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came on time, kept me updated as he worked, and repaired my leaking pipe and replaced the shower valve and head in my guest bath. He was" professional, efficient, and friendly.


was very punctual on a Saturday morning. He said he would be here in 45 min and he was! He is a very knowledgable man and took the time" to explain the problem and why it happened and what to do to if it should happen again. The repair was quick and he cleaned up after he finished. We will definitely be using this company again!

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First - NOT full septic tank - if that was the case you would be getting backup of sewage into the lowest drains in the house, and possible very slow flushing or refusal to drain out of the bowl - the opposite of your case.

Second - I assume you are the owner. If a renter or on a lease, this type of problem may be the responsibility of your landlord, depending on the terms of your lease or rental agreement.

OK - two possible situations here - low water in BOWL, or low water in TANK. I am assuming your toilet flushes OK, with adequate water to clean out the bowl, and that it is a typical type toilet with a tank sitting on the back of the bowl. If this is not the case and it is a designer toilet or looks like those at public restrooms (no tank), then the BOWL answers still apply if it is initially refilling OK, but if not enough refill water coming in at all then call a plumber.

First, low water in the toilet BOWL case. If the water in the toilet BOWL is low after flushing, I see four likely causes, in order of most likelihood -

1) the fill valve is not putting enough water into the toilet bowl. If you take the top off the tank, you will see a small hose (typically black plastic) coming from the fill valve (a vertical mechanism, usually at left side of tank, that the incoming water tube or flex hose connects to the bottom of on the bottom side of the tank). While the tank is refilling after a flush, a steady but not large flow of water flows through this fill tube and down into a vertical pipe or tube (usually brass or plastic and about 3/4 inch diameter, which stands almost full height of tank). The small tube puts water into this pipe, from where it flows into and refills the toilet bowl. This is also the overflow tube, which keeps the tank from overflowing if the fill valve fails to shut off. If the fill valve has a problem or the fill tube has a blockage, it may not be letting enough water into the bowl. Also, check the tube is actually pointed down into the overflow tube - if the clip came loose, rusted away or broke, then it may just be filling the toilet tank rather than the bowl. Check that a steady flow (will not be a real foreceful jet) of water is flowing out of this tube into the overflow pipe while the toilet tank is refilling. You should also see the bowl filling up at this time. If it come in but does not fill high enough because it does not run long enough, some fill valves have an adjustment - check fill valve manufacturer website for instructions. Others just have to be replaced - doable if you are handy at home repairs (see web videos on how to do it), or call a plumber for probably about $150-200 to replace fill valve (have him replace the flapper valve at same time if you get this done).

2) there is something like a rag or string caught in the trap (the waste passage within the toilet body itself) which is slowly wicking the bowl water down the drain - would be solved by a good snaking. If this is the case, the bowl will fill fully after flushing, but then slowly (typically many minutes to hours) drain down to just filling the start of the oval or round drain passageway where the waste passage starts to curve up into the toilet body.

3) blocked sewer vent pipe (which vents sewer gas and lets air into the sewer system so when you flush the traps in drains and toilets and such do not get sucked dry by the vacumn caused by the exiting flow. If this is the problem, then several drains in your house may have the same problem, or drain slowly. When you flush, the water will drain totally down the pipe and almost all the water in the bowl and trap will go down the drain too, typically with a gurgling sound for a few seconds at the end as the air seal is broken in the trap, then a small amount of water will flow back from the trap into the bowl, leaving you with water in the entrance curve to the trap but nowhere near normal height in the bowl - maybe not even enough to fill the entrance of the drain passage.

4) a crack in the toilet, letting water gradually leak out of the bowl onto the floor or into the subfloor. If this has been going on for long at all you should see water on the floor, or water coming out in the ceiling downstairs, or in the basement or crawl space under the toilet.

Case 2 - the problem is low water in the toilet TANK - since this is a sudden problem, two likely causes:

1)  the float arm has corroded or the float setting has moved. Look in tank for any broken part. You may have a black ball on the end of a metal or plastic arm connected to the fill valve (which is the part, normally at the left side of the tank, that the flexible or copper tubing comes into at the bottom of the tank), or it may be a sliding cylindrical float that slides up and down on the fill valve (typically all plastic) - see if it is broken or loose or alll corroded up (for the arm type). When you flush, this float hangs down (if lever type) or slides down the fill valve (cylinder type), opening the fill valve so fresh water comes in to fill the tank and bowl. As the tank fills it lifts this float, till at the proper elevation the bouyancy of the float shuts off the fill valve. If the setting on this float has changed then it will either cause the toilet to "run" continually because it is trying to overfill the tank (float shuts off at too high a level, so water is continuously flowing down into the overflow tube and into the bowl); or it will shut off too soon, causing only a partial tank fill. There are adjustments to adjust the float shutoff setting - typically an adjustment xxxx on the arm-type, and a slider stop clip on a small rod for the sliding type. See web videos on how to adjust this, or call a plumber.

