How Much Does Hydro Jetting Cost?

by Team eLocal

How much does hydro jetting cost, and what exactly is this plumbing service? If you're experiencing sewer issues, a plumber might recommend hydro jetting.

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Learning more about what this service is and how much it costs can help you budget for it.

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What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is a method of cleaning out your sewer line. It uses high-pressure water to break up clogs and clean the buildup out of your sewer pipes. This method is highly effective in removing gunk from your sewer, but it won't help the situation if your sewer pipe is cracked or damaged. The high-pressure water can also be too hard on some older sewer lines, which could crack.

Only plumbers should perform hydro jetting. Plumbers can use different nozzle types based on the situation, which attach to a hose. This goes into your sewer line, allowing your plumber to direct the pressurized water through the lines. Plumbers may start by doing a video inspection before hydro jetting the lines to assess the situation. This lets them find the clog and look for other damage. They might also use a snake to break up some of the debris before scouring it away with the pressurized water.

How Much Does It Cost?

According to HomeGuide, you can expect hydro jetting to cost between $250 and $800 (CAD 340 and CAD 1,090). However, residential hydro jetting services can cost $1,000 (CAD 1,360) or more depending on several factors, including the severity of the clog. Local plumbers should be able to give you an estimate for the project, but it could increase in price if they run into issues.

Hydro jetting typically costs a little more than snaking your sewer line, which often costs between $150 and $500 (CAD 205 and CAD 680). However, hydro jetting can be more effective because it cleans the buildup along the sides of the line. Snaking can break up clogs, but it won't clean out all the debris. This means the clog could build up again, causing you to pay for another service. Snaking can't always clear all tough clogs, especially ones that are deep in the line.

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What Factors Impact the Overall Project Cost?

Several factors go into the total hydro jetting cost:

  • Location: Plumbing service prices can vary significantly based on where you live. Rural areas tend to cost less than urban areas, and some parts of the country are more expensive than others.
  • Plumber: You'll also find a range of prices from different plumbers in your area. Call several plumbers to get estimates, but avoid companies that are significantly lower, as they might not be as qualified.
  • Severity: When you're dealing with a clogged sewer line, the severity of the clog can affect the price. More difficult clogs take longer to do and might require other techniques, which increases the costs.
  • Other techniques: If the plumber does a video inspection, you can expect to pay more. The cost of sewer line camera inspections typically runs between $125 and $500 (CAD 170 and CAD 680), according to data from HomeGuide.
  • Additional issues: Plumbers may use cameras to inspect the plumbing line before or during hydro jetting. If they discover additional issues, such as damage to the sewer line, you could be dealing with much more expensive repairs that increase the overall cost.
  • Residential vs. commercial: Residential services are typically cheaper than commercial hydro jetting projects, which typically average $500 to $3,000 (CAD 680 to CAD 4,075).
  • Access: The plumber needs to access the sewer line to perform the service. If you have a sewer cleanout that's easily accessible, your service will likely be cheaper. Some homes have cleanouts in areas that are difficult to access, such as crawl spaces. You'll also pay more if your home doesn't have a sewer cleanout.

Hydro jetting can be an expensive service, but it can also eliminate some major plumbing issues. Getting rid of the buildup helps keep your drains flowing well.

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.

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