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How Much Does It Cost to Clean the Sewer Line?

Low
$20-$50
Average Cost
$200
High
$400-$500
(standard professional cleaning)

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Sewer Line Cleaning Cost by Project Range

Low
$20-$50
DIY
Average Cost
$200
Standard professional cleaning
High
$400-$500
Professional cleaning in hard-to-reach areas

How Much Does It Cost to Clean the Sewer Line?

Sewer problems can be a hassle to deal with and can lead to other issues in your home. There are many common sewer problems, but the average cost to clean out a sewer is $150-$200. Many smaller sewer issues can be fixed by yourself, but a professional is recommended for larger projects.

There are three main sewer problems:

Clogged Sewer

If there are multiple plumbing issues throughout the house, including multiple clogged drains or water stoppages, you likely have a clogged main sewer line. The average cost to clear the main line is $250.

Backed Up Drain

Depending on its location in the house, a backed up drain averages $150 to clear. Laundry drains cost more, typically around $175. The price to do it yourself, including renting an industrial-grade snake, is around $55.

Smelly Sewer

A drain or sewer that gives a foul odor likely needs to be cleaned, which typically costs $100-$150. Drain cleaner can be purchased to clean the drain yourself for around $20.

Labor

Plumbers typically charge $45-$65 per hour. If your problem doesn’t fall into one of these categories, you may be charged by the hour.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

  • A video inspection down the sewer plumbing averages $250-$300 depending on the age and condition of the sewer system.
  • If you have broken or damaged pipes, you may consider replacing them, which can cost from $1,000 to $25,000 depending on the material as well as the length and depth of the line.

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Cost to clean the sewer line varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources.