Sewer Line Cleaning Cost

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Clogged sewer
Backed up drain
Smelly sewer
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

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.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Drains or sewer lines 1 that are in hard-to-reach places may require more time and money to fix.
  • Extremely dirty or hard-to-clean areas may require the use of a power scrubber, which can add an additional $50-$100 to your cost.
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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Ballwin, MO
+14%
Bay Shore, NY
+17%
Bellmawr, NJ
+16%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Hagerstown, MD
-14%
Isanti, MN
-25%
Lawton, OK
-38%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Maryville, TN
-15%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Royal Oak, MI
+24%
Salem, IN
-36%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Sandy, UT
-6%
Silver Spring, MD
+25%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Staten Island, NY
+26%
Wood Dale, IL
+42%

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