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  • stdreb27

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    Hey, roughly how much should a plumber cost to show up and spend however long it takes to snake out some pipes?

    I have this one person telling me a "rotorooter" type service may end up running me 2-300 bucks.

    For that I'd just order a powered snake system.
     

    breakingcontact

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    it depends how far down in the line your issue is.

    Still in the house, just a regular snake may work. $100?

    If it's outside, then it will take one of them big spool jobs on wheels. $200+ BUT, you can rent them too. $50?
     

    Acera

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    Some of The Home Depots have rental outlets where you can get one for 4 hours at a reasonable rate. I've done that before.






    Plus there is only 4 things you need to know as a plumber.
    1) Payday is on Friday.
    2) The boss is always right.
    3) Shit flows downhill.
    4) Don't bite your fingernails.


    Just minor details after that :)
     

    breakingcontact

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    Hey, roughly how much should a plumber cost to show up and spend however long it takes to snake out some pipes?

    I have this one person telling me a "rotorooter" type service may end up running me 2-300 bucks.

    For that I'd just order a powered snake system.

    What do you think you are dealing with?

    I had some tree roots in my lines way out by the street. I think I paid $150 a few years ago. Guy rolls up in a van, problem is gone. What I liked is that if he got his stuff stuck in the lines, it was his problem, not mine with a rented machine.

    Only thing I've ever had hired done at my house was plumbers, twice, worth the money each time.

    If it's something more localized them snakes you run by hand or on a drill may get you by.

    Oh the joys of home ownership right? :)
     

    Dawico

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    My BIL is a liscensed plumber and he came over recently and snaked our sink. I already had the pipes apart under the cabinet and he was still here for over an hour. It ended up being pretty far down the line to the clog. A hand held snake wouldn't have done the job (not that I don't need one anyways).

    A service call usually runs about $60-$80 and may get you an hour depending on your market. That may not include getting a big machine out of the truck.

    I'd say $200 or less is about right if your situation isn't too bad. If they have to dig up pipes it can run way more.

    I also recommend avoiding the big name plumbers. Remember they have a ton of overhead to pay for so their prices usually reflect that. Plus a small company will usually give you better service as they need the business.

    All that being said, I am a do it yourselfer to the max. But it does require some skill and talent to get the snake headed in the right direction and to diagnose what is happening down the line. My BIL says that he can feel when the snake hits a broken pipe or other serious situation.

    Remember, most companies will give a free estimate if the job requires more than just a service call.
     

    stdreb27

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    To make a long story short. I am in a 50 year old house. That they repiped with PVC. So I've been hand snaking it. And it seems like more and more.

    My kitchen line is all the way clogged. And my hand snake is stuck. So I'm debating rent (40 bucks for 4 hours), pay a plumber (200-300 bucks) or go buy a fancy one (300 ish) for the cost of a plumber.

    I guess what I'm really debating is how often will I end up having to run do it.
    If I end up paying a guy 300 bucks and I don't have to again in years then shoot dang.
    But if it's something I'll end up having to maintain. Then I'd just as soon buy a powered snake and be done with it.
     
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    breakingcontact

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    To make a long story short. I am in a 50 year old house. That they repiped with PVC. So I've been hand snaking it. And it seems like more and more.

    My kitchen line is all the way clogged. And my hand snake is stuck. So I'm debating rent (40 bucks for 4 hours), pay a plumber (200-300 bucks) or go buy a fancy one (300 ish) for the cost of a plumber.

    City sewer or septic?

    -Without Life there can be no Liberty-
     

    Dawico

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    To make a long story short. I am in a 50 year old house. That they repiped with PVC. So I've been hand snaking it. And it seems like more and more.

    My kitchen line is all the way clogged. And my hand snake is stuck. So I'm debating rent (40 bucks for 4 hours), pay a plumber (200-300 bucks) or go buy a fancy one (300 ish) for the cost of a plumber.

    I guess what I'm really debating is how often will I end up having to run do it.
    If I end up paying a guy 300 bucks and I don't have to again in years then shoot dang.
    But if it's something I'll end up having to maintain. Then I'd just as soon buy a powered snake and be done with it.

    I wouldn't buy. $300 wouldn't buy a good enough snake with a cutting head to clear everything permanently. My BIL spent $500 on his small machine that he parted together. He said it would run $1000 to buy it as a unit. And that is his small machine. I don't think it carries enough line to run all the way to the main depending on your layout.

    Rental is a decent option. You can rent a decent size machine and hopefully a cutting head if necessary.

    The problem is getting rid of all the buildup in the lines out to the street. Kitchen sinks are bad about grease buildup. It it isn't fully removed it will keep clogging up. This is where a cutting head comes into play. A standard spring head will punch through the clog but it will not clear the line.

    I would try the rental first. If that doesn't work then call in a professional. Just my $.02.

    Good luck and buy some good gloves.
     

    Brains

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    In my old house, somewhere around 2007 I think, I paid ~250 for a plumber to come out and unblock the main pipe from the house to the street after hours. I think just the after-hours fee was 99 of that. Not sure what the blockage was, but when I looked down the clean out hole next to the house the PVC looked nice and clean. I was just happy all the sinks and crappers were running more freely than they ever did since I had bought the place years prior. Never had an issue again either. Who knows what was down that pipe :)
     
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