Consumer Complaints and Reviews
This entry concerns service of an inoperable kitchen sink garbage disposal unit. First of all, technician showed up after my scheduled morning block time appointment. Yes, company did call to alert me of lateness, which is appreciated; however I took time off from work and appointment lateness caused me to miss further work. Yes, technician was polite, indicating his earlier jobs ran long. Second, my "InSinkErator" garbage disposal unit (a common brand name) proved to be unfamiliar to technician. This is disconcerting, coming from an ostensibly experienced technician. Third, the "flat rate" bid was $600, not including parts. Also, technician stated he had no suitable replacement units on his truck.
$600 seems excessive, considering it took me only 55 minutes to install a new InSinkErator unit from Home Depot... and this includes clean up time and sanitizing a rather embarrassingly disgusting under sink cabinet mess. I later called company rep (a nice, pleasant lady) who reaffirmed the rate quoted, and that this included warranty and emergency middle-of-the-night service. (This was a prime-time Monday morning appointment.) As an aside Dear Reader, please note the unit brand offered by the tech (one to be ordered) was a low-end, noisy low consumer-rated unit (Brand name withheld). Bottom Line -- Replace your own unit, for this requires really minimal skills, saves you a small fortune, and you'll have installed a better grade unit in the end. My Unsolicited Opinion: A fair labor price would be circa $300 ($100 tech time + $150 company revenue + $50 warranty reserve), not $600. Oh yes, "plus parts".
Upon arrival of my home during my lunch break, I was greeted in the driveway by the friendliest face that later introduced himself as Jimmy. Jimmy was nothing but a pleasure to have in my home during a very stressful time. He worked rigorously for 3 hours draining our entire home plumbing system. I Would recommend him to friends/family and anyone seeking plumbing and drain service. Amazing service!
Had sewer line liner installed to the tune of $6300 plus additional work done to the tune of $1800 total of $8100. When oked work to be done was never told of any discounts. Only to find out later of a senior discount of 10% denied because it was a quote. Then had additional worked done while on the job denied the senior discount. Then found a $20 discount magnet on my local phone book. Denied again because I had to present it to the technician at the time the work was done. Nothing said on the coupon. If they are going to offer these coupons and discounts at least offer them when getting a quote? So if you are a senior asked for any discounts and or any coupons at time of quote. Very disappointed to say the least. Would give it a minus 1 star if possible.
Roto-Rooter refused to provide an estimate on the phone. Upon showing up at the end of the day to a clogged pipe where poop water was overflowing over my yard and flooding the neighbor’s yard, the technician decided that $420 was the right price but would include a 6 month warranty to come out again and again. After trying a bit hard to unclog he determined that the sewer line was 'gone' and that the warranty would only extend to 1 month. Right then and there. Then when he made the paperwork for the invoice he did not note what kind of work he did.
Bottom line, the sewage line was clogged again 2 days later. Save yourself the headache of dealing with shifty people like Roto-Rooter who are unprofessional and abusive of the situation. The technician just looked at the pipe from above and quoted a price without knowing what the problem was. He could have done that on the phone. Then he proceeded to write an estimate of how much it would cost to dig up the whole pipe. His estimate consisted of a drawing of how the pipes should look according to his guess and a number of $6000 on the bottom of the page. No detailed explanation of any work to be done, scope or anything. NEVER calling them again.
Called for a blocked drain and a cracked pipe under the tub on Tuesday morning, quoted $99-200. Service was quick as usual. The guy they sent out caused an electrical problem in the house when he plugged in his snake machine, few different stories of what happened there but the boss kindly recommended we get a electrician out for safety sake which is appreciated.
The drain cleaning that took 45 minutes from the time the drain 'specialist' came out to when he left including time for discussions with his boss about the electric problem and an explanation that a plumber would have to be called to solve the issue of the cracked pipe cost $234. The problem isn't even solved. I have done business with this company several times over the last 10 years. Lots of choices in town, I'll call someone else next time (or really this time since problem wasn't solved). Feel ripped off. 1 star for the manager caring about the electrical problem even knowing he was losing a customer.
