Homeowners have a tendency to ignore seemingly minor drain repair problems for as long as possible. If wastewater is still (eventually) making its way down the drain, you may just shrug your shoulders and learn to live with the inconvenience of small plumbing malfunctions. But when it comes to the types of problems that require drain repair, Vancouver residents can save a lot of time, money and stress by getting it dealt with sooner rather than later. What seems like a basic, run-of-the-mill clogged drain can sometimes be a surface symptom of a much more serious problem deeper in your drain lines, and getting it taken care of as soon as possible will reduce the possibility of a major headache like a sewer backup.
Noticed signs of a plumbing system that desperately needs expert drain repair? Vancouver plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver BC have the skill and experience to deal with everything from a stubborn clogged toilet to a main sewer line that has been ruptured by tree roots. We can take care of your entire plumbing system from the water supply line to the sewer line, and all the fixtures in between.
What Causes the Problems that Lead to Needing Drain Repair in Vancouver, BC?
Clogged drains are an incredibly common plumbing issue, but knowing that doesn't make them any less unsanitary and unappealing to cope with. If you're struggling with a drainage problem, you may be wondering how the issue occurred in the first place—and what you can do to stop it from happening again in the near future.
For problems related to drain repair in Vancouver, the cause varies depending on where in a house the issue is occurring—because naturally a kitchen drain is used for different purposes than a bathroom or floor drain.
Kitchen Drain Repair
Most drain repair problems are the result of people letting items and substances into their wastewater lines that really shouldn't be there. Clogged kitchen drains are no exception. Your wastewater lines are really only made to accommodate wastewater. If you have an in-sink garbage disposal or garburator, you can get away with some—not all—types of food scraps.
But with or without a garbage disposal, our team of experienced plumbers reports that the biggest problem for kitchen drain repair Vancouver households face is clogs caused by a combination of food waste debris and solidified fat, oil or grease.
Many people think it's fine to pour liquified grease into wastewater lines, as long as they chase it with a bit of hot water. That only rinses it out of the sink. It coats pipe walls and cools, solidifying into a sticky snare that holds on to other debris that follows it into the pipe and creates a disgusting, inconvenient, rotting kitchen drain blockage that can only be completely dislodged with drain repair techniques.
Bathroom Drain Repair
The bathroom features the biggest variety of drains out of all the rooms in a house, so it's not surprising that it's the site of many of the issues that require drain repair. Vancouver homes with a clogged shower drain, for example, are typically the victims of big clumps of hair that have become tangled up inside the line along with soap scum, exfoliant beads, shaving foam and other substances, and are partially or completely obstructing the flow of wastewater.
The easiest way to prevent hair-clogged drains is with simple drain guards that prevent the majority of strands from escaping your shower or bathtub so you don't need bathroom drain cleaning services as frequently.
Toilets are a different matter. They are made to handle toilet paper and human waste along with wastewater, but everything else can and should be kept away from your toilet bowl. Some of the items our plumbers have found while carrying out toilet drain repair include:
- Paper towels and tissues
- Baby wipes or "flushable" wipes (they're not flushable!)
- Cotton swabs and cotton balls
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small toys
- Items such as razor blades and shampoo bottle caps
- Food and medication
- Dental floss
- Beauty products
- Cat litter
- Cigarette butts
Main Sewer Line Blockages
We've mentioned the importance of not putting the wrong types of substances or items into your sewer lines, but in all fairness, sometimes the problem seems like it's a common clog and it actually has nothing to do with your fixtures.
If you've got a blockage in your main line or buried sewer line, that's a serious problem that needs immediate services for drain repair. Vancouver is full of beautiful, tree-lined streets—but all those trees can cause a huge issue for your buried lines. Even if you don't have a single tree on your property, trees that are surprisingly far away can wrap their roots around your underground pipes and put pressure on them until they crack open. As they grow, they apply a tremendous amount of pressure that is enough to crack the pipe open.
It could also be that the main drain stack inside your house has become clogged. That can result in nasty sewer backups that can result in thousands of dollars worth of water damage, including structural damage caused by excess water such as wood rot and mildew. Anyone who has ever had to undergo moisture damage mitigation will tell you it's a lot more cost-effective to get drain repair before the worst happens.
The Expert Services for Drain Repair Vancouver Deserves
When you call the professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver BC, you are getting a highly skilled team with access to a wide range of advanced equipment to help us deliver efficient, effective drain repair in Vancouver.
