How Much Does it Cost to Clear a Blocked Drain

How Much Does it Cost to Clear a Blocked Drain

Blocked drains have to be one of the most common plumbing problems we face here at iSpecialise. Blockages can be brought on by several things and can happen to any drain in our outside your home, and when a drain does become blocked, it can be a high inconvenience and more often than not, needs to be addressed ASAP.

The good news is that iSpecialise are experts at clearing blocked drains in Auckland and usually have a drain unblocked in under an hour. This quick turn around means your problem is solved faster, and the repair is cheaper… and who doesn’t love to hear that?

So, the question you want the answer to; how much does it cost to clear a blocked drain? Well, very little! Did you know, iSpecialise can have your blocked drains cleared for as little as $85? Yes, that’s right. While other Auckland plumbers may charge different and escalating fees based on the type of drain that’s blocked, iSpecialise doesn’t bill that way.

The cost for iSpecialise to clear a blocked drain

At iSpecialise, we assess each blockage based on whether it can be cleared using hand equipment such as a rod or plunger, or whether it requires specialist equipment like our high-pressure jetter.

The cost to clear a blocked drain using hand equipment

Often a blocked kitchen sink or shower drain can be freed with hand equipment, which you’re looking at onwards of $85 to clear. However, if the blockage is more severe, such as a blocked stormwater drain, a jetter will likely be required to clear the blockage.

The cost to clear a blocked drain using a high-pressure jetter

A high-pressure jetter pumps water into the drain at very high speeds of up to 5000psi to clear any blockage. It is the most efficient and effective way to clear a blocked drain. It works with the power of a pump behind it, a high-pressure flow of water pumps through the pipes, taking with it any and all traces of debris, tree roots, grease, scum, etc. When we use our high-pressure jetter, we then follow it with a CCTV camera inspection to make sure the drain is free of any further debris or obstructions. This ensures your pipes are clean and free from blockages.

A jetter is classed as specialist equipment and is, therefore, more expensive than the cost to clear a blockage using hand equipment. You’re looking at $250 for the first hour, then $40 per hour 1/4 hour thereafter. However, as mentioned, more often than not; nine times out of ten, we are able to clear any blockage within an hour.


A blocked drain can be a real nuisance and can cause havoc to a home. In all cases, whether it’s a blocked kitchen sink, blocked shower drain, blocked stormwater drain, blocked toilet, or otherwise, it needs clearing fast!

Thankfully, in most cases, it doesn’t cost much to clear a blocked drain… that is; if you get iSpecialise on the case. We offer a very affordable blocked drain service. If hand equipment can clear the drain, it can cost as little as $85. However, if the blockage is more severe and requires specialist equipment such as a high-pressure jetter, then we charge $250 for the first hour and then $40  per quarter hour thereafter. However, rest assured, we almost always are able to clear the blockage in less than an hour.

If you have a blocked drain and need it cleared fast, pick up the phone and give us a call. Alternatively, if you’d like more information on our blocked drain server, you can visit our Blocked Drains service page or call our friendly staff to answer any questions you may have.


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