Best Ottawa Drain Cleaning Service

Our Ottawa Drain Cleaning Plumbers Are Fast, Friendly, and Reliable. We Swiftly Unblock Sink Drains, Shower Drains, Clogged Toilets, Sewer Lines, & More

When you call John The Plumber in Ottawa, we’ll schedule you in faster than our competitors can, show up within the agreed time window, and get your drain cleared and let the glorious water flow freely once again. 

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Drain Cleaning Service Ottawa

When you’ve got a blocked drain, you don’t have time to waste waiting for a professional drain cleaning service – or finding out they’re not so professional after all. If you pick the wrong drain cleaning company, the mess they create can make you forget all about the drain. You need an experienced, efficient, and communicative plumber to parachute in.

Our Ottawa Drain Cleaning Services

Whether you’re dealing with slow drains or blocked drains, we’ve got you covered. Our Ottawa plumbing services are premier league, and we offer world-class service every step of the way!

Our Ottawa Drain Services include:

Not all drainage issues are obvious. Using a high level of experience, knowledge, and equipment, our drain experts can run a plumbing inspection and deduce the cause of strange odors, water damage, and problems in your drainage system. We believe that offering the best customer service means finding the best solution to solve your drain problems, whether that means a bigger job or a smaller job – we just want what’s right for you!

Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency when you can prevent it!

Periodically having a drain cleaning is a great way to protect yourself from big problems.

Over time, grease and other matter collect in the pipes. You might notice gurgling noises and slower drains. These partial blockages gradually build into a coagulated nightmare!

If it gets too bad, sections of drain pipes may require replacement.

Instead, have a plumber come and clean your drains and sewers! We have the equipment to blast buildups and leave your pipes squeaky clean!

When you need Ottawa drain cleaners, John The Plumber is ready to help. We offer routine maintenance drain cleaning, as well as emergency clogged drain cleaning services.

We’re available when you need us!

If you’ve got a slow drain in your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower drain, bathtub drain, or laundry tub, or it’s completely blocked, using an electrically-powered commercial plumbing snake, our plumbers can break through the matter forming the blockage or pull the clog back out.

If you’re experiencing toilet drain clogs, call John The Plumber and one of our experts can use a Toilet Auger (aka toilet snake) to break the toilet clog or pull the contents out.

Remember that your toilet is only designed to handle human organic waste and toilet paper. Feminine hygiene products, ‘flushable’ wipes, and garbage are best placed in the trash!

Blocked Toilet

Tree roots are on a mission to find a bountiful source of nutrition, and oftentimes, that nutrition is your waste. While some trees are less of an issue than others, many trees, such as Maple or Oak trees, can wreak devastating damage to your sewer pipes. Once tree roots find their way into your sewer, it will only get worse.

From there, you will experience sewer clogs and drain clogs more regularly, and you might find yourself calling for professional service often.

While you may want to consider a sewer line excavation and replacement, a cheaper and less invasive solution is to have a plumber clear the sewer line of tree roots using tools like Chain Knockers or Hydro Jets. (We have both!)

If your drain blockage is caused by the freezing cold, don’t worry! We’ve got a machine for that! We can heat up your frozen drain pipes, and restore flow to your plumbing system to clear your blockage.

Frozen Pipes

Emergency Plumbing

If sewage is backing up in your basement or your plumbing isn’t draining, you may need sewer repair or snaking services. Our sewer cleaning specialists are equipped with the latest technology to clean out your sewer line effectively and prevent any issues from reoccurring.

However, if your sewer is collapsed or experiencing another sewer issue, we are your local residential sewer specialists. Our licensed plumbers can guide you through every step of the way and help make your sewer repair experience as easy as possible.

A Drain Backup is when waster and waste rise up from a drain. Somewhere down the drain line, a pipe has clogged. When this happens, the wastewater from every drain up the line will rise up from the lowest drain before the blockage.

When you’ve got a backed-up drain, stop using the fixtures and drains in your home that are connected to the same pipe, as this water will continue to rise from the backed-up drain.

Your basement floor drain is a bigger pipe than many other pipes in the house. As such. a blocked floor drain requires more heavy-duty drain equipment than what may be used for a sink drain. If you notice strange smells or a backed-up floor drain, we have the equipment you need to get the job done properly.

A sewer backup occurs when either your sewer overflows and ejects sewage into your home, or your sewer lateral is blocked so the waste from your home gets stuck and backs up. If your sewer line is blocked, we can choose from a variety of tools and services to remedy the problem, and if the sewer has overflowed and backed. up into your home, we can install a Backwater Valve to protect you in the future.

