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Drain specialist cost per hour

The average hourly rate for a drain specialist is £41 per hour. If you have stubborn blocked drain or there is a foul smell in and around the house you probably need to call a drain specialist. Your plumber is there to install, service and repair pipes but the minute you are struggling with a bad blockage, (e.g bath water refusing to drain or water accumulating in an outside drain, not clearing away) this will usually require the specialist to come in with powerful cleaning pressure water jets and possibly even special cameras that can be placed inside sewers and water pipes to trace the inside of the pipework, investigating the cause of the blockage. Hourly rates vary because of expertise, number of heads on the job, and call out charge calculations and range from £23 to £151.

View our UK drain specialist cost per hour table.

Drain specialist cost per day

The average daily rate for a drain specialist is £249 per day. Calling out a drainage professional can be for preventative reasons, e.g., servicing and cleaning a septic tank from any build-up of bottom sludge and floating scum, or the need can be more of an emergency investigate and repair, e.g., outside drains that are completely blocked or slow draining, a toilet that keeps getting flooded or the repair job of pipes that need sections to be replaced / relined / patched. Whatever the reason you can end up paying up to £460 per day so let us help you find you a drain specialist at a rate you can afford.

View our UK drain specialist cost per day table.

Choosing a drain specialist

Once you know which drain experts are available, pick a couple to request an estimate or quote for your job so you get a good idea how much it is going to cost. Check to see if they are qualified, this could be a City & Guilds Drainage Engineer course, or they have completed one of the National Drainage Academy courses. For your safeguarding, there are different associations for the Drain Specialists to belong to which will ensure the tradesperson you choose follows the industry standard of practice e.g., NADC (The National Association of Drainage Contractors).

When you get the quote from the drainage specialist, study the quote to see if you have only been quoted for an inspection (and does this include CCTV footage?) or have you also been quoted to unblock the drain. If quoted to unblock, does this include any chemicals that may be required for the jetting unit and will it also include root cutting equipment if the jet pressure washer is not enough to dislodge a tree root / stump. Ask the drain specialist if there is damage to the inside lining of pipework or O-rings while dislodging any solid blockages, is it an extra charge to then repair the inside with a localised patch.

Check if the price includes VAT and discuss the method of payment before they visit your home.

They should arrive with all of the equipment needed for the job and you may only need to provide a water connection near to the blocked drain or pipe. Check what access they will need so that you can clear away the area before their arrival and unlock any backyard and side access gates. Be sure to make the entire garden accessible for them in case they need to look through a different part of the drain. The drain specialists will need the van or truck parked as close to your property as possible, therefore if you live in a city or built-up area, you may need to use your bins to block off a parking space for them as close to your home as possible.

Tips: If it is an outside drain that keeps flooding during heavy rain, make a note of how many days of rain in general before the drain backs up - is there a certain smell (an egg sulphur smell) accompanying the water, have you had any big trees cut away from the garden since living there that there might still be a root hidden underground, has this issue always happened since you have owned the property, can neighbours say if past owners had the same issue, have you called anyone else out about it before and if yes, what did they do to try and treat the issue?

Drain specialist cost to clear a blockage or replace a pipe


Job details Estimate
Re-lining a section of drain pipework £600
Patch a section of drain pipework £225
Replace a section of pipework £850
Clean and remove debris from gutters £100
Bath water not draining away £80
Kitchen drain oil / fat / soap scum blockages £80
Kitchen drain oil / fat / soap scum blockages £80
Investigative CCTV work, drain survey £250
Jet pressure blast away a blockage £175
Cut away and remove tree roots £300
Clean and maintain outside drains £150

