Did you know that it's common to have clogged drains? Calgary homeowners probably know this common nuisance within their indoor plumbing system. Drain clogs are created by the effects of age and items you flush down your plumbing fixtures. Everything leaves traces behind. Over time, that muck from the past will grow to cause problems in the present.

Dealing with drain issues is something that only some people are prepared for. You might only know what to do when you have one if you've dealt with them before. You could clear your drainage yourself if you have all the necessary tools and experience. Professional hydro jetting services are another excellent option to eliminate that irritating, unsanitary, clogged drain. Calgary residents, however, have busy lives and may not have the time or inclination to deal with every nasty surprise that comes down the pipe.

Your local plumbing experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary have licensed plumbers with years of practical industry experience. They are not only capable of clearing your clogged drain. Calgary plumbers on our team will also provide expert insight into what caused your drainage issue and how to prevent it from returning. If you've noticed any signs of blocked drain lines, your local, friendly plumbers can help. To schedule an inspection service, contact us today to speak with our customer service team!

How Mr. Rooter Plumbing Deals With a Clogged Drain, Calgary-Style:

Hydro jetting or drain cleaning services from a professional plumber in Calgary will help you evaluate your drainage lines and determine what's causing problems. Our experts will bust all blockages and even leave you with lasting protection from future drain pipe problems.

The advanced tools and techniques that Calgary plumbers use are superior to drain snakes and other standard tools. Their years of experience solving plumbing problems in Calgary support specialized equipment and knowledge. The difference between professional services and basic cleaning solutions is always evident in the results.

Thorough Plumbing Inspection

Calgary plumbers start most services with this step. Inspecting your entire drain system is essential for determining what caused any issues, evaluating your sewage system's status, and preventing further damage. Specialized, flexible video cameras and many other plumbing inspection options are often used for video inspections.

Specialized Tools And Techniques

Even the basic equipment available in the plumbing industry exceeds what most people can purchase and use—in terms of both power and efficacy. Powered drain augers, taze plungers, plumbing snakes, and other equipment are all potential options for dealing with stubborn clogs in sewage systems, anywhere from slow bathroom drains to floor drain backups to your main drainage pipe.

HydroScrub® Jetting

Hydro jetting technology uses hoses that blast high-pressure water in two directions as they move through pipes. Combined with a professional drain cleaner, it destroys blockages and even cuts away debris. Cleaning tree roots has never been easier. The restorative results are superior to what most other methods of Calgary drain cleaning service can provide. Whether you need hydro jetting for drain or sewer cleaning, trust our HydroScrub® Jetting technology.

Why Choose Mr. Rooter Plumbing For Calgary Clogged Drain Services?

Whether you have tough clogs, sewer backups, or any other tough obstructions disrupting water flow, our team of professionals can help. Our range of services includes all the best solutions for clogs and every other plumbing problem, from leaky faucets to major plumbing repairs.

Our Done Right Guarantee® backs our services and parts, and our expert plumbers always provide a safe, worry-free plumbing experience. As a locally owned plumbing service provider, we deliver solutions created specifically for Calgary based on our many years of experience as local plumbing specialists.

24/7 Emergency Plumbing Service

Our emergency plumbers have seen plumbing disasters at the most inconvenient times and understand the sense of urgency required to tackle sewer clogs and floor drain floods. Thus, our commitment to Calgary includes 24/7 availability for convenient appointments and emergency plumbing services. You can contact us any time of day or night and get quick, efficient service from emergency plumbers—even during holidays. If you're worried you can't afford emergency service, don't be. We always charge an upfront, flat rate with no overtime fees.

FAQs About Clogged Drain in Calgary

Want to know more about the service for a clogged drain, Calgary? Or you may have questions about our other expert plumbing services. Call us to speak with our knowledgeable customer service staff and get all your questions answered quickly and easily, or check out our answers to common questions below.

What Are the Warning Signs of a Clogged Drain in Calgary?

