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How much does it cost to unclog a main sewer line in Minnesota?


Hear a gurgling noise coming from multiple fixtures? Does the water just refuse to drain? Your sewer line is probably clogged and now your next big question is, “How much is it going to cost me to have it unclogged?”

The cost to have your sewer line unclogged here in Minnesota can range from $100 to $3,000.

If you’re thinking, “Jeez, that’s a pretty wide price gap,” you’re absolutely right—it is. However, it’s important to remember that the bottom-line price depends on several key factors such as:

  • The severity of the clog
  • How many clogs you have
  • The distance of the clog

In what follows, we’ll take a more in-depth look at each of these factors and how they can directly impact the overall price to have your sewer line unclogged.

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The severity of the clog

A more severe clog will cost a great deal more than your typical clog because it requires more time, labor and equipment overall.

For example, an invading tree root could cause a severe clog and will require specialized equipment. In this case, the plumber will often resort to hydro-jetting, which involves shooting water into the pipe at a high pressure in order to blast away and clear the clog.

Now, you’re probably asking, “Well, how do I know how severe my clog is?” Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible for any homeowner to know the exact severity of their clog without having a video inspection done by a licensed plumber first.

How many clogs there are

If you have multiple clogs in your main sewer line, the total cost will increase substantially. Again, more work means more money. Typically, the only way to know how many clogs are in your line is to have a professional perform a camera inspection of your sewer line.

A camera inspection not only helps to determine the number of clogs but also helps pinpoint the exact location of those clogs, which can ultimately save you both time and money in the long run.

The distance of the clog

One other benefit of having a camera inspection is it can also measure the distance between clean-outs and the clog. The farther the clog is from the sewer cleanout (the access point to your sewer line), the more costly the service will be overall.

Why? Simply put, the farther away the clog is, the harder the plumber has to work in order to properly clear the clog. Keep this in mind when considering overall costs and the service you choose.

Ready for a Twin City plumber to unclog your sewer line? You came to the right place.

We have been serving the Minneapolis-St.Paul area for over 100 years and in that time we’ve seen and done it all. There’s no job too big, too complicated or too dirty for us. Clogged sewer lines don’t block us from getting the job done right. Call or visit our website to learn more about how we handle drain cleaning and sewer line repairs.