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Give us a call today: 613-791-5777  for a free upfront estimate! Resolving weeping tile blockage

During the winter months, landlords in Ottawa should be aware of certain property maintenance concerns.  One major issue that can occur when the temperature drops is a blocked weeping tile.  Unlike other blockages, this may be caused due to the water in the weeping tile freezing.  Frozen water in the weeping tile connected to the floor drain impedes the flow of groundwater away from the house.   These blockages may lead to possible leaks in your home.  Worse, ice in the pipes may burst your plumbing, escalating the problem.  Weeping tile blockage is a serious problem for Ottawa homeowners and landlords.

 Checking for signs of weeping tile blockage
  1. Check the Sump Pit. The sump pit (aka the sump basin) is located under your home’s basement or in the crawl space.  It collects the water from the drain tile then sends it away from your home.  You should check to ensure it is fully drained.  Any water accumulated in the pit, especially after heavy rainfall, can indicate that you have a blockage.  Look for other signs of moisture, like damp walls.  Check for possible cracks where the basement and foundation of your house meet.
  2. Check the Drain Tile Outlet. After it rains, you should perform this check. If this is functioning properly, you should see water pouring from the drain tile.  Examine the outlet’s edge with a stick.  After the water flows out, check the pipes using a flashlight.
Call The Plumber

Most clogs in your weeping tile are due to dirt, roots and underground debris.  When the blockage occurs, water will find the path of least resistance.  This path usually turns out to be your home’s basement walls.  If you notice any moisture in the basement, on the walls, or on the floor, call a licensed plumber.

Sometimes the signs of moisture in your basement aren’t as explicit.  The presence of mold or mildew in your basement is also a sign that you have a moisture problem.  If this occurs, call a qualified plumber.

Why DIYing it is a Bad Idea

Managing an issue with weeping tile is complicated.  You have to address the blockage of the weeping tile connected to the sewer.  Consideration must be made for the masonry work to repair damaged concrete where leaks may occur.  Even if there are no cracks, concrete is not an impermeable material.  Water should be drained away from the concrete, and not left to collect near it.    A professional plumber should be able to dig access points around snaking weeping tile to get to the drain.  From there, the plumber should be able to clean the drain is easier.

Why choose Dr. Pipe?

Our team of licensed and certified plumbing experts will ensure that your job is done to the best quality.  We work with you to make sure the job is completed with minimal inconvenience to your life.  We use state-of-the-art technology to reduce costs, project time, and damage to your property.  Our job sites are neat and covered, and we always clean up after the work is done.  Our customers can attest to our good work.  Check out our testimonials.

Don’t let the cold Ottawa winters keep you from doing maintenance on your home.  Call Dr. Pipe for a free inspection today.

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Plumbing emergencies can occur at literally any time. When they do, it’s important you take the proper steps to fix the problem as quickly as possible to minimize cost and damages and ensure that the problem doesn’t get even bigger. Be on the lookout for these 5 signs that your plumbing system may be at risk.

Sign #5: No Hot Water

If you don’t have any hot water flowing in your home, that means there’s an issue with your water heater. Taking cold showers for days in a row is something no one wants to deal with, and you need to address it quickly. Whether it’s just your pilot going out or something more complex, we can help.

Sign #4: Standing Water

When water starts pooling in your home, it can cause damages in any number of ways. From water damaged floors and walls to warped wood and mold, it’s an issue that needs to be dealt with. Standing water means you have a significant leak somewhere in the house. Whether it’s the base of your toilet, the water heater, the dishwasher or elsewhere, this is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Sign #3: A Burst Pipe

Anything from extreme temperature variations to tree roots to general wear-and-tear can cause a pipe to burst. If this happens you need to turn off your water right away to minimize damage, then turn on your faucets to drain the system to prevent any standing water.  Call us as soon as you can and we’ll identify the issue and fix it as soon as possible.

Sign #2: Sewage Smell

If you’re noticing a foul sewer smell in your home it could mean sewage is backing up into your drains. Gases from raw sewage are not just foul smelling and unhygienic, they can also be incredibly toxic and potentially explosive. Call us to determine that problem and fix it right away.

