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How Much Does Sewer or Drain Cleaning Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $10-$75+average costPlumber, Simple Clog: $50-$450+high costPlumber, Snake Main Line: $100-$800+
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  Typical costs:
  • Plumbers may charge may charge a flat fee per project or an hourly rate of $45-$150 or more. While some might provide a rough estimate over the phone, many will want to see the project before giving a firm quote.
  • Hiring a plumbing company to unclog a sink or tub drain can cost $50-$450 or more for a simple obstruction (not a blockage in the main sewer line), depending on local rates, company rates, the difficulty in clearing the clog and the time of the service call (there can be extra charges for evenings, weekends, holidays or immediate response). For example, CostHelper readers report paying $52-$430 to unclog a sink or tub, at an average cost of $226.
  • Having a plumbing company unclog a toilet can cost $65-$250 or more for a simple obstruction just in the toilet itself (rather than the main sewer line). CostHelper readers report paying $95-$210 to have a toilet unclogged, at an average price of $164.
  • If turning on a faucet or flushing a toilet causes backflow in another fixture like a tub, shower or sink, the main household sewer line is probably blocked. Having a plumbing company clean the household sewer line by "snaking" it with a long cable device and cutting head can cost $100-$800 or more, depending on the distance snaked, local rates and the time of the service call. A few companies advertise unclogging services for a flat fee of $50-$60, but several consumers report feeling pressured to agree to expensive additional services. CostHelper readers report paying $148-$900 to have a main household sewer line snaked, at an average cost of $410.
  • The unclogging process may reveal broken or damaged pipes. Sewer Line Replacement can cost $1,000-$25,000, depending on the length and depth of the lines that need replacing, the type of replacement pipe and local rates.
  • Do-it-yourself supplies for cleaning a sewer or drain can cost $10-$75 or more, depending on what is needed. CostHelper readers report paying $29-$70 to rent a 50'-100' industrial-quality sewer snake, for an average cost of $55.
Related articles: Unclogging a Drain, Unclogging a Toilet, Sewer Inspection, Sewer Line Replacement, Plumber

What should be included:
  • To clear the main sewer line between the house and the connection to the public system, a plumber will typically locate the clean out (usually a y-shaped fitting near where the pipe leaves the house) and snake a cable with a cutting head through the line. A Wisconsin plumber demonstrates snaking a sewer line[1] .
  • A video by a Florida plumber compares snaking and jetting[2] .
Additional costs:
  • Some companies include a video camera inspection of the inside of the pipes in the total cost of cleaning a sewer line. If it is not included there could be an additional charge of $100-$800.
Shopping for sewer or drain cleaning:
  • CIDNetwork.com lists tips for choosing a plumber[3] .
  • Ask for and check references; verify that the company is properly bonded, insured and licensed[4] .
  • Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[5] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Main Drain Clean
Amount: $225.00
Posted by: Erincaldwell in Dayton, OH.Posted: July 22nd, 2013 10:07AM
Cleaner: All DrainType of Obstruction: Rag stuck in pipe
Our main drain is in a crawl space so it's tough to get at. That made the cost a bit more.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=181VRfyxZUc
  2.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2e-fFkgfEQ
  3.  www.cidnetwork.net/finding-plumber.htm
  4.  www.contractors-license.org/
  5.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/
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