2) your flapper valve (in bottom of tank, the part a chain or cord or rod connects to the flush handle, which opens it when you flush the toilet, leaks. If it leaks AND the fill valve is working, the tank level drops till the fill valve opens, then the tank refills. This repeats at intervals, with the tank refilling periodically even though it has not been flushed. May need new flapper valve or just a good wiping of the sealing surface to remove grit that is causin it to leak. If this is the problem you will have a slight flow of water into the bowl continually, and will probably see a slight ripple in the toilet bowl.

3) water is leaking out of the fittings or bolt holes on the bottom of the tank. If this is happening enough to make you notice low takn water level, the tank will refill periodically the same as if the flapper valve is leaking, plus you will have water on the floor and dripping off the bottom of the tank.


Fill valve and flapper valves each cost around $15 if you do it yourself (you can buy just replacement flapper for less if that is the problem and the matching seal is good, but that is rarely the case). A plumber call to replace both probably $150-200, ASSUMING your water shutoff valve (at the wall, under the tank, with a flex or copper tube coming fromit up to the toilet tank) will work.. If it will not shut off the flow of water, then add another $50-150 to replace that, depending on how it is plumbed and whether he has to cut into the wall to replace it (rarely required). If you do go and have a plumber do it, have both the fill valve and flapper valve (and flush handle, if aluminum or brass and corroded) replaced at the same time, as all tend to go out with age - every 10 years or so. You don't want to have to call the plumber to replace another part in just a year or two.


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!

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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!

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I first contacted the office at the end of May and made an appointment for our water heater to be replaced. It was still in working order, but we wanted to replace it before it went out. I specifically explained to the receptionist what I needed, and when the technician came 50 min late, he had no idea what was needed. He had to go back to get his supplies and that took an additional hour and a half. I had the inspection done by the city, but it was rejected in order add and drain and secure a pipe connection. So, Bill's Plumbing had to come out again. I had not heard from the company after the inspection and it had already been 3 weeks. I asked the receptionist if they call the customer back to reschedule and she really didn't know. She never apologized for the error either. I ended up making the appointment with the owner. So, on my appointment day, the owner was late, so I called the office again. She said he must have forgotten to tell her about the appointment and she had him at another location. She did apologize, though. So, now it is the middle of
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and the owner comes out to fix the pipe and add the drain. He was a very pleasant guy. He just has communication problems in the office. Again, we waited 3 weeks to hear from the plumber as to when the re-inspection would be. I called and another week passed. The receptionist said the owner was on vacation for a week and just returned. No explanation about the other weeks that passed. I finally had my husband call and the city inspector came out the NEXT day. It passed inspection and we finished our service in mid-August after beginning at the end of May. I think Bill's Plumbing does good work, but even the inspector agreed that too much time had passed. It was just too frustrating dealing with the office and the miscommunication between the receptionist and the technicians.
- Valerie C.

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was the plumber who installed the gas water heater. He was very professional and did a thorough job. I will use this company again, and I highly recommend
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- P C.

I called and spoke with
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who understood my concern for the broken line and the smell it was causing in our home. She was very polite and professional and when I asked for someone to come out that day and give me an estimate, she asked to call me back once she knew if anyone was available. She called me back promptly and with good news that someone would be out to our house within 30 minutes.
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arrived on time and was very polite and showed concern for our issue as if we were his family. I appreciated his professionalism and knowledge of the issue. He wrote me an estimate that was very reasonable compared to the others I had received and he was able to have a crew out the next morning. The crew that arrived was a 3 man crew who was very knowledgeable and even was able to save a large bush that we had thought might need to be removed. They worked quickly and I watched almost every second of their work. I learned a lot and saw how thorough of a job they were doing. In the end, they cleaned up the area and even had the landscaping they had to tear up looking as good as possible considering they had just dug a huge hole next to the house. I could not be happier with how this whole process went and am so glad we hired the right crew as I know this could have easily turned into a nightmare situation.
- Kristina L.

From the sales experience to the installation work was beyond our expectations. The installation crew was considerate, worked in an efficient manner, cleaned up after completion and instucted us on how to use the unit. The unit functions just like the sales person told us it would.
- RON S.

basicly very expensive they take advantage of your situation 30 dollars part charge 600 dollars (It took 30 min to change it)i never use this company again..
- Erkan E.

I found this vendor on Angie's List and thought I would give them a try. Interaction was prompt and professional; a good first experience and we have added them to our vendor list.
- Mary S.

