Sewer Repair & Snaking

Repairing Blocked Pipes and Sewers

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For most blocked plumbing drains in Ottawa, a simple sewer snaking will repair the problem you have by either pushing the blockage out to the bigger pipes, then washing it away. Snaking involves using a tool called a snake that is passed through your pipes to clean them out. Sometimes the snake will attach to the blockage if its hair and then you can pull it out. For the cases where a sewer snaking doesn’t work, you will need a sewer repair. Sewer repairs for homeowners and landlords start in the basement of the home. Plumbing drains in the home go through the basement floor, then travel pass the clean out, then under the front lawn, and out to the city sewer. Sewer repairs come in two basic categories. These sewer repairs are only for repairing what a snaking won’t fix.

Inside Sewer Repair

the main plumbing drain runs underneath the basement floor. If this sewer drain is corroded, cracked, collapsed, or is sagging, then the basement floor will need to be opened up to repair the sewer main. The Ottawa area has many older homes and often times the sewer drain repair is needed because there are old metal and cast iron pipes running underneath the floor. This type of job is finished in a couple of days, and you only lose the drainage system for a few hours.

At Plumbing 4 Less, when our team open the basement floor Plumbing 4 Less use a professional concrete cutting and coring company. This allows for the smallest possible opening, and the cleanest repair. After they’ve completed opening the floor, our team will repair the sewer by re-piping the underground plumbing, and rough in any original bathrooms. Upon completion of the piping, Plumbing 4 Less will reinstate the concrete floor; by filling in the trenches we created to replace the piping. The concrete takes about 24 hours to cure

Outside Sewer Repair

If the problem in the sewer main that needed repairing was not located in the basement, but outside the home, you may need to dig a trench in the front yard and replace the piping. The same issues mentioned above could happen to metal, cast iron, and concrete pipes, which will require the outside sewer drain to need repair. A mini excavator is used to dig the smallest trench required to replace the piping. After the old piping has been exposed and removed, the new sewer pipe will need to be installed on tamped sand. Sand will then need to be placed on top of the pipe for about 18inches. Tamping will then be required again. After this, clear stone will be piled on top, before native soil is backfilled. Once this is complete, usually within 2-3 days, all that’s left to do is throw down some lawn seed and wait. We can recommend some reputable landscapers to repair your lawn.