We’re going to explain the cost of drain cleaning, but first it’s important to understand your drain system to appreciate what a clog might mean.

Part of keeping your home in good shape is making sure that all of the essential mechanics of your home are working properly. However, most homeowners only think about home maintenance after something breaks and causes a large, and usually expensive, problem.

Taking care of your drains and getting them cleaned out regularly can prevent extensive damage to your home caused by cracked, broken, or leaking pipes.

removing hair from a clogged drain

A lot of funky things can get stuck in your drain, this drain was blocked with hair.

How Do Clogs Happen?

Over time hair, detergents, and other debris can become lodged in the pipes in your home.

Detergents, soaps, and cleaners can corrode the pipes in the home and make them more prone to breaking. Because there is a large network of pipes that run throughout the home if one of the pipes that’s hidden inside the framework of the home develops a tiny crack or leak water could be dripping into the interior walls of your home for some time.

Pipes that corrode could also burst, soaking your home and your belongings in a deluge of water that can ruin your possessions, cause expensive home repairs, and even potentially lead to mold growth deep inside your home where it can be almost impossible to get rid of.

That’s why it’s so important to maintain your plumbing with regular inspections and cleanings. Getting your drains cleaned out twice a year can head off major floods or plumbing problems by catching potential problems before they happen and pinpointing small leaks and fixing them before they start.

How Much Does Drain Cleaning Really Cost?

The actual cost of hiring a Toronto drain cleaning service depends on many different factors including the size of your home and severity of your clog, costs may range from $150 upwards depending on what is required.

In some of the worst circumstances a drain clog might required replacing drain pipes meaning excavation could be required. There is unfortunately no easy way to determine the cost to clean a drain without knowing more about the situation.

However, most reputable plumbers will give you a free estimate or consultation for a drain cleaning that will be tailored to your unique situation. The cost of drain cleaning in Toronto and the surrounding areas isn’t that much and makes your home safer by making sure that your plumbing is working the way it should.

It’s one of those costs that are necessary in order to maintain your home. The cost is worth it when you consider the cost of what emergency plumbing repairs and replacing your items would cost.

Signs Of Drain Clogs

If it’s been awhile since you had your drains cleaned your home could have drain clogs that you don’t even know about yet or clogs that don’t seem serious on the surface but are actually hiding much bigger clogs deep down in the pipes. If you notice any of these signs of a clogged drain you should have your drains cleaned right away:

Slow Draining

Water should always drain fairly quickly from sinks and the shower or tub.

unclogging a toilet with a plunger

When a plunger doesn’t do the job you’ll need to a better drain cleaning solution.

When a clog is drained or there is a clog somewhere in the pipe the water will drain slower than normal. This happens most often with shower and tub drains because hair gets clogged in the drain.

But it can also happen in bathroom and kitchen sinks and even laundry sinks because of the debris from your clothing and heavy laundry detergent.

If you’re taking a shower and you notice that the water is climbing up over your feet before it starts to drain you probably have a partial clog in the drain. Or if you are washing the dishes and you notice that the water in the sink takes longer than usual to drain that can indicate a clog also.

More Clogged Toilets

Occasional clogging of the toilet is normal.

Usually a simple plunger can take care of the problem. However if you notice that your toilet is clogging more often than it used to and nothing else in your household has changed the problem could be a clog deep in the pipes or a partial clog somewhere along the plumbing system.

A professional drain cleaning can get rid of any debris or clogs in the pipes before the toilet becomes totally blocked or starts to overflow regularly.

Bad Smells Coming From The Drain

Have you ever walked into the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room and smelled a nasty odor coming from the area near the drain? If so, that probably means there is a clog of hair or other debris in the pipes below the drain. This is common in kitchens where garbage disposals can back up and leave old food scraps and other debris rotting in water in the disposal bowl.

Changes In Water Pressure

showerhead with low water pressure

A change in water pressure is often easily noticeable in your shower head.

Another sure sign of a clog is a change in the water pressure in your home.

If you turn on the tap and water doesn’t flow the way it should or if you notice that your shower suddenly doesn’t have the oomph that is used to have that’s probably because there is a clog in one of the pumps that is slowing down the water and reducing the water pressure.

A drain cleaning can loosen the clog so that the water can flow the way it should again.

True Cost of DIY Drain Cleaning

Homeowners often try to save money by trying a DIY solution to a clogged drain and they often search “How to clear a clogged drain” online.  However, those DIY solutions can end up costing homeowners a lot of money because they can cause permanent damage to your plumbing and they often don’t work.

In many cases the clog is far down the pipes and it takes a trained professional with the right equipment to clear the clog safely.

If the clog isn’t removed by a professional with the right equipment the pipes could get damaged or broken. And a DIY remedy won’t be able to tell if there are any cracks or small leaks in the pipe the way that a professional drain cleaning can.

When your drains are being cleaned a professional plumber can take a look at the pipes surrounding the drain to see if there are any cracks or weak spots that could point to potential problems down the road. It’s always best to have a professional that has experience and the best equipment clean your drains to make sure they are cleaned properly and safely.

Why Drains Should Be Cleaned Twice A Year

It might sound like having your drains cleaned twice a year is excessive and potentially expensive. But the cost of a professional drain cleaning is a lot cheaper than the cost of replacing broken pipes or replacing all of your items if a pipe bursts and all of your belongings are soaked.

If you get your drains cleaned at least twice a year, usually in the spring and in the fall, a professional plumber can check the health and safety of your plumbing and make sure that your plumbing is in good shape.

Call Us Today

Call us today and we will be happy to give you a custom estimate for professional drain cleaning in Toronto and the surrounding areas.

We can even set up regular maintenance appointments twice a year so that you don’t have to think about getting your drains cleaned. Our professional teams will show up and clean your drains on a regular schedule without you having to remember when the last time you had it done was.



Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew has over 20 years of experience as a plumbing contractor. He is co-owner and operator of Absolute Draining & Plumbing, a professional plumbing company serving residential & commercial properties across the Toronto, Ontario region.
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