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Question DetailsAsked on 5/20/2015

what is the average cost, per drain for hydro jetting in Los Angeles area?

Smelly drains, and my plumber recommended we have our shower and sink drains hydro jetted to clear out any buildup in the pipes. Quoted $150 per drain no matter how long it takes to clear.

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Sounds awfully high to me, and unless you are having backups in the drains or bubbling in the drains when running dishwasher or flushing (indicating a partial sewer pipe blockage), probably not necessary - I would not prescribe jetting just for smelly drains, if not due to backup or sewer gas gurgling in.

For that, I would use baking soda sprinkled in then kitchen vinegar added, let sit till done fizzing (a minute or so), then flush with a bunch or water; or use lemon scented MR Clean as a 5-10 minutes soak then wash out.

IF you are having backup or gurgling (usually starts when washer or full tub empties) at the lowest elevation drains in the house (usually tub//shower or floor drains on lowest level with drains), that usually indicates a partial blockage in the line to the street, which calls for jetting (or preferably unless poor condition clay pipe, routing with a full-diameter scraper head) to clear the blockage and clean the pipes of soap scum/fiber/grease buildup that restricts flow by reducing the pipe diameter, and should normally be done every 10-20 years depending on how much hot water (good) and grease (bad) goes down drains.

IF backing up/bubbling at a higher level drain but NOT at lowest ones, then is a partial blockage in the in-house sewer pipes that snaking will usually take care of. In that case, jetting or routing the line is called for, but that only requires one entry point in the house "upstream" of the drains with problems.

Normal cost - $100-150 range for snaking a single drain in the house to clear a blockage, $150-300 typically (depending on whether there is a usable cleanout or a toilet has to be removed for access) and on distance to street for jetting/snaking.

To be honest, the $150/drain might be legit, but sounds to me like a come-on to a scam where he goes from drain to drain every 2-3 minutes at $150/pop and before you know it you are up to $1000 for 15 minutes work, rather than the usual $150-300 for a blockage clearing job. $150 for as long as it takes to clear a blockage would be a good deal - $150/drain sounds like trouble to me.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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