This is in a reasonably new house, 12 years old. I put too much down the garburator (skin from a cantaloupe and a pineapple), and the kitchen sink stopped draining. The usual solution of baking soda + vinegar + hot water didn't help. A 25' auger (snake) didn't help either.
The technician came quickly; I told him the story, and the estimate is $275 + tax. I said go ahead. It took only about 30 minutes for the technician to finish the job. The total time, including settling of payment, is less than a hour.
I don't know about anyone else, but to me $275 is a lot of money to charge for an hour of work. Mind you this is not an emergency, nor is it off hours. This is during regular business hours at high noon. I am not a plumber; so, when he gave the estimate I thought it might take him a couple of hours, and the price might be reasonable. But, being a professional, he should have known that this job wouldn't take him more than an hour.
I paid the price that was agreed upon. But I would think twice about calling this company again.
The kicker of the story is that he does not want to fix a dripping leak from the sink when he put things back together. He said he will have to charge me extra for this unrelated work, whereas I could simply fix it myself with some "plumber's putty". He even wrote down the words on a piece of paper for me. Thanks!