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Question DetailsAsked on 1/22/2017

cost of hydro jetting and routing a main sewer line

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Here are some previous similar questions with answers which might help - I would say for normal length run to street (probably 50 feet or so) with decent cleanout access, $250-350 would probably cover most such jobs in all but a few of the highest labor cost areas, where $300-450 can be more the norm.

My recommendation - if using jetting, use only a company with a jetter with on-board (much preferably color) camera, so after he makes the cleaning pass and starts pulling back, you can see where he has missed spots - jetters very commonly miss spots due to jet blockage, the jetter lying in the bottom of the pipe so not getting the top area well, or failure to cut through roots. Alternative - require a camera run with a separate camera afterwards to specifically identify (by footage into pipe) location of any misses spots needing additional jetting, then confirmation camera run. Of course, that takes longer - but allows use of cheaper equipment.

My preferred tool for sewer line cleaning (not just spot blockage clearing in the in-house pipes) is a full-diameter finger or side-cutter scraper blades on a cable router - scrapes the pipe clean full diameter, and as long as you go slow and steady does a thorough cleaning job. The blades (mounted on end of router cable) look about like this -

Also can (with special tapered head root cutter head if necessary) cut through any root - many or most jetters cannot cut through larger roots, and those that can have enough pressure that you risk them cutting through the pipe as well, especially if not metal.

Of course, if a scraper system hits obstructions that do not clear readily, or he detects (a good operator can "feel" broken pipe, offset joints, roots, etc through the cable while cleaning), then that system needs a separate camera run too. Most sewer cleaning companies will agree to bring the camera along and not charge you if it is not needed - but you need advance notice to bring the camera, because many sewer cleaning companies with multiple trucks do not buy a $1500-2500 camera for each truck.

A caveat - jetter probably safer for deteriorated/cracking up clay pipe or badly eroded/corroded metal pipe that is near to holing through (though if in that condition should probably be replaced), because a scraper blade can get hung up or gouge through pipe in very bad shape.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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