Roto Rooter - They Will Scam You With Ripoff Prices
I had a plumbing problem on a Saturday night. From the ceiling in my heater room I had water spraying from the overhead copper cold water pipe. What a mess. The gas furnace, duct work and floor were covered in water. I quickly turned the main off to prevent further damage. Problem now was I couldn't tell exactly where it was coming from. The pipes were not accessible due to the ceiling location.
I called a plumber who I had used previously. He wanted a $100 dollar "emergency fee" plus normal charges. Called a 2nd plumber found in the Yellow Pages. He wanted a $148 dollar emergency fee plus charges. A 3rd plumber refused service because I wasn't a regular customer. You're really at the mercy of these people and they're looking to gouge you because it's a weekend.
My last call was to Roto Rooter. No "emergency fee or trip charge." I was told thy would give me a repair price with no obligation. Sounded good and they arrived in less than an hour. The problem was quickly found, a small pin size hole in the pipe. This is an easy fix. The repairman wanted to make money and said the entire pipe must be replaced at a cost of $375.00. What a rip off!! I refused and showed him the door. I then repaired it myself with a rubber washer and a hose clamp. Total cost $2.00 dollars. Problem solved. Don't allow yourself to become a victim to these unscrupulous scam artists.