When you’re experiencing drain problems, you can try to resolve minor obstructions on your own. It is best however to avoid using acid-based drain cleaners. Their chemical components are highly corrosive that can damage your metal or plastic pipes. Sometimes they emit toxic odors when you use them to dissolve the clogs.
Getting a professional plumber is a good alternative if you don’t want to exert effort and deal with chemicals. How much does drain unblocking cost? Here’s a breakdown of average costs.
Basic drain clearing
The price range for clearing a kitchen, tub or bathroom drain is between R600 to R1500. Clearing of a laundry drain ranges between R1200 to R2000. Unblocking a toilet clog will cost around R600 to R1500.
Most plumbing companies charge a flat rate for clearing a drain with a snake or opening the p trap. And they also include a separate service fee. The price will also depend on your region and the severity of the blockage.
Some companies use more advanced methods such as using a high pressure water jet, which cost a lot more.
Main line clogs
If more than one plumbing fixture is experiencing drain clogging, it means that there is a blockage in your main sewer line.
The main sewer line is one of the most common lines that experience problems. When you experience a main sewer line clog, temporarily stop using water in your home to avoid any potential flooding. Wait until the lines are cleared by the plumber before turning on your water supply.
Clogs in the main line stoppages can be cleared by accessing an outside clean out, through a drain vent on the roof or by removing a toilet. The price range for this is between R1000 to R3000.
Most companies also do a video inspection to accurately spot the location of the blockage. This is more expensive but it saves time and is less disruptive. If they find that your pipe needs replacing, it could cost you hundreds to thousands of rand depending on the scope.
How to Prevent Drain Clogs
Prevention is always better than cure. Taking care of your drains is therefore the best way to avoid headaches caused by drain clogs. Here are some tips.
- Don’t pour grease or oil down the drain. It can thicken and stick to the pipes, narrowing the passage of water in the future. If you really have to, use a grease trap.
- Don’t overload your drain disposal. When the waste is cleared, let the water run for a few more seconds to wash out any remaining debris.
- Use a drain screen. It is helpful to install this at you floor or tub drain to catch falling hair. And then regularly clean the screens to avoid buildup.
- Schedule a routine checkup. Call a plumber to check your lines every now and then. He may be able to spit a problem at the onset and prevent it from getting worse.