Sign #1: Low Water Pressure

If you’re noticing the water pressure in your entire house seems low as opposed to just a single fixture, it’s a sign there’s an issue in your water supply.  You could have a clog somewhere in your water main and that’s an issue that needs to be addressed quickly to return proper function to your fixtures.

Why DIY Could Be The Wrong Choice

DIY repairs are a tempting option but remember, with any DIY procedure you’re risking:

  • Your safety: Improper or partial repairs could be dangerous.
  • Your warranty: Some fixtures come with warranties that are voided if the work is not done by a professional.
  • Bigger problems: An improper repair or installation may mean you’ll have bigger, costlier issues later.
  • More money: Any repairs that need to be done more than once have to be paid for more than once.
What Can You Expect When You Choose Us For Your Repairs

Our team of qualified and licensed plumbers will get your pipes repaired quickly and professionally. You can expect every aspect of our work to be done right including:

  • 24/7 emergency response service
  • We’re local, located here in Ottawa, and able to get to you quickly
  • Over 20 years of experience to help you plan your work effectively
  • Honest and fair pricing up front
  • A team of fully bonded and insured professionals
  • The best tools and equipment for the job
  • Trade license verified and fully up to date certification

We treat your home the way we expect workers to treat our homes.  That means coordinating with you from the moment you call for a quote all the way through the final work we perform.  Our team will cover and clean everything in their work area so you don’t have the added stress of a mess to tidy up, and we’ll finish as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you have an emergency, shut off your water and call us immediately for a free, no-obligation quote.

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If you’re noticing water backing up and you’re constantly using the plunger to try to fight clogs in your house, you might have a serious issue with your drains. Having a professional drain line inspection doesn’t have to involve a serious excavation of your home and plumbing. In fact, there are many options that require no digging at all.

How Do You Know You Need Your Drain Repaired?

There are some definite signs to be on the lookout for that will let you know it’s time to call in a licensed, professional plumber in Ottawa who can give you a detailed camera inspection of your drain system and determine the best approach for repairing the issue. Things like:

  • Repeated clogs throughout the house
  • Foul odors coming up through drains
  • Soggy spots or pooling water in the yard
  • Water stains in your basement
What are Your Options for Drain Repair?

Traditional drain excavation and repair is always an option you have available for your drain sewer cleaning. This involves digging a trench to excavate the pipes, find the source of the damage and repair it then and there. In some very rare cases, this may be the only option to properly repair a completely collapsed drain.

Drain lining and drain re-lining are options that save you the hassle of a full excavation and may be just what you need if your drains have been damaged by something like invasive roots. These techniques involve inserting a new liner into the older pipe, effectively bypassing the old pipe with no need to dig the whole system up.

Drain patch liners and local patch repair techniques are similar to drain lining but target specific, damaged sections of the drain pipe, saving some time and money in certain circumstances.

Pitch fiber re-rounding is a technique that may be useful if old pitch fiber pipes were used and have since succumbed to the deformities and blistering those pipes are known for. Re-rounding involves reshaping the pipe and lining it so it functions as it’s supposed to.

Pipe bursting involves bursting the old pipe out of the way as a new pipe is fed into the line, removing and replacing the old pipe without ever having to dig it.

The Benefits of Trenchless Drain Repair

Using a trenchless repair method that doesn’t involve digging can save you time and money in the long run. There’s less disruption to your home and yard, less cost when you factor in not having to repair all that potential damage to your landscaping or driveway and in many cases, it can be done much more quickly.

Why Choose Us?

If your drains are in need of repair in Ottawa, we offer you the time saving and money saving option of trenchless drain repairs that will make your repair go much more smoothly. We treat your home the way we expect workers to treat our homes.  That means coordinating with you from the moment you call for a quote all the way through the final work we perform. Our team will cover and clean everything in their work area so you don’t have the added stress of a mess to tidy up and we’ll finish as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777  to get more information about trenchless drain repair!

