Clogged drains are a common household problem and one of the main reasons why our Denver-area clients call on High 5 Plumbing for expert drain-cleaning services they can rely on.
Here are a few signs your blocked drains need to be cleaned or repaired:
- A foul odor (check out How to Get Rid of Drain Odors for easy maintenance tips)
- Burst pipes
- Gurgling or gulping noises
- Sinks backing up
- Toilets that won’t flush
- Slow water flow (check out our recommended Alternatives to Chemical Drain Cleaner)
If you’re experiencing one of these issues with your plumbing, now is the time to contact us and schedule a drain cleaning.
Wondering how much it’ll cost you? Keep reading for the details!
Why We Don’t Price Drain Cleaning Over the Phone
We often have customers call to ask about the cost of drain cleaning. And that’s understandable. But providing an accurate quote on the cost to clean your drain simply isn’t possible over the phone.
An In-Person Inspection Ensures an Accurate Quote
To accurately quote the cost of your drain cleaning service, we’ll need to learn a lot about your unique plumbing system. And that typically requires an in-person inspection from one of our professional plumbing technicians.
The total cost of a drain cleaning in Denver depends on several factors, including:
- How large your pipes are
- What your pipes are made of
- Whether the location of the clog is easy to access or hard to reach
- Where the clog is located
- Which tools are required to properly clean your system
We Hold Ourselves to The Highest Standards
Don’t set yourself up to be scammed. Avoid asking for a price over the phone altogether. Some companies that offer a price over the phone do so as a bait-and-switch service. They only offer you a price to get into your home; once they do, they’ll raise their prices.
That’s simply not how High 5 Plumbing operates. We hold our team members to the highest ethical standards (we have an A+ rating from the BBB) and treat our customers like family. We commit to providing you with a fair, honest, accurate quote for your drain cleaning.
All that’s required from you to get the job done right, at the right price, is an in-person inspection from one of our professional plumbing technicians.
Still not convinced? Learn Why You Should Hire a Professional to Clean Out Your Drains.
5 Factors That Affect The Cost of Your Drain Cleaning
1. The Size of Your Pipes
The size of the pipes in Denver-area plumbing systems run the gamut from 1¼ inches in diameter all the way up to 8 inches in diameter. If we don’t know the exact size of your pipes, we won’t know exactly which machine to clean the pipe effectively and efficiently.
2. The Type of Pipes in Your System
Residential drain pipes in Denver can be made up of a variety of materials, especially depending on the age of your home. We have to know which material is in your home in order to choose the proper machine to clean your pipes. Otherwise, you risk damaging your existing line.
Your home might have any one of the following (or a combination):
- Galvanized pipes
- Cast iron pipes
- Copper pipes
- Clay pipes
- PVC plastic pipesv
- ABS plastic pipes
- SDR-35 pipes
3. Ease of Access
We need to know whether there are easy access points to the location of the clog. For instance, if your main line is plugged, the drain cleaning will require a larger machine (and the space to accommodate it).
If there isn’t a proper access point, we may have to decide whether we need to:
- Remove a toilet
- Dismantle a bathroom sink
- Squeeze through a crawl space
- Find a location for a new access point and cut one in order to reach the problem area
If access to the location of your clogged drain is difficult, this can affect pricing, just as an easy-to-access location can make for a more straightforward, efficient drain cleaning experience.
4. The Location of the Clog
Much as we’d love to have x-ray vision, our plumbers have no way of knowing exactly where your drain clog is located. It could be in the mainline or the secondary line (also known as the drain line).
Main sewer line clogs are farther down in your piping system and impact more than one fixture. As such, they tend to be more expensive to clean. If sewage backs up in your showers or drains when you turn on a faucet or flush the toilet, the clog is most likely in your main sewer line.
Drain line clogs are less expensive to remove and can involve your kitchen sink, washing machine, shower, bathtub, bathroom sink, or toilet.
We also won’t know whether the clog is 25, 50, or even 100 feet down your drain line. As such, the labor and tools required to do the job can vary considerably.
5. The Tools Required for the Job
Depending on the location and severity of your drain clog, your plumbing technician could use one of three different tools for the job:
- A snake or an auger
- A high-pressure jetter, also known as hydro jetting
- Video inspection tools
The first tool we’ll use is the snake or auger. This motorized snakelike tool spins continuously, moving farther and farther down the drain to break up the blockage. This is often referred to as “snaking the drain.”
If this doesn’t break through the clog, your plumbing technician may use video inspection to determine the location and severity of the clog, then break through it with a hydro jetter. Hydro jetters are particularly useful for “FOG clogs” (those caused by fat, oil, and/or grease).
Why Is Professional Drain Cleaning Worth the Cost?
We Have the Experience and the Expertise to Do the Job Right
You might be tempted to take the DIY approach and clean your drain yourself, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
We will accurately assess the situation, utilize the proper drain-cleaning machine, and effectively clean your drain, all while protecting your home.
We Save You the Hassle and Keep the Mess in Check
Drain cleaning is not a pretty job. It can be a messy, stressful process if you try to do it yourself.
Our expert technicians know exactly how to solve the issue with as little disruption to your home as possible (and we always clean up after the job).
At the house below, we did a drain cleaning in the kitchen, as well as a hydro scrub. We found lots of grease in the line!
We Offer Financing
Unfortunately, it’s never a convenient time to have a clogged drain. And we understand that budget may be a concern. But a clogged drain is an issue that has the potential to cause long-term damage to your home, so it can’t wait.
Here’s how we can help.
We offer a number of convenient financing solutions for our plumbing services, so you don’t have to sweat the bills. We go out of our way to get you the help you need with a payment schedule that won’t keep you up at night. With GreenSky®, you can finance your plumbing project at fixed interest rates that are lower than many credit cards. In fact, one of our financing offers includes no interest charge if you pay in full within six months!
So don’t wait for a small problem to develop into a big one. Schedule your drain cleaning service with us today.
Before & After What You Can Expect from a High 5 Plumbing Drain Cleaning
See the difference a High 5 Plumbing drain cleaning service can make for your home!
We Set Expectations
At one of our recent service calls, here’s the step-by-step protocol we outlined for our plumbing tech:
- Put down floor protection
- Take drain machine in and set on floor protection
- Take apart drain line under sink to access drain line
- Run cable in sink drain to attempt to clear the blockage
- Pull the cable back out
- Run water for several minutes to test
- If the line is clear, then clean up the work area
We Deliver Results
Here’s how the job went, according to our tech’s report:
“After arriving and investigating the issue, I found that the customer was having trouble with their kitchen sink drain. It was backing up in the sink. I was able to clear the blockage with the drain machine. The customer also purchased Bioclean to help with build up in their drain lines.”
Note: Bioclean is an enzyme drain cleaner that we recommend at High 5 Plumbing. To purchase some for yourself, contact us here.
If you think you have a clogged drain, you owe it to yourself to get a professional inspection. It’s the sure way to get an accurate quote and expert service that protects your home’s plumbing system and saves you major headaches, all at a price you can afford.
We’d say that’s worthy of a High 5!
Schedule Your Expert Inspection Today!
At High 5 Plumbing, our trustworthy, reliable experts can help you with all your drain cleaning needs. Call us today, or contact us online to get your expert estimate–fair and honest every time!