A backwater valve is a valve that closes and prevents sewage from entering your home through your sewer line. It essentially converts your drain system into a one-way street, so you never have to worry about your neighbour’s waste flooding your basement.

Hydro Jet is a drain cleaning machine that blasts pressurized water into your drains, tearing through grease clogs, sediment buildup, and any other drain obstruction that blocks its path.

For smaller drain pipes, our drain team is equipped with a portable Hydro Jet Drain Cleaner, but for stubborn clogs in your stack, floor drain, or sewer lateral, we have a powerful gas-powered Hydro Jetter that can tear through anything, even tree roots!

Your residential drain system and sewer system rely on gravity to move liquid and solids through your pipes and out of your home. However, if gravity isn’t going to do the trick, for example, a basement bathroom is lower than the sewer, then a sewage pump is needed.

Sewage pumps can move water and solids up and out of your home. Additionally, a grinder pump can grind the matter before pumping, to ensure a smooth out of your sewer line.

If you’re having frequent issues with your drain system, you may want to consider having a plumbing camera inspection.

During a drain video inspection, we’ll stick a commercial drain camera into your drain, navigate your plumbing system, and locate the source of your issues.

From there, we can help you make a decision regarding the best way to proceed to eliminate future drain issues.

Once you know what you want to do, we’ll get to work and solve your problems once, and right!

Why Choose John The Plumber for Your Clogged Drain?

John The Plumber is OCD about customer service. If you need drain cleaning services in Ottawa or the surrounding areas, you’ve just found the last plumbers you’ll ever need.

A few reasons to choose John The Plumber for your blocked drain include:

When you’ve got a clogged drain, you can’t wait 3 days – let alone weeks – for the so-called problem solvers team to show up. But plumbing services in Ottawa often require you to wait, because there’s a shortage of plumbers (especially good plumbers) around here.

But when you call John The Plumber, we slide down the fire station pole, hit the road, and get to work. Our plumbers are experienced because they’ve been plumbing a long time, and they’ve been doing it a long time because they enjoy it and care about your home as if it was theirs. We’ll do what we’ve got to do to get your system draining properly. With John The Plumber you can often expect same-day service, and if not, it’s very likely we can help you tomorrow.

At John The Plumber, we hate having to wait for services! Who wants to stay at home all day, waiting for someone who may or may not arrive?

When you call us for drain cleaning in Kanata, Orleans, or anywhere in between, you can expect your plumber to communicate when he’s on the way, and show up on time. If something is wrong and we’re running later than expected, we’ll keep you up-to-date throughout the wait!

One of our secrets to fast and efficient service is our equipment. We invest in the company and we invest in our teams! We provide our technicians with the best equipment available, so they can handle your plumbing issue in record time.

If you read through our reviews, you will see that we have built a team of Ottawa’s friendliest plumbers. Our team members are clean, presentable, pet-friendly, and nice to children!

If you’ve ever had an experience with a disgruntled negative-Nancy serviceman, you know what it’s like to have a not-so-great service. At John The Plumber, we believe in Super Fantastic Service, every time! You can expect our plumbers to look and behave like someone you’re comfortable letting into your home!

Best of all, whether you need a plumber in Barrhaven, a plumber in Orleans, or somewhere in between, we can get to you quickly so you don’t have to waste your day waiting for your plumbing and drain technician.

Super Fantastic Service is what it’s about, we even wrote it into our jingle! Our goal, at John The Plumber, is to provide you with an experience so pleasant that you will always use our Ottawa plumbing services.

Whether you need drain cleaning in Barrhaven or anywhere in Ottawa, you can expect fast, reliable, and super fantastic drain service!

Whether it’s a big job or small, you can always expect quality work with a smile!

“Satisfaction Guaranteed” has become a cliche, hasn’t it?

But, at John The Plumber, we mean it! We take our reputation seriously, and we are not willing to have our valued customers feel anything but satisfaction with our services. If you want your plumbing needs satisfied, choose John The Plumber for your plumbing issues!

Not every clog or plumbing repair is the same, so we need to see the work before providing a price. But, upon seeing the work and what’s involved, our plumbing experts will explain the plumbing issue, discuss service repair options, and help you make an educated decision about what’s best for you and your home.

Best of all, we’ll tell you upfront! No more surprises when you receive the bill!

Transparency is key, don’t you agree?

There are horror stories all over the internet of plumbing system ‘professionals’ taking advantage of their clients and customers.

You’ll never live one of those horror stories when you call John The Plumber. We are in the business of building relationships for life, and that means being honest every step of the way.

Water damage is no joke. A bad drain pipe unclogging or toilet repair can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

It’s important to choose a company that is fully insured so that you and your home are safe in an emergency.