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Cities subjected to 10 or more days of rain every month are at risk of sewer/drain overflow. Every time there is a downpour a possibility lies of the main sewer drain system choking up and flooding your house under certain circumstances, such as:

  1. Your home has a basement
  2. The ground floor of your house is more than 1” lower than the street level

Both conditions may result in flooding due to the back force exerted by the waste/rainwater that has been accumulating in the municipality drainage system. To save yourself from this trouble it is necessary to use a valve known as an internal backwater valve.

What is an Internal Backwater Valve?

A backwater valve is a fitting in your drain plumbing, which maintains one directional flow in the piping, which in our case is outside the house. This type of valve has two categories:

  1. Gate Type Valve
  2. Check Valve (No Return Valve (N.R.V))
How does the Valve help avoid flooding?

The basic principle of this type of valve is to allow fluid to flow in only one direction, the mechanism according to the two categories mentioned can be either manual or automatic. According to their varying degrees of usage and complexity, there are instances where plumbers need to install both types together.

The gate type valve is a manual valve that can be turned off or on as per the requirement. In regular days the valve stays on, and if there is a downpour or a chance of backwater flooding, the internal backwater valve can be turned off, hence stopping the water from the main sewer to come into your house.

The check works automatically on the principle of gravity. The water from the house to the main drain will flow normally if there is a chance of backwater, the gate lifts due to the pressure of the backwater, and seals the pipe, this method although automatic but does not provide the same level of sealing like the gate type valve.

Why you need an internal valve?

Pertaining to areas like Ottawa where there is a lot of rainfall and snow, every house that has a basement or a ground floor at a low level should install both of these internal backwater valves, i.e. the check valve to initially seal the pipe as flooding occurs, and the main gate valve to be turned off to completely seal the piping against sewerage or rainwater flooding.

How much does it cost to install an internal backwater valve?

The installation of the valve should only be done by certified plumbers to maintain the sealing and prevent any leakages. Faulty plumbing can be hazardous since all of these drains go under houses, or basements, any leakage is bound to seep into the foundation. The valve can either be installed before the construction of a house or after. The cost of installing the backwater valve before the building is around 150$ to 250$, whereas after construction this cost shoots to 1000$-2000$ depending upon the complexity of the job.

To facilitate this, the government subsidizes costs for citizens willing to install internal backwater valves in pre-constructed houses.

If you have experienced the horror of flooded basements and lawns in Ottawa, why not hire a plumber?

As one of the leading plumbing services in Ottawa, Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services promise cost-effective and long-lasting plumbing solutions!

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What is Trenchless Sewer Repair?

Trenchless Sewer Repair is a cost efficient method of fixing drainage pipes for your home. A majority of people hire plumbers to repair the pipelines in their homes due to breakage, corrosion, or leakage. Standard plumbers typically repair the pipelines in the tried and true methods that have been used for decades. While this format is effective, fixing pipelines this way can cause digging and construction to occur in front of your house, and can be expensive. Instead of ripping apart your driveway and paying over $20,000 for extra construction, you might want to consider trenchless sewer repair.

How is Trenchless Sewer Repair Done?

There are two types of trenchless sewer repair, pipe-lining, and pipe-bursting.  Pipe lining occurs when a resin is blasted into the pipeline through a flexible tube and becomes a solid, thereby lining the pipes. If the pipeline is fractured, a new pipe can be thrust into the old one, breaking the old one down. This method is called pipe-bursting.

Trenchless Sewer Repair Pros & Cons

There are many pros to doing trenchless sewer repair. Here are our top three:

It’s cost efficient
Trenchless sewer repair is far less costly than spending thousands of dollars on construction, as mentioned earlier.

It takes less time
Repair damage takes less time to complete, without the hassle of construction.

Less maintenance required
Less maintenance is required over time,  because damage does not occur as often, with cleaner pipes.

As with anything, there are some cons to trenchless sewer repair. Here are a few of the biggest ones:

  1. Pipes could be too old – Depending on the age of your home, pipes could be too old for trenchless sewer repair
  2. It’s only available on less-damaged pipes – The damage to your pipes could be too serious for this type of repair
  3. You need to find the right type of expert in your area – Professional plumbers like Dr. Pipe and Plumbers Ottawa, are the only people who can handle trenchless sewer repair.

