Best to Call a Professional When You Have Clogged Drains

Often when thinking about drain cleaners, Roto-Rooter comes to your mind. Maybe because they have a catchy name or catchy commercials. But there are many other professional drain cleaning experts besides them

What do they charge?

Most draing cleaning experts typically charge between $160 to $450 for common problems such as:

  • Clogged drains
  • Line repair
  • Dripping faucets

And most of them will not charge for an inspection and come out to your home or office for free.

Expert vs. Drano

It is advisable to call a professional rather than use commercial products such as Drano. Drano remains in a pipe waiting for any clog to dissolve, continuing to react, and generating heat. In some cases, toilet bowls can even crack. PVC pipes can become soft and eventually break because of Drano. Old and corroded pipes often can be damaged easily and Drano can also eat away at the glue holding together pipes. So, calling a professional is the best move.

What professionals use

Professional drainpipe experts use what is called an auger – or plumbing snake, or flat sewer rod that clears most blockages deep in drain lines. If the professional needs some type of chemical to dissolve the clot, they have professional solutions that they are trained in using to unclog the drain.


Often you will notice bad odors coming from a drain, and that is when a professional can come and clean your drains by removing particles of food and other debris that are trapped in drains. When a professional clean your pipes, this will remove foul odors as well. You will then have faster drainage resulting in reduce clogs. Drains are very prone to obstructions over time so maintenance regularly can stop serious clogs from occurring.

As always you must do due diligence on any professional drain cleaner that you use.