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I called Roto-Rooter. They took a little time to come but it was fine. They came in. Told me the problem. Told me what they can do. I said I can't afford what they're trying to do so they went to see where the clean out was. Found it and told me they can not do... but they change their mind did it anyway. They were very caring, kind to me. They help me seeing I had my grand kids and charge me cheap and warranty. Thank you guys for doing what you did for me. I was very happy with the job. The Roto-Rooter in Tucson ARIZONA were very kind caring. Love them.
Roto-Rooter was called to clog a drain line outside, and ended up breaking a drain line inside my property. Roto-Rooter sent a third party repair service to fix the flooring damage, when I advised that I have my own repair company I want to use. They ignore my request to pay for the damages they caused. Then when I filed a BBB complaint, they lied and said they were not responsible when they never denied fault. I recommend never using this company for anything, it will save yourself a lot of headache as they are unethical and refuse to take responsibility for their mistakes.
I called 5 days in advance for a plumber to come to my home. They scheduled the appointment between 9-12 Monday and confirmed they would call 30 mins before arrival. I received a call Monday around 10 saying they were running late, but would call me 30 mins before arrival. They called again at 12:30 and said again they were running late but would call me 30 mins before arrival, they then called at 3:15 saying they were still running late and couldn't provide an ETA of when they could come out. I then requested we reschedule for Thursday. Never once did they apologize for the inconvenience. Just said it was because it was raining...
I called today needing emergency services informing them of my appt scheduled for Thursday but the issue had gotten worse and asked if they could come today vs. waiting until Thursday. They scheduled my appointment for today between 4 pm-8 pm - it's 8:03 pm and I haven't heard from them... I called them and asked where the plumber was, they said "We have you scheduled for tomorrow" and they needed to pull my call from today to confirm I requested services today vs. Wednesday... They pulled the call and called me back to tell me - they made a mistake... Again no apologies and said they have 1 technician who's been working the same job today since 4:00 today and there are other calls in front of mine so it maybe after midnight tonight if they're able to get someone out at all today... Look elsewhere. Don't waste your time on this company that won't show up!
I called for a clogged kitchen drain that needed to be snaked. Was quoted an emergency price for a Sunday of $500+ ($525 or so I believe he said). The guy arrived in early afternoon and took 3.5 hours for a job that should've only taken 30 minutes for someone that knew what he was doing. So 3.5 hours later I was slammed with a bill of $648 and my sink was still clogged as he couldn't get the snake through the reduction fitting 20 feet down the line. They tried to reschedule a "Journeyman" to come back, but when I asked they stated only the first 30 minutes would be included in the prior day's charges, then we would "discuss" what the further charges would be. I cancelled and called a local plumber who fixed it in an hour. When I told them I was cancelling because they ripped me off and left my drain clogged, their only response was, "Sorry to hear that". Well me too as I will NEVER use Roto-Rooter again in my life.
On April 11 I called Roto-Rooter because there was some water spilled on the ceiling from the water faucet. I called while I was on work when service tech arrived my home. He called me and said I need to have water restoration service. Then I asked for the estimate but Mr. James ** (tech) said my homeowner insurance should cover (no price estimates). I gave him insurance phone number, Mr. James told me my deductible is 500 dollars rest will pay by insurance (lied) then I was agreed to begin the work over the phone. My wife at home signed the work order. There was no price estimates written (TBD). Next day insurance company's agent came to inspect. He said my deductible is 2500 dollars. I was shocked. The house was hot because they left a air mover and dehumidifier, my 9 yr. old son couldn't breath.
