Cost to Unclog a Sink Drain

Cost to Unclog a Sink Drain

How much to unclog a sink drain? The plumber's charge to unclog a sink drain is $138 vs. doing it yourself for $20 and saving 85 percent. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 1.2 DIY 2.5
Money Pro $138 DIY $20
Per Unite Cost
Per Unit Cost $138 Total Cost



By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Unblocking a clogged drain is one of those life challenges we all face as homeowners. In the kitchen it's usually grease and food scraps, in the bathroom it's scum and hair that create the blockage. Wherever the clog, the task at hand is getting the water flowing again. As a homeowner, you're the first responder who sees the standing water in the basin, so try some of these tactics before calling in the pros.

First, try a plunger that uses suction to alternately push and pull the clog within the pipe until the force dislodges the blockage. If that doesn't work, try a chemical drain unclogger to see if it can dissolve the blockage, followed by flushing it with running water.

It gets physical when you try the next tactic of removing and cleaning the trap, the U-shaped pipe under the sink. Use a wrench or slip-joint pliers to unscrew the cleanout plug on the bottom of the trap and probe inside the pipe to remove the blockage. Your last plan of attack is to use a snake or drain auger, a coiled spiral snake with a handle on one end. You push the tool through the clog and crank it, driving the snake further into the obstruction to break it up and flush it through the line.

wikiHow suggests three ways to Unclog a Kitchen Sink.

If all else fails, call a plumber, who will charge $138 to make a typical house call to unclog a sink drain. Click here to get to Home Advisor and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by Plumbers in your area.

That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to unclog a sink drain lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

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