Drain-cleaning companies service residential, commercial or industrial clients by cleaning toilets, laundry drains, sewer lines, kitchen sinks, bath sinks, dishwasher drains, catch basins, roof drains, pool drains and floor drains. Work that is beyond their scope is contracted out to qualified plumbers. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and there is a demand in your local area for draining services, you could do well to start your own drain-cleaning business.
Things You'll Need
- Bonding coverage
- Business license
- Contractor's license
- Camera system
- Drain-cleaning machine
- Rubber gloves
- Rubber boots
Starting the Business
Contact your state licensing department to learn what, if any, licenses you will need and what services you are qualified to provide. You may be required to hold a contractor’s license, sewage contractor’s license or a plumbing license. Then purchase bonding coverage and liability insurance for your sewer-cleaning business. For help on securing a bond, refer to your state’s employment department. Your insurance company may be able to connect you with a liability provider.
Gain experience by working under a licensed master plumber or sewer and drain cleaner.
Procure drain-cleaning equipment, if necessary, such as a camera system, rubber gloves and boots, high velocity jet, augers, cables and a drain cleaning machine. Popular machines include the Ridgid K-50, K-60 and K-75.
Be honest about the work you can do. Refer your clients to qualified plumbers if the job is beyond your scope. Not only will clients recognize your lack of skill, but you could face severe fines from your state for conducting work that you are not licensed to do.
Subcontract for plumbers as a way to get more work and build a name for yourself. Submit your business to the Better Business Bureau and directories such as Angie's List and the Yellow Pages to further market your business.