Hello Everyone! Please bear with me as I'm not the greatest at using technical terms, etc. However, I'd like to know if I was overcharged for the work described below, which came to around $600 -- and was the original quote. (I actually got nauseated when I was quoted that price.)
Recently, the water wouldn't drain out of my bathtub, and the lever that keeps the water in or lets it out didn't tighten or loosen when I moved it from open to close and back. (I've had a slow drain for some time, and had a hunch that the lever wasn't working as it should. Now that it stopped working I knew it was time to call a plumber.)
My regular plumber wasn't available, and since this is the only bathtub in our house, I couldn't wait and had to find a new plumber.
The new plumber checked out the drain and lever, and came to the conclusion that something was indeed broken. I watched him as he took everything apart -- and everything was in sorry shape. He had to replace a pipe behind the access panel behind the bathtub, the lever that keeps the water in or lets it out, the drain, which was getting rusted, a rod that goes from the drain to a mini cylinder under the tub. The mini cylinder was rusted all the way through.
He removed the standing water then went down into the basement.
There, he discovered a slow leak from a pipe that goes from the tub into the basement. He said he was going to try and save me money by just replacing that part of the pipe. However, as he removed the copper pipe/elbow and other connections below the leaky pipe -- the copper pipe fell apart right in his hands. You could see how rusty and corroded it was. It would have been just a matter of time before I would have had a major mess in the basement below the tub.
He then said he would try and save me more money by saving another piece of pipe, which the other ones that he replaced flowed into, but he had to replace that one too because it was getting corroded and soft inside. (He showed me.)
After installing the new pipes, he snaked out any remaining hair and blockage, which he said he didn't charge me for.
Now everything works like a charm. The water drains beautifully and you can hear the water flowing through the pipes, which had occurred in a long time.
So again, my question...was $600 too much to pay. If so, by how much? I live in Michigan and my house was built in 1957.
Thanks for any help you can give me.