If you have a clogged pipe, a drain snake is one of the most common tools used to unclog it. Drain snakes are simple and cheap tools that anyone can buy and use on their own, but if used improperly, you could accidentally make the problem worse. Instead of unclogging the drain, you may inadvertently jam the obstruction in there tighter and potentially even damage the pipe itself.
Accidents can lead to more costly repairs that may have otherwise been avoidable, which is why hiring a professional is the best way to take care of a clogged pipe. Here are a few things to know about the procedure before you hire a professional to unclog the main sewer line in your home.
How Does It Work?
A drain snake is a slender and flexible auger that uses a plastic or wire coil that is usually handheld and no longer than 25 feet in length. They typically have some kind of hook or claw at the tip to grab or attach to the blockage and remove the obstruction. When you have a clogged pipe, a drain snake can be inserted through the drain to reach the clogged area, and depending on the location or size of the pipe, there are a variety of drain snakes that you can use to remove the clog.
Toilets require augers that are specially made to slip down porcelain surfaces without damaging the protective coating of the toilet drain. Meanwhile, there are larger augers that are heavy-duty and can clean out just about any kind of clog. While they are extremely effective, many plumbers do not regularly carry them as they can be expensive to own. The type of drain snake to use will depend on the location of the clog.
How Much Does It Cost?
Main line clogs are not DIY jobs. Seek a professional drain cleaner or plumber to unclog the main sewer line to avoid an accident that will make matters even worse. On average, the cost of snaking the main sewer line is around $150 – $500, with the national average price hovering at $300 in most places throughout the U.S. For more complex clogs, expect the price to rise with difficulty, and add an additional $100-$150 to remove and reseal the toilet if necessary.
If there are broken pipes, expect to pay significantly more for the entire procedure, especially if they are outside—which requires digging. Indoor pipes will cost anywhere from $500 – $1000 to replace, depending on the type and length of the replacement. If the broken pipe is outside, the cost will rise and average between $1000 – $4000 to replace. For an exact price, you should consult with your plumber after they have assessed the clog and any damage that is present in the main sewer line.
Signs to Watch For
If you are unsure if your main sewer line is clogged, there are a few signs you can watch out for. Bad odors and frequently clogged drains indicate that there is a break or blockage in the sewer pipe. Additionally, if the toilets, tubs, sinks and showers are all backed up at the same time or are draining slowly, that may indicate that the main sewer line is clogged.
Finally, if you hear any gurgling sounds from the toilet when the bathroom sink is running, that is a sign that something is wrong and needs to be checked by a plumber.
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