Oshawa Drain Cleaning Services

Did you know that drain clogs are common in the Whitby-Oshawa region? In fact, they're common pretty much anywhere with indoor plumbing. That's because the substances and items you flush down into your waste lines build up over time. After enough time goes by, that blockage starts restricting flow, which creates more opportunities for new debris to get stuck. Clogged drains are a problem that calls for service from local Oshawa drain cleaning experts.

Regular drain cleaning is essential for avoiding plumbing problems in all Oshawa systems. It is an effective solution when you are frustrated by frequent issues with your drainage system, but it's also a key part of any preventative maintenance checklist. Professional drain cleaning service protects you from clogs and other serious damage.

The professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Whitby-Oshawa are your local experts for dealing with drain pipes. They always provide exceptional drain cleaning service that's not only safe and worry-free, but also guaranteed to leave you with clean pipes. If you've noticed some basic warning signs that you have obstructions built up inside your pipes, we'll help get everything flowing fast again.

How Do You Know If You Need Oshawa Drain Cleaning?

Have you been plunging away at a stubborn blockage, giving it all you've got, but it just won't budge? It's true that typical clogs can usually be cleared with a plunger and some elbow grease. However, sometimes the blockage is too deep inside of sewer lines for any effort from a plunger to pay off. Don't forget that frequent clogs are a sign of deeper grime, so even if you can clear a clog yourself, that doesn't mean your pipes are clean. A sewer line clog—or any other kind of sewer damage—is something that you should call a plumbing company to handle.

Grime inside pipes comes in two forms: soft blockage and hard blockage. Soft blockage is that slimy filth that builds up over time as soap scum, minerals, and other debris cling to pipe walls. Hard blockage refers to larger objects—like small toys, discarded bones, and tree roots—that completely block drain pipes and prevent anything else from going by.

Both types of blockages produce bothersome problems throughout kitchens, bathrooms, and utility areas in Oshawa. These signs indicate that something inside your drainage system is causing a plumbing issue that needs to be addressed before it creates more severe damage.

Warning Signs

  • Slow drains

  • Standing water backup in a floor drain or low-lying fixture

  • Gurgling toilets

  • Toilet bubbles when you use the bathroom sink

  • Strange noises from drains such as gurgling, bubbling, sucking, grinding, and banging

  • Foul odours from drains, such as sewage, mold, rotting food, and sulfur

  • Fruit flies hovering around drains

  • Frequent clogs

What Causes Drain Issues in Oshawa?

Plumbing issues related to drains will always have at least a minor connection to soft blockage. It's impossible to avoid in Oshawa because it always builds up naturally over time. Regular cleaning will deal with that issue, but there are other obstruction factors that you should know about.

Poor flushing habits are common causes of drain blockage issues in Oshawa. There are only three things that should ever end up inside waste lines: water, human waste, and toilet paper. Anything else will inevitably cause issues down the line. You can't really avoid certain other substances, such as soap scum, but with vigilance you can keep the worst offenders out of your plumbing system.

Fat, oil, and grease are right up there among the biggest drain clogging culprits. They are so notorious, they even have their own acronym in the plumbing industry: FOG. While fat, oil, and grease may be liquid when you pour them into your plumbing fixtures, they coat the inside walls of your pipes and solidify, creating a sticky mess that grabs and holds anything that follows it down the line. FOG should always be recycled or disposed of in the trash, in a closed container to avoid leakage.

External elements like tree roots and burrowing animals also impact underground lines in a way that creates clogs and more severe damage. That's why outdoor spaces might be affected by a sewer drain line clog. Even if you don't have trees on your property, far-reaching tree roots can wrap themselves around your pipes and constrict, causing cracks. Once the roots touch water inside your pipe, they begin to grow rapidly and can partially or completely block the flow of water—and there's no amount of plunging that will fix that issue.

Here are some other items and substances our Oshawa plumbers have discovered inside clogged drain pipes during our cleaning and repair services:

  • Paper towel, tissues, & wet wipes (even “flushable” wipes)

  • Excessive amounts of toilet paper

  • Clumps of hair

  • Food scraps

  • Small items like razor blades, toys, & bottle caps

  • Fabric items such as socks & handkerchiefs

  • Personal hygiene products

  • Shifting earth caused by heavy rains, nearby construction, or landscaping changes

What Does Professional Oshawa Drain Cleaning Service Involve?

The drain service provided by our expert plumbers in Oshawa is comprehensive. Our cleaning techniques are more thorough than simply pulling clumps of hair out of your drain cover. Our plumbing professionals use advanced tools and techniques that are exclusive to the plumbing industry. These premium cleaning service methods produce efficient and effective results.

Inspection & Diagnosis

This step involves the use of plumbing video cameras specially designed for looking deep inside lines, along with other essential methods for evaluating your system's current state. A small camera with a bright LED is lowered into your drain on a flexible cable and maneuvered through the pipe, recording footage of everything it "sees." Your plumber can then play the footage back and interpret it to pinpoint trouble spots. The goal of beginning with video camera inspection is to identify potential problems or hidden damage while also evaluating your plumbing needs, so that your Oshawa plumber can use an appropriate, effective response.

