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2" and under is $250.00 for the K-50 for one hour, if I install a cleanout under the kitchen sink its $125.00 and that is about 95% of the time.


3"-4" lines are $425.00 but that has to be a good customer, the K-1500 is getting to heavy and I give a lot of those calls away.


Anything after the first hour is $125.00 and not pro rated.
 

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2" and under is $250.00 for the K-50 for one hour, if I install a cleanout under the kitchen sink its $125.00 and that is about 95% of the time.


3"-4" lines are $425.00 but that has to be a good customer, the K-1500 is getting to heavy and I give a lot of those calls away.


Anything after the first hour is $125.00 and not pro rated.
K1500 I charge $375. With camera, $575, $50 discount off camera time.

I bought the machine and cables/spools for $200 from my old master.

I rarely take longer than an hour to clean a line. After that it’s jetter time or dig time depending on what I find.

I was referred to video and cable a line within the last year. Line was open so I started with the camera. The added time to his bill would cost more than a jet job. Had a couple jobs from him since then. Small time LL.
 

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I unclogged a toilet today, the little kid flushed a full box of Q-tips, hair bands and as I'm pulling the auger out his t-shirt!

Took less than 10 minutes, I charged my minimum 1hr and she gave me 30$ tip. She was happy because the time prior the plumber had to pull the toilet and stuff was jammed underneath with a 700$ bill.
 

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I unclogged a toilet today, the little kid flushed a full box of Q-tips, hair bands and as I'm pulling the auger out his t-shirt!

Took less than 10 minutes, I charged my minimum 1hr and she gave me 30$ tip. She was happy because the time prior the plumber had to pull the toilet and stuff was jammed underneath with a 700$ bill.
Years ago, grandma watching the grand kids, 4 yo kept flushing toys. She just passed her bill on to her daughter.

Other than giant poops, my kid never flushed a toy or whatever. He knows how to use a closet auger now after DI like instruction.
 

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We have a local electrical/plumbing shop does drain cleaning* for $79.99. Certain exclusions apply.

Not sure how they justify it but its insanely cheap.
Probably with a bunch of hidden fees, that or they lie to them saying they need a repipe to the street. I've seen it here 4-5 times here already. It wouldn't fly here(hideen fees), so many organization would come down on them hard. Then again some scammers get away with it for a very long time.
 

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I don't think you should set out to charge one more than the other, but I certainly think it often does work out that way for several good reasons.


For instance, if I am working in a farm house, I might only put down one drop cloth instead of running them all the way from the front door to the bathroom when bringing the old toilet out. And I can bet you I'm only using that one drop cloth to keep me clean lolz. Where as if I'm in a mcmansion with a housekeeper it's going to take me an extra 30-60mins just doing drop cloths and cleaning everything back to mint when I am done.



I would hazard a guess and say it takes longer to tile a wall when the house is new and the walls are plumb because any error will be obvious. But if you're in a blue collar home where the last homeowner did the addition himself you're just gonna slap that tile on and wipe your caulk joints a little faster.


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We quit using drop clothes,now all I do is wipe bottom of bowl off and fill horn hole full of paper towels
 

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We quit using drop clothes,now all I do is wipe bottom of bowl off and fill horn hole full of paper towels
I use 4'x5' drop cloths and two of them folded easily fit in my toilet bucket. Many of the homes I go into are in the multi million dollar range so doing the same thing every time is good so I don't forget to use a drop cloth when I really need it.

I usually go through a half roll of the customer's toilet paper wiping things off and I too put a ball in the bottom of the toilet if I have to move it in and out of the bathroom. Unlike paper towels or a rag if I forget to remove the ball of toilet paper it won't be a really bad clog.
 

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Wtf you Charge that much in Modesto lol and people actually pay it?

Damn right people pay for it and some are happy to pay my bill. And no way I'm charging wally rates to get sludge and feces in my face. Last friday nice big new house, double lav sinks, the pipes in the wall were not connected correctly and the snake kept going to the other sink. Sludge kept pouring out into the cabinets. I tried several things without success until I used my last resort weapon and 2 hours later with the help of both homeowners I got it unclogged. I was so glad and the guy was also happy even with the hefty bill. I'm pretty sure he won't be calling the other young plumber for any other service even though I'm more expensive.
 

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I always find this discussion interesting. There is no short answer so here are factors I think play into pricing.

#1: Location
Location is probably the biggest factor here. Your market is going to dictate pricing. Southeast Michigan pricing (where I'm at) will vary greatly from say Los Angeles area pricing.

