Been having a problem with a drain smell in my bathroom now for years. Kept meaning to get it sorted but as it's only intermittent once its gone I just plod on. Anyway on Sunday my wife said the smell was really bad. Once we flush the toilet the smell goes. One time I could smell it in the bedroom directly above the bathroom. which is downstairs. So I rang a Drains man who came out yesterday. At about 10.00 a.m. he undid the access point on the soil pipe stack and pumped some smoke into the drain He asked me to check behind the toilet in the bathroom and the smoke was coming from where the soil pipe goes into the floor. My toilet is all boxed in and he said that he couldn't fix it I would need to get a plumber to remove the toilet etc. in order to access the joint and put some cement around it. He then loaded everything back on his van and said he had finished I looked at the time and it was 10.25 He said that it would be £100.
Anyway today I went to B&Q and got some ready mixed cement and managed to cement around the leaking pipe, by a certain amount of ingenuity.
I got a piece of 2" pipe about 3 ft long and made a PLUNGER I then filled the pipe with cement and then pressed the plunger so the cement was directed into the location of the leak then by means of another contraption I made, I managed to smooth it all off. Hopefully it's problem solved. After all this diatribe My question is Is £100 the going rate these days? To be honest I was expecting him to say £60.00 I'm still living in pre decimalization times and still think £10.00 is a lot of money<g>