Why Choose John The Plumber for Your Clogged Drain?

Best Ottawa Drain Cleaning Service

Our Drain Cleaning Equipment

At John The Plumber, we believe that good work deserves good equipment.
And, boy, do we come prepared!

Drain Snakes

Drain Snakes

Drain snakes are the most common tool in the drain cleaners arsenal. They’ll take care of most small blockages in smaller drains.

Toilet Auger

Toilet Augers

A toilet auger, or toilet snake, can navigate through the bends of your toilet to clear the clogged toilet.

Sewer Rooter Machines

Drain Augers

Drain augers come in a variety of sizes, with a variety of heads, to tackle a variety of pipes and blockages. These larger machines, however, are generally used for bigger pipes – like those that make up your drain stack, toilet drain, floor drain, and sewer.



A drain auger may punch a hole through a grease clog in your kitchen drain, however, it won’t clear the majority of the blockage. Instead, we’ll use a mini electric jetter to powerwash the inside of your drain pipes and restore it to proper function.

Chain Knockers

Chain Knockers Chain Knockers

Chain knockers are powerful machines that spin a chain through your pipe, and can tear apart harder blockages, such as tree roots.

Gas-Powered Hydro Jetters

Gas-Powered Hydro Jetters

Chain knockers are powerful machines that spin a chain through your pipe, and can tear apart harder blockages, such as tree roots.

Drain Inspection Cameras

Drain Inspection Camera

Chain knockers are powerful machines that spin a chain through your pipe, and can tear apart harder blockages, such as tree roots.

Drain Locators

Drain Locators

When your drains have a serious issue, such as a crack, and it requires a replacement, a camera drain locator can be placed in the drain to locate the issue. Once you see the the issue on camera, you can send a signal that tells the plumber the exact location of the device. Using this technology, we can locate issues underground so we can fix them with minimal damage to your basement or yard.

The Importance Cleaning Your Drains Regularly

Every day we wash and flush a ton of grease, soap scum, fat, hair, human waste, and other stuff down the drains. Given enough time, this matter will block the pathway for water to exit your home and you’ll end up with a blockage.

A clogged sink or drain blockages can lead to backups, and you may even find a leaky pipe as a result of the pressure built up from wastewater.

Regular maintenance of your drain system is a far better approach as it prevents plumbing issues and keeps reasonable costs.

If you have never had your drains or sewers cleaned, consider hiring John The Plumber for Drain Maintenance!

The Importance Cleaning Your Drains Regularly

Common Causes of Drain Clogs

Tree Roots

The big beautiful maple in your front yard is probably wreaking havoc on your drain services if your pipe is made from cast iron, concrete, clay, asbestos or other non plastic pipes. Roots from trees are in constant search for nutrients and your drain pipe is the fuel source it is seeking. Consider upgrading this drain to PVC before your basement fills with sewage.

Improper Plumbing Vents

The Ontario plumbing code was produced for a reason. Improperly vented plumbing fixtures will not drain properly. Have you ever placed your thumb over a straw, and pulled it out of a drink, only to find that the liquid was still in the straw? Once you removed your thumb, it drained out of the straw didn’t it? The drain waste and vent system in your home operates much the same way.

Too Much Debris Down The Laundry Tub Drain

Are you guilty of taking your plumbing drainage system for granted? Have you ever pushed it when washing your dirty paint brushes, or cleaning your tools in your laundry tub? Just because it doesn’t look as fancy as the nice stainless steel sink in your kitchen, doesn’t mean the drain is capable of any extra wear and tear.

Grease in Your Kitchen Sink

My mother used to pour the bacon fat in a tin can and then wipe the pan with a paper towel before rinsing it off in the sink. It turns out she had learned this lesson with a call to the plumber years earlier. Grease, even in small amounts will cause blocked drains over time. These are also one of the hardest types of blockages to clear. Unfortunately grease clogged kitchen sinks are often blocked with solid matter that can’t be cleaned out. The section of pipe must sometimes be removed and replaced.

Hair In Your Shower Or Bathtub Drain

These can be stubborn drains to clean. Often, a drain backup can be avoided by installing a hair strainer on your drain. You can purchase these at Home Depot, in the plumbing aisle, for less than $10.

Old Galvanized Or Cast Iron Drains

Most Ottawa neighbourhoods have exceeded the expected lifetime of metal drainage. These pipes deteriorate from the inside. Causing the opening in the drainpipe to collect rust and buildup until the entire pipe is full of sediment and debris. Oftentimes, the best solution is a drain replacement.

Flushing Food Down The Toilet

We’ve all done it, yet we all know better. If you flush undigested food down the toilet, you’re going to have a bad time and you may experience a blocked toilet!