There are many signs that your pipes are slowly becoming more blocked. Of course, if you've flushed something you shouldn't have and nothing else will go down, that's a bad sign. Everyone should know about several additional common issues, but they're only sometimes so obvious. If you know the problems that indicate a blockage, you can call your local Calgary plumber to solve it before it becomes a much worse issue.

  • Water takes (what seems like) forever to move out of a slow drain in fixtures such as sinks, bathtubs and showers, or it doesn't move and sits there.
  • Wastewater backs up into low-lying fixtures such as showers and toilets.
  • Nasty, unpleasant odours from your pipes smell like sewage, mildew or rotting food, or those foul odours are noticeable in your basement or outside your house.
  • You can hear strange sounds coming from your pipes, like gurgling, bubbling, grinding, creaking and groaning.
  • When you use one fixture, another reacts—for example, when you run water in the bathroom sink, the toilet bubbles and gurgles.
  • Sink flies or gnats are buzzing around your fixture.
  • You notice mysterious puddles of water forming on the floor near plumbing fixtures or water-related appliances such as a dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Hot water tank leaking at drain valve due to clogs triggered by calcium deposits and corrosion. This leads to water heating issues and other problems.

What’s the Right Way to Plunge a Clogged Drain in Calgary?

Homeowners dealing with a standard, run-of-the-mill soft blockage clog can likely handle it on their own with a plunger and some elbow grease. The first thing you need to do is ensure you have the correct type of plunger on hand. If you're plunging a flat drain like in a shower, bathtub or sink, you need a cup-shaped plunger. If the fixture is a toilet, you need a bell or ball-shaped plunger with a tapered bottom to seal a toilet drain. Once you've got the appropriate plunger, here are the steps to follow:

  1. It's a good idea to put some old newspaper or rags around the fixture and change into clothing that you don't mind getting dirty—the truth is, there could be some splashing during the process.

  2. If plunging one side of a double sink, plug up the other drain hole with a rag. If it's a sink or bathtub with an overflow, plug up the overflow hole.

  3. Add enough to cover the drain if standing water still needs to be added to the fixture.

  4. Place the plunger over the hole and slowly push down slowly to form a seal with the suction.

  5. Start plunging by pushing down and then pulling up sharply. Don't give up if it doesn't work immediately—sometimes, it can take quite a bit of plunging to work a soft blockage loose. Rinse with hot tap water in between each attempt.

  6. Congratulations if the clog comes out and the water starts moving out of the fixture. That was easy. But if you plunge and plunge and nothing happens, you should consider getting professional assistance for your clogged drain. Calgary plumbing experts are standing by!

What's the Difference Between Hard and Soft Clogs?

There are two categories of clogs: those caused by hard blockage and those caused by soft blockage. Hard blockage refers to larger debris entering systems and getting stuck inside, like sanitary products, large rocks, a child's toy, or even a cell phone. Soft blockage refers to those materials that build blockage over time. Examples include soap scum, minerals in Calgary's hard water, and other small debris like dirt and food scraps.

What Causes a Clogged Drain, Calgary?

It might be surprising to discover that clogged fixtures are inevitable in Calgary—unless you take advantage of annual preventative maintenance services from a local plumbing company. Everything you flush into your system builds up over time. The list of things that cause clogs is long, but there's a wide range of additional materials and foreign objects that frequently create sink blockage and other drainage issues in Calgary, such as:

  • Fats, oils, grease
  • Hair
  • Paper towels, tissues, excessive amounts of toilet paper and wet wipes—even "flushable" wipes
  • Coffee grounds, egg shells and other food debris
  • Dental floss
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Cat litter
  • Tree roots
  • Dirt, gravel and other outdoor debris
  • Shifting earth underneath pipes
  • Sewer backups
  • Dish soap scum
  • Other unaddressed plumbing issues

Figuring out what caused your problem can be challenging. Even if you manage to clear a clogged toilet paper jam or deal with other backups, that doesn't mean they won't come back. Clogs are often a sign of something else. Fixing the underlying issue is just as important as fixing the present problem if you want to avoid plumbing worries in the future.

