Sewer Repair and Snaking

Inside and Outside Sewer Repair Ottawa

For 90% of all blocked drains in Ottawa, a simple sewer snaking will repair the problem you have by either pushing the blockage out to the bigger pipes, then washing it away. Sometimes the snake will attach to the blockage if its hair and then you can pull it out. I’ve titled this page sewer snaking and repair, because the two almost go hand in hand.

For the 10% of cases where a sewer snaking doesn’t do the trick, you’ll find yourself in need of a sewer repair. Sewer repairs for the homeowner start in the basement of your home. All of the plumbing drains in your home end up running through your basement floor, then travel passed your cleanout (usually located below your water meter), then under your front lawn, and out to the city sewer.

My goal is to keep this simple, so I’ve broken down sewer repairs into two different categories. Remember, these sewer repairs are only for repairing what the snake won’t fix.

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Inside Sewer Repair

Your main plumbing drain runs underneath your basement floor. If this sewer drain was corroded, cracked, collapsed, or sagging, then your basement floor will need to be opened up to repair the sewer main. Ottawa has many older homes and often times the sewer drain repair is needed because you have old metal and cast iron pipes running underneath your floor.

This may sound like a big job, but oftentimes we are finished in a couple of days, and you only lose your drainage system for a few hours. We will try to coordinate the timing to accommodate your life, to ensure you will be able to shower, do laundry, and get the dishes done.

At John The Plumber, when we open your basement floor we use a professional concrete cutting and coring company. This allows for the smallest possible opening and the neatest repair. The biggest advantage to using a concrete cutting company is that they have specialized equipment that won’t allow any dust or fumes to pollute your home.

After they’ve completed opening the floor, our plumbers will repair the sewer by re-piping the underground plumbing, and rough in any bathrooms you had originally. Upon completion of the piping, we will reinstate your concrete floor; by filling in the trenches we created to replace the piping. Give the floor 24 hours to cure, roll back the carpet, put the furniture back where it was, and you’d never know we were there.

Whether you need plumbing in Barrhaven, in Orleans, somewhere in between or beyond, we’re ready to help. John The Plumber is known for neat, high-quality sewer repairs. We’ll handle your home with care and finish the job right on time!

Outside Sewer Repair

If the problem in your sewer main that needed repairing was not located in your basement, but outside your home, you may need to dig a trench in your front yard and replace the piping.

The same issues mentioned above could happen to metal, cast iron, and concrete pipes, which will require the outside sewer drain to need repair. A mini excavator is used to dig the smallest trench required to replace the piping. After the old piping has been exposed and removed, the new sewer pipe will need to be installed on tamped sand. Sand will then need to be placed on top of the pipe for about 18inches. Tamping will then be required again.

After this, clear stone will be piled on top, before native soil is backfilled. Once this is complete, usually within 2-3 days, all that’s left to do is throw down some lawn seed and wait, or call a landscaper or get a quote from a deck builder, interlock, or whatever you prefer.

We do sewer repair in Kanata, Barrhaven, Ottawa, Orleans, and more. We’re a top plumbing company well known in the Ottawa region. We offer some of the highest quality workmanship available, outstanding customer service, and reliable and effective solutions.

When you need sewer repairs, John The Plumber is here to help!

Why Choose John The Plumber For Sewer Repair in Ottawa?

John The Plumber consistently wins awards for being an outstanding plumbing company in the region.

Time and again, we impress our customers with our dedication to good work and value.

We’re constantly listening to customer feedback and using it to fine-tune our standard procedures to ensure that we offer the best experience possible.

If you want a company that offers a great warranty, cares about their work, cares about their customers, and will solve your problems – call John The Plumber.

We’re available for big jobs like sewer backups, sewer repairs, and sewer replacements, but we’re also ready to help with small jobs, too.

We’re the last Ottawa residential plumbing company you’ll ever need to call.

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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.


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