Monday, July 20th, 2015

$79 Plumber Drain Cleaning – Deal or Foot in the Door?

Every morning, we listen to a popular local FM radio oldies morning show while getting ready for work. Lately, local plumbers have been advertising on that show with something along the lines of “$79 drain cleaning.” Seemingly, some plumbing companies are trying the flat-rate approach used by the automotive industry ($19.95 oil change!) and furnace/AC companies ($49.95 AC recharge!).

Thinking through all the variables that can arise in any given plumbing situation, is a $79 flat fee really possible in a plumbing situation? Possibly, but not probably. If you are considering taking advantage of a flat-rate plumbing offer, be aware that it’s likely that terms and conditions apply.

We’re not saying that drain backups or clogs can’t be resolved with a simple $79 visit. They can…if the job simple (and if it was, wouldn’t you have fixed it yourself, with a plunger?). By the time one calls in a plumber, however, clog situations are have typically moved beyond the simple $79 fix.

A low-cost “foot in the door” rate is a good way for plumbers (or any tradesperson) to observe your immediate trouble, then identify additional problem spots that need to be repaired. That “simple” clog may be caused by a cracked train tile, roots in the drain line, a child’s toy jammed in the drain pipe…all of which add up to significantly more than $79.

Water You Waiting For? When you have a plumbing issue, a second opinion (or, a realistic cost estimate) is a good idea. Allied Reddi-Rooter never advertises flat-fee rates because it sets unrealistic expectations and can lead to customer frustration. Instead, we provide an honest, professional evaluation of your situation, with the true cost of repair. Additionally, we offer coupons to help offset the cost of many of our services. Learn more, call Ray today at (513) 396-5300.