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Question DetailsAsked on 8/27/2014

how much for a bathroom snake service?

My toilet overflows now and then..I want to try an industrial snake job to see if it helps...I already tried with a hand crank snake

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Search the List under Sewer Cleaning - usually the plumbers do not have the full-diameter powered scrapers needed to truly clean the soap scum and grease out of drains, though some of the larger ones do. Have him access from the toilet with the problem AND check it for blockage while off the floor, then do full-diameter pipe scraping from the toilet flange on down. Typically about $125-175 for that.

I recommend, if the main sewer pipe to the street (or septic tank) has not been scraped clean in the past 10-20 years (depending on how much grease goes down the drain - which is bad; and on how much hot water goes down drain like from washer - which is good; and howcold the ground is - which is bad), to have it chased (scraped) all the way to the street, because a blockage in the house pipes can be dislodged by "snaking" but then start or add to a clog further down the pipe. It is quite common for a simple in-house pipe unclogging to result in a return call in hours or days because the clog just lodged further down the system. Cost typically around $250-350 range including the in-house portion above - maybe $400 for long run or high priced area, but if the main run has not been cleaned fairly recently should probably be done anyway, and cheaper to get it done while there than on a separate later call.

And make clear you want a full-diameter scraper used, not just a snake, because snakes can open a holethrough a clog but leave it still partly obstructing the pipe, so it justs starts building right back up again - plug snake removes little of the residue on the perimeter of the pipe which gradually restricts its diameter and promotes clogs that way.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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