Saying no to a plumber
July 15, 2014 7:23 AM Subscribe
My wife and I had a plumber come in to snake the drain in our master bathroom, and he discovered the pipe curves in a way his snake couldn't go. The clogged drain is ultimately due to the galvanized pipes in our 1925 home. What's the best way to tell this company that we're going to go with a different company?
posted by emelenjr to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
The plumber has already knocked exploratory holes in the wall of the room that's behind the sink (my wife's office) and in the ceiling of the room below (the kitchen) and each time he comes over he discovers a new problem he didn't expect.
Ultimately, he recommended tearing out the kitchen ceiling to replace the galvanized pipes with PVC.
I got a second opinion from a different plumber, and he confirmed that we should replace the pipes now or we'll just have to do it later. But he also found a different way to install the vent for the bathroom sink that wouldn't involve an exposed section of pipe jutting out of my wife's office.
We haven't been billed yet because the sink still isn't fixed. What should I be prepared for when I call the office to tell them we're going with someone else?