I called Roto-Rooter to stop service and remove all equipments after 24 hours. The ceiling was dried already. My credit card was charged 500 dollars on the spot. Now they called me for another 729 dollars. It's ridiculously overprice. I denied to pay the whole amount but they reported to the debt collector. Roto-Rooter have no manners. They lied about the insurance coverage. I didn't know my deductible because I never have to use homeowner insurance. I would not work with Roto-Rooter if they told me the truth. Do not call Roto-Rooter, they will rob you blind. They should be brought to the justice for their dishonesty. I will write reviews all social media and will report to better business bureau. My friends family will never use them. I hope they go out of business.
My mother's drains were clogged up so she called RR. They were supposed to come in the afternoon but arrived at 8:30 AM. My mother (who is 90) let them in and they ran a video where they said it stopped at the foundation and that the pipe had shifted; it could be roots but likely the pipe and that they needed to dig outside. They gave her an estimate of $8,800 and had her initial a work order (I'm assuming since I was not there). My sister was sleeping through all of the and when she called I got a hold of RR and cancelled the work. They had already sent out a worker to mark for gas lines and the excavation crew was on their way. Needless to say they wanted to start digging ASAP. The work order also said they would dig a hole 5' long and 7' deep. If there was more damage they would likely have to replace the entire sewer line to the street at considerably higher cost.
I then called the person who had come over and asked why he did not first try to snake it out? At first he said he couldn't see clearly in the video because of the sewage, then said that he could not get his 200 pound machine down the basement stairs. I asked if they had a smaller machine and he said no, that maybe somebody else did. I called a plumber right after that and he came to the house and cleared the blockage with his snake/machine. This borders on fraud by taking advantage of somebody who doesn't know any better. I would stay away from Rooter with a 10 foot pole.
My hot water heater was leaking so I tried my plumber. He was tied up and so I called Roto-Rooter since they were a national company. They sent someone out within a couple of hours or so. They said I need a new hot water heater which I knew. They called around to find one to fit my closet and they had to go and picked it up and would returned the next day.
I have a modular home and I found the same water heater and the price was $500 plus tax. They charge me $871.62 for heater which is about 75% then charge me $650 labor which was too high. Then the overflow line from pop off they had two kinks in the line and had to come back and fixed that. Replaced the gasket on bowl charge $150. My bill was $1691.57. The only thing good about this was the two techs were very nice and clean. I would not use them again because it was entirely too high.
Drain clog removal - Did the job. Only took about ten minutes. The charge was $288.00 less a forty dollar coupon. Super pricey considering I got price bids for the same thing for $150.00 and $100. So should have used other companies. Way overpriced!! Especially for Seniors.
I am a handyman and had bath cabinet ready for serviceman. He looked at situation, four feet to main drain. Gave me estimate which I misread and being senior did not hear correctly. We moved into this property 3 years ago and drain was slow. We used plunger and improved it. When I remodeled, placed new toilet, sink and cabinet. There was in trap extensive hair, someone washed their hair in sink. By previous plunging pushed some hair in drain pipe and over time started to slow again. We used plunger again and sucked it back up to stopper unknown to me. I gave up and called crooked Roto-Rooter. He estimated $256.95 which I did not realize, all he did was remove stopper and remove a big wad of hair. He had no mercy, evidently sent my OK to crooked Roto-Rooter and I was stuck.
After talking to first technician that came out to clean our 3 rain drains, went with the jetted (water) and camera for $700+ dollars for 2 hours. The technician came out to clear the drains by jetting (very high water pressure), which can tear up your black drain pipes and Roto-Rooter is not responsible. We explained that the drains had been previously installed prior to us moving in the house. We had no idea where the drains were connected to when pointing to where the water comes out onto the property out of the drains. The one drain on the right side of the property was hooked up to two downspouts and had clear clearance. Then the left side of the house had two drains. One goes to the back of the house up a hill, who knows where it ended. Time was running and did not want to spend more than $700+ dollars to find out where it ended. Probably in our neighbor's yard somewhere.
