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Old 06-27-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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hey guys new here and i need some knowledge about plumbing for future references. The basement flooded yesterday due to some heavy rain. Called some plumbers today to check it out. They showed me these two water lines https://www.dropbox.com/s/z47tfma17n...7_115649.jpg?m

So the first plumber wanted 275 to clear and clean out the big sewer one but no mention of the small hole

i thought it was a bit much so we called a for a second opinion

the 2nd plumber came and opened up the small hole one which i don't even know what it is. He estimated 170 for us and started to "snake" it but said it couldn't go through and needed to get a camera (no charge btw). I saw this coming, after he came back and did the thing he suggest we fix the pipes which will involve digging up the front yard. Cost about $2500.

We didnt want to do that and only wanted to big hole part which he said it couldn't be done properly cause the small hole is "clogged with roots". I know we might be getting ripped off cause he bargain to do advance snaking and cleaning out the big hole for $350 but dropped to $250. My dad just agreed to it even though i told him not to. So are we getting ripped off or does that sound like a reasonable price?

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Old 06-27-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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The basement flooded yesterday due to some heavy rain.
Called some plumbers today to check it out.
Whoa! Did you get sewage in your basement or just rain water?

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...he came back and did the thing he suggest we fix the pipes which will involve digging up the front yard. Cost about $2500.
How deep will they need to trench?
If shallow that's about right. If deep it's wayyyyyyy low.

Get the line scoped before doing anything.

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Old 06-27-2013, 01:57 PM   #3
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Isn't the man hole owned by your local sewer provider. In ohio they clean and maintain what they own. I suggest you give them a call first.
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Whoa! Did you get sewage in your basement or just rain water?

How deep will they need to trench?
If shallow that's about right. If deep it's wayyyyyyy low.

Get the line scoped before doing anything.
i think it was just rain water cause it was still clear and didn't smell TOO bad

i think they said 5-6 feet
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Isn't the man hole owned by your local sewer provider. In ohio they clean and maintain what they own. I suggest you give them a call first.
is that what the big hole is? What is the small one? The mainline?
they already did work on the small hole and the big hole looks drained already cause we can see the pipes now. They could of just done that in the beginning but hustled us for $80 more lol.
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That is a very reasonable price.


Ripped off?

Running a plumbing company is Overhead Heavy

There is the following:

Truck Payment
Gas For the Van
Liability Insurance
Tool Insurance
Workers Compensation Insurance
Many Tears of school
Income Tax
Tool Purchase
Parts to do the Job
Knowledge of what part to buy
Business licenses for each city
Permit Fees
Gas Contractor License
Plumbing Card Upkeep
Driving to the Job for free to look at it


There are many more costs

He has to also make a wage and if he has a helper to pay him.

So Ripped off?

He can do it and you can't.

Try not to worry so much about how much it costs for the Job and try to get it done right

Your paying $260.00 dollars an hour for your food at McDonalds

So are you getting Ripped off

No your not b
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That is a very reasonable price.


Ripped off?

Running a plumbing company is Overhead Heavy

There is the following:

Truck Payment
Gas For the Van
Liability Insurance
Tool Insurance
Workers Compensation Insurance
Many Tears of school
Income Tax
Tool Purchase
Parts to do the Job
Knowledge of what part to buy
Business licenses for each city
Permit Fees
Gas Contractor License
Plumbing Card Upkeep
Driving to the Job for free to look at it


There are many more costs

He has to also make a wage and if he has a helper to pay him.

So Ripped off?

He can do it and you can't.

Try not to worry so much about how much it costs for the Job and try to get it done right

Your paying $260.00 dollars an hour for your food at McDonalds

So are you getting Ripped off

No your not b
if you didnt read my post let me explain it clearly. He offered to do the job for $170. Claimed that it the snake drainer couldn't go through. Later on, bumped the price to $350 to do an "advance power snaking" to clear the pipes. I refused and he dropped to $250. Knowing nothing about sewage draining, my dad agreed anyway since the another company wants $275 for it. When he went on to do the job, he was basically using the same machine and doing the same thing the first time he tried before claiming it wouldn't go through. Maybe saying i got ripped off is to harsh..more like got hustled? Yes.
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It looks like your city has a combined sewage and storm piping. I would suggest you install back water valves on your basement plumbing side.
http://www.backwater-valves.com/

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