How Much Does Drain Clearing Cost in Tampa, FL?
March 15, 2022
Is your drain backed up or moving slower than usual? You’re probably wondering how much it will cost to get this frustrating problem fixed.
While we can’t give an exact estimate without an in-home inspection, we can say that in Tampa, it costs about $99-$300 to clear a drain, with the average being around $185.
The cost of drain clearing depends on these factors:
- The clog’s location
- The accessibility of the plumbing cleanout
- Whether a video camera inspection is needed
- How severe the clog is
- The plumber you choose
Below, we’ll cover these factors in more detail to help you budget for your drain clearing service.
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Florida homes have 2 types of drains: a main line and a secondary drain line.
- Main line: This drain line carries your home’s wastewater to the city’s sewer lines or septic system.
- Secondary line: These drain lines are attached to water fixtures in your home (e.g., toilets, tubs, sinks, etc.), and they carry wastewater to your mainline, which then feeds to a sewer line or septic system.
While either can get clogged, it’s typically more expensive to clear a main line than a secondary one. A main line clog is harder to access, impacts multiple fixtures, and requires using more complicated equipment. Depending on how far down the clog is, you may pay more for a plumber’s time and effort to clear it.
How do you know if you have a main line or secondary line clog? You have a main line clog if water backs up for multiple fixtures when you turn on a faucet or flush the toilet.
Accessibility of the Plumbing Cleanout
Plumbers access the main line through a plumbing cleanout. The cleanouts are usually located between a house and a street and should be easy to access.
Plumbing cleanouts in Florida can look like:
- A 3-4” steel or plastic pipe with a cap sticking out of the ground
- Mini manhole covers (sometimes with square plastic lids)
While uncommon, some Florida homes have a cleanout inside a closet, utility room, basement, or behind a toilet, etc. A hard-to-reach cleanout will make accessing the clog a challenge, increasing time and labor costs, making accessing the clog a challenge. Learn more in our article, “Where Is the Sewer Cleanout in My Florida Home?”
Whether a Video Camera Inspection Is Needed
Most plumbing companies will charge a diagnostic fee to inspect your plumbing system and confirm that a clog needs to be cleared. For example, Red Cap Plumbing charges $29 for our diagnostic fee, which we’ll waive if you choose to hire us for your drain clearing.
If a clog is identified in the main sewer line, your plumber might recommend a video camera inspection to find the precise location of the clog. Using a waterproof camera that can fit into pipes as small as 2-36” in diameter, they will feed the camera down the drain and through the plumbing cleanout. Then, using a radio transmitter, they can pinpoint the location of the clog inside the main line.
While an inspection could add to your cost, it will tell your plumber exactly where the clog is and the cause for the clog. Your plumber knowing how to best access the clog reduces your overall costs because they can be more efficient at clearing the clog.
How Severe the Clog Is
More severe clogs will require more powerful equipment, increasing the cost of the drain clearing.
Mild clogs include hair, food, toilet paper, hygiene products, lawn debris, or small tree roots in a drain line. Plumbers can remove them with plumbing snakes (also called drain cleaning cable machines or augers). These snakes are basic handheld models that work well for clearing secondary line clogs or motorized spinning versions that can break up clogs in the main line.
A serious problem is having a “FOG” clog (fats, oils, grease buildup) or a clog caused by heavy sludge or big tree roots. A plumber will likely need to use a hydro jetting (also called a sewer jetter) device for severe clogs. Hydro jetters are more powerful and complicated to use than simple snakes and are more effective at clearing tough clogs with high-pressure streams of water.
Plumber You Choose
Quality plumbers will charge more for their services but can save you money down the road. An improperly cleared drain could require additional clearings or repairs to fix any damage, and you’ll have to deal with the inconvenience of being stuck with clogged pipes again.
You can verify if a contractor is reliable by:
- Checking that they have a valid plumbing license: Their website should list a license number. Another way is to visit their Better Business Bureau profile to see if they’re accredited.
- Checking if they offer warranties or guarantees: A contractor that backs up their work means more peace of mind.
- Asking if they provide upfront estimates: You’ll be protected against surprise fees with an upfront estimate.
- Looking at their customer reviews: Seeing positive customer reviews on Google or HomeAdvisor indicates that you’ll most likely also be satisfied by their service.
Want a Reliable and High-Quality Drain Clearing Service? Contact Red Cap Plumbing.
When you hire Red Cap Plumbing, we’ll give you a fair upfront quote and send one of our experienced plumbers to clear your drain the same day. If we’re late, we’ll give you $100. We guarantee that your drain stays unclogged. If it backs up within 7 days, we’ll return and clear it for free.
Give us a call at (813) 963-3056 or schedule below to experience 5-star service.
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