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There are not many plumbing problems that are more dreaded and more difficult to deal with than a Calgary sewer backup. They are unsanitary, unsafe, incredibly destructive, and just plain disgusting. When they imagine a sewer backup, Calgary homeowners tend to picture the absolute worst-case scenario: a nightmare in which their basement is completely flooded with wastewater and raw sewage. But that’s not always the case. If you pay attention to the warning signs of a less severe sewer backup problem and get the help of a local, experienced Calgary plumber to take care of it, you can avoid that catastrophic, highly destructive flood and the serious water damage that comes along with it.

If you’ve seen some concerning signs that indicate there’s an issue with your drainage lines, or you’re currently dealing with a Calgary sewer backup right now, count on the reliable plumbers at Calgary Pro Plumbing to deal with it safely, efficiently, and effectively. We have the skill and training to stop a sewer backup in its tracks and find out what caused it, so we can prevent it from happening again.

How Our Experienced Plumbers Deal With a Calgary Sewer Backup

Your wastewater disposal lines are built to last—in fact, they can sometimes last as long as a hundred years before they need to be replaced. But it’s important to keep in mind that there are a lot of factors that can cause major problems that require sewer line repair or replacement long before that, such as tree root intrusion.

There’s no doubt that a Calgary sewer backup is a major problem. Whether it has manifested itself as a set of malfunctioning plumbing fixtures or you’ve got a flood of raw sewage creeping across your floor, sewer backup situations are a serious health hazard that can pose a risk to your household and also cause untold amounts of water damage in a short period. That’s why it’s so important to get the help of a qualified plumber as soon as you notice signs of trouble. Here’s how our reliable plumbers handle a Calgary sewer backup.


In all likelihood, you don’t know exactly why your Calgary sewer backup is occurring, and we won’t know either until we have a chance to get in there and complete a thorough inspection and diagnosis. We have various methods at our disposal to figure out what the problem is and where it’s located in your plumbing system, including sewer camera inspections that allow us to record video footage of the inside of your wastewater disposal lines.

HydroScrub® Jetting

When it comes to the correct method to deal with a sewer backup, Calgary plumbers will tell you that the right strategy depends on the cause of the problem. But in many cases, hydrojetting is the most effective and efficient way to stop a sewer backup and prevent it from happening again shortly. Hydrojetting machines use high-pressure jets of water to blast away built-up debris and clogs that are preventing your wastewater disposal lines from working properly and push them into the city sanitary sewer. Because hydrojetting eliminates substances like sticky solidified grease from inside the pipes, it’s more difficult for clogs to form again right away.

Trenchless Repair or Replacement

Ideally, every sewer backup could be fixed with hydrojetting and other types of drain cleaning services, but that’s unfortunately not always the case. There are some situations in which a Calgary sewer backup happens because the wastewater disposal lines have deteriorated over time or have suffered sudden damage and need repair or replacement. The upside of this is that we likely won’t have to spend days digging a big, destructive trench across your yard to access the buried lines. Instead, we can count on trenchless repair or replacement methods that eliminate the need to dig a large trench. Techniques such as pipe relining and hydraulic bursting are faster and more convenient, but they’re also highly effective and long-lasting, so there’s no downside.

Call Calgary Pro Plumbing for Reliable Help with a Sewer Backup, Calgary Homeowners

Are you looking for a professional plumber who is capable of dealing with (or preventing) a serious sewer backup? Calgary homeowners and business owners can trust the expert plumbers at Calgary Pro Plumber to take care of their sewage backup and put preventative measures in place that will stop it from happening again. Customer satisfaction is very important to us, which is why we invest in every project by delivering excellent workmanship combined with customer service that goes above and beyond.

We don’t just handle Calgary sewer backups—we also provide a full range of experienced plumbing services such as water line repairtankless water heater installation, general plumbing repairs, emergency services, and much more.

Frequently Asked Calgary Sewer Backup Questions

I’m Dealing With a Sewer Backup. What Should I Do?

If you’re frantically searching online because you just discovered a sewer backup that’s occurring right this minute, don’t panic. Here are the immediate steps to follow:

      1. Make sure people and pets are well out of harm’s way.
      2. Shut off your electricity at your circuit board and cut off your water supply at your building’s main water valve if it’s safe to do so. Do not wade into flooded areas, as water can get into electrical outlets and cause electrocution. If you can’t reach the electricity and water shutoffs, call your utility companies and have them shut down remotely.
      3. Call Calgary Pro Plumbing and let us know you need an experienced plumber as soon as possible to deal with an emergency Calgary sewer backup situation.
      4. If you can, take photos or video of the damage and save receipts from any services related to your Calgary sewer backup, so you can provide them to your home insurance company.
      5. Get advice from your Calgary plumber on what needs to happen next to resolve the problem. It may be necessary to call a water damage restoration specialist to deal with the destructive aftermath of your sewage backup.

What Causes Calgary Sewer Backup Problems?

There are a number of things that can cause a Calgary sewer backup and all the unpleasantness that comes along with it, like heavy rains, tree root intrusion, and deterioration from old age. But the number one cause by far is homeowners rinsing or flushing stuff into their sewer pipes that really doesn’t belong there. That includes:

      • Paper towels
      • Feminine products
      • Dental floss
      • Cigarette butts
      • Food waste
      • Cooking oil
      • Liquid grease or fat
      • Cat litter

The only things that should be in your drainage lines are wastewater and, in the case of your toilets, human waste, and toilet paper.

Are There Rebates Available for Preventative Measures Against Sewer Backups?

Since nobody ever wants to deal with a nasty, destructive sewer backup, Calgary homeowners should consider preventative solutions, such as a backwater valve installation, also known as a backwater prevention valve or sewer backup valve. These devices are an effective solution that has been installed in all new homes in Canada since 1999. But if you have a house that was built before then, it’s entirely possible that your system doesn’t have one. We aren’t currently aware of any rebates or subsidies for Calgary specifically, but it’s still well worth taking a few minutes to do some research and see if you can find one. Edmonton currently has a backwater valve subsidy program that allows eligible homeowners to recoup up to $800 for backwater valve installation.

How Do I Avoid Having a Sewer Backup Occur in the Future?

If you’ve just been forced to deal with the hassle, stress, and expense of a Calgary sewer backup, you’re likely keen to find out how you can stop it from ever happening again. Your sewage water disposal lines are built to last, but that doesn’t mean they can keep operating perfectly forever without the occasional preventative maintenance care. Hydro jetting service from our licensed plumbers is our recommended way to accomplish that. A simple drain cleaning appointment once or twice per year is sufficient to remove clog-causing material before it has a chance to form a blockage, and regular drain cleaning also extends the lifespan of your sewage lines, so you can avoid needing repair or replacement for longer.

Trust Calgary Pro Plumbing to Handle Your Calgary Sewer Backup Problem

Do you need the help of a qualified plumber for a Calgary in any of the other communities in Calgary? Count on the reliable, experienced plumbers at Calgary Pro Plumbing for expert plumbing services and courteous, professional customer care.

Our friendly customer service representatives can be reached to schedule a service appointment or find out more about our top-quality plumbing services in Calgary.

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