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Question DetailsAsked on 6/21/2016

I have been quoted $1,800 to hydro scrub a 2 bath house along with installing a clean out drain. Is that high?

I have a main line, a line for the kitchen area, and a line for each bathroom.

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A sewer cleaning should normally run under $500, and commonly more in the $250-350 range - though if looking at cleaning out all the in-house lines (not normally done unless you have unusual amount of blockages in all) as well as the main drain run to the street or septic tank then the $500 range is probably more on the mark because you are looking at three entry points within the house.

Installing a cleanout inside the house would commonly run on the order of $500 or so - outside could run $500-1000 depending on depth to pipe and what type of material you are digging in.

So - $1800 combined sounds on the higher side to me if an outside cleanout being put in, and substantially on the high side if interior cleanout.

Only real way for you to know the "fair price" for your job is to contact a couple of other contractors for bids - and if proposing doing it with a pressure jet system rather than full-diameter scraper rooter I would require that they have a camera to run afterwards (or on the jetting tool itself) so you can actually see the pipe has been thoroughly cleaned - because many types of jetting tools and basically all if they are run too fast leave substantial portions of the pipe uncleaned, whereas a scraper tool on a router (though not safe to us in very deteriorated cast iron or asbestos pipe, or in clay drain tile) does a pretty thorough cleaning job all around as long as you advance it at a reasonably slow rate. The problem with the jetting tools is a lot of them lie in the bottom of the pipe so do not clean the top well, or have only a few jets so they cut a spiral or grooves in the buildup without actually clearing it all away. I have seen a number of jobs where a line was jetted without camera check, and plugged up again in short order and had to be finally cleared with a rooter to restore free flow.

And on the "other contractors" - I recommend going with long-established local sewer and drain cleaning services - a lot of the franchise brand companies tend to have buy-ins by people with little or no experience, and I have seen quotes over twice the going rate - and a few horror stories about very high cleaning rates, then telling the homeowner his lines need replacing for $20,000 or more - not only sometimes unnecessarily, but at several times what it should have cost. Heard of one $50,000 sewerline replacement job by a nationwide franchise outfit that should have cost less than $5000.

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