So much for an open, carefree Saturday morning. I went into the basement this morning to do laundry and saw that our main drain in the basement was leaking. We called a plumber, who snaked a small camera through the main drain, all the way out to the street. $350 later, we learned that the pipe was clogged, has rusted and does not entirely connect to the pipe in the street, due to age. The good news is that it's a good enough fit with the pipe in the street, and even better, it wasn't a collapsed pipe, which may have required ripping up our porch to fix it. He was able to clean it out so it won't back up.
Here's the silly invoice:
Cabled main line: $295, minus $20 for Beeline Discount (because Beeline, our normal plumber, referred us to him)
Camera Inspection: $375, minus $300 (also apparently for the "Beeline Discount.").
Who knew we were going to save so much money by going through our normal plumber. :) Sounds a nice load of B.S. to me. He was probably trying to make us feel better for paying $350 for 1 hour of work.
The joys of home ownership.