Rates for other trades

Drain Specialist hourly rate and daily rate
Drain Specialist: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK for 2022 (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Drain Specialist near Aberdeen£36£278
Drain Specialist near Amber Valley£42£238
Drain Specialist near Angus£38£288
Drain Specialist near Arun£44£262
Drain Specialist near Ashfield£38£234
Drain Specialist near Aylesbury Vale£51£275
Drain Specialist near Barnsley£33£219
Drain Specialist near Basildon£46£260
Drain Specialist near Basingstoke & Deane£54£243
Drain Specialist near Bassetlaw£30£214
Drain Specialist near Bath & North East Somerset£43£270
Drain Specialist near Bedford£51£269
Drain Specialist near Belfast£29£185
Drain Specialist near Birmingham£38£227
Drain Specialist near Blackburn£66£239
Drain Specialist near Blackpool£35£250
Drain Specialist near Bolton£55£236
Drain Specialist near Bournemouth£44£307
Drain Specialist near Bracknell Forest£56£273
Drain Specialist near Bradford£34£203
Drain Specialist near Braintree£41£246
Drain Specialist near Breckland£32£238
Drain Specialist near Bridgend£34£200
Drain Specialist near Brighton£42£252
Drain Specialist near Bristol£41£273
Drain Specialist near Broadland£33£219
Drain Specialist near Broxtowe£37£238
Drain Specialist near Bury£55£235
Drain Specialist near Caerphilly£30£220
Drain Specialist near Calderdale£34£206
Drain Specialist near Cambridge£53£315
Drain Specialist near Canterbury£39£242
Drain Specialist near Cardiff£32£232
Drain Specialist near Carmarthenshire£23£169
Drain Specialist near Charnwood£36£206
Drain Specialist near Chelmsford£41£253
Drain Specialist near Cheltenham£43£349
Drain Specialist near Cherwell£46£273
Drain Specialist near Chester£31£185
Drain Specialist near Colchester£43£227
Drain Specialist near Conway£30£211
Drain Specialist near Coventry£39£238
Drain Specialist near Crewe & Nantwich£37£255
Drain Specialist near Dacorum£51£283
Drain Specialist near Derby£39£234
Drain Specialist near Doncaster£33£224
Drain Specialist near Dover£41£250
Drain Specialist near Dudley£39£226
Drain Specialist near Dumfries & Galloway£32£240
Drain Specialist near Dundee£38£258
Drain Specialist near East Ayrshire£38£210
Drain Specialist near East Devon£31£232
Drain Specialist near East Dunbartonshire£37£255
Drain Specialist near East Hampshire£41£249
Drain Specialist near East Hertfordshire£52£281
Drain Specialist near East Lindsey£24£200
Drain Specialist near East Riding£43£220
Drain Specialist near Eastleigh£41£268
Drain Specialist near Edinburgh£38£270
Drain Specialist near Elmbridge£56£292
Drain Specialist near Epping Forest£54£291
Drain Specialist near Erewash£38£227
Drain Specialist near Exeter£34£250
Drain Specialist near Falkirk£39£287
Drain Specialist near Fife£40£267
Drain Specialist near Flintshire£33£220
Drain Specialist near Gateshead£43£230
Drain Specialist near Gedling£37£240
Drain Specialist near Glasgow£38£259
Drain Specialist near Gloucester£38£303
Drain Specialist near Guildford£56£277
Drain Specialist near Gwynedd£30£240
Drain Specialist near Halton£36£238
Drain Specialist near Harrogate£31£212
Drain Specialist near Havant & Waterloo£42£260
Drain Specialist near Horsham£45£258
Drain Specialist near Huntingdonshire£43£263
Drain Specialist near Ipswich£116£371
Drain Specialist near Isle of Wight£39£247
Drain Specialist near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£42£240
Drain Specialist near Kingston-upon-Hull£44£217
Drain Specialist near Kirklees£34£207
Drain Specialist near Knowsley£34£220
Drain Specialist near Lancaster£44£274
Drain Specialist near Leeds£35£210
Drain Specialist near Leicester£36£225
Drain Specialist near Lisburn£30£192
Drain Specialist near Liverpool£35£222
Drain Specialist near London£55£287
Drain Specialist near Luton£52£289
Drain Specialist near Macclesfield£32£208
Drain Specialist near Maidstone£41£237
Drain Specialist near Manchester£37£221
Drain Specialist near Mid Bedfordshire£49£280
Drain Specialist near Mid Sussex£45£259
Drain Specialist near Middlesbrough£35£236
Drain Specialist near Milton Keynes£49£272
Drain Specialist near Neath Port Talbot£36£218
