Standard Cost of Drain Cleaning in Calgary – Price & Estimates

Skilled drain cleaning costs anywhere from $100 to more than $250. However, only $200 per job is paid by the average homeowner.

Want a more concrete idea of what your particular job will cost? Well, you can start by considering the following questions:

  • What kind of equipment is needed to clear your drain?
  • Is it just one obstruction or is the main sewer line clogged?
  • What are the labor costs in your area?
  • Will any additional labor be needed?

Let’s take a closer look at how these factors affect the price of drain cleaning services in Calgary.

 

Things that can affect the cost of your Drain Cleanup

Equipment Needed
When you employ a specialist to do your drain cleaning project, they should arrive at your house with an array of powerful tools that can cut through any clog. Some of such instruments include:

  • Drain clearing cable machine
  • High-pressure power jetting machine
  • Video inspection tools 

Drain clearing machines with cable
With a cable machine, if your plumber can clear your drain, you will more likely pay less for this service compared to more serious clogs that require hydro jetting.

Drain clearing cable machines are motorized, snake-like devices that spin violently within drains to cut through blockages, often called ‘augers’. They work best for clearing or cutting through tree roots of plain, single-drain clogs.

Machines for Power Jetting
Drain cleaning jobs involving power jetting machines would usually cost more. To cut through more serious clogs, a plumber may need to use a jetting machine that sprays water at extremely high pressure. This tool is particularly good at removing “FOG” clogs (clogs of fat, oil, and/or grease).

 

Power Jetting cleans your pipelines like it was new. Therefore, this may cost much more but will be cost-efficient in the long run. We are expecting 8 to 10 years of clean sewer pipe flow after a thorough hydro jetting procedure.

Video inspection tools
Camera inspections typically raise the price of a drain cleaning service.

A plumber can use video inspection tools for two purposes: to find and pinpoint the trouble areas in a drain prior to the job and to verify that the drain is completely cleared after the job.

Labor
Like other facilities, drain cleaning is the same: different businesses provide different rates. But it is a bad idea to settle for the plumbing company which offers the lowest price. Why? It would be like choosing a dentist only because of the rock-bottom rates they have. Typically, low prices mean low quality. And you want the job done right the first time when it comes to your home’s piping, right? Therefore, we wouldn’t suggest choosing the business with the lowest rate.

Licensed, skilled plumbers who come armed with the correct equipment and get the job done faster than low-priced firms are also justified by higher drain cleaning costs.

In summary, here are some things to look for before you choose which business to clean your drains:

  • Licensed plumbers. Ask for proof of license and insurance up front.
  • Warranties. Make sure the company you choose offers at least a one year warranty on their services.
  • Good reputation. Check the company’s online reviews or ask for references.
  • Experience. Has the company been in business for at least 5 years? Do they have a physical office or do they operate out of a van?

 

hydro jetting character holding a high pressure jet
hydro jetting how it looks like underground and how it works

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