You need to use your plumbing every single day — often dozens of times per day — and naturally, you want it to work perfectly every time. That is why it can be so frustrating, stressful, and sometimes downright scary to encounter a plumbing issue that you can’t resolve on your own. If neglected, those problems can blow up into huge headaches that cause thousands of dollars worth of water damage in a very short span of time.
Luckily, help is just a phone call away. Our team of experienced plumbers has the skill, training, and advanced plumbing equipment they need to provide any plumbing service you want, including drain repair. You can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing we are on the job and ready to get the water flowing again.
Types of Drains We Repair
There are several types of drains found throughout your North York home that we can repair with our residential plumbing service. They may require repairs for different reasons, but at the end of the day, the reasons that cause problems all lead to similar issues: clogs, leaks, cracks, and corrosion. The types of drains we repair inside and outside your home include:
- Kitchen drains: kitchen sinks, garbage disposals
- Bathroom drains: tubs, sinks, showers, toilets
- Basement & exterior drains: basement floor drains, sump pumps, weeping tile, water heaters
All of your underground drain lines meet and empty into the city’s main sewer line. That means that if you have a clogged toilet, sink, or shower or if the city has heavy rain, there’s a high chance you will experience a backup of wastewater in your home. Sewer and drain backups require immediate attention and will need emergency plumbing repairs. Pesky clogs and slow leaks do not. Whichever type of plumbing problem you experience, you can rest easy knowing our professional team will deal with it efficiently. What exactly can you expect when we arrive? Our process for drain repair goes as follows:
Inspection & Diagnosis
Have you ever wished you could see inside your pipes and find out exactly what is going on in there? That is actually possible with sewer drain video camera inspections. It involves using a small video camera with a bright LED light that is attached to a flexible cable and lowered into your pipe.
Your plumber maneuvers it through the pipe while it records video footage of everything it sees. Once it is retrieved from the pipe, your plumber can play back the footage and interpret it to discover the exact nature and location of the issue. We also have other advanced diagnostic tools, such as infrared cameras, acoustic listening equipment, and soil probes, so it’s always possible for us to find the cause of a problem during an appointment for drain repair.
When it comes to drain cleaning services, you can’t beat hydro jetting for efficiency and effectiveness. Hydro jetting machines use high-pressure jets of water to blast away clogs and built-up debris that are blocking the flow of water in your pipes. It scours the inside walls of your pipes clean as well, which means clog-causing substances can’t build up so fast in the future, and you won’t experience problems with blockages as often.
This particular type of drain cleaning service also extends the lifespan of your pipes, so you won’t need to worry about early pipe replacement. As an added bonus, this clean, no-mess drain repair technique pushes disgusting clogs through your pipes and into the city sanitary sewer where they belong instead of pulling them back up into your house to splash all over the room.
Homeowners such as yourself may encounter drainage issues due to cracks, holes, or corrosion in your drain line. If so, we’ll have spotted them during our sewer camera inspection. To repair your broken pipes or leaky pipes, our plumbing contractors will recommend one of a few types of plumbing solutions. In many cases, a trenchless method such as pipe relining is all that’s needed to get the water flowing swiftly down your drains again, but in some cases, pipe bursting and replacement are necessary if your existing pipe has extensive damage.
Why Mr. Rooter Plumbing is the Best Choice for Drain Repair in North York
Experiencing a problem with your plumbing system is stressful enough — you don’t need the added pressure of wondering if your plumber will be capable and trustworthy. When you call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of North York, you reach a team of licensed plumbing experts with training, experience, and a firm commitment to customer satisfaction.
You’ll have peace of mind knowing your professional plumber will communicate honestly with you and have the expertise and equipment needed to restore your plumbing system to perfect working order.
One of the worst parts of drain repair can be the nerve-wracking wait to find out what the final bill will be. We have eliminated that unnecessary stress by providing an honest, upfront estimate.
After we have had a chance to take a look at the issue with your system, we will explain our recommendations and give you an upfront price for the services you need. That way, you will know exactly what you’ll be paying before we begin the work. This also means there will never be an overtime charge added to your bill. If the service takes longer than we initially thought, we’ll never make you pay for it.
Guaranteed Workmanship & Parts
We only hire the best North York has to offer. We are confident that our experienced plumber will be able to get your repair job done right the first time, which is why we back them up with a guarantee on all workmanship and parts. You can rely on us to provide outstanding workmanship and high-quality parts, along with long-lasting, effective drain repair solutions.
Locally Owned & Operated
A locally owned and operated company makes a big difference when it comes to quality. Our plumbing experts work tirelessly to deliver professional service to North York locals, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure all needs are met. We have a high interest in building up our community, and that means that when hiring a local crew, you’re investing in your community too.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drain Repair
Have a question about drain repair and other residential plumbing repairs? Give us a call to chat with our friendly customer service staff and get all your questions answered quickly and easily.
You can also find our answers to some common drain repair questions below. We’re here to help you make an informed decision about the repair and maintenance of your plumbing system.
What Are the Typical Causes of Drain Issues?
The most common plumbing problem that requires drain repair is a stubborn clog, and the most likely cause of a clogged drain is people flushing fat, oil, and grease in their sinks. In fact, fat, oil, and grease are such a huge problem that plumbers gave them their own acronym: FOG.
While FOG may be liquid when you pour it down the drain, it coats the inside of your pipe and solidifies into a sticky mess that gradually grows and blocks pipes. FOG clogs make it harder for water and other debris to get by, and eventually, they cause a huge mess that requires repairs to restore the flow of water.
