A blocked toilet can be a nightmare. It can quickly turn a small problem into a very inconvenient issue. While some simple blockages can be shifted by waiting for the excess water to slowly drain and a little manual force with a brush, serious blockages can be very hard to shift.
That’s where a plumber comes in. Using specially designed equipment and a bit of technical knowledge a good plumber can have tour bathroom suite working again in no time, no matter what the issue.
So how much does it cost and what’s involved?
Plumbers are free to set their own rates and this means it can be hard to tell how much a service is going to cost in advance. There’s nothing worse than having a plumber come out to you, give you a high price estimate and leave you struggling to decide on taking a risk with someone else or agreeing and going ahead with a potentially overpriced service.
So let’s take a look at the figures.
The national average cost is around $350. This includes a survey of the problem, an electric snaking to clear the blockage and a full test of the system to make sure the problem is properly fixed.
Prices can vary between $200 for simpler problems during business hours all the way up to $700+ for serious issues during the night and over holiday weekends etc. When you start looking at services like hydrojet washing it can go as high as $1000 in some instances. Especially if it involves fixing damage from problem pipes or leaks caused by the pressure building up.
How to tell your toilet needs professionally unclogging
If you’ve got a clog that just won’t shift and you’ve tried using a plunger, waiting for it to drain away or pushing the blockage apart with a cleaning brush it is probably not something you can fix yourself.
There are cleaning products available in shops but it’s often not an ideal solution. They use harmful chemicals to break down the biological materials that are responsible for most blockages but this can take time and can result in further pipe damage if you use the wrong chemicals or add too much to the water build-up.
Avoid clogs and blockages.
The best way to solve a problem is not to have one in the first place. You should always avoid flushing facial wipes as they can quickly cause blockages. It’s also worth having a regular cleaning from a professional drain cleaning service. This helps you avoid the build-up that’s bound to stop things moving at the worst possible time.
If you’re considering adding a regular cleaning to your household maintenance plan give us a call today. We can talk you through the process and have a local specialist out to you before you know it at a time that’s right for you.