A Realistic Price Guide For Drain Unblocking – Based on Real Quotes

Thank you for visiting our site here at Quotation Check and our cost guide for unblocking drains/sewers in the United Kingdom. We contacted dozens of drainage companies and asked for quotes to rod or jet a drain that was causing a manhole to overflow in a garden. We also asked lots of questions about extra charges such as relining, dig ups and CCTV camera inspections.

Drain Clearing Works Schedule:

This is what we would expect to get for a basic drain clearing fee:

  • Initial inspection to determine who is responsible for the blockage, it could be on a neighbours property, or it could be the main sewer that is blocked.
  • Rodding and jetting with water to remove the blockage.
  • Water flush through.
  • Clean up of the area.

Jetting drain costs

How Did We Calculate These Figures?

All of the cost guides you see here on Quotation Check are based on real quotes from businesses in the UK.

We calculate an average price and publish it here so you can see what others are being charged.

This page explains the method we use to create our cost guides.

While our service can be helpful, especially as a starting point for those researching home improvement costs, there are some caveats.

Do bear in mind that every house is different and prices charged by tradespeople often change throughout the year. We always suggest getting a fixed written price rather than relying solely on our figures.

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When Was This Page last Updated?

We last updated our prices on the .

As with all of our prices on this site, we intend to update them every two years.

How Many Businesses Responded to Our Request?

In total, there were 16 respondents that provided us with quotes for drain unblocking.

Here is a chart displaying all of the prices we received:

Average Cost to Jet a Drain

Drain jetting costThe table below shows the average cost based on the prices we received. A typical drain jetting cost seems to be around £100.00 with additional charges per hour. We have done our best to categorise the size of the business and location.

These figures do not include CCTV camera inspections of the cleared drain/pipework. The figures are for a basic rodding/jetting only, and several of our chosen companies stated that this price is for the first hour only. So be careful of unscrupulous traders who may try and extend the amount of time it takes to jet the drain.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£95.00£110.00
South, SW and Midlands£85.00£105.00
Outer Region and NorthN/A£N/A



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Be Wary of the Up-Sell

The team here at Quotation Check have experience with blocked drains and we know that some companies will try to sell additional services that are either overpriced or just not needed.

CCTC Camera Surveys

This service can be very helpful in determining why your pipework blocked in the first place. It could be a collapsed pipe, a crack or tree roots. Without actually seeing inside the pipe how would you know? How long would it be until the pipe blocked again?

CCTV inspections used to be a very expensive task but in recent years the cost has come down considerably. Several of the companies we contacted even offered free pipe inspections if you purchased their drain jetting service.

Be wary of expensive CCTV offers and always ask upfront if this service is included in the price, if not ask how much extra it would cost.

The cheapest quote we received was: £zero but only if we had the pipe jetted by them first at a fixed cost of £145.00.

The most expensive CCTV quote we received was for £295.00.

Most of the quotes were in the £50-£150 range, we are referring to CCTV inspections after the pipe has been unblocked, not before.

Dig Ups

It’s quite rare for a modern drainage pipe to completely collapse to the point where it needs to be dug up and replaced. Be wary of such claims and ask for CCTV footage of the drain. A full dig up can be very expensive, especially if you need to lift a patio or driveway.

We didn’t gather quotes for a full dig up, but expect it to cost a lot!


Pipes can be relined, one option is to insert a special sock through the unblocked drain which is then inflated, creating a pipe within a pipe. Again it’s best to actually see CCTV footage of your damaged drain before proceeding with this work as some drainage companies try to sell this service when it’s not needed.

We enquired about the cost of relining a pipe and the prices ranged from £800 – £1200 for a ten metre section. This included all the necessary jetting and CCTV inspections.

We also found a few forums on the internet where homeowners were discussing pipe relining costs. It would seem that £900 per 10 metre section was the average, although some of these forum discussions were several years old.

It can be very difficult to provide a price guide for pipe relining as there are so many different types of pipe, in terms of material they are made from, length and diameter.

Emergency Call Outs/Out of Hours

When we gathered cost quotes for our drain jetting, we assumed they would visit the property during normal office hours. We did not require an “emergency call out” visit that would cost more.

Are You Covered by Home Insurance?

Before contacting a drain specialist have you checked your home insurance? Many polices cover drain unblocking.

You could also consider purchasing emergency cover from companies such as Homeserve or British Gas. You pay a monthly fee and are covered for a wide range of emergencies, these policies almost always include drain cover.

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2 Responses to “A Realistic Price Guide For Drain Unblocking – Based on Real Quotes”

  1. LeaJanuary 27, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    Hi Quotationcheck,

    Thank you so much for posting your services price guide. Do you offer discounts?

  2. Lonnie BourneFebruary 23, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    I got an emergency call put on a Sunday to unblock a soil blockage, they told me £290, I agreed as it was a Sunday.. They couldn’t do it so also came Monday… And then as if given my card details to get them out on Sunday, they took £900, and tried to take 400 more! They told me I agreed to £290 an hour… Which I most certainly didn’t, so now I have to wait for the bank to return my money and the drain firm says they’ll take me to court.. I said bring it on, £290 an hour is more than the judge would be on, rip off merchants

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