Advanced Tools

Augers, drain snakes, and other specialized tools are all options available for plumbing experts to deal with obstructions. These powerful tools exceed the equipment available to amateurs, both in their functions for clearing clogs and their features for avoiding unnecessary damage.

HydroScrub® Jetting

Hydro jetting technology uses pressurized water to obliterate clogs and annihilate everything caked on pipe walls. The process can sometimes even cut away tree roots that have intruded into a sewer line. This non-invasive, highly effective option will clean your pipes better than anything else, and it can help to extend their lifespan by making it more difficult for clogs to form in the future. It also has the added advantage of pushing clog-causing material through your system into the city sanitary sewer, instead of bringing it back up into your house to create a revolting mess.

Why Choose Mr. Rooter for Drain Cleaning Oshawa Services?

As a locally owned and operated business, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Whitby-Oshawa knows exactly what kind of problems people in Oshawa and the surrounding areas can avoid with adequate plumbing maintenance. Our reputable plumbers use solutions that are based on their own years of experience completing professional drain repair and other services.

Our commercial and residential plumbing repair solutions are guaranteed to restore your peace of mind. We always provide an exceptional experience, use durable parts, and work with reliable equipment. Plus, every licensed plumber on our team is fully certified and insured.

Workmanship & Parts Guaranteed

We only hire the best plumbers in Oshawa, and we're very confident in their ability to handle any plumbing problem with skill, expertise, and outstanding workmanship. That is why we back them up with a guarantee on all workmanship and parts. When Mr. Rooter is working on your plumbing system, you can have peace of mind knowing we will get the job done right the first time, with quality parts that are durable and long-lasting.

24/7 Emergency Plumbing Services

Have you ever had to deal with a plumbing emergency such as basement flooding due to a broken sump pump after hours? Disasters with your system never seem to happen during business hours, and while it's not personal, it certainly can feel that way when you're struggling with something like a sewer backup, wet basement, or frozen pipes in the middle of the night or during a holiday long weekend.

You don't have to handle it alone! Mr. Rooter's emergency plumbers are standing by 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Give us a call any time of the day or night and we'll be at your door with a smile as soon as possible to get your plumbing system under control so you can rest easy. Worried that you can't afford emergency service? Don't be—we never change overtime fees, so our services cost exactly the same at 3am as they do at 3pm.

Frequently Asked Questions About Oshawa Drain Cleaning

Do you have questions about Mr. Rooter's quality service for drain and sewer cleaning? Or maybe you'd like to know more about an issue you've been experiencing with a shower drain or kitchen sink? Call us to chat with a friendly customer service representative and get all your questions answered quickly and easily, or check out our answers to some commonly asked questions below.

Can You Do Oshawa Drain Cleaning Yourself?

You can try, but the results won't be the same. The equipment available to non-plumbers isn't as powerful or effective, which means any cleaning you do won't be as thorough or restorative. Attempting to use professional tools without proper training will result in further damage—or personal injury. Anyone who has ever had to deal with water damage mitigation will tell you it is well worth the effort to avoid it.

Will Vinegar and Baking Soda Unclog My Drain?

In a word, no. You've probably seen some homemade solutions online that involve pouring items you already have in your kitchen down the drain, like baking soda and vinegar, cola, or a pot of boiling water. While it's true that vinegar and baking soda will create an explosive reaction in a closed environment, your pipe is not closed. The mixture will just bubble away uselessly for a minute while the gas escapes, and you will have added more substance to the blockage. Cola is similarly ineffective, and carrying a pot of boiling water from your kitchen to the bathroom is just plain dangerous.

Can You Use Chemical Drain Cleaner in Oshawa?

Most trustworthy plumbers don't recommend it for a number of reasons. Technically speaking, you could use harsh chemical cleaners, but they'll damage pipes if they're used too much. They also present significant potential health hazards and can make their way into groundwater, where they damage the environment and have a negative impact on local flora and fauna.

How Often Should You Get Oshawa Drain Cleaning Service?

The condition of your pipes and how often they need service depends a lot on factors such as how well they are maintained on a regular basis. That being said, the general rule of thumb is to get professional drain cleaning once per year for a single-family residential building. If you've never had someone inspect and clean your plumbing systems, you should get it done soon. Annual service will ensure that you remain protected from broken pipes and give your local plumber the opportunity to identify any other potential plumbing problems your system may be experiencing.

How Can You Prevent Clogs in Oshawa?

Always remember to avoid flushing anything harmful. Proper pipe care will prevent the need for frequent cleaning. You can install traps to catch hair, food waste, and other harmful debris before it gets inside drainage lines too. Of course, professional cleaning services are also superb for stopping blockages before they appear.

Do You Need Oshawa Drain Cleaning Services?

Our Oshawa plumbers are available to help 24 hours per day, seven days per week with convenient appointments and emergency services. If you need to schedule services for your annual maintenance appointment, for your new sump pump installation or to get immediate assistance with a frustrating clog, call us at 905-725-2292 or request a plumbing service appointment online.

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