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Old 08-01-2018, 12:38 PM   #11
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@ShtRnsdownhill I greatly appreciate all the info and tips you provide. Thank you!

I've read most of the old threads but have not seen something like your last post to take a note of.(if you posted this before...)
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I was watching a video and I saw this sink plunger that would come in real handy better than my regular plunger or ro-pump.

I tried to find it online without success. Any leads?

sinks cleared with plunger - YouTube
i think thats sold by wolverine brass
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I forgot to add almost everyone uses draino or sulfuric acid before they call you and they may not tell you so. Acid splash is something to worry about.



The other day I was wondering why my work shorts had red splotches on them then they ripped where the stains were. I bet its acid when I used the K-3800 on an acid filled kitchen sink. I don't want to wear a rain suit on every drain cleaning call.



Should I charge another fee if they used draino? If I do that I'll be losing all the kitchen sinks.







I had one today, it was a big one basin kitchen sink. Almost half full of murky water, after trying the plunger hoping it was just clogged in the trap I could smell the draino but the H/O claimed no chemicals were used. Of course! Had to shop vac it all out to run through the line.


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I had one today, it was a big one basin kitchen sink. Almost half full of murky water, after trying the plunger hoping it was just clogged in the trap I could smell the draino but the H/O claimed no chemicals were used. Of course! Had to shop vac it all out to run through the line.


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I have test strips and test when I can. The last time I used them they must of been bad, it showed ok and some water spilled from the vaccuum and burned the street.

Got to buy another set and they are only good for a year.
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I always charged $25.00 Dollar ACID charge whenever drano, or other
acid drain cleaners are used, because if it don't hurt you this time it
will sometime, plus it causes your snake to get stiff and brittle so it breaks
the next job or two, causing all kinds of trouble anywhere they have used
sulfuric acid charge for a new cable !

Of course that acid charge was back in the 90's
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I forgot to add almost everyone uses draino or sulfuric acid before they call you and they may not tell you so. Acid splash is something to worry about.

The other day I was wondering why my work shorts had red splotches on them then they ripped where the stains were. I bet its acid when I used the K-3800 on an acid filled kitchen sink. I don't want to wear a rain suit on every drain cleaning call.

Should I charge another fee if they used draino? If I do that I'll be losing all the kitchen sinks.


YES!
Fak-YES!!!!! Minimum $150
To clear a drain...

I always add an extra $50-$100 on drain calls, for “safety reasons” if they have used any drain clearing chemicals!
It’s a caustic chemical! Its their BAD!
I Tell my Customers:
“That draino/etc doesn’t work, (or I wouldn’t be here) so it’s a waste of time and money... next time just call me you would have saved $25 and saved the environment! because the draino just ends up in our lakes, which is where we get our potable drinking water! And it didn’t work did it?”
Plus now when I snake your drain, if i get it in my face/eyes/mouth or on you skin it can cause health/skin problems!

So Why add the extra $ when they use a chemical?
It’s a health and safety concern(a premium) and “the extra expense”
Because your snake cables need to be cleaned...(at the pay’n’spar car wash) which is extra time.
And Mostly cuz I have to put on my safety glasses and use rubber gloves...
Then the “sundries” box on my invoice, comes into play, I add another $30 for the rubber gloves, and cleaning it the cables.
Flatrate for the win
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Sorry,
don’t “plunge” any sink/tub/drain that has had any drain chemical used/added to it!
PERIOD!
It’s can/will splash up on you, your skin, your face/eyes, your cloths or the customers counter etc!
Tell the customer: since they’ve used a chemical, that didn’t work, you’ll need to snake the drain.(see my last post)
(Now your basic drain call has gone from $150 to $230-$280- see my last post..)
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