The last drain went to a downspout. He did run water in the drain that the downspout was connected to. The water was trickling out at the other end. But it is weird that the tech tried to jet the drain line at the other end and all that came out was mud and big rocks. He had gotten as far as about 6 feet. He appears to be jetting the ground and that's it! No camera was put up this drain to see what the issue was and if it had a drain pipe that went all the way up to where the jetting was hitting soil. All he could do is send someone to give us a quote to dig up and re-install the drain. Heck no! I think it would be very cost effective for the customer, that the camera be used first to see what issues there could be.
Also, if a drain does not need to be cleared that would benefit the customer as well, so that the drain pipe doesn't get torned up. After he left, I reached in the drain and the drain pipe was only about a foot long. I pulled it out and reached up even further and I could feel hollow ground, no piping. I have since filled in the hollow ground with 80 pounds of top soil, to keep the ground at the top from sinking. I am sure there is still more hollow ground that needs to be filled in, but it was beyond reach. I believe overall, $700+ dollars was a waste of money.
On 05/29, I called Roto-Rooter to change the Fill Valve and Flush stopper because it would not fill tank. They were prompt which is a plus. The repairman very quick look at the toilet and stated, "Yep it need to replace it." He says I might have some parts for it and started to get them. I said "Wait, How much this cost?" He says, "$300.00". I say, "WHAT?" I told him, "The only reason I called you because I recently had back surgery. No thank you, I'll wait until I can do it". He asked me, "What did you want to pay?" which tells me he inflated the cost. I said, "Thank you but no thank you." I would tell customers to "BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY".
I have tried to get service from Roto-Rooter 3 days in a row. The first time was in the evening, and they said they don't have any plumbers in the area, so they scheduled an appointment the next day which was fine. The next day rolled around and they called two times to say they were running behind. The third time they called, they said no one could come out. Now I'm pissed! So they said they would be there the next day between 10-2 and they call again this day to say they don't have any plumbers in the area. At this point I needed to cancel to find another plumber.
No one at this company cares about keeping appointments or customer service. They actually got mad at me for being upset, pretending like they aren't doing anything wrong. These service calls are for my tenants, so I cannot wait around for Roto-Rooter to do whatever they feel like. IF YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT YOU KEEP IT!!! Completely unprofessional. I will never use this company again. I need a reliable company that actually does what they say. I only gave one star because I can't do 0. I will be posting reviews on every other website I can, because people need to know what they are getting themselves into. My company has spent a couple thousand dollars using Roto-Rooter and it blows my mind that they would treat reoccurring customers like this.
I called Roto-Rooter and complained of their predatory charging practices. The receptionist lady promised that somebody will call from their company in two hours to discuss with me on my "concerns" on the issue. Nobody ever called. On May 9, 2017, I again called the company and asked to send a plumber to fix bathtub leaky faucet naively thinking, that after I had complained of their enormous charging rate they will curb their appetite. My mistake.
Though I had beforehand bought new faucet cartridge, had drilled out the rusty screw on the handle and removed the handle, I was charged $256.02 for only taking out the bonnet nut, which I could not do for myself. I don't blame Roto-Rooter employees for charging their customers astronomically high rates, as they are ordered to act so by their superiors, by the greedy company owners. I warn other naive as myself seniors and young customers. Stay away from this rip off company, as there are hundreds and hundreds of honest and professional companies to do these kinds of jobs much cheaper, you should only look for them, which alas, I had not done by mistake...
Called Roto-Rooter in Adrian, Mi for clogged drain that I had put some celery leaves down the garbage disposal. Owner who scheduled appointment never gave me quote and when questioned Brian, the tech who came out, said he was told owner had given me quote. I should have asked for quote up front, tech said, "I hate when he doesn't give quote then I have to argue with the customer." Maybe if tech would give quote this would not be a problem. The tech was here long enough to charge 310.00 for hour and half. I told him to quit. I thought something was funny when he said there was the worst build up he ever saw. I had a new sink with pipes under sink put in last year. I am very careful what I put in garbage disposal and I clean my drains once a week with baking soda and salt and hot water.