How Often Should You Get Professional Drainage Services in Calgary?

You can prevent food particles and other materials from creating a plumbing emergency with annual drain maintenance, drain repair and regular cleaning services for your kitchen sink drains, shower drains, laundry drain lines, tub drain, and all others. An appointment at least once yearly will protect you from future disasters by helping you identify potential problems before they become serious.

Why Do I Have Another Calgary Clogged Drain When I Thought I Fixed It?

Some signs of a bad drain blockage indicate serious sewer problems rather than just a clogged drain, Calgary. Clogged toilets are just a messy, annoying part of life when they happen now and then, but if you're dealing with clogs every other day, that's a bad sign. Standing water in your tub or shower might be caused by a clump of hair, but it might also be a sign that you need a sewer line cleaning service. A professional inspection will eliminate any doubt.

Unaddressed sewer issues can result in catastrophic failure, severe water damage, and even personal injury from sewage backups and flooding. If your main drain is damaged or obstructed, several additional signs might appear alongside the common warning signs. Here are some indications that a serious problem is coming down the pipe:

  • Raw sewage backups
  • Multiple issues occurring across different rooms at the same time
  • Frequent, reoccurring clogs
  • Foul smells—worse than any other bad odours
  • Bright-green patches of grass
  • Isolated flooding and sinkholes in lawns
  • Cracks in your foundation

In the event of a sewer backup where the underground pipe walls are in decent condition, a simple sewer drain cleaning service will solve the problem. We'll map out a trenchless repair method if we discover any pipe damage.

How Do You Prevent Clogged Drains, Calgary?

Our biggest recommendation is to schedule regular drain cleaning services to prevent build-up. Always avoid flushing fats, oils, and grease in your kitchen sink, as they're particularly problematic materials. You can also brush your hair before showering to prevent any issues from hair clumps. Installing strainers, drain screens, and drain stoppers will also help keep troublesome debris outside of pipes.

As an extra step, you can regularly flush out your waste lines with boiling water, a cup of baking soda, and white vinegar. Be careful using hot water with ceramic fixtures, though — the sudden temperature change might cause cracks.

Can I Use Chemical Drain Cleaner to Clear a Calgary Clogged Drain?

Homeowners may find it's the easiest way, but many store-bought chemical cleaners can cause severe damage to your drain line or fixtures like corrosion. Liquid drain cleaners can also cause illness or injury if they're misused. For those reasons, most professional plumbers suggest avoiding harsh chemical solutions.

Is It a Plumbing Emergency If I Have a Calgary Clogged Drain?

It certainly can be. You need full access to all your plumbing fixtures, from sinks and showers to toilets and even a floor drain. If one of them—or worse, multiple fixtures—is out of commission, it can make your life very inconvenient and possibly even make your home unsafe or unsanitary. If you can avoid using the affected fixture, it may not seem like an outright emergency—but it's still irritating and needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later before the damage spreads.

On the bright side, you don't have to cope alone with drain emergencies such as a nasty clogged drain. Calgary residents and business owners can count on the plumbing and drain cleaning professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing for reliable plumbing services, such as emergency repair, around the clock. We have significant experience clearing blocked drains and can resolve your problem efficiently.

Looking for Effective Ways to Eliminate Clogged Drains in Calgary? Mr. Rooter Plumbing Has You Covered.

The commercial and residential drain cleaning specialists at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary can help. Our quality plumbing services will leave you satisfied and restore your peace of mind. We serve people in Glamorgan, Haysboro, Acadia, and throughout Calgary and take pride in delivering the highest standards of quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. We always go the extra mile to ensure your safety and satisfaction.

For immediate assistance or a convenient appointment, call today to speak with our knowledgeable customer service staff about how we can help to improve your plumbing quality.

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