Plugged drains

In case of a clogged drain we recommend using a mechanical snake. Please contact the office to fill out a work order or contact the superintendents via the pager, 613-239-4194.

Grease or cooking oil can plug drains but whatever the cause, we strongly advise against the use of chemical drain uncloggers. Such products harm the environment and many are corrosive, discolouring drain fixtures and porcelain bowls.

Most of our building’s in-wall drains are copper or steel. Chemical drain cleaners dissolve away some of that metal with each use. Over the years repeated applications will weaken pipes and cause leaks. Please do not use such cleaners.

If for some reason a chemical drain unclogger absolutely must be used please purchase one that is labelled “Safe for all pipes: PVC, Plastic, Copper, Old Pipes”. Follow all safety and usage instructions and do not let the product sit in the drain pipes any longer than the manufacturer recommends. Rinse thoroughly with hot water. Keep in mind that even products labelled “as safe for all pipes” do corrode copper and steel pipes and thin the pipe walls with every use.

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