Drain Specialist near New Forest£42£282
Drain Specialist near Newbury£59£264
Drain Specialist near Newcastle-under-Lyme£32£213
Drain Specialist near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£42£230
Drain Specialist near Newport£31£235
Drain Specialist near North Ayrshire£39£243
Drain Specialist near North East Lincolnshire£28£241
Drain Specialist near North Hertfordshire£52£294
Drain Specialist near North Lanarkshire£37£267
Drain Specialist near North Lincolnshire£40£213
Drain Specialist near North Somerset£39£254
Drain Specialist near North Tyneside£43£232
Drain Specialist near North Wiltshire£45£290
Drain Specialist near Northampton£49£282
Drain Specialist near Norwich£34£222
Drain Specialist near Nottingham£36£230
Drain Specialist near Nuneaton & Bedworth£35£229
Drain Specialist near Oldham£35£217
Drain Specialist near Oxford£48£284
Drain Specialist near Pembrokeshire£26£200
Drain Specialist near Perth & Kinross£39£285
Drain Specialist near Peterborough£37£248
Drain Specialist near Plymouth£27£222
Drain Specialist near Poole£45£309
Drain Specialist near Portsmouth£42£255
Drain Specialist near Preston£68£252
Drain Specialist near Reading£54£263
Drain Specialist near Redcar & Cleveland£34£233
Drain Specialist near Reigate & Banstead£59£292
Drain Specialist near Renfrewshire£38£247
Drain Specialist near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£31£193
Drain Specialist near Rochdale£37£226
Drain Specialist near Rotherham£32£227
Drain Specialist near Salford£37£221
Drain Specialist near Salisbury£48£277
Drain Specialist near Sandwell£39£225
Drain Specialist near Scarborough£35£280
Drain Specialist near Scottish Borders£52£495
Drain Specialist near Sefton£35£224
Drain Specialist near Sevenoaks£51£251
Drain Specialist near Sheffield£32£231
Drain Specialist near Slough£52£294
Drain Specialist near Solihull£39£226
Drain Specialist near South Ayrshire£39£247
Drain Specialist near South Bedfordshire£51£269
Drain Specialist near South Cambridgeshire£53£300
Drain Specialist near South Gloucestershire£42£277
Drain Specialist near South Kesteven£40£247
Drain Specialist near South Lanarkshire£41£292
Drain Specialist near South Oxfordshire£50£268
Drain Specialist near South Somerset£28£231
Drain Specialist near South Tyneside£43£232
Drain Specialist near Southampton£40£263
Drain Specialist near Southend-on-Sea£39£251
Drain Specialist near St Albans£52£285
Drain Specialist near St Helens£35£219
Drain Specialist near Stafford£35£231
Drain Specialist near Stockport£37£228
Drain Specialist near Stockton-on-Tees£35£235
Drain Specialist near Stoke-on-Trent£31£212
Drain Specialist near Stratford-on-Avon£43£220
Drain Specialist near Stroud£38£311
Drain Specialist near Suffolk Coastal£151£460
Drain Specialist near Sunderland£43£235
Drain Specialist near Swale£41£248
Drain Specialist near Swansea£33£218
Drain Specialist near Tameside£37£223
Drain Specialist near Teignbridge£36£254
Drain Specialist near Tendring£86£302
Drain Specialist near Test Valley£37£222
Drain Specialist near Thamesdown£50£313
Drain Specialist near Thanet£37£243
Drain Specialist near The Wrekin£45£279
Drain Specialist near Thurrock£46£260
Drain Specialist near Torbay£39£264
Drain Specialist near Trafford£38£236
Drain Specialist near Vale of Glamorgan£35£217
Drain Specialist near Vale of White Horse£44£278
Drain Specialist near Vale Royal£32£216
Drain Specialist near Wakefield£34£210
Drain Specialist near Walsall£38£227
Drain Specialist near Warrington£39£238
Drain Specialist near Warwick£38£238
Drain Specialist near Waveney£28£220
Drain Specialist near Waverley£48£245
Drain Specialist near Wealden£44£236
Drain Specialist near West Lancashire£35£230
Drain Specialist near West Lothian£43£305
Drain Specialist near West Wiltshire£45£290
Drain Specialist near Wigan£37£225
Drain Specialist near Windsor & Maidenhead£51£287
Drain Specialist near Wirral£35£224
Drain Specialist near Wokingham£57£274
Drain Specialist near Wolverhampton£40£226
Drain Specialist near Wrexham Maelor£35£190
Drain Specialist near Wychavon£37£248
Drain Specialist near Wycombe£56£317
Drain Specialist near York£35£234