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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.

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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
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Plumbing reviews in Philadelphia

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This company was very professional, very responsive, on time and provided great service. I look forward to working with them in the future.


- Richelle M.
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I called yesterday because my basement drain had flooded again this happens to me about every two years ( big tree and roots). The technician arrived on time and got the roots out and a bottle( that's what happens when you have no drain lid). He then offered to install a drain lid, so no more bottles :-) The whole thing took about 15 minutes. I will definitely be calling
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when my tree roots turn on me again in two years.
- Sahran P.
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and I set up an appointment and he arrived punctually. He had already agreed (over the phone) that the price for the diagnostic was $450 and I agreed to it. Pretty quickly he zeroed in on the seal around a large 2nd-floor window; I had explained that the leak only occurred during a driving rain. He showed me how there were several inches of caulking that had decayed away from the stucco ans window. It looked fine on the surface, but when poked with a putty knife the knife went all the way into the wall (he could see studs on the inside). While
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usually just recommends a secondary technician for the actual "fixing" of the leak, this caulk job was minor enough that he did it himself. Everything was documented with photos and a nice report. While I wish the cost of the appointment was less, I understand the need to charge a flat rate for this kind of service call. For my job - caulk and expertise - it seemed very expensive, but I am glad to have the leak resolved. I've waited for some heavy rain before posting this review, and everything seems fine. (This has been an ongoing problem and
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is actually the third - and I hope FINAL - person to try to "fix" it.) Expensive but worth it.
- Karen W.
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After using Angie's List email, we talked over the phone and arranged for the appointment. I got a prompt phone call 20 mins or so before I expected the service technician. The pair of technicians arrived right on time (great!). I was primarily concerned about the wax seal (beneath the toilet) failing, as I noticed a small stain in the ceiling underneath and some staining of the clear caulk around the base of the toilet. While the caulk staining was a new development, the small ceiling stain could have been there for ages. The technician explained that the discolored caulk may not be due to a leak (just the presence of a wooden
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added recently by another plumber, without being asked). He found a true leak issue between the tank and the base. He quoted ~$175 for this fix, but I was still concerned about the wax ring potentially failing as the toilet was pretty old. I decided to have both issues fixed. After we agreed on the price, they found additional issues with the toilet (not installed properly on the tile floor, the bolts were so rusted they had to be sawed off) which they fixed without any additional charge. Everything is working perfectly now and the toilet is much more secure. I'm happy with the work. (We had also talked about the cost of simply replacing the whole toilet, but decided that this fix was worth it due to the cost savings.)
- Karen W.
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arrived arrived promptly and appeared to replace the T-joint in a timely manner. However, in doing so, he broke the main water line into my house. He told me that the company didn't handle main water lines. He said he was going out to the car to call someone who does and would come back. Instead, he drove off. I spoke with the owner,
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, who insisted that it must have been a miscommunication. But if
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didn't run off, why did he leave before submitting a bill or requesting payment and leaving behind a confused homeowner who's just been told that the main line is broken? I'm sure they'll say that the pipes in my house were old, and it was a problem waiting to happen. How the company handled the incident shows a complete lack professional. I would not recommend them.
- Ayanna W.
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He came to my house saying the job had been completed, and I paid him. My tenant later called to say the faucet was still leaking.
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was supposed to come back the next day to fix it. He did not and did not return my phone calls for four days. When he finally got back to me saying he would fix the leak, the work had already been done. I also gave him money for supplies, and
he did not return the right amount of change to me. Originally, he agreed to reimburse me for the work, but he never did. When I saw him on the street (he lives on my block) and asked when I would get the money back, he said he had spent a lot of time on the job, and so, would not be refunding my money. I was shocked that he was so cavalier about this issue, since he is a neighbor.
- Pauline R.
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We called the contractor for a quote. He was unable to make the first appointment and texted to let us know after he was supposed to arrive. He did show up for the second appointment and gave us a quote. There was also a delay in the start of work, but that supposedly a result of difficulty obtaining the city permit.
The sidewalk removal and plumbing repair was done timely and appropriately. The workers were very nice and professional. There was apparently some issue with a sinkhole in the street that required the city to do some work. That meant that our sidewalk was unable to be replaced. The city apparently did their work a week later. However, our sidewalk was not replaced for weeks after. This was apparently the result of rain and cold weather, though we're not very sure about that. Multiple calls to the contractor inquiring about status were not returned. Then one day, without notice, they just came out and replaced the sidewalk.
There is a difference of opinion in our household whether the sidewalk should have been treated differently. The sidewalk slopes down to match our neighbors' sloping sidewalk. This is a 2-person review. One person thinks this was the appropriate way to handle it. The other person thinks the contractor should have asked us if we'd like it to be level and possibly do additional work to repair the neighboring sidewalk. Also, the second person thinks they should have also fixed the dilapidated
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. Nothing was said to the contractor about the sidewalk because we could not agree amongst ourselves as to whether it was handled appropriately. If people are considering similar work, I'd be specific in your discussions/questions with the contractor about sidewalk replacement. This is our own fault, so we can't blame the contractor for the work done.
Overall,
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and the workers were nice and did a good job with the main job of repairing the plumbing concerns.
- ANGELIQUE K.
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Well, I must say that I had a similar experience as another reviewer. I also have a home warranty and called the folks when we had a leak under the kitchen sink. So after I paid my $75 for the service call, it was determined I had a leaky faucet that wasn't covered.
So, I turned to Angie's List. I found
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& Home Plumbing Services and while I had to wait about a week for an appointment, the outcome was quite positive. It was a quick job and they were in and out of the house in under 45 minutes.
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was professional, personable and I will definitely use him again with future projects!
- Myra S.

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Turtle Tech Inc

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TWO GUY'S & A GIRL LLC.

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Tyler Plumbing Co

119 Otter St
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U Say It, We Paint It

534 Rosalie st
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UCMS Inc

4871 Summerdale Ave
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UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

2221 Sycamore St
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ULLMAN PLUMBING AND HEATING

204 JUNIPER RD
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UNDERGROUNDONLYINC

51 Cleveland ave.

Unique Indoor Comfort

14 Union Hill Road
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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

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

2612 OGLETOWN RD

Wells Brothers

315 Windsor Ln

Wells Contractors

9446 Kirkwood Rd # A
Philadelphia

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

Whinnery & Son Painting LLC

7629 Parkview Rd
Upper Darby

Wholesale Granite Marble & Tile, Inc

130 E Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore

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

www.toohnetwork.com

1235 cayuga street

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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