Do you notice some foul smells in the bathroom or kitchen? Do you see your drains don’t drain as usual and that the toilet doesn’t flush but overflows? If yes, it’s essential you take quick action because plumbing problems can be a nightmare.
You are stuck with backed up and dirty water in sinks and toilets, and have to remove the clog that’s anywhere in the system. You end up wasting time and energy doing it yourself. Besides, you unnecessarily get filthy, in case of nasty clogs.
Various factors ascertain how long the blockage remains and how frequently it occurs. The most important is the age of the plumbing system.
Older pipes are more susceptible to clogged pipes because of pipe corrosion over time. Another reason is the improper installation of pipes, which can lead to inefficient drainage and frequent pipe blockages.
Of course, household use is another factor to consider. The accumulation of personal hygiene and grooming products, oils, hair, kitchen scraps, and hair can lead to continuing growth in pipes and eventual clogging.
This is why the rural area homes in Great Toronto Area are prone to drain blockage. There’s a high chance of small debris, tree roots, and leaves interfering and reaching into the drainage system.
However, we at Dima Plumbing have all the latest diagnostics and repair techniques required to perform a complete drain inspection, cleaning, unclogging, and snaking. We will even help and advise you in preventing future drain blockages and clogs.
It doesn’t matter if you have a minor plumbing problem like longer drainage time or an emergency like backflow flooding.
We have a team of fully-trained and highly skilled plumbers in the latest technology for all plumbing woes. We use techniques like drain snaking, snaking video inspection, drain hydro jetting, and drain excavation to resolve your drainage problem.
We work at restoring your central line/sewer system to its original free-flowing health to let you continue with your everyday chores. We use modern tools to clean drainage systems and work at solving the problem without much effort and hassle, using tools that do not damage your drain system.
Standard drain and sewer services Dima Plumbing offers in Toronto and its surrounding areas
Sewer/drain backup repair
We know how unpleasant and inconvenient a backed-up sink, tub, or floor drain can be. A sewer backup is especially dangerous because it can lead to harmful bacteria that are difficult to eradicate.
We know the importance of speed in these situations. We are quick to arrive at the scene to use the latest technology for unplugging the drain and cleaning up the area.
How Dima Plumbing helps
Our team of specialists first identifies the issue, using a video camera inspection for deeper lying problems. Our technician discovers the root of the problem and discusses the problem with you.
We then recommend the most effective solution, and keep you posted on our actions. We also keep you involved in whatever we do, and will proceed only after your approval.
Clogged sink, toilet, and shower drains
Don’t worry if you have a stubborn clog that you can’t clear. Dima Plumbing services, affordable plumbers in your area, will get the job done.
We know homeowners often encounter some clogged drain or the other like the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, or shower. That’s why we are here to help you out.
We have been fixing clogged drain problems through Toronto for 20+ years now. Besides, we have the best equipment and expertise necessary to handle all sorts of clogged drains.
Our technicians will assess the situation to find out if the clog is internal or external. We then unclog your drain most quickly and efficiently. We first use a unique chemical combination of natural bacteria and enzymes to digest the organic waste in your home’s drainage system.
In the case of an external clog like invasive tree roots, then we have different tools like a drain camera and hydro jetting as a solution.
Excavation or pipe replacement
Though drastic, excavation and pipe replacement is sometimes necessary. It requires lots of knowledge and expertise to perform the job correctly.
With a full excavation being such a labour-intensive process, Dima Plumbing company employ experienced staff highly trained in all forms of digging for the job.
Do not trust such an important task to any novice or fly-by-night plumber but in the able hands of Dima Plumbing, your 24 hour plumber.
Our technicians perform a drain camera inspection to examine the problem and first try clearing the drain using drain snake equipment. It’s only as an ultimate, permanent solution that we opt for a complete drain pipe replacement through excavation.
Tree roots removal from drains
A tree-lined street looks attractive. However, do you know that the amount of havoc the tree roots can wreck on the underground sanitary drain line?
Tree roots easily infiltrate the drain line and make it difficult for water and sewage to pass through, into the city sewer system. This problem leads to significant plumbing issues and is a problem that won’t fix itself.
