As a conscientious homeowner, you probably do what it takes to maintain a healthy plumbing system. Whether it is regular drain cleaning, sump pump inspection, or water heater repair, you can’t ever be prepared enough for a plumbing emergency. With or without regular maintenance, every property can experience a sewer backup. Ottawa homes that are equipped with protective plumbing devices require regular inspections. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ottawa, our goal is to predict potential plumbing issues and ensure that you are protected from a plumbing disaster. Serious problems may include an overflowing toilet or a basement flood, and you want neither of them to lead to extensive damage.

When hiring an expert Ottawa plumber, you can rest assured that all questions are answered, and all problems are eliminated. It only takes one call to learn more about our Ottawa sewer backup services. And what is more important than removing the risks of a potential future emergency? Call us today to book an appointment with a specialist, or keep on reading to find out more!

What Steps Does Sewer Backup Ottawa Include?

A sewage backup at home is almost always an emergency, as it indicates a main line clog. Whether you have an overflowing toilet or sewage backing up in your basement, these are serious situations that require professional attention. While you can do your best to mitigate the situation by removing water, caution should be taken, especially in the basement.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s 24/7 emergency plumbing services are available day and night at no matter what time. We always have an emergency plumber available on standby, so all you have to do is keep our number on your speed dial.

Plumbing Inspection

The inspection process is one of the most important ones, as our licensed plumber needs to investigate the underlying issue of the sewer backup. Ottawa plumbers will ask you relevant questions to get a better understanding of what caused this situation. But we’ll most likely use our video camera inspection to examine the interior of your sewer pipe. Besides the usual suspect of a sewer line clog, there could be other culprits, such as a tree root intrusion or a water leak. The video camera provides us with live footage and corresponds with a signal receiver that allows us to mark the trouble spot from the surface area in case repairs are needed. The sewer camera helps our Ottawa plumber determine your pipe’s material and its health, as well as locate the clog responsible for the sewer backup. Ottawa homes affected by a stubborn clog can rely on our expertise to clear it effectively.

Hydro Jetting

Our HydroScrub® Jetting technology is a cutting-edge tool that uses high-pressure water jets to break through clogs. While a straight-shooting jet cuts the clog, rotating jets clear the pipe walls from remaining sludge, debris, and deposits. This high-pressure unit can reach a psi level of 3000 and above and can break down tree roots.

Pro Tip!

During less severe situations, you might take matters into your own hands by using a plunger or a toilet auger to break through nearby clogs. While you may succeed, keep in mind that these are merely temporary solutions. Even if you were to use the old household remedy by pouring baking soda and white vinegar down the drain, followed by hot water. The results may be impressive at first, but they won’t provide much difference to your sewer lateral if that’s where the clog is.

Sewer Damage Mitigation and Repair

Although we’ll do our best to mitigate the situation, we’ll primarily focus on plumbing repair needs. For example, if you require a sewer line repair, our Ottawa plumbers will offer a trenchless repair method to restore your sewer drain. But in more serious cases, you may need to involve sewer damage specialists to provide a restoration service. This will ensure your home recovers fast and suffers less from water damage.

Why Hire Mr. Rooter Plumbing For Sewer Backup Ottawa?

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ottawa proudly serves the residents of Ottawa and surrounding areas, including Nepean, Barrhaven, and Kanata. Since its foundation in the 1970s, the Mr. Rooter Plumbing brand has grown into one of the most recognized home service franchises in Canada and the United States. Each location is a locally owned and operated business that completely understands its local community’s pain points and needs. Whether it’s taking care of your water line or sewer system, our certified professionals are prepared for any situation. Count on our exceptional workmanship that guarantees 100% customer satisfaction! Every service request is covered by our Done Right Promise®, which includes a one-year labor warranty and parts.

Ottawa Sewer Backup FAQs

How Long Does It Take To Fix A Sewer Backup in Ottawa?

This depends on the severity of the backup and whether underlying issues indicate any repair needs. Our expert plumbers in Ottawa always do their best to provide you with an in-depth diagnosis and a step-by-step guide to the entire process. However, you can expect the inspection process to take a little over an hour. Hydro scrubbing could also take around an hour to complete.

What Are The Warning Signs I Have An Upcoming Sewer Backup in Ottawa?

The key is to react fast to warning signs that include:

  • Slow drains
  • Bubbling or gurgling toilet
  • Recurring clogs
  • Sewer gas smells
  • Sink flies
  • Backed-up floor drains

The causes of the above telltale signs could be due to you flushing inappropriate items down the toilet, such as wet wipes, paper towels, cigarette butts, dental floss, hygiene products, or an excessive amount of toilet paper. Bad kitchen habits are also common, such as washing food waste, grease, and oils down the kitchen sink or not maintaining your garburator. The sooner you contact a professional plumber in Ottawa for a detailed drain pipe inspection, the better your chances of preventing a potential sewer backup. Ottawa residents can rely on Mr. Rooter Plumbing for quality service.

Does My Home Insurance Have Sewer Backup Coverage?

This is something worth checking with your insurance company. From our experience, most residential property owners have a basic plan that does not cover a sewer backup. Ottawa homeowners may be eligible for some water damage repair, but every other type of plumbing repair (i.e., sewer line repair or drain repair) is usually not covered. On the other hand, commercial properties may be required to have a more expansive plan. But our recommendation is to reach out to your insurance agent to check for other coverage plans. Or it might also be time to start shopping around for a more reliable insurance company.

How Do You Stop Backflow From Sewage?

Speaking of backflow, we recommend two major projective devices to our customers. They are a part of the National Plumbing Code of Canada, and it is highly encouraged that you have your plumbing system inspected for those devices:

  • Backwater valve: Every private sewer line should have a backwater valve installation that ensures wastewater only flows in one direction and never backward. The absence of a backwater valve or a faulty one could result in sewage water being pushed back into your home should the city’s sanitary sewer ever fail.
  • Backflow preventer: A backflow prevention device, on the other hand, is a device installed on your water lines to ensure that potable water flows in one direction and never in the opposite direction. It ensures that clean water is never contaminated or polluted from backflow.

These two devices are often confused with each other. Although they have similar functions, it’s important to know the major differences. The former is designed to protect your home from a sewer backup. Ottawa plumbers recommend periodic maintenance to ensure the flap mechanism is in working order, ensuring that wastewater has no means of returning to your home.

How Do I Best Prevent a Sewer Backup?

Ottawa properties that are situated near water are prone to floods, but so are properties that are not. Nature is not the only cause of a sewer backup. Ottawa residents could have a poor household habit of flushing down wet wipes or overlooking the need for a plumbing inspection and maintenance.

Scheduling annual maintenance that includes drain cleaning, sewer cleaning, and backwater valve inspection can make a huge difference. Also, ensure that you’re up-to-date with your basement waterproofing, as it needs to be redone at least once every five to ten years. It will make sure your well windows are secure and your basement walls are dry.

When You Need Help Preventing or Mitigating a Sewer Backup in Ottawa, Trust Mr. Rooter Plumbing

The City of Ottawa has made its residents clear about climate change in Ottawa. Harsh weather conditions include heatwaves, tornadoes, and flooding along the Ottawa River. Luckily, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ottawa offers useful precautions that will help protect you and your family from severe sewer backups. Ottawa deserves the best and most protective plumbing work from local experts who know how to get it done.

Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives! Ask us any questions that you may have, or book an appointment with your local Ottawa plumber.

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