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Talking About Preventative Plumbing Services

Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.


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Factors Affecting Drain Cleaning Cost

by Charlie Clarke

Although DIY drain cleaning can save you money, there may be a time when professional cleaning is best. For example, licensed plumbers with a professional drain cleaning company can help you out if you don't have the time or if you can't handle the job. Here are some of the things that will determine how much you pay when that time comes:

The Type and Number of the Affected Drains

Some drains are easier to clean than others, so they also cost less to unclog. For example, bathroom clogs are typically easier to deal with than toilet clogs because the type of debris likely to cause clogging in a bathroom is not difficult to deal with. Of course, cleaning one drain (say a toilet clog) is cheaper than cleaning multiple drains. This is why you will pay a lot to clean a main sewer line clog because such a blockage is likely to affect all the drains in the house.

The Cause of the Blockage

The cause of the blockage is also a factor here because it determines the complexity of unclogging it. For example, the plumber will have an easier time clearing clogging caused by soft debris as compared to hard debris. Blockages caused by tree roots take more time and money to clear as compared to blockages caused by poor food disposal.

The Necessary Cleaning Technique

There are various ways of cleaning a blocked drain; you can use a plunger, an auger, or a hydro jet, among other techniques. All of these techniques have various levels of complexity, so they attract different costs. In most cases, the plumber will try the simple techniques first before moving onto the complex ones. In some cases, you may even need a video inspection of the drains to diagnose the exact cause of the blockage so that a suitable solution can be found, and this will cost more.

The Season

Drain cleaning is affected by the changing seasons just like other businesses. This is because some seasons witness more drain blockages than other seasons. For example, the summer season typically comes with more drain blockages because:

  • People eat more fruits with hard byproducts that cause blockages
  • There are likely to be more people visiting, which places considerable strains on the drains
  • Summer floods are likely to affect the drains and cause blockages

The best way to minimize your drain-cleaning costs is to maintain your drains and avoid clogging. If your drains are already clogged, however, contact a drain company as soon as possible before wastes start backing up into your house.