We found the origin of a foul smell in the crawl space of our house. We originally thought the main drain had a crack in it but actually one of the lines going to the 4″ cast iron sewage pipe had broken and disconnected.
The first plumber who came out before the weekend promised to come back Monday to fix the drain pipe and unclog the bathtub. Unfortunately his office called to say he would not be able to return until the next Thursday. Thursday! Uh-uh. We want someone on MONDAY so I called another local plumber who set an appointment for us for MONDAY.
Charlie was going to dig enough dirt out of the crawl space for the techs to get in there and replace the pipe. If you recall the first estimate was $1100; $650 if we did the digging.
Charlie not only dug out the crawl space but also got the parts for the repair which he almost completed himself except he was unable to screw the new pipe into the old cast iron more than one turn.
When Mike and Andrew, the plumbers, arrived on MONDAY they got right down to business. Mike actually did the repair in the crawl space. He had no problem screwing the new pipe into the old one: the difference of a 300-pound turn versus a 155-pound turn.
Not surprisingly the real challenge was to unclog the tub which did eventually run free. The sweetest part of the repair was the cost. Not $1100. Not even $650. The entire job was $235! Woo-hoo. Running water that drains. Thanks, men, we’ll call you again if we need a plumber.
Have you saved big on doing a little work yourself?