Clogged Sink

A clogged sink is an ugly sight. It also causes hassles for you and your family. In case you have visitors, that clogged sink would leave a bad impression. Even if your home is totally clean and neat, a clogged sink will ruin the image and the moment.

That’s why you need to solve the problem immediately. You don’t want any hassles. You don’t want the water in the sink to overflow. If you allow it, the surrounding areas will be flooded. That causes more problems to you and your family. So what should you do then?

You need to do the clogged sink repair or hire someone to do it for you. We will discuss the ways on how to do the repair on your own. We will also discuss when it’s time to ask for help. This way you’ll avoid potential problems such as flooding and damage to your sink.

Clogged sink repair tips

There are at least 3 ways on how to unclog a sink. Here they are:

  • Using a plunger
  • Use of vinegar and baking soda
  • Drain snaking

Using a plunger is the most common solution. Almost all homes have a plunger to use for clogged toilets, sinks, and other drain systems. It’s very handy especially because we want to unclog sinks and toilets as fast as we can. Clogged toilets and sinks is almost an emergency. We need to act immediately and that’s where the plunger comes in.

It’s easy to do. First is you position the plunger over the drain. You pump the plunger up and down quickly. Keep in mind that the goal is for the clog or debris to move somehow. This way it can move down freely down the drain. The motion of the plunger causes some movement further down and that will help in dislodging the clog.

It’s fast and easy. But there are some cases where plunging doesn’t work as expected. Maybe the clog is pretty solid or the force of the plunger is not enough to dislodge the debris. That’s why some people try using the chemical approach.

You don’t need to use harsh chemicals. You can use the mild ones readily available at your home. You can use vinegar and baking soda to dissolve the clog somehow. Then the clog will get smaller and might freely move down the drain.

First is you need to put the baking soda into the drain. You might need a spatula to force down the baking soda. Then you pour 1 cup of vinegar into the drain. This way the baking soda and vinegar will have some chemical reactions. Then wait for at least 5 minutes. You can then pour warm water into the drain. The whole process could result to the dissolving of the clog. Then it will be free to move further down thereby draining all the water in the sink.

You might need to do this a few times before you see any result. However, there are a few cases where the use of chemicals and plunging won’t work. Maybe the clog is rock solid. Maybe the clog is the result of many years of waste and debris accumulation. Or maybe the clog is tightly stuck in the drain.

Fortunately, there’s another way to fix your clogged sink. It’s through the use of a drain snake. It deals right straight through the problem. First is you detach the curved pipe below the sink (put a bucket below so you catch the water). Then you use a drain snake or a cable auger into the horizontal pipe on the wall. The goal here is to dislodge the clog by moving the tip of the drain snake and initiating contact with the debris.

It seems it’s easy to do. But the truth is it can be much more messy and complicated. You have to choose the right tool and you also need to know how to use it. If you’re using it in the wrong way, it might cause more problems such as damage to your pipes. It might also cause some hand injuries if you’re not careful with it.

That’s why it’s best to hire professionals if plunging and chemical usage don’t work. This way they can deal straight through the problem. They can effectively do the clogged sink repair without any hassles on your part. They can choose the right tools for each job.

So if you need help with your clogged sink, contact us. We’re a team of experienced pros who are available 24/7. Let us help remove the clog in your sink if you want a fast service.

Drain Repair with Pipe Replacement

Drain Repair

Hello friends.

Today we want to tell you more about full and partial sewer pipe replacement, which are a crucial part of the drain repair process.

If you happen to have any problems with your system, we will conduct a camera inspection to determine the location and the cause of the problem. Usually, problems are caused by either roots in pipes, pipe collapse, an overflowing building trap, a foreign object that is blocking the whole drain system, or the lack of a slope.

drain repair blockage pipe clear

After inspection, we determine the best way to eliminate the blockage, and, subsequently, repair the drain. It usually suffices to dig out a pit and replace the problematic piece of the pipe, followed by an obligatory installation of a back-to-back cleanouts. With the help of the cleanout you can always see what’s happening in your sewer system.