Toys in the Toilet

Every week we get a call from a frustrated mother complaining about the fact that her toilet is probably plugged with a toy train, boat, ninja turtle etc.

Sanitary Napkins

These are the number one culprit for homes that have basement bathrooms connected to sewage pumps. Ottawa drain cleaning service calls can get costly if a tampon plugs up your pump as often times, this will burn out the pump, and cause a backed up drain.

Counter Sloped Piping

Sometimes plumbing systems will work correctly for years and years even when a section of the piping has been sloped the wrong way. Eventually though, these pipes will clog and you will definitely need a drain cleaning service, as well as a correction to the pipe.

FAQs About Drain Cleaning in Ottawa

How do I Avoid Clogged Drains?

The best way to avoid a clogged drain is to be careful about what goes down the drain. Coffee grinds, egg shells, food particles, grease, tampons, butt-wipes, wrappers, and garbage don’t belong in your plumbing. Do your best to only use your drain pipes for human waste, toilet paper, and washing – and always clear the plate into the garbage first!

Why Should I Hire a Professional for Drain Cleaning in Ottawa?

While you may save money by finding drain services online from questionable sources, we’d recommend leaving it to the experts. Any time you’re dealing with plumbing, there is risk to your home plumbing system, therefore, there is risk to your home. Water doesn’t take long to cause a lot of damage and exorbitant costs. At John The Plumber, we have the best equipment and experts for cleaning and unblocking drains. We’re an independently-owned company that is insured and has a great reputation.
When you call a company like ours, you can trust that you’re in good hands.

Can I use Drano to Unclog my Drain?

The short answer is that plumbers always advise against it. While these products can be useful, they’re designed to destroy any matter making up the clog. Chemical cleaners don’t know the difference between your piping and your drain blockage. For the most part, chemical drainers can be harmful to your plumbing system. Regular use of chemical drainers will undoubtedly shorten the lifespan of your plumbing system. We have some inexpensive alternatives below, which are incredibly effective at cleaning drains while remaining safe on your plumbing system.

How Often Should You Have Your Main Drain Cleaned?

To prevent drain and sewer issues, we’d recommend hiring a professional to clean your main drain every two years. This will prevent matter from building up and solidifying in the pipes, as well as keep any tree roots from getting out of hand. That being said, you may need a cleaning sooner if you experience any of the signs below.

Signs You Have Need Your Drains Cleaned

Water is not draining

Water is draining slowly

Odours are coming out of the drains

Water backing up in lower drains

Frequent clogging

Fruit flies coming out of the drains

You require multiple flushes to clear a toilet

Unusual noises when using drains

You don’t remember the last time you cleaned your drains

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What Do Ottawa Residents Say About Our Drain Cleaning Services?

Eric called before his arrival to double check the work that had to be done. He arrived promptly 20 minutes later. He removed his shoes as soon as he came in. He wore a mask and practised the protocol of social distancing which was very important to me. He was friendly and thorough and explained what needed to be done. Within an hour the bathroom sink was unclogged and he tested it a few times showing me that everything was back to normal. He cleaned his working area before leaving. Very satisfied with Eric’s professional work. The service was somewhat expensive but I probably use this company again
Many thanks to plumber Alex R. for his excellent work. I was able to get an appointment within a day to deal with a nasty basement drain blockage. Alex showed up on time and didn’t leave until it was fully fixed. He was professional and gave good advice. I will definitely call John The Plumber again for future business.
Billy came on an emergency basis to unclog our toilet. They arrived promptly and called beforehand to let me know their estimated time of arrival. They were very professional in assessing the situation and gave me their quotes, no hidden charges.
I had our bathroom toilet clogged so called John the plumber. They were pretty responsive and the plumber on the site knew what he is doing to resolve the issue.
John the Plumber repaired our entire sewer line. We sought a number of quotes and we chose this company because they quoted a reasonable price and they were really easy to communicate with. They were very helpful and professional with the many steps that were involved in preparing to do this work. The staff members we worked with were very professional and prompt. Overall we were very happy to have such a big job done without extra headaches. I highly recommend working with this company.
Jonathan came to solve a drain problem and were great! Clear and courteous communication, quick and high quality work. Would call them again.
I called late in the evening to help with a blocked kitchen sink and Eric was here promptly the next morning and quickly resolved the issue. He called to give me warning that he was on his way, was on time, and followed COVID protocol. He was polite and quick, cleaned up neatly, and sink is working great! He also gave some advice on my kitchen plumbing set up and how to avoid future clogs.
Billy came to our house to help us with a troublesome clog. He was very friendly and professional. Very happy with the service.

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