When I questioned to see the sludge from drain he said there was some on rag in truck. Towels were wet under sink with some dirt looked like dark sand don't know if it was from his machines. After he got his machines to go he said he heard something from sink. And what you know sink was unplugged. I will never call them again. If you call them get quote and watch them every minute to see if anything comes from drain. I have no doubt I was taken advantage of.
Mike ** came out at night around 10pm. He told me he would have to make a small pin hole in the wall to fix outside faucet. He put a 10x10 cut in wall. I wish he would have told me instead of writing in the dark on a contract I didn't have a copy of and then charged me an extra $50 for parts. A bunch of lies. Call to complain and management was just as bad. Oh and he said, "We don't fix the hole, that's on you."
We called Roto Rooter because of its well established name in the business. A technician came to the house and without providing us with a diagnosis or an estimate proceeded to maintenance our plumbing without our authorization. He then presented us with a bill for $500. When the shop was contacted (Newburgh, NY Edward Lang), the owner Edward Lang was sarcastic, unprofessional, belittling and argumentative. We have had to try to settle our complaint with the corporate office due to the owner's inability to appropriately navigate the situation.
About two weeks ago, I called Roto Rooter because the main sewer line in a house that I own appeared to be blocked. (I diagnosed the problem, and my diagnosis was correct.) The RR tech arrived quickly, though he did not call in advance as I was told he would by the dispatcher. And he cleared the clog-- tree roots that had penetrated into the main sewer line. He worked for about an hour, and the charge was over $500! He informed me that he had no flexibility on the pricing, and that whether I wanted it or not, I would be charged for a video examination of my main sewer line at some point a few weeks from his repair. This is absolutely predatory pricing. All the worse since the tech gets under $100 for the job, despite having to provide his own van and all his own tools.
Forget Roto Rooter... Find a local plumber with a motorized drain snake, instead. Still worse, though I've complained regularly, I got only one perfunctory response promising to "take care of this." Then, nothing. When I emailed again about the earlier promise, I got cc'd on an email to another bunch of employees in Boston, who were supposed to contact me. They still haven't written a word. This is the worst kind of corporate irresponsibility. I hope they quickly go down the drain...
Roto-Rooter charged a huge fee and did not solve the problem. In addition, they quote an even bigger cost to jet out the main sewer drain. By all accounts, this is BS! I have since found out that Roto-Rooter is a very expensive company compared to others. Now I have to pay another plumber to come out and find/solve the issue. Based on their service and the fee charged, I don't recommend Roto-Rooter.
I had a man from Roto-Rooter come to my home today because my bathroom sink wouldn't drain. He spent 10 minutes getting equipment out of his truck and snaking the clogged drain. That's all 10 minutes. He charged me $467.69 to do this. This is Highway robbery. Had I known he was only having to do that I would never have signed the paper. I am an elderly, handicapped woman and your firm has taken advantage of me. I will certainly bring this exorbitant price to the attention of the Attorney General. This amount is ridiculous. I have already posted this information to all my friends and their friends in social media.
I've had to hire plumbers on three different occasions for work in my current home. They have all charged me $150/hr. I can rationalize that rate, even if I don't love paying it. Roto-Rooter, on the other hand, charged $485 to snake 20' of tub drain. (From estimate to clean-up the job took 40 minutes.) They wanted an additional $265 to snake a sink drain. When I protested the price, it dropped to $150. I declined to have that job done because I was feeling so ripped off. The charge was such a shock that I called the main office just to make sure that the plumber they sent out wasn't running some sort of hustle. When I stated that I usually pay $150 an hour, the person with whom I spoke said their hourly rates is $269. I told her it was weird then that I was charged $485 for 40 minutes of work, an effective rate of $647/hr... She then said that $485 was, in fact, their charge for a sewer line cleanout. My project did not involve a sewer line cleanout at all.