After installing the cleanout we perform another camera inspection and check again the entire drain system and conclude whether our drain repair process was effective. If the sewer line still has problems, then we write up a report, and, if necessary, continue to work to address the problems. It is up to you.

In case of serious problems with your system, it is much cheaper and safer for you to change the entire sewer system and install a backwater valve.

Backwater Valve

We would like to elaborate a little on the topic of the backwater valve. There is an active City of Toronto program, under which the installation of a backwater valve will get you a rebate of 75% of the cost of, up to $ 1250 in total. In addition, the installation of backwater valve to helps reduce the price of your home insurance. It can help prevent a wet, leaky basement. We can install a backwater valve for your household either inside or outside of your home with the full or partial replacement of your sewer system.

Note that sometimes, 8 or even 10 fitting pipes are required to properly install a backwater valve due to the construction of the device.

For us, licensed AAADrain professionals, there are simply no unsolvable problems in matters of sewage, waterproofing, and water service. We have 15 years of experience in GTA and surrounding areas. We have a responsible and positive attitude in regards to our work, with which you always get a decade-long insurance.

Choosing us, you get quality and a peace of mind.

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Floor Drain Problems and Solutions

Floor drain

Hello friends.

As you can tell, today we want to tell you about floor drains.

Why floor drains?

This is a relatively small portion of your sewer system, but it is a very important one. Floor drain should be present in every house, located near the hot water tank. That is if anything goes wrong with your hot water tank, the hot water will flow straight to the floor drain.

So, what is a floor drain?

floor drain design

Briefly and technically, it is usually a p-trap, or even better, a running trap. In Toronto, the floor drain is used to connect the sanitary line to the storm line, and if it has any problems, it can cause basement floods during rain, as all the rainwater from roofs flows through them. Even with relatively modest amounts of rain water, it will fill up 30-40% of the cross flow pipes. Therefore, the floor drain must always be in good standing, so that the water will run through it without any problems, and without losing speed.
If there are any problems, it is necessary to replace it, because due to its design the drain cannot be completely cleaned.

Note that floor drain is a trap, and unlike a building trap it should not be replaced with a cleanout, as they carry out different functions. Floor drain is set up in the unfortunate event that water somehow ends up on the floor of your basement, it does not stop there, flooding your basement, and gets into the sewer system instead.

Sewage Problems

Remember, if your sewage system is working well, you will not notice it. But when problems arise, you cannot miss them. Therefore, it is best to do a complete camera inspection of your system, say annually or bi-annually, and replace malfunctioning parts, or, if necessary, the entire system.

If you notice water in your basement – feel free to call us. We, AAADrain specialists, have comprehensive experience dealing with drain problems and waterproofing. We will do everything possible so that your home remains dry in any weather.

Drain problem, deal with flood water and sewage in basement

Drain Problem

Hello friends.

Today we will to teach you what to do when you unfortunately discover water or sewage in your basement.

There are various reasons why water has gotten into your basement.

If after a rain your basement foundation walls are damaged by water, the problem lies in waterproofing.

If the water did not get to electrical devices, you are more or less in a safe situation. If it does not smell bad, there are no life-threatening bacteria and viruses, and it is most likely just common rainwater. Having said that, if the water remains there for extended periods of time, it may cause moisture and cause molding in your basement.

When the water smells bad or there is sewage, which usually appear near the floor drain, it is a drain problem. Make sure the water does not come in contact with any electrical appliances and, if possible, we recommend to turn them off. Also, try not to avoid the backup water, which is likely to contain bacteria and viruses.

drain problem

Basement flooding is possible during heavy rains when the city sewage cannot cope with the flow, and backup water can get into your basement.

All these sewage problems, problems with wet walls in your basement, and waterproofing issues can easily be solved with a single call. After the assessment and inspection with a camera, we can carry out drain cleaning, partial replacement of pipes, the complete replacement of pipes, installing backwater valve and a sump pump.

Call us; we would love to work for you.

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