#2: Service provided
Are you just restoring flow (someone earlier referred to it as "hole punching") or thoroughly "CLEANING" the line? When I get phone calls requesting pricing info I quote the "hole puncher" rate. If I didn't I wouldn't book many jobs. Once you're on site you can explain the difference and give further pricing.
My point: If I gave the phone quote for what it takes to open a line, then run an expandable cutter, then run a camera it would be TRIPLE every other phone quote/advertised price in my area...and we haven't even touched on jetter pricing.

#3: Competitor pricing (or customer PERCEPTION of pricing)
In our area there are guys who advertise on craigslist or tack up a cardboard sign on a telephone pole next to the freeway ramp advertising $75 drain cleaning. Now, I know this guy is gonna pull up in his 1985 Bonneville and pull out his Harbor Freight snake, offers no warranty (cuz it is going to back up again SOON) and only accepts cash. BUT this gives many less knowledgeable people a false sense of what this service actually costs.
You also have companies who advertise $99 for drain cleaning WITH ivideo inspection. This is the "bait & switch" tactic. They don't specify that rate is only if you have an outside clean out and it includes only 50ft of snake (basements & longer snaking results in additional charges...which is 95% of the time). I also found out the policy (which they provide in writing and the customer must sign) of at least one of these companies in my area is there is no charge for the camera fee UNLESS they find/discover a previously unknown problem with the sewer line and guess what...they ALWAYS find a problem. It may be a small section that has (always had) a belly in the line, a slight separation of the clay tiles, it may just be root intrusion. NOW, there is either a charge for the inspection since they have found a "CRITICAL" flaw with your system OR if you agree to let them repair the problem they will waive the fee...so they're selling a $5K(or more) dig up!
*Not included in INITIAL pricing but worth mentioning are the "SHADY" companies who sell unnecessary services. Can't tell you how many times I've opened drains that were "un snakeable". They either needed to be jetted or dug up (wink, wink).

My pricing:
Any residential drain up to 100ft - $120 (anything from toilet auger to sewer)
*includes 30 day warranty (1 re snake only, removal of any debris other than roots voids warranty resulting in charges)
Run expandable cutter after initial snaking - $90 (in addition to pricing above for basic snaking)
Snake drain, run expandable cutter & video inspection - $350

So as I said when I get a call asking my rate they are told $120 for basic drain service which is what everyone in my area quotes. I would love to run expandable cutter & cam every job but if I quoted $350 every time i got a call I wouldn't be in business very long.

I'm considering eliminating my 30 day warranty on basic service and only offering it when they pay for expandable cutter but haven't done that yet. Seems to be getting more common now in this area that no warranty is given for drain service which was unheard of until recently.
 

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Damn right people pay for it and some are happy to pay my bill. And no way I'm charging wally rates to get sludge and feces in my face. Last friday nice big new house, double lav sinks, the pipes in the wall were not connected correctly and the snake kept going to the other sink. Sludge kept pouring out into the cabinets. I tried several things without success until I used my last resort weapon and 2 hours later with the help of both homeowners I got it unclogged. I was so glad and the guy was also happy even with the hefty bill. I'm pretty sure he won't be calling the other young plumber for any other service even though I'm more expensive.
I live close to that area and I’m aware what needs to be done to clear a drain and how nasty it is but I guess that’s why I’m rated #1 on Yelp with over 600 5* reviews and others are not. To each his own I suppose. I care about my reputation as much as I do money.
 

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For all that work you should give a 60 or 90 day warranty, back in the 80's I used to give a 90 warranty
as long as I could get at least a 3" C cutter though the Line,
and when I work for R.R. Corp. up north they would give a 6 Month warranty
Me personally tell customer no warranty without video inspection.. I'v
e seen some really bad sewers that didn't feel bad at all with the cable...
 

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Me personally tell customer no warranty without video inspection.. I'v
e seen some really bad sewers that didn't feel bad at all with the cable...
I give 30 days, unless abuse. I tell my customers, HOs, if it’s 35 days and just roots, my bad. third cable is charged and video required. In 5+? On my own I’ve had three back calls that were honestly my fault. Those customers still call me and even insisted on paying me even though I said, no charge, warranty.
 

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I give 30 days, unless abuse. I tell my customers, HOs, if it’s 35 days and just roots, my bad. third cable is charged and video required. In 5+? On my own I’ve had three back calls that were honestly my fault. Those customers still call me and even insisted on paying me even though I said, no charge, warranty.
Depends on situation... if I pull nothing back or sludgey I'm always suspect no warranty.. roots 30days... if it lasts for 30 usually good for a year... except one I did today... its every six months roots litterly holding pipe together... they are poking out of floor in some spots
 
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