5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber

Never underestimate the benefits of hiring a professional plumber for all of your plumbing repairs or installation needs, whether it’s a leaky tap or flooded basement. Experienced plumbing technicians can help you with plenty of issues in your homes such as clogged drains, leaking pipes, and regular maintenance of your home’s plumbing system.  Skilled technicians, like the ones at Summit Drain, are fully licensed and insured to work on all parts of your plumbing system so you can ensure that the work is being done properly and up to local building codes and regulations. Here are the advantages of hiring a professional plumber for all of your household jobs, whether big or small.

Expert Advice

Of all the reasons to hire a professional plumber, this may be the most important: our plumbers have decades of experience. We’ve seen it all. Amateurs or DIY enthusiasts might have some basic knowledge, but overlooking the small details or more advanced aspects of plumbing could get you into big trouble.

Our experienced plumbers can quickly diagnose and fix any plumbing issue you might encounter.


If you try to take on plumbing tasks by yourself, you could wind up dealing with harmful chemicals or extensive damage to your home. Professional plumbers deal with dangerous substances and hazards every day including: 

  • Electrical issues
  • Flammable products 
  • Contact with sulfur dioxide, lead, and other dangerous substances 

Putting yourself and your family at risk is never worth it. This can be easily avoided by hiring a professional plumber to do the job instead.

Access to Right Equipment

Summit Drain plumbers come to your home armed with a large collection of specialized tools to tackle plumbing repairs and installation. Special hardware to inspect and clean drain lines and special torches to connect new copper pipes are just a few examples of the tools only professional plumbers carry and always have access to. Hiring a professional plumber means that you won’t have to go out and buy these expensive tools or take the time to learn how to use them properly.

Available for Emergencies

If you experience sudden flooding, a burst pipe, or frozen pipes, you might not have the time to learn how to fix this on your own. That’s why our experienced plumbers at Summit Drain are standing by to help you in an emergency, even in the middle of the night. Having a professional plumber on your side can give you great peace of mind, knowing that you always have someone helpful to call no matter what time of day it is.


If you spend money on amateur fixes, you can make the problem worse. You may even end up spending more money on repairs down the road. A professional plumber costs more than fixing it yourself but ensures that the job is done right the first time, and is guaranteed to last for many years.

Having work done by a professional plumber will also ensure that your home insurance will cover everything in case an accident occurs.

Contact Us

At Summit Drain, we have the most trusted team of plumbers in Ottawa and the surrounding area. If you need the advantages of hiring a professional plumber to work on your home, call us today to book your consultation or estimate. We’re here for all of your emergency plumbing needs!


A main sewer line blockage can cause water to backup in random places. For instance, you run your washing machine and notice your sink overflowing – this can be a clear sign that you have a clogged drain line.

If you have ruled out a potential sewer drain clog, you can rinse your sewer drain by flushing it with water. When you flush your lines, try adding a bit of drain cleaner to the water. A great place to flush your sewer line is the toilet – a larger amount of water and drain cleaner can enter your system quickly and easily. Unfortunately, if you do this when you have a clog, it can cause backup and potential flooding – if this is the case, clear the clog first.

You should generally know if your sewer line is blocked with slow drainage. The purpose of the sewer line is to take all the water drainage away from your house via sinks, bathtubs or toilets – if you find that there is slower drainage in one drain then you can essentially clear that yourself using a drain snake or a plunger.

There is confusion regarding when you are responsible for sewer line repair. While some may believe that the homeowner is only responsible for repairing the part of the line that’s on their property, this is not the case. Sewer lines consist of multiple sections, the upper lateral, lower lateral and the main line. The city is only responsible for repairing the main sewer line.

If issues with the main sewer line cause damage to your lower lateral, which is most likely where the damage would generally first start – the city would repair this damage when they work on the main sewer line. Unfortunately, if there is backup and flooding on your property from the main sewer line, then the city would not be responsible. It is best to follow up with the city to see if they will repair any damage in these cases.

Unpleasant smells coming from your drains is indicative of sewer line issues and damage. You should always take these types of smells seriously as it could be toxic fumes slowly releasing from the sewer below into your home.

There are a number of ways to clear a slow drain using products found around the home:

Bent Wire – If you do not have a drain snake, you can try using a stiff wire – like one from a clothes hanger, leaving the hook to enter pipes and pull out any clogs. Try to make sure you don’t push debris further into the pipe.

Homemade Flush – Mixing baking soda and vinegar can dissolve any materials that are potentially clogging your drain pipes. This is a good and much safer alternative to store-bought chemical cleaners.

Toilet Plunger – Like plunging a toilet, you can try using this on your drains. Using a plunger on your drains can help get things moving by using suction. This should be enough to fix any mild blockages.

Aged drain pipes are at risk for corrosion which can lead to breaks. Summit Drain has both the technology and expertise to fix this if necessary.

Yes. Drain pipes are durable, but not meant to last forever. If you live in an older home in Ottawa, most likely the pipes are made from copper and can collapse in this day and age.

When it comes to a collapsed drain, call Summit Drain. We use trenchless technology to replace sewer pipes made from original materials without ruining your property.

Rock salt
Rock salt helps by removing moisture from the roots, which in turn kills them. Two lbs should do the trick, pour 1 down the toilet. Flush until gone. And repeat with the next. Then leave for 12 hours and don’t run any water.

Foaming root killers
Another effective way to treat roots in pipes is with foaming root killers. Pour powder into toilet and flush. It will foam upon contact with water. Not only does it help dissolve current roots, but also helps to protect against future ones.

Copper sulfate
Copper sulfate is another good option. Available at most hardware stores, pour roughly half a cup into toilet and flush until gone. Leave the home and take all pets and family members along. This is a toxic substance and banned in some places.

Should I replace old pipes?
There does come a time where it makes sense to replace your pipes. Over time they crack and corrode. It is recommended to begin routine inspections once your home reaches 50 years in age. For plumbing Services in and around the Ottawa area, nobody does it like Summit Drain.

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