Friend (Single female customer) called RR for estimate on dishwater/sinkerator drainage problem. Serviceman provided estimate of $485 labor and $130 parts (?? All parts come with new sinkerator) if customer bought sinkerator (Cost $75) to replace bad sinkerator which serviceman said would fix drainage problem. I installed sinkerator for friend in less than an hour and new sinkerator did not fix dishwater drainage problem. Turns out bad drainage motor in dishwasher ($450 to replace, installment included). So serviceman wanted to charge $615 to install a customer-bought sinkerator that took me less than an hour to install and didn't fix problem. Total cost of non-plumber friend to fix problem: $525 for new sinkerator and new dishwasher. Roto-Rooter is a SCAM! Be aware and get more than one estimate from 2 different companies!
Once the appropriate service member arrived, around 6:30 p.m., the required work (replacing one of the master bath sink faucets) was swiftly and professionally completed by Bruce, Tech #**. Unfortunately, our scheduled appointment was for between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The first service member arrived at 1:30 p.m. and promptly informed me that he could not complete the required repairs and another service representative would need to be called. I had to constantly call the dispatch personnel to get updates on when or if another service tech was coming.
Flush Master in tank was taking 1 hour to fill tank full. They came and scrapped a little hard water deposit off in 10 minutes and charged my senior parent $250.00. I will leave as many reviews as I can to warn others about their dishonesty. Better call another company. Service was last week. I am very upset about this.
Short and to the point... Took off work TWICE to wait for Roto-Rooter. The first time slot was noon-4. They called after 5 pm and they were sorry but behind and would be there soon. They NEVER showed up. Called about 9 pm and offered to come out. We declined. Was given a $75 off coupon for them not showing. We set up another appt for a few days later; this one was for 8am-noon. They called after 10 am and said they were running late. They NEVER SHOWED UP!!! We called to get a status check at 1:30. They said their tech was running behind. How are you "running behind" if you're already an hour and 30 minutes late??? The customer service rep was VERY RUDE. She needs guests relations training... actually, she should be taken off the phones. Anyway, NEVER going with them again. Such a waste of time... and a waste of effort.
DO NOT GET SCAMMED BY ROTO-ROOTER. Wife at home with kid while husband was at work. On Thursday morning the technician arrived on time, said he couldn't get his rod all the way to the house so he called his field supervisor with a camera. Supervisor, Greg **, arrived promptly, ran the camera, looked at the sewer line from inside the house and said our problem was a collapsed/broken pipe at the house, quoted $5300 to replace with new cleanout at broken pipe. He said they cleaned out the tree roots and we could use the shower and toilets but not flush down the toilet paper due to potential clog on broken pipe. We were charged $429 to clean out the line, but if signed contract they wouldn't charge for rodding. We opted to call three other plumbers for quotes and pay the clean out fee.
The first company came out that same night, ran the camera through and showed us the sewer still had roots and there is no broken pipe. We called Roto-Rooter first thing next morning, they sent out another plumber that evening who couldn't do anything without charging us $400+ because Thursday's rodding was a "no guarantee". On Saturday the company sent out the first technician with Greg ** to finish the job they started. He again tried to tell us that our problem was the broken pipe and not the roots. Needless to say he didn't do anything that day due disagreement. Said he wouldn't camera the line again without charging us $425.
Sunday/Monday we couldn't get a hold of anyone at Roto-Rooter, and no one returned our phone calls from local office and corporate. Monday the third and fourth plumbers came out and told us the roots are still clogging the sewer line, and we don't need to replace the pipe as it's not broken. Roto-Rooter management on Friday evening said we would have Greg's video emailed on to us on Saturday, Greg said we would have it on Monday. Still don't have a video from roto rooter showing a broken pipe.
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