San-Del Plumbing | Drain Line Repair

Over the years, your drain will begin to corrode from constant water pressure, mineral deposits and grease. This can cause complications for both your system and your home. Occasionally, you may need to repair drain lines, or potentially even completely replace drain lines. Though this can seem like a hassle, it doesn't have to be. 

 

We are your experts in plumbing services in Toronto. Our technicians will provide you with an accurate and reliable quote before we begin the job. We pride our team on superior customer service and transparency. 

 

Trust San-Del Plumbing to manage all of the plumbing needs in your residential home or building. We have been serving Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area for over 30 years.

 

Drain Repair, Toronto

Frequently Asked Questions

When do sewer pipes need replacing or repairing?

San-Del Plumbing is your trusted technician for a drain pipe repair near you. When snaking the drain cannot clear the line, the pipes will need to be replaced. In some cases, pipes can develop too much buildup and cannot be repaired. Some of the most common issues homeowners face when drains need to be replaced/repaired are caused by roots in the pipes, cast iron corroding, pipes shifting in the ground and grease built up over the years.

 

What are some common signs that my drains need to be repaired or replaced?

If you aren't an expert, or if your house is showing subtle signs, then it can easily get noticed when your drainage is starting to act up. Common signs of drainage volatility are:
 

  • Sewage odor: you may notice a foul smell coming up from a clean sink, bathtub or shower.

  • Slow drain: If your drain is emptying slower than usual, this can signify a backup of grease or other signs of decay.

  • Soggy lawn: leaks in your water line will seep out into your lawn. If you notice soggy or saturated areas in your grass, this is a sign of concern. 

  • Lush grass: Is there a small patch of grass that is abnormally lush or green? Are the plants in this area flourishing? This may mean that there are extra nutrients from the sewage leaking out from the pipes.  

 

What if I have roots in my drains?

The number one cause of sewer backups in the GTA is when tree roots have penetrated the clay pipes in the ground. Clay pipes are susceptible to being compromised by roots at the joints, which were held together by cement years ago. Over time, the cement erodes and breaks away; this is generally where the roots penetrate the pipes.

Once the roots have entered the pipes, they will continue to grow. The drain can be snaked to get rid of the roots; however, if this is not dealt with in a timely manner, roots can quickly fill the entire pipe. 

 

In this instance, the drain can still be snaked but will only make a small-sized hole and over time the roots will grow back, causing no water to pass through. The best solution is to locate the roots with a drain inspection camera and remove the section of clay pipe where the roots have entered, then replace them with PVC pipe.

 

What is grease buildup?

A slow draining kitchen sink can often be caused by grease buildup in the pipe. When fats, oils and grease are washed down the sink or toilet, they enter the plumbing system and cool, harden and stick to the inside of the drain pipes. 

 

Over time, the grease will build up and can block the entire pipe–both on the homeowners and city property. When grease buildup causes the drain to slow down, the first step is to snake the drain to create a path for the water to escape. If the drain cannot be cleared with the snake, in most instances, the pipe will have to be cut out and replaced.

 

When will I need to consider drain line replacement?

Clay pipes can crack and/or shift if they aren't properly supported.

 

No pipe is safe from possible wear, especially if they were not installed correctly or maintained properly. Cast iron pipes can corrode and rust and any pipe can break due to the pressure from the inside (water) and outside (ground) the pipe.

 

What is the sewer line repair procedure?

  • Our team provides you with a work plan once the problem is assessed by our technician with a visual camera inspection.

  • Once the work plan is agreed on, we pass it onto our engineering team. Our engineers will provide the drawing, approve it with the city and obtain the permit for the project.

  • We expose the existing sewer line and replace it with the new one.

  • Once the work is performed, our engineers and the city representative inspect the work.

  • The line is back-filled with gravel and the construction site is cleaned.

  • New concrete is poured and finished with the existing floor

 

Testimonials

"Positive: Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

I have used San-del plumbing for the last eight years, the first time we had a burst pipe, Peter came out and took care of it after hours and showed up within the hour. Since then, I have called them for multiple renovations. They're always on time, on budget and flawless installs."

 

- Christopher Bagazzoli 

 

"Positive: Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

I called San-Del Plumbing after getting a recommendation from a friend. I'm so glad I did. It's very difficult to find people who are reliable in this industry. I had a burst pipe and water was going absolutely everywhere. I spoke to Peter and within a few hours they were at my door. Highly highly recommended."

 

- Ingrid Wasocowski

What if I have roots in my drains?

The number one cause of sewer back ups in the GTA is when tree roots have penetrated the clay pipes in the ground. Clay pipes are susceptible to being compromised by roots at the joints which were held together by cement years ago. Over time, the cement erodes and breaks away; this is generally where the roots penetrate the pipes.

Once the roots have entered the pipes they will continue to grow. The drain can be snaked to get rid of the roots however if this not dealt with in a timely manner, roots can quickly fill the entire pipe. 

 

In this instance, the drain can still be snaked but will only make a small sized hole and over time the roots will grow back causing no water to pass through. The best solution is to locate the roots with a drain inspection camera and remove the section of clay pipe where the roots have entered, then replace with PVC pipe.

Grease Buildup

A slow draining kitchen sink can often be caused by grease buildup in the pipe. When fats, oils, and grease are washed down the sink or toilet, they enter the plumbing system and cool, harden and stick to the inside of the drain pipes.

 

Over time, the grease will build up and can block the entire pipe–both on the homeowners and city property. When grease buildup causes the drain to slow down, the first step is to snake the drain to create a path for the water to escape. If the drain cannot be cleared with the snake, in most instances the pipe will have to be cut out and replaced.

Drain Line Replacement

Clay pipes can crack and/or shift if they aren’t properly supported.

 

No pipe is safe from possible wear especially if they were not installed correctly or maintained properly. Cast iron pipes can corrode and rust, and any pipe can break due to the pressure from the inside (water) and outside (the ground) the pipe.

What is the sewer line repair procedure?

  • Our team provides you with a work plan once the problem is assessed by our technician with a visual camera inspection.

  • Once the work plan is agreed on, we pass it onto our engineering team. Our engineers will provide the drawing, approve it with the city and obtain the permit for the project.

  • We expose the existing sewer line and replace it with the new one.

  • Once the work is performed, our engineers and the city representative inspect the work.

  • The line is back-filled with gravel and the construction site is cleaned.

  • New concrete is poured and finished with existing floor

Don’t let your pipes wear out.

Let San-Del Plumbing assess your pipes before they need a full replacement. By keeping up with proper maintenance and cleaning, we can avoid full replacement measures.

To book an appointment and to receive a FREE estimate, call 416-876-8700

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