If you have a blocked drain somewhere in your home, your first thought might be that you should call a professional. After all, the blocked drain might be a real hassle that is preventing you from using your plumbing properly. You might have tried to play around with the drain yourself, and you might have poured chemicals down the drain or taken other steps to try to resolve the issue by yourself. Now that you're ready to call a professional, you might be worried about how much you're going to have to spend. Cost is going to vary, but asking yourself these questions can help you get an idea of what your costs are going to be.
Is There Damage?
First of all, in some cases, clogs can be removed, and plumbing can then be used without any issues. This is not always true, though. Sometimes, serious clogs or clogs that are ignored for a long time can cause damage to your pipes and other components of your plumbing system. If this happens, then not only are you going to have to pay to have the clog resolved, but you will also have to pay to have the plumbing repaired. Obviously, if repairs are needed, then your costs are going to be higher than if you simply had to have a clog removed. How much this will cost depends on how serious the damage is.
How Deep Is the Clog?
In some cases, only a clog removal is needed, since repairs aren't needed. However, costs can still vary based on just how deep the clog is. If the clog is in the drain or near the surface, then costs shouldn't be too high. If the clog is deep in the plumbing, on the other hand, it will be more time-consuming and challenging for the problem to be resolved, even by a professional. In this case, blocked drain issues can be a little more expensive. However, even if the clog is really deep, a professional should be able to resolve the issue; it just might take a little more time and money for them to do so.
When Did You Call for Service?
If you found that your drain was clogged late at night or on a weekend, you might have called an emergency service. This can be a good idea if you need to be able to put your drain back to use right away, but it might cost you a little more than if you handled the problem during regular business hours.
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