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Does your toilet gurgle? Are you hearing a "glug glug" sound? Have it checked out; a noisy toilet often signals a blockage in your residential plumbing system.

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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).

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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
Todd's Home Services
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The simple answer is ,"No!" The only way to effectively clean grease and scum from a drain line (or a neighborhood, jk) is with high pressured water. The machine they use is called a Jetter, many drain cleaning companies have them.
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Do you know the age of the existing valve?  Are you sure the existing valve is a ball valve and not a gate valve?  Gate valves notoriously fail after prolonged periods of being either open or shut.  The rubber washer breaks down or gets mineral build up on it and then it won't shut off.  Whether the valve is bad or not it's a lot cheaper to replace it while he's got the area dug up and working on those connections than having him return to dig it up and pull it all back apart again due to a leaking valve.  The valve will run around $20 and the pipe isn't much either (price depends on the type of pipe).  Labor is an few minutes so he likely isn't charging you any more in labor costs to put the new valve in than he would to do the rest of the work anyway.

Like Vern said, he has a minimum amount he has to charge to cover his costs and still make money.  Being a contractor of any sort is not cheap with all of the government regulation, higher fuel costs, tool costs, etc.  It probably costs him at least $200 a day just to be in business if he's a self employed independent.  More for someone with a shop and answering service, etc.  Most plumbers around here are going to charge at least $100/hour with a minimum charge.  It'll probably take him 2-3 hours to install everything so he's really not out of line.  You might be able to find someone a little cheaper but check their reputations.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX

Drain Cleaning reviews in Alabaster

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Plumber showed up at least an hour before the scheduled service. It caught me completely off guard because I was preparing to jump in the shower when I heard a knock at the door. Anyway, better to be early than late I suppose. The problem was quickly diagnosed, but plumber didn't have a needed part on his truck, so he had to leave for an hour to retrieve the part. I noted when he came and left, two and a half hours from the first time that he arrived to his departure. Work went well, as planned, but the cost of services is what my wife and I had a problem with. We both agreed that the charge seemed high, especially considering the time that was actually spent making the repair (an hour and a half at most). The total cost was originally $425, but after the service was performed, I was told a premium charge would also be added because I wanted to pay by credit card.
I later twice requested a copy of the plumber's invoice with parts and labor broken down, but never received a response. So I did a little research on my own. I learned that the replaced part generally should run about $150. Well, that means the labor was $275! That's $110 an hour, including the unproductive time spent driving to get a part. Most workmen, like an electrician I used recently, charge $110+/- for the first hour, then substantially less for time spent on the job after the first hour. I honestly believe I was charged about $100 more than I should have been, but feared we couldn't afford the prospect of going without water - especially considering that family was coming to stay with us two days later.
- Doug W.
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they identified the problem, researched the internet to find the appropriate replacement switch (because the fireplace is quite old so it was difficult to find parts), ordered it and scheduled installation with my tenant. Very professional and a good outcome.
- Kevin P.
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about them. I have used them multiple times for various plumbing needs and again they did a wonderful job. The pricing was fair and I truly appreciate how considerate and respectful they are of my property.
- Maryanne D.
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Our 2nd year signing up for the Big Kuhana yearly service contract. Our 3rd time using them for a repair. Professional from start to finish.
- Richard M.
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was really great. First, he checked everything and then took the time to explain everything to us. He was very patient as we made the decisions about what we needed to do. I think this is noteworthy because there can be stress when you are trying to decide what to fix and how much it is going to cost. But he took his time and was very honest about what needed to be fixed and why. He didn't try to sell us things we didn't need. And it was clear he was very knowledgeable about all of it. There have been times when other
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staff have said things like, "yeah, it think that is a 12 " rough...looks like it," without even getting down to look at it. Whereas
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measured it and was certain. That seems like a
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thing, but this kind of clear knowledge of what you are working on makes the customer feel better.
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did the work efficiently and timely. He didn't even stop to eat lunch. He cleaned up everything around the work space. You wouldn't have even known someone had done any work. Well...other than the fact that everything was working when he left. :) When he left I felt very thankful for what he had done, despite the cost. We will ask for him by name from now on. And this is the first time we have ever done that. You know...I think people might feel cautious when work needs to be done. They might be concerned that the company or the person repairing things might try to take advantage of them. Add more cost than is necessary. But
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was clear and truthful about what needed to be done, what he discovered along the way that needed to be dealt with and that kind of customer service breeds trust rather that fear or stress. We appreciate
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- Erin T.
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Scheduling was easy. It took around an hour to complete and they were very helpful. They responded promptly, they were helpful when things didn’t work out as expected.
- Joan W.
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They were a good company. They were courteous and on time and got the pipe cleaned. However, they tried to up-sell so it made me a little uneasy. They also had too many guys showing up at the end of the day and they just kind of hung out. They were nice but it made me feel a little uneasy.
- Daniel S.
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After discovering that our main floor drain was backing up (whenever we ran the wash or used the kitchen sink), we called
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. I had tried to snake the clogged drain myself with no luck. The work these guys do is awesome. They were able to come out the next day and clear the clogged artery in our house for way less than I thought it would cost. We were worried it might be a major repair and it turned out to be less than hour's work. Highly recommended.
- RICHARD W.