If you are considering pipe repair, we can handle your construction or trenchless sewer repair at Dr. Pipe. Contact us today for a free estimate at 613-791-5777, https://ottawaplumbernow.com.

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Plumbers can handle a range of tasks on residential and commercial properties. Whether you need standard plumbing services or for an emergency plumbing situation, it’s a good idea to hire professional plumbers like the ones at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services in Ottawa. So exactly how much can you expect to pay when you hire a professional plumber?

Ottawa Plumber Rates

The fact is that plumber Ottawa rates aren’t fixed because there are a number of variables such as:

  • The type of service required
  • The feature or fitting that needs repairs or replacement
  • The region you are in
  • Whether the plumber charges by the hour or per job
  • Types of materials used
  • Whether the company charges a call-out fee
  • Whether the professionals have a different price tag for emergency services 

In most instances, plumbers charge a minimum rate for the 2-hour callout, and the lowest price for plumbing professionals would be in the range of $200- $250. This generally includes:

  1. Service call fee
  2. One to two hours of labor
  3. Minor parts repair & repair
Complex Plumbing Job Cost

The price for more complex plumbing jobs will be higher. You can generally expect to pay higher costs for:

  • Weeping tile installation
  • Backwater valve installation
  • Water heater replacement
  • Sewer line replacement

If you need regular drain line inspection or some other simple fixes like faucet or tap repairs, the costs may be lower. Before you hire any plumbing professional, it’s a good idea to check what pricing the structure they maintain. Ask whether they charge by the hour or a flat fee. For information on our services and pricing, call Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services!

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Its summer again, and the last thing you may want to think of is your plumbing. Although plumbing issues can come up at any time throughout the year, these problems are common in summer. Hence, you may need a professional plumbing service during the summer months than ever.  To ensure your plumbing is working as it should, consider the following issues. 

Sprinkler Lines

Your lawn needs more routine mowing during summer, as the grass tends to grow faster in these months. You could accidentally step on and break off your sprinkler head, only to discover that you have a flood on your lawn. Plumbers are experts in the repairs of damaged plumbing pipes and re-channeling existing pipes to preferable location.

 Clogged Toilets and Showers

Of course, the kids are home for the summer break and the schools will be off for some months. Friends and families could be coming over with their kids to spend some time in your home. Obviously, your showers and toilets will be used more frequently during their stay. No worries though, if your drain ever gets clogged, a well-trained and certified plumber can fix it with ease – this is their specialty. This is a common service offered by most plumbing services companies in Ottawa. 

Worn Out Washers

Summer holidays come with numerous fun-filled outdoor activities which make the kids (and adults alike) end up with dirty laundry; Swimsuits, towels, sweaty socks and shirts, dirty jeans. This outcome is usually the product of activities which ranges from the kids’ timeout in the mud, to working in the yard- they all result in a huge pile of dirty clothes.

Obviously, your washing machine has got double the work to handle if the clothes must be kept clean. Most machines might break down or start to leak with so much work. But no worries; simply get a plumber to help with the repairs and you will be on your way. 

Damaged Garbage Disposal

Summer is not complete without the delicacies. Family and friends converge for a get-together, barbecues, and all tasty treats. You sure should expect loads of food scraps, and a pile of dishes – your garbage disposal will be taking up a whole lot of garbage. And with the food remnants running through the sewage hose, your channel is likely to get clogged sooner. Here, you obviously need a fast solution so you do not break the fun with your guests in the kitchen.

Stay calm- your neighborhood plumbing service professional is just a call away. A clogged or worse still, damaged garbage disposal isn’t what you want to experience when you’ve got some guest to treat. All thanks to your local Woodstock plumbers – they can help you handle your plumbing issue seamless without your guests even noticing something went wrong.

Do you need an urgent Ottawa drain repair? Simple call Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing to handle the entire situation for you.

