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I'm just wondering how much plumbers normally charge to unclog a clogged bathtub in Chicago. I guess he will have to do the whole shebang with snake machine to get it fixed because using plunger and Draino did not work.

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We don't do pricing as it varies from company-company what they charge etc. Joe's 1 man quicky plumbng charges less than Roto Rooter but may not do the same good job or gurantee it etc.

Phone a few companies and they will tell you the house call fee and their hourly rate. After that it is by the hour.
 

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Drain cleaning specialists are less expensive here than regular plumbers. My guy charges $85 to snake from my cleanout to the street. But your issue is likely in the drain of the tub itself and hairy. Remove the stopper and fish it out with some wire.
 

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Tried removing the over flow plate and stopper and snaking it yourself?
Any Lowes or HD sells a simple plastic barbed looking tool for cleaning out the drain shoe.
About $5.00.
PS the last thing you want to be doing is using a drain chemical cleaner.
Now who ever works on it going to be dealing with a toxic, caustic chemaical.
 

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50.00 to 500.00 and if the pipe breaks 500.00 to 1000.00 and if it needs replaced 1000.00 3000.00..
You forgot to mention removing the drum trap and installing p trap....:)
 

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In Chicago, licensed plumbers charge $121-135 per hour. I know that from calling several plumbers. Some charge on a per hour basis because one really never knows how long a job will take.

If it's a flat rate - $350 easy job. If pipes have to be opened up $800 and could go up to $1800 and higher if pipes need to be replaced. Depends on how much smashing will be done to get to the pipes. If your pipes are accessible from a lower floor, it will help lower cost.
 

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Thanks guys, it's actually one of my rentals and I don't have time to go there to fix it myself or that I would know how to. My maintenance guy charged me $180 to fix 1 completely clogged bathtub and 1 bathtub which drains really slow. Is that a reasonable price?
 

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Thanks guys, it's actually one of my rentals and I don't have time to go there to fix it myself or that I would know how to. My maintenance guy charged me $180 to fix 1 completely clogged bathtub and 1 bathtub which drains really slow. Is that a reasonable price?
$180 is super cheap. He's a handyman, I presume.

When I called up several handymen companies in Chicago, they generally charge ~$89 per hour + "appearance/showing up" (can't remember what exactly they call this) fee ~$40. Unfortunately, handymen are not allowed to do plumbing in our condo. I think that's a Chicago requirement but I'm not sure.
 
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