Other causes that result in drain repair include:
- Paper towels, “flushable” wipes — which are not actually flushable — tissues, newspaper, feminine hygiene products, and excessive toilet paper.
- Food scraps blocking the pipe, especially eggshells and coffee grounds.
- Small items that make their way into sewer lines accidentally, such as toys, bottle caps, razor blades, and even socks.
- Harsh storms, heavy construction nearby, and earth tremors can cause the soil to shift and damage buried sewer lines.
- The freeze and thaw cycle during winter causes groundwater to constrict around buried pipes, which can crack them.
- Far-reaching tree roots can wrap around your sewer lines and squeeze until they crack. Once the tree roots touch water inside the pipe, they begin to grow rapidly and block the flow of water, as well as force the pipe further apart.
What Are the Signs I Need Drain Repair?
If you come home to the unpleasant sight of your basement flooding, you know you clearly need to make a call for drain repair services. Trouble isn’t always so obvious, though. There are many subtle signs that show you need repairs.
Common signs of trouble include:
- Slow-moving drains
- Standing water
- Your toilet bubbles when you use the bathroom sink
- Strange noises coming from pipes, such as gurgling, bubbling, sucking, or grinding
- You smell foul odors — such as sewage or rotting food — near sinks, bathtubs, and showers, in the basement, or outside
- Toilet clogs appear frequently for seemingly no reason
- Leaking pipe joints under fixtures, or puddles of water on the floor
- Frequently dealing with frozen pipes in the winter
- Visible sewage backing up in low-lying fixtures such as toilets, showers, and bathtubs
- Soggy patches of grass or isolated lush spots on your lawn
- Expensive water bills that are being increased by a hidden leak or leaky faucet
What Is a Stack in Plumbing?
Basically, a stack is a large vertical pipe that spans one or more stories of a building, connected to smaller pipes or branches that flow into it. A drain stack is a pipe that transports wastewater, while a vent stack is used to control air pressure in your plumbing system. A problem in either may create an urgent need for drain repair services.
What Other Services Do You Offer?
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of North York provides a wide range of comprehensive plumbing services that cover your water lines, your sewer lines, and all the plumbing fixtures and pipes in between! We handle everything from routine maintenance to sudden repairs.
That includes major tasks such as burst pipe repair and trenchless sewer line replacement, as well as broken fixture services such as leaking toilet and faucet repairs. We can also handle water damage prevention and mitigation devices with services such as sump pump installation and backwater valve installation. Of course, the foundation of all those services — and a healthy plumbing system — is our drain repair service.
What Is the Best Way to Avoid Needing Drain Repair?
Never want to need plumbing repairs again, especially drain repair? If you are hoping to keep their plumbing system in excellent condition for as long as possible, you need preventative maintenance services.
Regular drain cleaning and other routine maintenance, such as video inspections, will eliminate annoying clogs before they have a chance to cause trouble for you, and it also gives your licensed plumber the opportunity to spot potential larger issues and save you a lot of time, money, and stress.
That being said, there is something you can get in the habit of doing that will help a lot to keep your plumbing system in great working order. Focus on keeping everything except wastewater, human waste, and toilet paper out of your drains and toilets. There are a few other substances you can’t really avoid, like soap residue, and you can get away with a few food scraps if you have an in-sink garbage disposal, but flushing anything else should be avoided — especially fat, oil, and grease.
You can also steer clear of plumbing disasters by keeping a close eye on your system and being responsive to anything that doesn’t seem right. There are usually subtle signs of an impending problem that get ignored until something happens that really can’t be denied. By getting basic repair service early on, you can keep your overall system in much better shape and avoid bigger, costlier repairs down the road.
Why Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Bad?
Not all chemical drain cleaners are necessarily bad, but we don’t recommend them because there are some potential issues with using harsh chemicals to clear blockages. If they are used frequently, they can actually eat away at your pipes from the inside, and you’ll end up needing a pipe replacement sooner rather than later. Those chemicals can also make their way into groundwater and then into rivers and lakes, where they have a negative impact on our local environment.
What If I Need Drain Repair After Hours?
A plumbing emergency never limits itself to only occurring during business hours, so our emergency crew doesn’t limit themselves to business hours either. You can call us any time of the day or night for emergency plumbing service, and we’ll have an emergency plumber at your door with a smile as soon as possible to get your plumbing system up and running again. Worried that you can’t afford emergency drain repair service? Don’t be — we never charge overtime fees, so our services cost the same at midnight as they do at noon.
Time for Drain Repair? We Are at Your Service!
Are you tired of that frustrating toilet clog that keeps coming back? How about the standing water in your bathtub that won’t drain? From strange noises and smells to low water pressure leaks, the signs you need drain repair can sometimes be obvious, but oftentimes, they’re not. Scheduling regular maintenance appointments is a surefire way to prevent the need for extensive repairs and replacements, but we understand that plumbing disasters can spring up suddenly too.
When you need reliable North York plumbing services, trust the professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of North York, ON, to provide excellent service and get the water flowing again. We expertly handle all kinds of plumbing solutions, including toilet repair, sewer line repair, water line repair, and many others.
Pick up the phone and give us a call to request a service appointment, and we will show you why we’re considered Ontario’s top plumbing company for drain service. Feel free to inquire about our other popular plumbing repair services as well as sewer backup services.