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Sewer Backup Cleaning & Maintenance in Calgary

If your toilet is gurgling or your shower fills with water when you run your dishwasher, it’s likely that you have a problem with your sewer line. Lucky for you, The Drain Doctor is here to help your household with sewer backup in Calgary. You’ll know your sewer is clogged when you notice various symptoms, including multiple drains being backed up or draining slowly. You definitely want to act before these problems grow into health hazards such as overflowing toilets and sewage backing up into your basement.

There are several ways your sewer can become clogged slowly over time before you notice the effects. The most common sewage line troublemakers are:

  • Roots from nearby trees and shrubs that crack pipes or block water flow
  • Pipes that have deteriorated because of age
  • Blockage in a municipal sanitary main
  • Overloaded sewer lines from a poor storm drain system


Check out The Drain Doctor’s blog page for more signs that your sewer is clogged.

Prevent Sewer Backup in Calgary

To prevent a possible sewer backup it is important to make sure your sewer lines have not been disrupted in any way. The Drain Doctors can conduct routine maintenance checks to ensure that your lines are clear and catch problem lines before they cause a backup. Let our plumbers in Calgary help prevent sewer backups by:

  • Performing a sewer camera inspection
  • Replacing old sewer lines with new plastic pipe
  • Installing a backwater prevention valve


You can also help prevent clogs and backups in the sewer lateral on your property and sanitary sewer main by never washing cooking grease down the kitchen drain and never put any paper product down the toilet except for bathroom tissue.

The Hazards and Costs of a Sewer Backup

If your sewer lateral or the sewer main is clogged, the backup lets sewage into your basement and drains. Besides the nasty odour and dirt, sewer water contains viruses, bacteria and parasites that are serious health hazards. If blocked, the sewer can empty into your home, and the cleanup by a professional service equipped to handle the biohazard contaminants is expensive. To get rid of immediate dangers and prevent later mould growth, you or a service will need to:


  • Pump out standing water and wet-vac remaining dampness
  • Remove soaked wall board or paneling 
  • Scrub and sanitize floors and walls
  • Steam clean or remove soaked carpets or rugs
  • Flush and disinfect affected plumbing fixtures
  • Clean any affected ductwork


Call The Drain Doctor for Emergency Sewer Backup Service

At the first indication that you might have a sewer backup, the first step is to not run any more water. That means you need to shut off the dishwasher or laundry washing machine if they’re running, and don’t flush toilets or run water in the sinks, shower or bath. The next step is to call The Drain Doctor. Over the phone we can usually determine the area of the backup and let you know if you can continue to use water in a different area of the house. The Drain Doctor’s services include complete drain cleaning, and our trained staff will locate the clog and auger the drain to remove the blockage.

Call The Drain Doctor today if you’re worried about a possible sewer backup in Calgary. Our emergency service team is available 24/7, so don’t hesitate to call at any time.

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