About four months ago we had to call out a plumber on a weekend because the toilets wouldn’t flush. He fussed around and snaked the line, pronounced it fixed and charged us $1700. Fast forward to yesterday, when the same problem happened again. Loud gurgling in the toilets, then they wouldn’t flush or clear.
Called the same company and told them I was a bit unhappy with this and please come back and check it out. This guy ran a camera down the sewer line and not only discovers a blockage, but also a busted sewer line that has caused said blockage. His sonar located the break point about ten feet outside the foundation. This callout was $1300. He then calls the home office and they work up an estimate to dig up the line and see if there is an easy fix or. . . The estimate was $9500.
The digger showed up today and went at it vigorously, finds the break and also finds that there is a negative slope on the sewer line (this is a Very Bad Thing, for those of you who don’t know). So now they are trying to figure out a game plan for this, but I am fully confident that we are going to hit the $20K mark before it’s all over. They will have to excavate the line back to a point where the slope is positive, and who knows how far that will be.
Oh, and insurance? They basically told us to fuck off. If there had been damage inside the house, they would have possibly paid for that, but not this.
So what’s your major tale of woe? How has your home and castle suddenly turned on you like a bitter ex-lover?