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and my problem was over in less than an hour and a half and all this on a cold saturday morning. plumbers are quite busy at this time. didn't think i'd be hearing back from them till sometime next week. will definitely be using them again.!!!!!!!!!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Allen M.

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"What a scam this guy has going! He charges you $60 just to walk in the door, then quotes you above 300% industry average, so you obviously say no, then he makes" out with $60 bucks!! He wanted to charge me $1050 to change out a shower valve!!! The best one on the
cost $200.. So where is the other $850 coming from??? DO NOT CALL THIS COMPANY!!!

-mark S.

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From the sounds of it, you have a clog between the floor drain and the connection to the city sewer (unless you have a septic tank).  The lower flow rates of sinks / showers / dishwashers probable don't cause a backup like the washing machine does.  A couple of suggestions.

1.  Snake the drain line with a spade tip snake, twisting the snake as you advance it.  This should clear the partial blockage.

 2.  If feasable, have your washing machine discharge into a utility sink and put a strainer on the drain to catch the clothing fibre (fibres and grease from the sink probably made the clog in the first place not to mention a garbage disposal).

3.  Replace your floor drain with one that has a backflow preventer (looks like there is a ping pong ball in it).

 Good Luck

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It is not uncommon for a plumber to have to go get the parts necessary to repair and complete the job.  It is very hard to determine what the problem is over the phone and it is not until the repair process begins that the parts needed to resolve the problem is discovered.  It may also depend on if the plumber is using hourly rates or per job rates.  I would hope the time to get the parts would be minimal and the charge would be as well!
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FYI: CPVC and PEX are two different materials and installed differently.  PEX is not intended to be glued but instead has special crimp fittings.  PEX is a brand name of one product that is manufactured slightly differently by others as well so it is important that the same brand fittings are used to match the pipe material.

Mobile homes used CPVC for years and some still do.  It works fine but is not as strong as a properly soldered copper pipe system.  Is the contractor installing this new plumbing a licensed plumber?  I'd be surprised if he is since he's using CPVC and not PEX (or similar) or copper.  PEX pipe is even cheaper than CPVC when run by a knowledgable plumber.  It doesn't require nearly as many joints since it comes in rolls and can flex through spaces easily.

There are some groups raising a fuss about BPA and other chemicals found in plastics that don't like the use of CPVC, PVC, or PEX pipe.  I haven't seen the results of any lab tests to confirm or dispute their concerns.  As far as durability goes it's fairly safe as long as it's properly installed and secured.  It is not as susceptible to hard water damage as copper.  It absolutely must be insulated along it's entire length to protect it from contact to other materials as well as freezing.  Also, the fixtures in the house need to be grounded electrically since the pipe itself provides no electrical protection against accidental shock or electrocution.  In a copper plumbed house the system is grounded so static electricity, a short in a wire near a water line, or lightning strike will carry the current out through the pipe instead of through the water to you, ideally.

If it's installed correctly you should be fine but make sure the contractor knows what he is doing and follows the proper procedures to use CPVC pipe.

Todd Shell
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It is usually cheaper to remove part of the ceiling below and patch it after the leak has been repaired.  Remember that water can travel before settling in one area, causing the spot you've seen.  Just because it is below the toilet does not mean that the toilet is the problem.  The cheapest option is to pull the toilet and check the floor around the wax ring to see if it has been leaking.  A new wax ring only costs a few dollars.  When was the last time you caulked the shower in that bathroom?  The water can leak around the corners or at the door (if you have one) and travel along the floor joists until it pools in a lower spot on the ceiling below, then seep through.  It could also be a seal at the drain of the tub or shower. 

I get a few calls a year for this sort of thing.  It's usually something simple but can be a nightmare to diagnose, especially if the problem is intermittent.  Start with the simple possibilities and use deductive reasoning to narrow the possibilities.  Before you do a lot of damage it may pay off to hire a reputable contractor to help you make sure you've exhausted all of the imple and more obvious possibilities.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Plumbing reviews in Philadelphia