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Drain relining is also referred to as trenchless or no-dig technology. Most well-established plumbing professionals now recommend drain relining vs. traditional drain repair processes. When you opt for pipe relining solutions from experts like Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services in Ottawa you are assured of the best services. This technology has a number of distinct advantages over standard drain repair.

The Benefits of Pipe Relining in Ottawa

Since no major excavation as required and only two or small trenches need to be dug at either end of the drain, the work can be completed within the shortest possible time and in the most cost-effective manner. There’s very little disruption to the property and hardly any damage to the landscaping. Skilled plumbers in Ottawa now recommend this particular solution for fixing drains of various diameters. There are a number of different situations in which you can opt for drain relining such as:

  • Deterioration of drain pipes
  • Damage and cracks in the drain pipes
  • Tree root growth that has caused the damage to your pipes
  • Rust and corrosion in underground drain pipes
Contact The Drainage Pipe Repair Experts

As mentioned earlier this process is very quick and causes minimal disruption on your property which also means that the downtime is lower. The epoxy lining forms a very durable internal pipe within the existing one. It effectively seals and bridges cracks, holes, and gaps. The epoxy lining is also resistant to corrosion and chemical attack and improves the hydraulic efficiency of the drains.

We at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services offer excellent drain line inspection and pipe relining solutions to commercial and residential clients. 

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Failing to clean your gutters and downspouts regularly can cause clogs that can result in water leakages in your home and damage to various features of the home structure. One of the best ways to avoid all these problems is to carry out preventive gutter cleaning & downspout cleanout with regularity.

Downspout Cleaning From The Ground

Here are some tips from the experts at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services in Ottawa, on how you can unclog downspout plumbing from the ground:

  1. Remove the downspout exactly at the point it enters the ground.
  2. Use a long plumbing snake to force the water at a great pressure up your downspout. This helps dislodge the clogs.
  3. You can use a handheld auger to unclog downspouts from the ground level. These tools are easily available at any hardware shop. It’s important to wear protective eye gear and hand gloves while carrying out this work. Insert your auger from the lower end of the downspout by locking its cable and turning the tool’s drum in a clockwise direction.
  4. Now unlock the cable and then feed the cable into the downspout, so its tip passes through all the blockages. Pull the cable back; you may have to do this exercise multiple times in order to clear stubborn blocks.
  5. Next, insert the garden hose into the downspout and turn on the water. It’s a good idea to use a pressure washer. If you have very stubborn blocks, you may need a sewer-jetter to clear the extend downspout.

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Weeping tiles are a basic aspect of any building structure. They are designed to drain away water from areas under and around the foundation, reducing the risk of basement flooding. This tile is connected to a leading pipe, which directs water to a storm drain and away from your property. At Dr. Pipe, we have installed many such tiles so our plumbers understand how this system works. Here’s a brief look at this system:

Weeping tile install

There are two ways to install this system. You can choose between the exterior and interior weeping tile in Ottawa based on your requirements. Interior systems are easier to maintain but difficult to install because of the subfloor. Exterior systems are easy to install but difficult to maintain. They help keep landscapes and gardens relatively dry, so installation location really depends on personal requirements. Here’s a brief look at this process:

  • Plumbers dig a trench in the basement floor or around foundation walls. They make sure it has sufficient weeping tile installation slope, which is 1 inch every 8 feet. This provides proper slope to drain water away from the property.
  • They then line trenches with gravel, which acts as a filter to prevent clogs or blockages.
  • The next step is to lay down a perforated pipe that will collect water before transporting it to storm drains.

The final step is to fill the trench and refinish the ground. This process can be done indoors as well, but plumbers will need to cut the subfloor for installation. Weeping tile sizes depend on the size of your drain system. Larger homes with high water tables require more tiles.

Clogged weeping tile in Ottawa

Weeping tiles develop clogs if sediment slips past gravel into the pipe. Silting or clogging is inevitable, especially near downspouts and areas where this system collects a lot of water. This silt build-up can only be removed by flushing or replacing the tile. Both options will require excavation so there’s not much of a price difference between the two. If your system is old, we recommend replacing it instead of flushing it. This might stall future repairs, saving you some money in the long run.

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