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How Much Does Drain Cleaning Cost in Phoenix?

July 29, 2020

We wish there was a simple answer to this question, but the truth is, the cost to clear your drain depends on a variety of factors. We can tell you that on average, cleaning your drain in Phoenix will cost you anywhere from $100-$300+.

The price to clear your drain will depend on:

  • The location of the clog
  • The severity of the clog
  • Unforeseen issues
  • The cost of labor

To get an exact price, you’ll need to speak with a certified plumber, but, we can give you a general idea of how much it will cost to clean your drain by discussing the details of the factors listed above. If you’d prefer to speak with a plumber sooner rather than later, contact us! Or, learn more about our drain cleaning services.

Cost Factor #1: Location of the clog

One of the biggest factors that will impact the cost of your drain cleaning is the location of the clog.

Your home’s plumbing has two main types of piping:

  1. Main line
  2. Secondary lines

Your plumbing appliances and sinks will drain into secondary lines that eventually meet up with your main drain line.

Secondary lines are typically easier to access than the main drain line, so if your clog is in a secondary line, your drain cleaning will usually be less expensive than if it's in the main sewer line.

If your clog is in the main drain line, it will be more expensive the farther away it is from the sewer cleanout.

The sewer cleanout is the place where a plumber is able to access your home’s main drain line. But, the farther away the clog is from the cleanout, the harder it will be to access and the more expensive drain cleaning will usually be.
Note: Hard-to-access clogs may also require a plumber to use a camera to determine the clog's location and severity. Most plumbers will charge extra for a camera inspection.

The sewer cleanout is the place where a plumber is able to access your home’s main drain line. But, the farther away the clog is from the cleanout, the harder it will be to access and the more expensive drain cleaning will usually be. Note: Hard-to-access clogs may also require a plumber to use a camera to determine the clog's location and severity. Most plumbers will charge extra for a camera inspection.

Cost Factor #2: Severity of the clog

Typically, the more severe the clog, the more expensive it will be to clean out of your line.

More complex or larger clogs are usually more expensive to clean out because of the kind of tools they require.

If a clog is relatively minor, a plumber will usually use a drain snake or auger to break up the clog and remove any debris they can.

However, if a clog is very large or hard to clear, a plumber may have to use more expensive tools, like a water jetter, to clear the clog. The use of expensive equipment, like a water jetter, will increase the overall cost of the drain cleaning.

Cost Factor #3: Unforeseen Issues

Sometimes, a plumber may go to clean your drain lines and discover there is a larger issue, like a rusted pipe that needs to be replaced or a clog that has caused a pipe to burst or leak. Of course, this will be an additional cost, but not one you can know about until you have a plumber come and assess the clog and your current pipes.

Another additional cost to keep in mind is damage that clogs can cause, like water damage. If the clog is severe enough or has been left alone for too long, it can cause the pressure to build in your pipes, which can cause a leak. Eventually, this can cause water damage. If you need to repair your drywall because of water damage, that’s something you need to take into account when you think of the overall cost.

Cost Factor #4: Cost of labor

Typically, a contractor who provides high-quality work or is more experienced will be more expensive than a contractor that has a lower labor rate.

But, when it comes to having your drain cleared, it’s important to find a quality plumber who will do the job thoroughly and safely instead of finding someone who will just do it for less money. An inexperienced plumber or someone who is trying to get a job done quickly may not unclog your drain successfully and could cause damage to your plumbing or plumbing appliances.

When looking for a quality plumber, you should look for someone who:

  • Is licensed and insured- You can usually find this information on a company’s website or on the company’s BBB profile.
  • Is experienced- How many years of experience do they have in your area? Do other homeowners trust them?
  • Has good reviews- Check for reviews on sites like the BBB, Angie’s List and Google

Will provide an upfront written estimate- You want to work with an honest company that’s going to provide with a clear quote before any work begins, that way you know exactly what you’re on the hook for when it comes time to pay.

Ready to have your drain cleaned by pros you can trust? Call Patrick Riley

If you need a trusted team of plumbers to clean out your drain, call us. Arizona homeowners across the valley trust us as their go-to plumbers whenever they need help. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out what our customers have to say.