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The plumbers arrived on time, explained to me what was wrong, and didn't charge me an arm and a leg for the service. They were very professional and kind, something you don't always find in Philadelphia.
- daniele P.
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came himself. very nice guy, very professional. We had water running down our wall behind the
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, apparently for long time but didn't realize it until streaks starting showing up along the basement wall. WP found the leak, which he had to access through the 2nd story bedroom floor. He replaced the section of copper pipe that had a pin p**** sized hole and we haven't had any problems since.
We did actually use this WP one other time, but I can't remember why - However we've had him twice, and now my neighbor uses him too. Great service.
- Renee H.
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Sewage water was backing up from a floor drain in my basement. Technicians (
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Drain was cleared within minutes and tech explained cause of problem and gave recommendations to prevent the problem fro re-occurring.
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- Wendy K.
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I called on 2/22 at 7:59 am for a plumbing emergency (busted pipe) and was told that the tech would call be back to give me a time. The rep I spoke to said that they were busy which was understandable due to the weather. Received a call on 2/23 stating that a tech would call to let me know he was on his way .
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and a second young man came quickly found the problem, gave me a good price and was off and running to fix it. Took only an hour.
- michelle M.
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I contacted the office in the AM and they had a contractor contact me to schedule an appointment to come that day (Sunday. He contacted me and the job was completed by the PM. He was very courteous, professional and on time.
This is the second time I used them in an emergency situation. They were great!
- Rose M H.
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On Friday or rather Thursday evening my pipes in the basement powder room froze and I woke up to zero water. I figured I'd wait and see if they thawed naturally as the day went on. Well...Around 3 or 4 pm I heard a noise and went downstairs to see water gushing out below the powder room door. What a mess! I called late in the day on Friday on the coldest day I can ever remember and I really had my fingers crossed that I could find a plumber to come out and fix my burst pipes. After cleaning up the best I could I called
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and was told they were very busy with service calls due to frozen pipes but they would try to come on Saturday. I didn't have high hopes I was very, very surprised to wake up on Saturday morning before 8am to a knocking on my door. It was
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! Apparently they had called me at 7:30 AM (!) and I didn't hear the phone. I am so glad I heard the knock. Two men came and they wasted no time finding and repairing the leak. The men found the burst pipe after having to tear apart the wall and ceiling. I think they did an excellent job. By 9am I had running water for a reasonable price. I was scared that the pipes outside my house were the culprit and was very relieved to find out that was not the case. For all the work they did the price was under $300. That is reasonable in my eyes. By the way, this was my first time using Angie's List. I've had a membership for a while but never had to use it till now. I'm glad I used it and found a good plumber.
- ida S.
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I called on a Friday and the receptionist let me know that they were swamped due to the cold weather and plumbing issues. She said they could perhaps come out Saturday (next day) but given I was on a waiting list it may push to Sunday. I got a phone call the next day at 11:30am and they were over in 10 minutes. They diagnosed that the cause of the leak was from an HVAC issue. I have to call an HVAC company to resolve the leak. They were here for about 2 hours and charged me $125.
- Corey R.
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was gracious, professional, quick, on time and didn't make me feel embarrassed. He had to come outside of his zone and did so without complaint. This is his own business and he takes pride in everything he does and it shows. If you use him make sure that if you won't be there, you call him to cancel. We, as angies list members must treat our vendors as we would like to be treated. This plumber is awesome and I cannot say enough.
- sharon S.

All Plumbers in Philadelphia, PA

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Tristan Mayer Home Improvement

363 Lang Ct
Morrisville

Troy Granite

711 Interchange Blvd

TRUCLEAN

22 Evans Ave
Wyomissing

Turtle Tech Inc

9422 Kirkwood Rd
Philadelphia

TWO GUY'S & A GIRL LLC.

2726 KIRKBRIDE ST
Philadelphia

Tyler Plumbing Co

119 Otter St
Bristol

U Say It, We Paint It

534 Rosalie st
Philadelphia

UCMS Inc

4871 Summerdale Ave
Philadelphia

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

2221 Sycamore St
Harrisburg

ULLMAN PLUMBING AND HEATING

204 JUNIPER RD
Havertown

UMBERTO'S

Lansdowne

Undergound Answers

504 School st
Morton

UNDERGROUNDONLYINC

51 Cleveland ave.

Unique Indoor Comfort

14 Union Hill Road
Conshohocken

Universal Enterprise

240 Fleet Wood St.

Universal Mechanical Connections Inc.

1008 W.Airy St.
Norristown

Universal Services

123 W Washington St
West Chester

Unlimited Plumbing Solutions

515 Faith Dr
Norristown

Uri Construction

1217 Genesee St

US Sewer and Drain, Inc.

