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"We bought a century-old three-family house. Needless to say, it had problems. When someone came to give a quote for , I was really impressed" by how knowledgeable he was. Another company had just sent a go-for guy, but sent a master plumber. He understood my issues and added more information about why there was more wrong than I had realized. I did NOT see this as an upsell because he was able to cite all the codes my old klunker of a house was breaking. I got the quote from and was a little taken aback by the price. It seemed like a lot of money. I worked with , and he separated out the jobs so I could tackle them in separate visits. I had them do four jobs on their first visit to the house for a total of $622. One of those jobs was not scheduled in advance so they just charged me for it by the hour. I was charged for a half hour (plus the part) to add a valve to a 's gas line. I thought that was reasonable. Here's what I appreciated about . 1. They arrived right on time. 2. They worked quickly and with minimal interruption to the household. 3. They explained the work they did and were more than happy to answer any questions - thoroughly. 4. They had to reschedule because the person assigned to my job had called out sick. Understandable. They offered to send someone else. I requested a specific guy because he had done such a great job with my quote. They rescheduled quickly, did their follow-up diligently, and assigned the plumber I had requested. 5. They were able to add on the fourth job on the day of service and were very accommodating. 6. Everyone they sent was friendly, respectful, pleasant and professional while in my home. (There was more than one person sent.) 7. It has been about 6 weeks since they were here and I have had no issues with any of their work. Everything they did was completed well. I think this is what everyone is looking for in a plumber!

-Rafael C.

"Went very well. Very responsive and professional. Even cleaned the tub that I had made a mess in when I tried to unplug the drain. My wife was quite happy with" that. Will definitely use for any future clogged drains.


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Take off the lid to the tank and check inside.  There should be a small hose going into a larger pipe near the middle of the tank right next to the flapper.  When you flush the toilet water squirts from that hose into the pipe.  If it isn't in place put it back so that water goes down that pipe once again.  This is what refills your bowl.  If water does not come out of the little hose check to see if it is kinked or blocked.  You can take it off and blow air through it.  Don't worry, it's only clean water that goes through the hose.  If it is clear and water does not come out of the short pipe where it attaches on the flush valve then there is a clog in that valve and it will probably need to be replaced.  These are $10-20 at any home improvement store and even Wal-Mart.  The instructions are simple and you can do it yourself in about 15 minutes.  Check the washer on the supply hose to the toilet while it is off to replace the flush valve.  If it is old or worn replace the hose as well.  It is cheap insurance of only a few dollars which is a lot cheaper than a failed hose or washer causing water to leak.


If you don't feel comfortable replacing the fill valve, if it is needed, a handyman can do it fairly cheap.  Whereas a plumber or other contractor will have a minimum charge of $100-200 a handyman might do it for about $50.


Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX


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

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!

Well , you've certainly started a debate that will endure forever , but personally , having worked with both products , PEX is a better product . Now granted , the 1st time i used it

I was not impressed , cause it leaked.......NOT because the product was at fault, it was because I did not understand how to use the product !

The trick to using Pex , is to make certain that the fittings seat, they MUST be pushed together with force, and if you do not push with force to get the seat to seal, it leaks .

Therefore , when using PEX , you have constantly to be aware of leaving room to make your connections -Properly !

The beauty of PEX is that it bends , it is flexible and decreases the labor factor ,although the connection costs are often 100-300 % higher than copper , but again , it can cut labor costs in half  and it is safer to work with,  NO FLAMEs!

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
Todd's Home Services
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

Drain Cleaning reviews in Providence


Excellent! They crew was running behind so the office called me in early afternoon to make sure it was OK, and then the crew itself called once they knew the time they would arrive. They took the time to show me what they were doing and gave me a short lesson on the plumbing set up in my house. They tried a less "invasive" fix first rather ...More than going full plumbing snake...this saved me about $100. Onsite crew were clean and very polite. I recommend them to anyone.
- Susan B.

was able to fit me in between other jobs ( only a couple of hours after I spoke with him). He thoughtfully diagnosed the problem, explaining it to me as he did so, as a clog below ground. Used the snake from access point in the basement and cleared the stoppage with ease. is methodical, efficient, ...More as well as punctual, reasonably priced and very friendly.
- Rachel C.

was wonderful! He arrived right on time, walked through the house with us, gave us an approximation as to what the repairs would be and offered a formal estimation for the work, if we needed it at this time. He did not charge us for the drive from to , and he was very kind, caring, ...More attentive and detail oriented as he walked through the entire house with us and told us what he was seeing, and what needed to be done. He even told us what needed to be done now, and what could wait if need be. He gave us over an hour of his time. I would surely use for any home repair/renovation work that we will need to do.

FG is a well known and busy plumbing service. They are not inexpensive but they have master plumbers who are good with old houses. The office staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The men(no female plumbers?) are great about calling and doing the best for you time wise and with their service and skills. I have used them ...More for many years. They are slow to bill and don't itemize the bills well. I don't know yet what I spent on the work that was done yesterday.
- Rebecca E.

Once I learned of the blockage, I called and left a message on his phone. He called back within 10 minutes, agreed to come out the next morning. He even offered to come out that evening if I needed help right away. He arrived right on time, worked steadily for 50 minutes, explaining what he was finding, what had caused the problem, and how we could ...More avoid the problem in the future.
- Jim M.

