Hello Fellow Posters,
First the questions:
1. How do I prevent slow draining and clogs in my kitchen sink? I've tried vinegar and baking soda, with minimul results. Many posts on this site suggest bleach with a hot water rinse an hour later. Is this procedure good only if a slow drain/blockage has started or can this be used to maintain the drains?
I wipe down the greasy or sauce laiden dishes and pots and pans thoroughly before washing them in the kitchen sink, to avoid grease build up and gunk, but aside from rinsing them with an outside hose in the backyard, is there another way to reduce the amount of grease or gunk that gets down the sink?
Can the bleach method be used in bathroom sinks, or isn't bleach good on bathroom sinks?
2. How much should a plumber charge for using an electric snake and repairing/replacing approximately three pipes.
I recently had a stopped up kitchen sink and a drip in one drain, later progressing to another, in which plunging only helped for a short time. Since my home was built in 1957, and I knew that I could run into problems tackling such old plumbing myself, I decided to call a plumber associated with my church.
He snaked out the kitchen pipes for over a half hour with an electric snake. He then checked the drips. He said that the past plumber didn't accurately seal the drains to the pipes (PVC) and that both sides needed to be resealed. He also found a crack in the pipe connected to the flange, which he had to replace. Also, another pipe was wearing out slightly in one spot, so he replaced that one too. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I heard a thud. While he was tightening a pipe, the inside pipe connection (part PVC/part metal) that attaches to the wall/outside pipe had broken away. The metal portion was warn out, with barely one layer left on one side -- no layers of metal in other spots. He replaced that with more PVC and sealant.
All in all, he was here for approximately two hours and charged $235.
My sister's boyfriend said that I was ripped off. I'm pleased with the work the plumber did, but if I was indeed ripped off, I'd like to know so that I can find another plumber when other work needs to be done. I'm on a fixed monthly income and cannot afford to be ripped off.
By the way I live in Michigan, if that helps.
Any help will be appreciated.