A drain camera inspection is the best way to identify tree roots in drains. Our qualified technician first runs a camera through the drainage/sewer pipes to confirm that tree roots are the problem.
They then provide the best course of action to be taken based on the problem, their years of experience and vast plumbing knowledge. They go over each step of the process with you and keep you informed of their actions. They work to provide a solution to the tree roots in your drain.
Drain sewer video inspection
Most plumbing, drain, and sewer systems are not only complicated but are underground and with twists and turns. So it’s difficult to assess and diagnose the exact problem.
However, we at Dima Plumbing have a solution in the form of a drain sewer video inspection.
It’s perfect for diagnosing the drainage system to assess if there’s a clog, root intrusion, or cracked or misaligned pipes without any digging. The resulting recording is a high quality video, just like domestic videos.
It’s upon identifying the root of the problem that our certified and experienced plumbers determine the best solution for the issue.
Many homeowners also use our video inspection services to inspect a home’s plumbing system before buying it.
Dima Plumbing’s drain sewer video inspection services include:
• Locating and diagnosing drains
• A detailed assessment of all drain lines
• Performing a complete inspection of system problems
We can also provide you with video recordings if required, and will recommend the right course of action after discovering the problem.
OTC drain cleaning chemicals can weaken pipes
Most of our clients ask if we recommend using OTC (Over the counter) drain cleaning chemicals to clean pipes.
We don’t suggest any because they do more harm than good. They weaken your pipes with time, and only lead to leaks. Our technicians clean out drains using safe equipment like augers and specialized snaking equipment, which don’t weaken pipes.
While a plunger resolves minor pipe blockages, the problem can get dangerous if the clog breaks up. It scatters through the plumbing system to cause smaller blockages through your home. They can eventually lead to worse clogs through the drainage system.
It’s usually solid objects like child’s toys, stones, or keys trapped in pipes that cause significant clogs a simple plunger cannot remove.
Our plumbers here resort to using an auger or drain snake to remove it.
It’s inserted and pushed into the pipe to clear the blockage and free the pipe. It’s the continual prodding and pushing that loosens the object, to provide enough space for water to pass through. However, objects like hair and toys may have to be hooked and pulled out because they don’t come out on their own.
Once done, our professionals also take time to advise clients and homeowners to prevent repeated blockages. Our main piece of advice is:
Always keep objects like food, hair, food bits, grease, newspaper, and sanitary napkins out of the drains to prevent clogs.
How are drainage and sewage different?
A proper drainage system and sewage system is essential for sending out excess or wastewater in any home, building, or country. Though most people think that drainage and sewer systems are the same, there are some differences.
Sewage is the system which carries away waste matter. There are two types of wastewater- foul and surface water.
Foul water is the water from sinks, toilets, showers, and kitchens, which can also include solid waste. Surface water is water from the roof that flows down pipes and rainwater.
Sewage is a privately owned pipe, or public sewer system that carries away foul or surface waste.
The slope of the pipes, volume of sewage, and the route of sewers are kept in mind while designing the sewage system. The waste should flow even under gravity and without leaving any solids behind.
Modern sewage system includes domestic, industrial, and storm sewers.
The sludge obtained through sedimentation can be used either as fertilizer or dumped into the sea.
The drainage system is the system of drains or watercourses that carries out excess water. Any establishment needs to have a proper drainage system without which there won’t be any adequate disposal of water.
The absence of an appropriate method of drainage leads to standing water, which eventually smells and promotes mosquito breeding. It, in turn, starts diseases like cholera and diphtheria, which isn’t safe or hygienic.
Differences between sewage and drainage
Though both sewage and drainage carry water, they have their differences:
Drainage systems dispel excess water to sea or other suitable water bodies. However, a sewage system carries out and properly disposes of the wastewater and solids.
In short, the sewage system is a drainage system for dispelling wastewater and solids.
While drainage systems are human-made or natural like rivers and lakes, sewage systems are usually human-made.
Sewers carry both water and solid waste, while drainage carries only excess water.
The government or private sector maintains the sewage system. However, the local or federal government, or the state, maintains drainage systems.
While it’s possible to open drainage to air, it’s not possible to open sewage.
