I think it depends on the part of the country, if the guy is a licensed
plumber or just a drain cleaner. How far he had to travel is considered
since his time starts when he leaves the shop or the last job he was on..
If the fellow you called was a plumber then what he charged was about right,
especially if he was from a Union shop.. (I was a union plumber, 45 years
ago.. Highest pay of all union trades.)
If he was an independant, self employed, then he might have been cheaper,
but then that all depends on how much business he has in your area..
If he was just a drain cleaner, he may have a franchise that sucks away a
chunk of his fee.. The truck and equipment maybe on lease from a franchise
outfit.. (Like those carpet cleaners)..
Since I learned as an apprentice, how to deal with most of these problems, I
went for 40 + years without ever calling a plumber or drain cleaner..
However, about 10 years ago, I got fed up with my (ex)wife dumping greasy
stuff down the drain. I think she assumed she had her own personal drain
cleaner, so what's the big deal.. I refused to clean it again, Called
Roto-Rooter.. Cost about $100 but I had him root out all the drain lines
under my house slab, all the way to the street.. Trust me I got my/her
moneys worth.. There was no way, even with rented equipment that I could
have rooted out all those drains for $100.
So the bottom line, to the OP.. It costs what you are willing to pay and if
you aren't, then get out out tools and do it yourself..
My opinion and experience. FWIW
s/v Good Intentions
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