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Sewer Backup

Maintenance and Cleaning of Sewer Backup in Calgary

If your toilet is gurgling or your shower fills with water when you run your dishwasher, you likely have a problem with your sewer line. Our professionals at The Drain Doctor™ are here to help your household with a sewer backup cleaning service in Calgary. You’ll know your sewer is clogged when you notice various symptoms, including multiple drains being backed up or draining slowly.

Sewer backups can be a nightmare for any property owner, causing unpleasant odours, property damage, and health hazards. That's where The Drain Doctor™ in Calgary comes in. We offer top-notch maintenance and cleaning services for sewer backups to keep your property safe and clean. Our team of experienced professionals is equipped with the latest tools and technology to ensure that the job is done right the first time. 

You definitely want to act before these problems grow into health hazards, such as overflowing toilets and sewage backing up into your basement. Call us today to learn more about our plumbing services. Let us take care of your sewer backup needs and experience peace of mind with a job well done.

Roots from nearby trees and shrubs that crack pipes or block water flow

Roots from nearby trees and shrubs that crack pipes or block water flow

Broken or collapsed sewer lines

Roots from nearby trees and shrubs that crack pipes or block water flow

Overloaded sewer lines from a poor storm drain system

Flushing items like diapers, cigarette butts, wipes, paper towels, or other hygiene products

Common Reasons for a Clogged Sewer

A sewer backup typically happens when the grime in the drain pipes blocks the normal flow of wastewater from your house to the sewer. This causes the sewage to back up into your home, causing several hazards. There are several ways your sewer can become clogged slowly over time before you notice the effects. The most common sewage line troublemakers are:

At The Drain Doctor™ drain services, we can provide you with a thorough cleaning service for your drainpipe, ensuring that you don’t have to pay hefty restoration bills for damage caused by sewer buildup.

Signs of a Sewer Backup


You can experience sewer backups on your Calgary residential property for several reasons. However, you can read through our list of signs that are indicative of sewer backup:


  • When more than one drain is slow or clogged.

  • When you hear a gurgling sound from your shower drain.

  • Your toilet is clogged even after you have used a plunger.

  • When a foul smell is coming from your home.

  • If you notice sewage escaping the clean-out pipe at your home.

  • Your home has mould growth, indicative of a sewer break inside the wall.

  • Accumulation of sewage water is making the ground soggy.

  • Root intrusion leading to lush green areas in the grass.

Sewer backups can lead to additional problems. So, when you notice any of these signs, then immediately call our experts at The Drain Doctor™, and we can assist you.

How Can Our Professional Company Clean and Fix Your Sewer Backup


If you're dealing with a sewer backup, you need a professional company like The Drain Doctor™ that can clean and fix the problem efficiently and effectively. Our company in Calgary has a team of experts who can diagnose the cause of the backup and provide a range of solutions to get your sewer system back up and running smoothly.

Firstly, our team will assess the situation and determine the extent of the damage. Then, we will use specialized tools to remove any blockages and debris from the sewer lines.

Next, we may use a video camera inspection to pinpoint the exact location of any remaining blockages or damage to the sewer lines. This helps us make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best solution for your situation. 

Finally, our team will thoroughly clean the affected area, leaving your property clean and free of harmful bacteria. We take pride in providing our customers with fast, reliable, and affordable solutions to their sewer backup problems.

Prevent a Sewer Backup for Your Calgary Home

To avoid a possible sewer backup, it is important to make sure your sewer lines have not been disrupted in any way. The Drain Doctor™ technicians can conduct routine maintenance checks to ensure that your lines are clear and catch problem lines before they cause a backup. Let our plumbers 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 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 putting any paper product down the toilet except for bathroom tissues.

The Hazards of a Sewer Backup

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

Remove soaked wallboard or panelling

Clean any affected ductwork

Flush and disinfect affected plumbing fixtures

Check out The Drain Doctor™’s blog page for more help on the clogged sewer.

Why Choose Our Sewer Backup Services in Calgary?

The Drain Doctor™ technicians offer professional sewer backup services in Calgary. We are certified to safely and efficiently enter a confined space to check for any possible drain leaks. We are professionally affiliated with Contractor Check, Alberta Construction Safety Association, and others to serve you. For us at The Drain Doctor™ drain services, our customers are our number one priority. Using state-of-the-art tools and equipment, we can assist you with all your sewer backups in Calgary. You can rely on us to troubleshoot your sewer backup problems with ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Clean up a Sewer Backup Myself?

No. Sewer backup contains harmful organisms that might affect your skin, cause nausea and diarrhea. Call our professionals to do the job for you.


Can Other Rooms Be Affected Due to Sewer Damage?

Yes. Sewer damage leads to cross-contamination. Proper ventilation must be provided to avoid such a situation.


What Are the Signs of Sewage Buildup?

Here are the most manifest signs of sewer buildup:


  • Dark water Water

  • backing up in tubs/showers

  • Slow-moving drains

  • Gurgling sounds

  • Clogged plumbing fixtures

Is damage from a sewer buildup covered under homeowner’s insurance?

Damage caused as a result of sewer backups in Calgary is unfortunately not covered under standard homeowners insurance. Any kind of blockage in your drain pipe can cause sewage to back up into your home, causing a lot of damage and high clean-up and repair costs.

24/7 Emergency Sewer Service

The first step is not to run any more water at the first indication that you might have a sewer backup. That means you need to shut off the dishwasher or laundry washing machine if they’re running and refrain from flushing toilets or running water in the sinks, shower or bath. The next step is to call The Drain Doctor™ drain services. Over the phone, we can usually determine the area of the backup area 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.

How to Check if Your Drain is Prone to Sewer Backup


If you want to buy or rent a new property, knowing if the drains are working fine is important. There are a few things you can do to determine if your drain is prone to sewer backup:


  • Check your home's history: Find out if your home or neighbourhood has a history of sewer backups. You can ask your neighbours or local authorities if there have been any issues with the sewer system.

  • Check your sewer line: You can hire a professional plumber to perform a video inspection of your sewer line. This will allow them to identify potential problems or blockages causing sewer backups.

  • Check your sewer clean-out: Your sewer clean-out is a pipe that provides access to your home's sewer line. It is usually located near the foundation of your home. If you notice any water or sewage coming out of the clean-out, it could indicate that your drain is prone to sewer backup.


If you are unsure whether your drain is prone to sewer backup, consulting with a professional drain cleaning company like us is always best.

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