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What it costs to unclog a toilet

Clogged Toilet? How Much It Costs to Get It Fixed

Let’s face it—a clogged toilet is never a glamorous thing to deal with. And unfortunately, toilets tend to clog at the most inopportune times. Luckily, there are a few simple tips you can utilize to unclog a backed-up toilet. Next time your curious toddler flushes their crayons down the drain, you’ll know what to do.

The Costs for Tools

The tools needed for unclogging the porcelain throne are fairly inexpensive and can be found in any hardware or plumbing store.

  • Plunger: varies in price from $5–$10. The plunger should be your first course of action, but you don’t want to use too much force—this could damage pipes and fixtures.
  • Closet auger: varies in price from $15–$40. This is also known as a “plumber’s snake,” and is your go-to option when the plunger has failed. The tool has a long, bendable steel cable that’s wound around a spool. A hand crank extends the steel cable and the auger end is able to bend and fit through the tight curves of a toilet trap, pushing through those unyielding clogs.

Toilet Auger

A toilet auger is the perfect tool for unclogging those stubborn clogs a plunger can’t fix.

How to Use a Plunger

Plungers are great for minor toilet clogs. To begin, place the plunger down into the toilet bowl, creating a seal over the drain opening. Next, work the plunger up and down, pumping several times before pulling it off the drain opening. Lastly, flush the toilet to help clear out the drainpipe and presto! You should have a clear drain.

Toilet Plunger

A toilet plunger is ideal for clearing out minor clogs.

Using a Toilet Auger

A toilet auger will be your weapon of choice for those major toilet clogs. To start, place the closet auger end down into the toilet bowl with the tip aiming up. Hold the tool shaft steady and crank while pushing down on the handle. Continue cranking until you’ve dispensed about 3 feet of cable. Next, retrieve the cable again by cranking the other direction and pulling up. To finish, flush the toilet to clear out the drainpipe.

If this didn’t do the trick, try running the auger through the P-trap 2 more times. Go one time up the left side of the trap and another time up the right side. This will loosen up any matter stuck to the sides. Flush the toilet again to clear the drainpipe.

The Price for a Plumber

If you can’t unclog the drain yourself, you may need the help of an expert. The pricing for a plumber can vary depending on a few factors. Soft clogs that can be cleared with a toilet auger will be the least expensive fixes. Hard clogs—like a child’s toy car or a piece of plastic—will cost quite a bit more, because the toilet will need to be removed to clear out the blockage and then put back in place with a new wax ring. Here are the average prices for typical toilet-clog fixes:

  • Low-end estimate: $95
  • High-end estimate: $210

Your location can also play a factor in the overall charge as well as emergency calls outside of normal business hours. If you make an emergency call during evenings, weekends, or holidays, don’t be surprised if you are charged $400 or more.

The costs for hiring a plumber can vary depending on if it’s a soft or hard clog as well as your location.

If you find yourself at an impasse, unable to clear the blockage from your toilet, we have a list of experienced and licensed plumbers who can help. Search Kudzu for plumbers today.


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