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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
Yes! Sludge in a main, I get open, no warranty and recommend a jet.
 

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We are hourly with a weird bonus structure if you hit company targets. Most other medium/large companies seem to charge around the same in the area. $1000 seems to be the rate in the city for jetting the mainline to clear roots.
 

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Wow you guys are cheap. The company I work for has a flat rate of $400 for k50 small drains and $600 for the mainline with the 1500. Rarely have push back on the price.
We got the switch pack and the smaller Fuel sectional machine............. Homeowners seem impressed by it which is half the battle with the prices we charge. .........
You say rarely get push back on price but you also say convincing homeowners the price is good is half the battle? How do you square that circle? I smell BS.
 

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You say rarely get push back on price but you also say convincing homeowners the price is good is half the battle? How do you square that circle? I smell BS.
I am not BSing at all. All I mean by that is when you charge what we charge the customers perceived value is important. I think it’s one of the reasons I rarely get post job complaints. I used to think we were high until I found out what the other big players charge and it just seems like it keeps going up every year. When I started running the k50 was $300 and to run the 1500 was $450 and that was about 6 years ago.
 

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We are hourly with a weird bonus structure if you hit company targets. Most other medium/large companies seem to charge around the same in the area. $1000 seems to be the rate in the city for jetting the mainline to clear roots.
Holy crap Batman! How do you sleep at night?! I like to be treated fair, as do my customers. That’s why they call and refer me. We have companies out here like yours, and I am grateful you guys are around! Makes me look like a star when I clean a line and not recommend a dig.

Nothing I’ll toward you personally by any means! You have to feed your family. But the company you work for seems to be a bait and switch/snakeoil outfit. I worked for one of those in SoCal about 20 years ago and swore off this trade forever.
 

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Holy crap Batman! How do you sleep at night?! I like to be treated fair, as do my customers. That’s why they call and refer me. We have companies out here like yours, and I am grateful you guys are around! Makes me look like a star when I clean a line and not recommend a dig.

Nothing I’ll toward you personally by any means! You have to feed your family. But the company you work for seems to be a bait and switch/snakeoil outfit. I worked for one of those in SoCal about 20 years ago and swore off this trade forever.
Ha I hear you. Its not so something I enjoy and once I have my own company I’ll be doing it differently. We don’t really recommend digging unless its bad. We just have high prices but not insanely so for the area (at least for drains). For what ever reason we don’t have a ton of pushback with drains but there are other items where I get a lot of heat, like when I quote a customer supplied toilet install. My nature is to help people and prices like ours can make you feel the opposite of that. At the end of the day gotta pay the bills and have a nest egg so I can go out on my own and do it my way.
 

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Ha I hear you. Its not so something I enjoy and once I have my own company I’ll be doing it differently. We don’t really recommend digging unless its bad. We just have high prices but not insanely so for the area (at least for drains). For what ever reason we don’t have a ton of pushback with drains but there are other items where I get a lot of heat, like when I quote a customer supplied toilet install. My nature is to help people and prices like ours can make you feel the opposite of that. At the end of the day gotta pay the bills and have a nest egg so I can go out on my own and do it my way.
how much do you guys charge to install a customer supplied toilet?
 

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how much do you guys charge to install a customer supplied toilet?
We are at $550+ tax
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Definitely not on the eastern side of the country with those amounts, you would definitely be brought up on charges and the reviews would be insanely bad. Either Toronto or Vancouver.
 

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We are at $550+ tax
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Of course there is the exchange rate we need to take into account. R&R a toilet takes less than an hour, so I charge for 1 hour plus wax, bolts, caps, supply line, a stop.... so an average price is about $150 to $175. A flange repair/replacement bumps it up closer to $300. Thankfully we don’t have to charge sales tax. There was a bill that would require a tax on labor, but it died. We pay tax when we buy supplies so our customers don’t have to.
 

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Of course there is the exchange rate we need to take into account. R&R a toilet takes less than an hour, so I charge for 1 hour plus wax, bolts, caps, supply line, a stop.... so an average price is about $150 to $175. A flange repair/replacement bumps it up closer to $300. Thankfully we don’t have to charge sales tax. There was a bill that would require a tax on labor, but it died. We pay tax when we buy supplies so our customers don’t have to.
People are shocked here, they never expect 15% taxes on everything including 15% on labor, taxes on materials, even the drain machine fee is taxed. The taxes raises the bill quite a bit and they throw tantrums on the price.
 

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Plumbing is an expensive thing. However, when you can’t shower or take a bath, the question doesn’t go about money. I thought that was just a way to get money for nothing until I met my friend, a plumber (who works at The Drain Cleaning Service). He says that the price is fair because the tools they use are expensive, and the manipulations they do are pretty complicated and demand a lot of skills and knowledge
 
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