So you thought you were ready for the big storm, but now you notice water pooling where it shouldn’t be, which makes you nervous. In the days leading up to the heavy rainstorm season, you cleared your drains, gutters and the roof of debris, but even with all that effort, you are standing in your basement in ankle-deep water. With everything you have stored down there, the idea of the water rising is scary. What could have gone wrong? This may be the time to call in the big guns for drain service in Toronto.
Well, regardless of how well homeowners think they clean their drains, they are likely only doing a cursory job and removing the big stuff. But deep inside many drains, there’s buildup from the last big storm—and that gunk isn’t going anywhere.
What’s happening inside the drain? What’s blocking the pipes?
Truth be told, thinking you’ve done a super thorough cleaning job is an unusual scenario—especially since you likely don’t know just how much piping runs throughout your home. And homeowners are typically not equipped to look deep into their drainage systems, and the results can be costly. Here’s what’s going on inside your pipes:
- As water and sediment course through a drain, the soil and dirt settles to the bottom of the tube or pipe. Either there’s only a small amount of debris that can flow away with ease, or it begins building up.
- After the water dries, this muddy substance hardens, and essentially turns into a dirt clod at the bottom of your pipe or in U-bends. Just like in arteries in the human body, blockages like this can spell big trouble when the fluids they are meant to carry aren’t flowing prop
- Other things like sticks, leaves and garbage also get into the mix and can block things up even more. From the surface, everything looks clear, but down below you have the first ingredient needed for a flood.
Bringing in the drain camera
Don’t panic! With a camera inspection to locate problem areas in your drains, a drain service in Toronto can save you time, money and a big headache. By using specialty cameras, your drainage professional will be able to look directly into your pipes and determine what (if anything) is standing between you and proper drainage. This inside look will help them determine whether your blockage is simple dirt and debris or whether it’s something more serious, like a root that has grown through your pipe. Yes, tree roots can do this!
Whatever they find or don’t find, you will be happy to know that your home is in the best shape possible for a big storm. If flooding has taught us anything, it’s that preparation is key.
Don’t get caught with a blocked drain and a soggy house this rainy season. If you’re noticing problems like low water pressure or sneaky leaks, or if cleaning your drains becomes difficult, then you may be in need of a professional drain service in Toronto. Contact the team at Rooter Group Inc. and talk to us about setting up a camera inspection for your residential or commercial building drains.