PO Box 1072
Langhorne

Valley Air Indoor Quality LLC

2625 Bristol Rd.
Warrington

Van Loon & Sons Plumbing & Heating

403 Greenwood Ave.
Wyncote

VAN MASCIANTONIO & SONS

427 BLACK SWAN LN
Berwyn

VAR Construction Inc

3396-98 Miller St
Philadelphia

VARANO CONSTRUCTION CO

1404 MANORWOOD DR
West Chester

Verified Construction

1950 Butler Pike
Conshohocken

Versatile renovation solutions

7321 ogontz ave
Philadelphia

Vertex Mechanical Inc

21 Stevens Rd
Stevens

Vesey Plumbing & Heating, Inc

2625 Bristol Road
Warrington

Victor James Plumbing & Heating

335 Schuylkill Rd
Phoenixville

Village Home Inspections, Inc

25 Fox Farm Ln
Downingtown

Vince Hee Roofing LLC

114 Poplar St
Ambler

Vince Messantonio Plumbing and Water Care

138 woodbine way
Plymouth Meeting

Vincent Goffredo Plumbing And Heating

PO Box 19791
Philadelphia

Vincent Mallace

132 Charles St

Vincent Nicastro

2969 W Lincoln Hwy
Sadsburyville

VITALE PLUMBING SERVICES

5432 LANCASTER AVE
Harrisburg

VOGT DRAIN CLEANING

4909 SYCAMORE AVE
Feasterville Trevose

Volkert Remodeling Inc

1160 Lake Dr.
West Chester

Vortex Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

PO Box 60148
King Of Prussia

VS Remodeling

6038 Overbrook
Philadelphia

W & J Frankland Builders

103 Laurel Dr
Coatesville

W BRADFORD PHILLIPS GENERAL CONTRACTING

3016 MATHERS MILL RD
Lafayette Hill

W D Sheehan & Sons Inc

1500 Clayton Rd

W J Quinn Enterprises LLC

7408 Whitaker Ave
Philadelphia

W T Galbraith

200 Powelton Ave
Lansdowne

W.B. Scott, Inc.

735 Cedar Hill Road
Ambler

Wallace Plumbing & Heating

7802 Beverly Blvd
Upper Darby

WALSH BROTHERS PLUMBING AND MECHANICAL

3617 GARRETT ROAD
Drexel Hill

WALTER A DWYER INC

152 S. Main Street
Ambler

WALTER KRAMER PLUMBING

6 W RHODES AVE
West Chester

Walter W Walden

6119 Spruce St
Philadelphia

Waltons Construction

510 Heather rd.

Warrington Plumbing & Heating Co

2324 Street Rd
Warrington

Water Heater Express

1680 Narcissa Rd
Blue Bell

Waterpro

4 SOUTH SWARTHMORE AVE
Ridley Park

Waterproofing One

4093 Hollow Rd.
Phoenixville

Waters Heating & Cooling

622 Swamp Rd
Doylestown

Watson Plumbing & Heating Inc

112 W South St
Kennett Square

Wayne Powell Custom Builder Inc

695 Woodview Rd
Avondale

Wayne Thim Plumbing And Heating

130 N Henderson Rd
King Of Prussia

We Care Free Estimates.com, Inc.

4533 N Front St
Philadelphia

WEGMAN BROTHERS

PO Box 7625

Wells Brothers

315 Windsor Ln

Wells Contractors

9446 Kirkwood Rd # A
Philadelphia

Wesley Wood Service Experts

325 Westtown Rd
West Chester

WEST CHESTER DESIGN/BUILD LLC

PO Box 3537
West Chester

West Jersey Remodelers

804 Bellview ave

WESTTOWN HANDY SERVICE

906 TYSON DR
West Chester

Wexford Builders

100 Wexford Dr

Williams and Goldstein General Contractors, LLC

5237 Pennsgrove Street
Philadelphia

Williams Contracting

62 S New Prospect Rd

Willie's Plumbing

122 E Broad St
Quakertown

Winter Plumbing, Heating, & Air, LLC

2659 Barnes Avenue
Roslyn

WITTMAIER PLUMBING & HEATING

215 E HOMESTEAD AVE

Wolf Construction

6019 Grant Ave
Bensalem

Wood Plumbing

2603 Barton Ct

worldwide mechanical

1215 glossy ibis ct

Worley & Obetz Inc

85 White Oak Rd
Manheim

Worthington Plumbing & Heating LLC

PO Box 428
Newtown Square

Ye Olde Village Workshop, LLC

113 Golf Drive
Mountainhome

YEAGERS KITCHENS & BATH INC

1949 JERSEY ST
Feasterville Trevose

Yoder Plumbing & Heating Inc

102 Krepps Ln
Pottstown

Young and Bowman

201 Doyle St
Doylestown

Your Home Handyman Services

State Street
Kennett Square

Your Home Solutions

1601 Rockwell Road
Abington

Your Local Handyman

15 W Cuthbert Blvd

Z-Best LLC.

3427 w 3rd st
Marcus Hook

ZERO WALLPAPER SCRAPING

2929 N LAWRENCE ST
Philadelphia

Zoom Drain & Sewer Service

915 S Trooper Rd
Norristown

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