Cost of Unblocking your Drains
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to unblock your drains, including the costs of labour and materials.
Jetting a drain system is a simple way to get rid of the blockage and clogs. Over time, water pressure isn’t as high, and the drains will get clogged. Unbuckling them is a way in which you can ensure proper flow, unclog buildup, and otherwise prevent damage to the piping, which will end up costing you far more in the long run.
Jetting your drains isn’t as simple as applying high force or pressure. Nor, is it as simple as throwing some bleach or cleaning agent down the system. In fact, this can do more harm than good, if you don’t know what you are doing. So, what goes into unbuckling and jetting?
What the job entails
Jetting the drains is a process by which you unplug or unclog the drains. From hair to dirt and debris, or small items which fall into the drain and block it, these items are sometimes impossible to clean out with a cleaning solution.
Jetting applies an extremely high pressure (similar to pressure washing your home), so as to break down the clogs, remove the debris, and clean out the sewage system. Although this is the type of service you are not going to perform on a weekly basis, it is something that you should consider hiring a professional plumber to perform maybe 2-4 times a year.
Problems with jetting
Potential issues can arise with jetting the drain and sewage system from time to time. One such problem is that of too much pressure. If the equipment is too powerful, or if the system isn’t properly jetted, by a professional who knows what they are doing, it is possible to break or damage the sewage systems and lines. Therefore, renting equipment, and cleaning out the sewage system, is something that most homeowners shouldn’t undertake themselves.
Another common issue which arises is people simply throwing cleaning agents, or heavy bleach products down the drain. This can lead to even worst clogs and build up. It can erode or damage piping, which will eventually have an adverse reaction to the sewage system.
Additional services to consider
Jetting uses pressure cleaning systems to unclog the drain and sewage system. There are far more complex, computer-generated systems, which are available to plumbers today. If you have never jetted your sewage system, or if there are major clogs, this is a form of hydro-jetting you might wish to inquire about. It is going to cost more, but it is also a superior way to see what is below the surface, and truly remove the debris/buildup, which is causing damage.
Sometimes replacing piping or updating sewage systems is necessary. Especially if this is something you have never done outside the home. If you live in an older home, or if you notice your system clogs or backs up often, it might be time for something new or replacement of certain parts. You should inquire about these services when speaking to the contractor you call to your home, for jetting services.
In the event your home is in need of plumbing work, in the bathroom or kitchen, these are projects you can choose to have completed at this time as well. Even projects like gutter cleaning or jetting the gutters of the home can be performed by a licensed professional. Depending on the severity of the blockage, these are a few possible, quick repairs, which will greatly improve the drainage and sewage system throughout your home, and your property.
Costs & Duration
The cost of jetting will greatly vary based on the degree of clogging, and who you choose to hire to perform this service. Many plumbers will charge a flat rate anywhere between £100-200 for the services alone. This is in addition to the cost of the jetting/pressure equipment, and additional clog removal they may have to perform when working outside of the home.
This is the type of job which can typically be completed in one day. If, however, you choose to have hydro-computer assisted jetting performed, this may require additional time to complete, especially if severe issues are found below, or within the sewage system of the home.
For most homes, the price should be below £300 to complete this jetting service. Again, depending on the plumber/contractor hired, the cost of equipment, and the flat labour rate they charge, this price can be higher or lower in different areas.
It is important to compare a few specialists prior to choosing one for these, and other plumbing services. This is the only way to ensure you find the best price, and also to ensure you hire the most qualified, and experienced professional, to perform jetting, and other sewage system work, you choose to conduct outside of your home.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having your drains unblocked.
Q Why should I have my sewage system jetted?
Clogs occur. Backups occur. Even small items that fall into your sewage system, can result in a huge blockage. Simple drain cleaners or traditional cleaning methods sometimes don’t suffice. This is where professional services will better resolve the issue.
Q Will a pressure washer do the same job?
The answer is no. In addition to not being able to control the proper levels of pressure, it is nearly impossible to properly position the washer. And, most homeowners simply don’t know what they are doing and can damage their home/sewage system.
Q How often is this service required?
Doing this 2-4 times a year, should suffice with most homes. In older homes, you might choose to have jetting services performed more often.
Q Why hire a specialist?
Again, if you don’t know what you are doing, you can damage the sewage system. This will end up costing far more to replace/repair, and it can result in more problems than you expect if you don’t use appropriate pressure level settings.
Q Can I just use a drain cleaner?
You can, but it isn’t as effective. Over time, regardless of how much you clean the drains, blockage occurs. Jetting is the only way to truly get rid of the clogs, and properly resume flow in the sewage system.