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Ace Plumbing Service

7227 Deer Haven Road
Pinson

Active Plumbing & Gas LLC

600 Wilderness Road
Pelham

AGS Installations

250 Cahaba Valley Parkway N
Pelham

AJ'S Plumbing & Gas

1667 Rex Lake Road

All State Plumbing Inc.

102 Mohawk Dr
Trussville

All Trades Inc.

5885 snowville brent rd
Dora

ALLIANCE PLUMBING SOLUTIONS

146 SALISBURY LN
Birmingham

Allstate Plumbing

PO Box 545
Trussville

American HomeCrafter Inc.

4249 4th Ave S Apt D1
Birmingham

American Plumbing Services

1142 Alford Ave
Hoover

ANDY OnCall

3 Belcher Dr
Pelham

Aux Mechanical Inc

PO Box 910
Bessemer

Big E's Plumbing

1706 Tudor Drive
Birmingham

Birmingham Home Transformations

181 Clairmont Rd
Sterrett

Birmingham Income Properties

5330 Stadium Trace Parkway Suite 100
Hoover

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

Border's Plumbing

3632 Tall Timber Dr
Birmingham

Brandon's Plumbing

304 Summerchase Dr
Calera

Budget Rooter & Plumbing

1532 Valley View Circlw
Birmingham

Cahaba Plumbing

3990 Christopher Dr
Vestavia Hills

Chapman Plumbing

1700 Shannon Rd
Bessemer

CLASSIC PLUMBING HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

2609 OLD ROCKY RIDGE RD
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

1025 Montgomery HWY, Ste 207
Birmingham

DRAINBLASTER PLUMBING SERVICE

2004 Draper Way
Fultondale

EAGLE SERVICE COMPANY

2601 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham

Eddie Self Semi Retired Plumber

320 37th Ct NE
Birmingham

Evans One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating

2406 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham

Evans Services Inc

2406 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham

EXTREME PLUMBING

665 Tree Haven Dr
Birmingham

Funky Plumbing Inc.

308-A 2nd Place Sw
Alabaster

Guin Service LLC

10 55th St S
Birmingham

hawks drain work

2561 old rocky ridge rd

Henderson Plumbing & Drain

2413 Jamestown Dr.
Birmingham

HOLIDAY PLUMBING

2560 ALTON RD
Birmingham

Hoover Plumbing LLC

110-B David Green Rd
Birmingham

John Dunn Construction

1507 Morning Sun Circle
Birmingham

JR'S SEPTIC SERVICE

5968 JOHNS ROAD
Bessemer

K Wood Plumbing

311 N Burbank Dr
Birmingham

K&S Plumbing

228 Dunrobin Cove
Pelham

Keith The Plumber

26131 State Hwy 79
Trafford

Latta Plumbing Service Inc

333 Decatur Hwy
Gardendale

LOVELADY PLUMBING CO

3115 Old Ivy Rd
Birmingham

Mashburn Plumbing

10255 Miz Rd
Remlap

Mcclellan Plumbing Inc

2205 Marion St
Hoover

Meeks Environmental Services

1625 Holmes Dr.
Bessemer

MetroCleans Building Maintenance

1053 Long Leaf Lake Drive
Helena

MIDSOUTH PLUMBING

317 GRANDE VISTA CIR
Chelsea

Mobile Home Repair

512 Cobby Cir
Dothan

MORGAN PLUMBING SERVICES

6843 Scooter Dr
Trussville

MORRISONS PLUMBING

17915 hwy 55
Sterrett

Pike’s Plumbing & Gas

PO Box 66
Oneonta

Pipes Plus

Columbiana

PLUMB PRO

105 WOODVIEW CIR
Chelsea

Plumbsouth Service LLC

591 County Road 453
Cullman

Positive Plumbing & Gas LLC

4340 VANDERBILT RD UNIT B

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

Pro Services

6632 Warrior River Road
Bessemer

Reed's plumbing Inc

1257 24th Ave

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

3865 Industrial Dr
Birmingham

Sentry Heating, Air, Plumbing & Generators

2490 Rocky Ridge Rd
Birmingham

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

Shawn Davis Plumbing

1522 Arcade Ter
Bessemer

SOUTHEAST PLUMBING

PO Box 338
Wilsonville

Southern Plumbing & Gas

124 Morning Mist Trail
Alabaster

Southern Renovations & Construction, LLC

5235 Pinson Valley Parkway
Pinson

Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

520 8th Street South
Birmingham

STEGALL MECHANICAL LLC

2800 5th Ave South
Birmingham

STEPHENS PLUMBING INC

2070 MONEVALLO RD SW
Birmingham

SUPERIOR PLUMBING

PO Box 570
Alabaster

Superior Sewer&Septic

PO Box 448
Pell City

supreme plumbing

6249 stewart road
Leeds

THAT'S MY PLUMBER

3041 ARBOR BND
Birmingham

The Master's Plumbing Co

3466 Grants Mill Rd.
Leeds

The Neighborhood Plumber

608 6th Ave SW
Alabaster

The Plumbing Dr LLC

PO Box 711
Pelham

Trinity Contractors, Inc.

561 Simmons Dr.
Trussville

W C Wright & Son Heating and AC

3008 4th Ave S
Birmingham

WEGENER INC

112 LAKE LN
Alabaster

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