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How Much Does Roto-Rooter Cost?

Roto-Rooter is a trusted plumbing, drain, and water cleanup company that does business coast-to coast in the U.S. and Canada. We are often asked, “how much does Roto-Rooter cost?” The answer depends on which service you need. Roto-Rooter provides many kinds of services for both residential and commercial customers. We’re a full-service provider of plumbing, drain, and water cleanup services. We do everything from repairing faucets and toilets to replacing pipes and sewers.

No matter which service you need, Roto-Rooter will come to your home or business at no charge.* We’ll assess your issue in-person and quote you a free and upfront cost estimate without any surprises or extra charges. Roto-Rooter provides good value with every service call, including excellent customer service and communication. We take pride in our attention to detail, use of high-quality replacement parts, and our ability to provide you with more than one option for resolving the issue, whenever possible. That way you can choose the option that best fits your needs and household budget. If you accept the estimate, we’ll begin work right away and when the job is finished, we’ll clean up our work area, so you don’t have to. Best of all, we’ll do the job right and guarantee our work.

Some Companies Offer ‘Too Good to be True’ Plumbing Prices

We’ve noticed many of our competitors in the plumbing and drain business are playing misleading price games, which we find dishonest at worst and half truthful at best. To get your attention, they advertise impossibly low prices for unclogging drains. They’ll claim to snake any drain for $99 or less. However, after they arrive, they begin tacking on all sorts of extra fees and hidden charges until the actual cost is four or five times more than the advertised cost. At Roto-Rooter, we feel these dishonest tactics damage the reputation of our industry, so we caution every homeowner and business manager to pay close attention and take advertised price claims with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, if a price sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

One of the common tricks is to send out a technician, have him begin working, and then he’ll inform the customer that the low advertised price is for “opening” a drain.” That means they’ll poke a hole through the clog to get the pipe draining again but only temporarily. With this technique, the drainpipe usually reclogs within a week to 30 days. Then you’re on the hook for another service call. Roto-Rooter doesn’t play these games. We’ll quote a fair price, unclog your drain, and then thoroughly clean the entire drainpipe from end to end. The Roto-Rooter way prevents clogs from reforming and keeps your drains flowing freely.

Another common new tactic is to send a technician to your home to inform you that the $99 price only covers snaking the first 25 feet of pipe. The reality is that most sewer pipes are far longer than 25 feet. In fact, they are often 50 feet or longer! By the time those other guys finish padding your bill, your actual cost will be hundreds more than the advertised rate. Even worse, some unscrupulous plumbing companies use the advertised discount service call as a loss-leader so they can try to sell you a new sewer pipeline that you may not need.

Here’s how a Roto-Rooter service call works: We won’t “guestimate” by quoting prices over the telephone, and here’s why: no plumber can accurately estimate the cost of a plumbing or drain problem without assessing the full extent of the issue with his or her own eyes and senses. If we inaccurately quoted you a price over the phone then changed the estimate after seeing the entirety of the system, you would rightfully think we’re playing a game of bait and switch, just like those other guys.

Roto-Rooter provides free upfront and in-person cost estimates without trip fees. And with Roto-Rooter, there’s no extra charge for nights, weekends, or holidays! * If you accept the Roto-Rooter estimate, we’ll begin working right away. If you decline it, we’ll leave, and you’ll likely pay nothing at all for our visit.

No Hassle Guarantee

The cheapest guy in town may not prove to be a bargain if he’s unlicensed and doesn’t follow local plumbing codes. Everybody loves a low price, but if the technician damages your home or disappears when you call back to exercise your warranty, you won’t be happy with the outcome.

Flat-Rate vs. hourly pricing Most Roto-Rooter locations charge a flat-rate for their plumbing & drain services. That means you’ll pay the price we quoted at the outset whether it takes us 30 minutes or all day to complete the work. When you call Roto-Rooter, we won’t rack up hourly charges or tack on hidden fees.

24/7/365 Availability* Roto-Rooter provides around-the-clock plumbing & drain service. In most cases, we’ll be at your home or business within two hours of your call.

Our No-Hassle Guarantees* mean we’ll return to fix anything that doesn’t stay fixed. And because Roto-Rooter has been trusted and recommended since 1935, you can feel confident knowing that Roto-Rooter will be around to make good on its guarantee.

Download a Coupon and Save!* Be sure to visit the Coupons page at and enter your zip code to see and download the latest coupons from your local Roto-Rooter service provider. Then present the coupon to your service technician to enjoy great cost savings.

*Some Roto-Rooter locations may charge trip fees, estimate fees, or after-hours service fees. Services offered, hours of operation, and guarantees may vary by location. Contact your local Roto-Rooter for details.



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