Most people in Scarborough, Ontario — and pretty much everywhere else, for that matter — tend to take their plumbing systems for granted. As long as clean water comes out of the faucet with a twist of the tap, and dirty wastewater swirls away, there is nothing to worry about. But like everything else in life, your plumbing won't keep functioning perfectly forever — and when it does malfunction, it can be stressful, aggravating, and sometimes even scary. Fortunately, we’re here to help with Scarborough drain repair services.

Do you suspect that your system is in desperate need of drain repair? Residential plumbing systems can suffer from a wide range of problems that require repairs, from a clogged toilet to a broken pipe or sewer backup. The best way to deal with those problems is by making an appointment for professional Scarborough drain repair service.

Whether you're dealing with a relatively minor Scarborough drain repair issue, or there's big trouble coming down the pipe and you need it taken care of fast, you can rely on the Scarborough plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough ON to wrestle your drainage system into submission and get the water flowing again. If you need Scarborough drain repair, we’re here to help!

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When Should I Call for Scarborough Drain Repair?

You may think you know exactly what it looks like to need drain repair: the water won't go down. But a slow-moving (or no-moving) drain is only one reason why you would need to call a Scarborough drain repair expert.

Scarborough drain repair is a broad category that can apply to many types of situations you may encounter with blocked fixtures and sewer lines. If any of those situations affect you, it’s a good idea to call your local experts for help.

Some warning signs to watch for are:

  • Sewage smells or musty odours in your bathroom and rotting food smells in your kitchen
  • Sewage odors in your basement or backyard
  • Bubbling, sucking, gurgling, grinding, and other strange noises
  • Toilet bubbles appearing when you run water in your bathroom sink or bathtub
  • Visible sewage backing up in toilets, showers, bathtubs, or floor drains
  • Soggy spots on your grass, or patches of grass that are suddenly greener and lusher
  • Unusual puddles, water stains on your walls or ceiling, and other signs of hidden water leaks

Our Professional Scarborough Drain Repair Services

The ability to dispose of wastewater without a second thought is one of the best parts of a modern plumbing system. It goes a long way towards keeping your home sanitary and avoiding health hazards that could impact your whole family. When that convenience disappears, don’t hesitate to make an appointment for our efficient Scarborough drain repair service.

Scarborough homeowners can trust Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough to get the job done right. We have access to all the advanced equipment and state-of-the-art Scarborough drain repair techniques — not to mention training and years of experience — needed to get your plumbing system back in perfect working order.

HydroScrub® Jetting

When you have an irritating clogged pipe, hydro jetting is the most effective Scarborough drain cleaning service available, even more so than sewer snaking. It involves the use of highly pressurized jets of water to blast away clog-causing debris that is blocking the flow of water through your pipes. It washes built-up grime from fat, oil, grease, soap scum, and other substances off the interior walls of your drain line, leaving them clean and preventing clogs from forming again so fast in the future.

As an added perk, hydro jetting extends the lifespan of your sewer lines by removing harmful bacteria that eats away at the pipes from the inside out, which means you can avoid pipe replacement for longer — and you won’t need to worry about frequent future appointments for Scarborough drain repair.

Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

Remember back in the days when a pipe repair or replacement meant your landscaping was going to be destroyed by a huge, muddy trench so your plumber could access the sewer lines? What a nightmare. Fortunately, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough uses trenchless pipe replacement techniques that, as the name suggests, eliminate the need to dig a trench.

Why Choose Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough for Drain Repair?

Plumbing issues are the last thing most people want to deal with, especially drain repair. Service from qualified, experienced plumbers takes the burden off your shoulders. When you need Scarborough drain repair service, you can rest easy knowing your system is in good hands.

The team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough works quickly and efficiently, but we don't apply “quick fixes” that will break down again in a few weeks or months and cause you more stress. Instead, we find an effective, long-lasting solution to meet all your needs for Scarborough drain repair.

Uniformed Plumbing Professionals

When you call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough for repairs, you get a skilled, licensed plumber at your door, in uniform, as soon as possible. It is obviously very important that your plumber be capable and have the right equipment to resolve your problem, but you also want to know that they have a firm commitment to customer service. Our plumbers strive to always deliver a safe, worry-free experience by treating you and your property with respect at all times.

24/7 Emergency Plumbing Service

When you're dealing with a plumbing emergency, you need a quick response — even if it's the middle of the night or during a holiday long weekend. We have an emergency plumber available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, so you never have to worry that you won't be able to get plumbing help when you need it the most.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scarborough Drain Repair

Have questions about our Scarborough drain repair services? We are standing by! Give us a call and we will answer all your questions — or find our expert advice and answers to common Scarborough drain repair questions below.