Some various issues or behaviors can lead to clogged drains and drain backups. While regular maintenance and proper drain usage help to prevent it, drain backups can be a consequence of:
Improper waste disposal: Not only sanitary napkins but also other ‘flushable’ items like facial tissue, towels, and baby wipes can trigger a drain backup.
Tree roots in the drain: Sometimes, tree roots enter the sewer line through a crack and grow well in the environment to block water.
Broken pipes: Old Toronto homes may have old and damaged pipes that lead to a drain backup.
Build-up: Things like hair and dead skin cells going down the bathroom drain, or food bits and oils, fats, and grease poured down kitchen sinks can eventually clog pipes.
All it takes is a small crack in a pipe or a loose joint to lead to tree roots entering the pipe. Trees need water, nutrients, and oxygen to grow, which they find in your sewer/drain pipe and thrive in them.
Once inside, the roots can get problematic with its hair-like extensions entangling anything while it grows down your drain pipe. It’s usually only when there’s trouble in water drainage that you notice something is wrong.
While it’s left to the homeowner to decide when to replace the drain line, some common reasons for a replacement are:
• Repeated blocked and clogged drains needing frequent repair
• The sewer system is over 30 years old and has worn out with time and use.
• Chemical drains cleaners can with time war out and corrode sewers.
Your plumber is the best person to assess your drainage and sewage system to determine if it should be replaced or not.
Quick action can help prevent a blockage if you notice roots in your drain. You won’t have many options once the water stops flowing in the pipe. For example, while copper sulphate and products like Root-X do kill roots, it’s useful only if water flows through the pipeline.
A drain cleaning machine can temporarily open a wholly blocked pipe. However, it requires future cleaning and even a possible sewer repair or replacement.
Common sense helps the most at preventing drain lines from clogging. For example, stop putting grease, too much soap, or food into the drain. It’s also worth placing a strainer at the end of the washing machine’s drain hose. It catches lint and other objects that may end up clogging pipelines with time.
Similarly, placing a filter on a bathtub or shower drain helps. It catches hair and other objects to prevent it from going down the drain, and thus prevents frequent drain cleaning.
Water jetting is the latest drain cleaning technique plumber’s use. It involves sending highly pressurized water into the drain line.
Water jetting is the best for removing grease clogs inside drain pipes. Traditional drain cleaning machines don’t help remove grease clogs while sewer cleaning machine blades may spin around but don’t remove grease clogs.
A water jet is also helpful at removing sediment or debris inside drain pipes. However, it’s an added drain cleaning expense that’s not so useful in other cases.
Many drain cleaning companies make false promises of unclogging drain pipes in an hour or less. The time needed for unclogging drains depends on various factors like the company size, the service area, and their in-house infrastructure.
Reputable companies like Dima Plumbing, your 24/7 plumber, offer an accurate response time of within half an hour. One or two hours are enough to resolve most services. However, the industry norm is to give advanced notice to the client in case of a delay.
The time required mostly depends on travel time. So it’s better to verify if you are in the company’s service area. The chances of a quick response are higher if you are. If not, you may have to wait a little longer for them to respond to your call.
It’s only after assessing and diagnosing the nature and extent of the problem it is possible to determine an exact price and give a quote. Unfortunately, most firms are reluctant to provide an estimate. Some also use various contingencies to justify any price changes after it’s quoted.
Unless there is the chance of some unforeseen conditions requiring additional workforce or drain cleaning equipment, the prices should remain intact.
It’s reasonable for a price change if some additional equipment is needed because of a change in the reported condition. You only pay the quote, and any mutually approved upon changes, while dealing with Dima Plumbing, your affordable plumbers in Toronto and GTA area.
With the customer being our focus, we provide quality drain services at a reasonable cost. Not only are our rates lower than most of our competitors, but your underground drainage lines also come with a lifetime warranty. It’s enough proof of the confidence we have in our work and staff.
Our level of expertise not only minimizes the working time on the client’s property but also quickly reduces further damage. It’s both cost-efficient and safe for your family. Besides, our professional services team keeps itself up-to-date about the latest drain chemicals/cleaning agents.