Yes, dry drains are a thing – more so in older, unused buildings, where the draining facilities have not been used or maintained for a while. Drains benefit from regular, proper activity, so when they aren’t used for quite a while, they can become dry and clogged, even to the point where they clog the main sewer pipe. This is not a problem you want to have.


Drains can become completely dried out in a matter of weeks to a month. It all depends on the season, the temperature and the evaporation rates. This can cause system failure. Debris and other stuff may be stuck inside your drain and that’s a difficult matter to deal with as is, so imagine when all that stuff dries and hardens in your drain – uh oh!


You can prevent dry drains by doing these two simple things:


  1. You can run water down the drain once, monthly.
  2. You can pour 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil down the drain to slow down the rate of evaporation.



If you have a dried out drain, it’s a good idea to call a professional plumbing team to clean the clog out of your pipes, so that you won’t have to suffer from sewer backups and flooding. These are not plumbing problems to play around with. The can cause health problems, cause property damage, cost you lots of money and be very inconvenient for your daily activities. Contact the professionals if you have plumbing problems like these and more. We’ve got experienced and affordable plumbers in Ottawa. With just one call, we can help you solve your plumbing needs and offer you emergency plumbing services!