How Much Does Drain Cleaning Cost In Florida?

November 14, 2016

Professional drain cleaning in Florida costs anywhere from $190 to over $300. However, the average homeowner pays around $200 per job.

Want a more concrete idea of what your particular job will cost? Well, you can start by considering the following questions:

  • What kind of equipment is needed to clear your drain?
  • Is it just one obstruction or is the main sewer line clogged?
  • What are the labor costs in your area?
  • Will any additional labor be needed?

Let’s take a closer look at how these factors affect the price of drain cleaning services in Florida.

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Factors that affect the cost of drain cleaning

Equipment needed

When you hire a professional drain cleaning company, they should arrive at your home with an arsenal of powerful tools that can cut through any clog. Some of those tools include:

  • Drain clearing cable machine
  • High-pressure power jetting machine
  • Video inspection tools

Drain clearing cable machines
If your plumber can clear your drain with a cable machine, you’re most likely going to pay less for this service compared to more severe clogs that need hydro jetting.

Drain clearing cable machines, also called “augers”, are motorized, snake-like tools that spin violently inside drains to cut through blockages. They work best for clearing simple, single-drain clogs or cutting through tree roots.

A standard drain clearing cable machine. Source

Power jetting machines
Typically, drain cleaning jobs that require power jetting machines will cost more.

A plumber may need to use a “jetting” machine that sprays water at extremely high pressure to cut through more severe clogs. This tool is especially good at clearing “FOG” clogs (fat, oil and/or grease clogs).

Related: Why You Shouldn’t Pour Grease Down Your Drain


Video inspection tools
Camera inspections typically raise the price of a drain cleaning service.

A plumber can use video inspection tools for two purposes: to find and pinpoint the trouble areas in a drain prior to the job and to verify that the drain is completely cleared after the job.

Secondary line clog vs. main sewer line clog

Generally speaking, the job gets more expensive if your main sewer line is clogged versus a secondary line. The amount of labor it takes to completely clear your main sewer line is much more than a single clog.

So, what’s the difference between secondary lines and main sewer lines?

Well, secondary lines are all the drain lines from individual fixtures (such as your toilet, sink, bathtub, etc.). Those drain lines all eventually feed into your main sewer line.


So how do you know if you have a clog in your secondary line vs your main line? Well, if turning on a faucet or using the toilet causes water to back up in the bathtub, sink, etc. then your main line is probably clogged.

Related: Why Are All My Drains Clogged?


Drain cleaning is the same as most services: different companies offer different prices. But settling for the plumbing company that offers the lowest price is a bad idea.

Why? Well, that’d be like choosing a dentist just because they have rock-bottom prices. Low prices usually mean low quality. And when it comes to your home’s piping, you want the job done right the first time.

Higher drain cleaning prices are often justified by licensed, professional plumbers who come prepared with the right tools and get the job done better than low-priced companies.

Things to look for in a drain cleaning company:

  • Licensed plumbers. Ask for proof of license and insurance up front.
  • Warranties. Make sure the company you choose offers at least a one-year warranty on their services.
  • Good reputation. Check the company’s online reviews or ask for references.
  • Experience. Has the company been in business for at least 5 years? Do they have a physical office or do they operate out of a van?

Additional labor

Sometimes what seems like a simple drain cleaning job turns into much more. And the more labor a job requires, the more expensive it gets.

Some examples of additional labor include:

  • Removing fixtures like toilets to clear a drain
  • Pipe relining
  • Pipe replacement

Need a quote on drain cleaning services in Florida?

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