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It is important to know if your plumber is paid hourly or on commission. (Photo courtesy of Abby Kinne)

It is important to know if your plumber is paid hourly or on commission. (Photo courtesy of Abby Kinne)

Wondering what that plumbing repair is going to cost you? Local plumbers share their estimates.

Fix a slab leak: $1,000 to $3,000
Stop drippy fixtures and running toilets: $100 to $200
Clear a clogged drain: $100 to $300
Replace a water heater: $1,200-$4,000

Tip: The average cost of a plumbing service charge in DFW is $150.

Tip: Ask if the plumber charges a flat hourly rate or works on commission. Those that work on commission get paid for selling added repairs, routine maintenance plans and charging for new fixtures instead of repairing existing ones. Either way, ask the plumber for a guaranteed price in writing before work starts.

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I just moved into this house this week. For 2 days everything worked fine. Now the kitchen sink (a double sink) and the bathroom toilet clog every time I use them. The kitchen sink un-clogs easily with a plunger. The toilet is harder to un-clog, and it leaks from the part were it drains out of the house. I can move the cover that goes over the drain, so I think the toilet is on wrong. Can someone tell me what would fix the toilet?

My Mom is in her eightys. I called a plumber in Aug 2012, replaced the McDonnell/Miller LWCO low water cut off 47/2 $675.. Same plumber was called Jan 8,2013 back. He trouble shoot the problem and replaced the same unit, yet I still have the problem. After the heat come on for about 15 mins/ goes off.the pipes connecting to the MM LOCO the vibrating starts, shakes, and makes a loud noise. The boiler is steam, I know it's old. Do I call the same plumber or call someone differently? Called reps for McDonnell/Miller #516-454-9300 Wallace / Nenace they stated reasons - loose pipes not supported to the wall - gas utility comp. - site glass not filling up properly. I need help.

My parents are in their middle eightys and my mother is at home with cancer. They live in SaintAugustine Florida.My problem is their two toilets will not flush all the way down the drain. I. have been down there twice to help them but I cannot drive 1200 miles each time they have a problem.So for now I would like to know what I can translate to my father over the phone to remedy this situation. Thank you very much Ray Dupuis.

toilets work off of siphon.more correctly it's the timely transfer of water from the tank to the bowl through the ports that starts the siphon and carrys the solids and water downstream,thus completing a flush.i also live in florida and due to lots of hard water everywhere can tell you that most likely the toilets are full of deposits and need to be replaced or are of poor quality.all of the toilets from home depot are trash i would suggest getting one from the factory or from a plumbing supply house.DO NOT GET A 1.28gpf...1.6gpf is still legal

The float valve is not adjusted properly. I just hold the flushing handle down an extra few seconds until the tank is empty. This way I will save water when I'm not flushing solids down the drain and don't manually hold the handle down.

I have symptoms of septic tank failure. Just moved in the house and wasn't aware that we even had a septic tank! I have no clue where to start to get these repairs or have a maintenance check!

Hello, long story. Toilet line stopped up two years ago. A company used high pressure water to clean line. Didnt work. Came back a second time with a plummer. Spouse was told that the line had collapsed, filled with rocks or tiles. Plummer then disconnected that line put in a second line, punched a hole in my tank, fed the new line in that hole. Now two years later, each heavy rain brings a strong sewer smell into the house. Found out later that there were no rocks or tiles in original line, only a large calcium build up over 25 years that had clogged the original line. I do not know if when the new line was put in, the old line was closed properly or if either line was or should be vented? I would like the original line reconnected and the newer line just removed. I plan then to repair the hole in septic tank where the new line entered with tar or concete. I need someone to fix my smelly home.

Most plumbers wont mess with the septic tank. We deal mostly with components inside the house. Did you have a vent pipe in the yard (often looks like a candy cane made of PVC) before the repair but not after? If all he did was replace the line it shouldn't cause a smell inside the house. All plumbing fixtures inside the house should have properly functioning traps. Those traps would create and maintain a water seal against the sewer gases. You should have at least one vent through the roof to equalize pressures within the drainage system. This prevents positive pressures within the system (caused by fixtures discharging into the lines, ie toilet flush) from pushing gas out through the traps, and negative pressures (the waste in line will pull air behind it like your finger over the end of a straw) from sucking water out of the traps. If nothing inside the home was altered you should not be getting a smell. Personally I'm confused as to why the repair person would have left the original line there and ran another one through a new hole. I would have pulled the old line up, ran the new line (in PVC) and used the same hole in the septic tank instead of creating a new one. Did he seal up the hole in the tank from the old line?

The hose to my kitchen sink sprayer has a crack in it.

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