Every so often, pour baking soda and vinegar down the sink drain to keep build up from occurring. Pour any leftover waste soda down the drain to allow the phosphoric acid to work out any materials that might lead to clogs as well. After taking the following measures, if the issue remains, it is time to get a hold of a qualified plumber in your area.

If you are unsure about what to do next or these solutions are just not working for you, call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Ottawa. They will be able to help resolve the issues that you cannot resolve yourself.

Sewer Backup in Ottawa? Call Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services

When you experience sewer problems, call plumber Ottawa –  Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services right away. We use cutting-edge video diagnostics to get to the root of the problem. This means there’s no guesswork that wastes your time and costs you more money. You’ll also face minimal disruption since our trenchless sewer repair process will fix the issue but won’t damage your lawn.

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777 for a free upfront estimate! 

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