I recently purchased my first home, a three unit apartment in . The house was built in 1910 and needed a lot work. I interviewed five contractors and felt immediately comfortable with Rich and his crew. He offered me the most reasonable deal for what turned out to be high quality service. The house itself was a challenge. ...More Settling and uneven floors, doors and ceilings made each project unique and detail intensive. Rich and his crew put a great looking kitchen together seamlessly. The countertops were painstakingly leveled and custom made and installed in my pantry. The overall quality was excellent. Rich and his team also installed laminate flooring in my living room and, again, focused on the details. Seamless and well matched mouldings ring the room and speak to the crew's professionalism. Just as important as quality work is a quality relationship. Recently, a water leak rained down from an old pipe on the second floor. Rich gave me the advice I needed to fix the problem (for $20!, thank god) instead of Rotor Rooters $1,000 estimate. As a new homeowner I was afraid of getting fleeced by one of hundreds of contractors. Rich offered options, advice, and helped my find a plan that was right for my home and my budget. Not only is Rich easy to work with, his crew is respectful and professional, specifically Bill, the cabinet and counter maestro. Before finalizing a deal with someone, speak with Rich and see what he and have to offer.
- Eric T.

I would definitely use this company again. I don't, however, like the $49 mandatory service charge added to the bill when we actually had the work done. I can see if you decline the work and the plumber had to make a service call for naught. I talked to the personnel in the main office and they dismissed the charge. I do feel this company is professional ...More and the workers are courteous and knowledgeable.
- Arleen C.

The plumber unclogged the drain at an incredible price - not only to my wallet, but to my pipes as well. I went to run the water in my tub after he left, only to realize that water was now leaking onto the floor! When I called to have him come back out, he told me it was because my pipes had corroded from the drain cleaner I tried to use. I felt foolish, ...More and he patched the leak with duck tape. The next day, my family plumber (who was unavailable to do the job when I needed him) came by, he told me that there was nothing wrong with the pipes and the technician from Roto was lazy and I had been duped out of money. I am furious...
- Nicholas U.

Drain Cleaning Companies in Providence

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A 2 Z Tech Services

81 John Street

Acorn Maintenance

1157 Main Avenue

Alliance Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

290 Mendon Rd

Almeida Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

22B Lark Industrial Pkwy

Alpha Mechanical

100 Mauran Ave
East Providence

Anne The Plumber

42 First Ave

AR Construction

94 ortoleva dr

Ares Construction

314 Tiogue Ave

bob sequeira plmg heating

18 crossbow ln
West Warwick

Brassard Construction, Inc.

70 Bucklin Street

C.W. Cummings Plumbing Co. Inc.

1010 Tiogue Ave

Cassana HVAC LLC

29 Lambert St

Cavaco Brothers Plumbing & Heating

93 Bentley St
East Providence

CJ's Plumbing & Heating Specialists

81 Indian Run Trail

Cutting Edge Services Inc

152 Belleville Ave

David Sabatino

P.O Box 1292

Del Tufo Plumbing & Heating Co

85 N Marlborough St
East Greenwich

Dennis Diffley Drain Services

2650 Warwick Ave


P O BOX 264

DiRocco Plumbing Services

110 Railroad Ave

Drain Genius New England

45 Lonesome Pine Rd

Drain Right Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services

112 Rhode Island Ave

F G Lees & Son Plumbing & Heating

161 Admiral St

Five Star Plumbing & Heating

PO Box 114406
North Providence

fp handyworks


G&G Plumbing

44 Cross Park Ave.
North Kingstown

Guaranteed Rooter

PO Box 185
West Kingston

Help Drain Cleaning

877 Jefferson BLVD

Herb Travis Handyman Services

83 Lexington Ave

Iasimone Plumbing Heating & Drain Cleaning

27 Allen Ave
North Providence

Imperial Restoration

22 Monterey Drive
West Warwick





Manning Plumbing

11 Oniska St.

Martel Plumbing & Heating

845 Smithfield Ave

Mr Fix It

966 Narragansett Blvd

North Providence Plumber

1019 Charles St

North Providence Plumber

1019 Charles St

O A Pagnozzi & Sons Inc

49 Cedar Swamp Rd



Phillips Plumbing & Mechanical

313 Warwick Ave

Pioneer Basement

31 Sanford Rd

Platinum Home Svc

315 E Main St

Plumbing & Heating Solutions LLC

2065 Division Rd
East Greenwich

Priority Plumbing & Heating

21 Greenwood Ave

R & K Remodeling, LLC

173 Langdon Street

Reinhold Heating & Plumbing

10 Cynthia Drive

Reliable Plumbing & Mechanical Inc.

9 Hickory Road

Renewable Plumbing Heating Solar & Air

550 Warren Avenue Building B.
East Providence

Rhode Island Property Services

241 West Allenton Road
North Kingstown

Rhody Plumbing

400 Putnam Pike

RI Properties, LLC

27 Greenwich St.

Roberto Rodriguez Service

27 peter st #1

Rooterman of Rhode Island

2211 Hartford Av

S B Carbone Plumbing & Heating

101 Comstock Pkwy


68 Dorrance St


East Providence

Smart Choice Appliance Repair

105 Waterman Ave
East Providence

SonZie Construction

lyon ave
East Providence





Sureflow Rooter Service And Drain Cleaning

107 West Clifford Street

Thompson Brothers Plumbing

8 Bosworth St

Tom's Plumbing

PO Box 123

Top Notch Plumbing

21 Wildacre Dr

United Sewer & Drain

431 Pawtucket Ave

Wood Worx RI


Wood's Rooter Service & Drain Cleaning

91 Oak Avenue
East Providence



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