Let’s face it – times are tough and money is tighter than ever. One affect our tough economic times have on most home owners is that they are putting off small maintenance issues, until dealing with them becomes unavoidable. When it comes to your drainage system, putting off repairs can end up with extremely costly mess down the road. This can easily become a big problem for those people who have little or no understanding of how their drainage system functions – if you neglect to maintain this aspect you will surely have to pay for it down the road.

It’s a fact – drains become blocked

Whilst not a certainty, if left unattended for a long time it is not uncommon for drain pipes to experience some issues with blockages. This can be caused by the slow buildup of debris, this can be a major problem because as more and more debris builds up, that build up allows more debris to build up faster and faster. Eventually you have a completely blocked drain pipe and it’s time to call in your local plumber to do a full inspection and most probably a full drain snaking procedure.

How to tell if your drain needs an inspection?

It’s a good idea to have your drain inspected at least every two to three years to ensure top-performance and take care of any issues before they grow into expensive, monster problems. But how can you tell if you do in fact have a drain problem? Well most issue do now just jump out and announced themselves directly, if you have some experiences with your toilet not refilling completely after flushing or maybe your sinks are draining as fast as they have been in the past then you may be experiencing the effects of a blocked drain. However, you may be experience an all-out basement flooding – chances are good you have major issues if that happens.

What can you do in this situation? Well, first of all you can avoid this by practicing regular preventative measures, such as not pouring grease, fat, or allowing debris to go down your drain. You may think that these just get washed out right? No so, they can easily build up in your pipes. Grease can find areas to settle and create a surface that is highly attractive for small debris to build up on – pour more grease down there and you have a situation that’s likely to become a problem down the road.

Uh oh, we’ve got a drain problem!

But what can you do once you’re already facing the problem? The best then you can do is to call up your local Toronto plumbing companty to come out and inspect the issue. Where possible, a full drain inspection utilizing a CCTV drain inspection camera will reveal the problem in full-colour, high-definition detail. With the visual inspection complete, the ideal solution can be determined and acted upon. Sometimes a simple drain cleaning procedure will take care of the issue. In worst case situations, earth will need to be dug out to access the drain directly and replace either a portion, or even the entire system depending on the specifics of the job.

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  • Carl

    The easiest thing to do is to have your own unclogging solution. There are several ways to do it and the cheapest is to pour in boiling water to your toilet. Sometimes this will do the trick because it will soften the clog and will make it easy for you to unclog it. However, if this process didn’t work for you, then it would be better if you are going to buy a solution and pour it in the toilet. Some people are using muriatic acid, while some are using different solutions for it. Make sure that you are going to use something that is safe and something that is within your budget.

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