Is it a good investment to purchase your own electric drain snake? any suggestion on prices?
I'd have to agree with the above answer. Many drain pip installations done in the last two-three decades are done with plastic pipe. A power snake can break that pipe unless it is a straight shot from the cleanout. If you can't clear the clog with normal hand equipment a professional is worth the cost.
The equipment itself is so expensive that it I am not sure you'll recover the cost in the expected lifetime use of a single homeowner.
I guess the question I should ask, is why do you think you need the power snake? Have you had repeated problems? Do you have an intractable clog?read more collapse
Least you'll spend is $250, while rental is about $20 per day. If you need it more often than once per year, you need a plumber or a sewer line replacement anyway. It's unlikely you'd damage newer PVC pipe, but if it's clay pipe or orangeburg(bituminized fiber pipe) it's probably collapsed and due for replacement.
All that said, you can also rent(or hire a pro, if you wish) a drain snake with a camera attached. A trained person can show you in minutes(though there will likely be a minimum charge of 1-2 hours!) exactly where your problem is and probably recommend the most cost-effective fix. As a machine renter, you might or might not be able to ascertain the problem area. The place you rent from should be some help.
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