The plumbers on our team rely on decades of experience combined with the right tools and know-how to get your wastewater disposal fixtures and sewer pipes back in excellent shape and give you back your peace of mind.
Our drain repair services include:
Video Inspection and Diagnosis:
Sometimes when you need to find the issue that is calling for drain repair, all you need is a flashlight and your own eyes to see it lurking a few inches into the pipe. But other times, the cause of all the trouble is hidden far out of sight. In that case, your plumber may opt to use video camera inspection to figure out the location and nature of the problem, whether it's a clog, damaged pipes or something else.
Hydro-jetting equipment is a fast, effective, non-destructive way to get soft blockages cleared out. Highly pressurized jets of water blast through your wastewater disposal lines, scouring the inside clean.
This isn't just a good method of getting rid of clog-causing substances during drain repair. Vancouver households can also get noticeable benefits from regular professional drain cleaning services with hydro jetting to extend the lifespan of your plumbing system, so you can avoid sewer line replacement for longer.
Trenchless Sewer Line Repair:
Most homeowners absolutely dread hearing the news that they need sewer line repair or replacement, because they don't want a huge, deep ugly trench dug through their lawn. Don't panic—our team uses trenchless repair and replacement techniques that, as you may have guessed from the name, do not require excavation service to dig a trench and destroy your landscaping. Instead, we only need to dig two small holes at either end of the damaged line.
Trenchless methods such as pipe relining and hydraulic bursting are non-invasive ways to get your line fixed or replaced so you can rest easy knowing you won't have to deal with sewer backups, sewer cleaning and other drain repair problems.
Mr. Rooter is the Best Choice for Drain Repair in Vancouver, BC
The licensed plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver BC are drain specialists with the correct equipment to address all of the issues that call for drain repair. Vancouver homeowners trust our team to care for their entire plumbing system with services that range from shower repair and hot water heater replacement to sump pump installation and backwater valve repair.
24/7 Emergency Plumbing Services
It can feel really daunting to suddenly realize you have a plumbing emergency on your hands, especially when it's outside of business hours and you're not sure where to turn for help. Your system isn't going to wait until business hours to develop a problem that needs emergency repairs, which is why our plumbing team is ready to spring into action 24 hours per day and seven days per week.
Call us for emergency service at literally any time and we will get a qualified plumber on your doorstep as soon as possible to resolve the issue, so you can get back to your daily routines.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drain Repair in Vancouver, BC
What Are the Warning Signs That Drain Repair is Necessary?
When you get home from vacation and find two inches of water covering your entire basement floor, it's pretty clear that you've got a major problem and need drain repair. Vancouver residents are sometimes unaware, however, that there are many more subtle warning signs of impending drain repair trouble. If you know what to look for, you can call a plumber for help before it gets out of hand.
Here are some signs to be aware of:
- Water pressure issues
- Slow drains
- Strange odors or unusual noises from drains
- Standing water in fixtures
- Multiple fixtures clogged simultaneously
- Sewage backing up in fixtures close to the floor
- Frequent problems with frozen pipes in winter
- Leaking pipes or connections
- Mysterious puddles or signs of interior water damage
How Much Does Drain Repair Cost?
There's simply no way to give an accurate cost estimate without knowing more information about what exactly your drain repair will entail, along with additional cost factors such as the condition of your overall system.
Once we have had the chance to take a look and diagnose the problem, we can offer you an upfront cost and explain our recommendations clearly, so you're able to make an educated decision about the best course of action for your system and your budget.
How Can I Avoid Needing Drain Repair in the Future?
The best way to avoid need drain repair is with routine maintenance and regular drain cleaning service. Keeping your lines clear and in great condition will help you avoid any unpleasant issues and extend the longevity of your wastewater disposal system, so you don't have to worry about needing a sewer pipe replacement any time soon.
That being said, you can also do a lot to help by simply keeping everything out of your sewer lines aside from wastewater. Think twice before you purposely or accidentally let anything get rinsed or flushed down and you can save a lot of the wear and tear that leads to needing drain repair.
Need Drain Repair, Vancouver? Call Your Local Plumber at Mr. Rooter Plumbing!
Homeowners and business owners throughout Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver rely on the team of professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver BC for trustworthy, experienced plumbing service and outstanding customer care.
If you have questions about drain repair or other services, or you'd like to schedule an appointment for a plumbing repair, maintenance or installation, contact us today by calling. We'd love the opportunity to show you why Vancouver homeowners recommend our friendly plumbers by name.