Why Am I Having This Drain Repair Issue?

You poured fat, oil, or grease down your drain. Next question!

We're kidding, of course. But it is true that the improper disposal of fat, oil, and grease in your plumbing system is a major cause of Scarborough drain repair issues. In fact, it is such a notorious problem, it has its own acronym: FOG.

While FOG may be liquid when you pour it away, it coats the inside walls of your pipes and solidifies, creating a gross, sticky mess that grabs on to hair, food scraps, and anything else that follows it down the line, partially or completely blocking the flow of water.

The only things that should be going through your sewer lines are wastewater, human waste, and toilet paper. You can't avoid stuff like soap scum, and you can get away with a few food scraps if you have an in-sink garbage disposal, but everything else can and should be avoided.

Can I Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to Unblock My Drain?

You can try, but it won't work very well. You have probably seen some drain repair home remedies online that advocate using common substances that you probably already have in your kitchen to unclog pipes, such as baking soda and vinegar or cola. We have all seen what happens when baking soda and vinegar are combined in a closed environment, but the problem is, your pipe is not a closed environment. The mixture will just fizzle harmlessly for a few moments while the gas escapes, and you will have even more material added to your clog. Cola is even less effective, and all that sticky sugar is not a good thing for your sewer lines.

You've probably also seen a lot of recommendations for harsh chemical drain cleaners. We don't recommend them for two main reasons: first, if you overuse them, they can actually damage your pipes by eating away at them from the inside, and you'll need to have the lines replaced. Second, those chemical cleaners can make their way into groundwater, rivers, and lakes, where they cause environmental harm to our local flora and fauna in Scarborough.

How Do I Plunge a Drain?

Quite often, a clog is just a basic Scarborough drain repair issue that can be resolved with a plunger and some elbow grease — but you must plunge the right way. This is something that pretty much everyone must do at some point in their lives, but a surprising number of people don't really know the correct way to go about it.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Make sure you have the right kind of plunger. If you're plunging a flat drain like the ones in a sink, shower, or bathtub, you need a cup-shaped plunger. If you're plunging a toilet, you need a plunger with a bell or ball-shaped end that can form a tight seal in the toilet bowl.

  2. If there isn't any water in the fixture, pour a couple of inches of water in. When plunging a fixture with an overflow, or one side of a double sink, use an old rag to plug up the overflow or the side of the sink you aren't plunging.

  3. Place the plunger over the drain and push down slowly the first few times to avoid splashing, then start pushing down and pulling up sharply. It may take some time, so don't get discouraged.

  4. If you hear a sucking or squelching noise, pull the plunger up — if the water starts to move down the pipe, congratulations! You nailed it!

  5. Run some hot water in the fixture to make sure everything is clear.

Have you tried the above steps, and plunged... and plunged... and plunged some more, with no luck? Or maybe the drain seemed like it was unblocked, but it clogged right up again the next time you used the fixture. Those are both situations that indicate something more serious than a run-of-the-mill clog. That means it is time to call in the Scarborough drain repair professionals. Your plumber will be able to figure out what is happening and get it resolved.

How Can I Avoid Basement Flooding?

Whether you've already dealt with the nightmare of discovering that your basement has flooded, or you just want to make sure it never happens, there are a few preventative steps your plumber can help you with to avoid this disaster in the future. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help to prevent a burst pipe by clearing out obstructions and giving your plumber a chance to spot major problems before they occur.

If your basement has flooded in the past, installing a sump pump or a backwater valve may be exactly what you need to avoid another nasty, expensive, wet basement situation. And, while your water heater is unlikely to cause a full-on flood, it can't hurt to have your plumber check it out and make sure it is in good operating condition to avoid any issues.

Do You Have to Dig Up My Pipes to Figure Out Where the Blockage Is?

There is sometimes a situation in which we will need to open up your wall or ceiling or dig a trench for diagnostic purposes, but most of the time we can figure out what the problem is with non-invasive technology such as video inspection. That involves maneuvering a camera on a flexible cable through your pipes and then reviewing and interpreting the video footage to pinpoint the problem.

Need Scarborough Drain Repair Service? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough!

Trust the professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Scarborough to take care of your entire plumbing system, from water lines to sewer lines and all the pipes and fixtures in between.

Pick up the phone and call us today to book a service appointment and find out why we are considered Scarborough's number one choice for reliable plumbing services.

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