I called
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after reading their excellent reviews on Angie's list as well as Google. It seemed like this company was very likeable and trustworthy bunch of technicians. The problem started when one of my toilet started leaking, I didn't pay any attention the first couple of days but later it began to make large puddle of water in the bathroom, and plugged toilet. Due to my busy work schedule, I wasn't able to call for help right away. But when I called
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, they managed to get me an emergency appointment, and worked with my schedule. They came to my house a little before time, and pulled the toilet out, and did snaking and camera inspection.
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told me that the problem seemed to be in the main line, and after camera inspection, we could see the cracks in the line, causing plugged drain and hence water clogging. They were very professional, used shoe covers, and drop cloth, so our floors remained clean. They gave me an estimate first, since I was new to Angie's list, they also mentioned about their great deals and coupons on Angie's list, which helped me get good deal with them. It's very hard to find honest and hard working technicians in such business, but their work was commendable. The toilet works absolutely great, and there are no issues with any drains at this time. I will work with them again for the main line issue in a couple of months.
I am highly satisfied with their excellent customer service and would definitely use them again in future.
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- Bob K.

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called ahead to let us know he was running a little late due to morning traffic on East Lake but he was only about 10 minutes late. We didn't think he could do much with the shower because it appeared to be permanently caulked in but he gently pryed the drain cover off and used a snake. In the sink, he disconnected the stopper and snaked it out.
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was very nice and professional. He noticed the frame on our license plate saying we "love our Catahoula and Vizsla dogs & mentioned that he also has a Catahoula puppy. We had this company out 2 years ago for the same shower and sink and were very happy with their work. We too have a Home Warranty service & is how we experienced
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. I too was leary because Angie's had such bad ratings but decided to give them a try and I'm glad I did.

Plumbers in Bakersfield, CA

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Advanced Backflow & Leak Detection

P O Box 403126

Advanced Contracting Services Inc

4705 New Horizon Blvd #3

Advanced Plumbing Service

4253 Renfro Rd

Affordable Rooter Service

PO Box 5175

Alert Disaster Restoration

4415 Yeager Way

Ameriserve Repiping

7716 Balboa Blvd
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AmVet Home Services, LLC

6077 Coffee Rd #4-56

Andco Plumbing Services

PO BOX 41551

Bakersfield Plumbing Co Inc

4400 Ashe Rd

Bassett Homes Inc

2388 East 170 North

Beehive Repairs & Construction

1914 Hendricks Ln

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

3129 Alllen Rd

Bier Construction

18824 Sugar Pine Dr.
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Black Mountain Plumbing Inc

9909 Hibert Street
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Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Canira Contracting

PO BOX 21884


14403 Raphael Ave

Cen Cal Construction

PO Box 60643



Chapman design & development

209 Weedpatch

Chavez Painting

12906 Kingston Point Ln

Chavez Plumbing Sewer and Drain

P. O. Box 9634

CinMatt Plumbing

317 Vernal Pl

Cline Home Improvement

3400 Unicorn Rd.

CMS Construction Services, Inc.

4425 Larchwood Pl

Combat Plumbing & Rooter LLC

26851 Henry Rd

Construction Services

16678 Mountain Climber Way

Coyote Plumbing

8490 S Power

David McCullah Construction

10400 Dorchester Street

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd



Edwards Construction

3200 Champagne Way


PO BOX 22556

Energy Remodeling Inc

5520 Ruffin Rd
San Diego



Expert Flooring Solutions

6485 S Rainbow Blvd #100

Fam~Lee Rooter and Plumbing

po box 80485

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

6300 District Blvd

Ferguson Counter

1845 Edison Hwy

First & Last Detail

16879 Robey Dr
San Leandro

Garrett's Plumbing Company Inc

222 E. Truxtun Ave

Golden Quality Plumbing

14760 Greatest Pl

Grace's Pool & Spa

5601 Stockdale Hwy


4415 Foster Avenue

H&A Construction

PO BOX 686

Hand E Man & Pool Service

278 Deep Creek Dr.

Hero's Plumbing Service

9530 Hageman Rd

Hometown Plumbing Sewer & Drain Inc

PO Box 41116

Houston & Harris PCS, Inc.

21831 Barton Rd.
Grand Terrace

HPS Mechanical, Inc.

3100 E Belle Ter

Hunter Superior Plumbing

24439 Corte Descanso

Husband 4 Hire Handyman Company

2018 19th St


3501 mallview rd ste 115-348

independent mechanical plumbing

7553 Shane St

Integrity Construction

4117 Abbott Dr.

IRON GATES - Real Estate

4825 Calloway Dr. Suite 101


2112 22ND ST

Jerry's Plumbing Service

3108 edmonton st unit #A

Jim Woody Plumbing Services

313 Quail Park Dr

JLH Construction, Inc.

12428 Jomani Dr

Johnson & Sons Plumbing

PO Box 42258

Johnson Home Improvement

28162 Sunridge Ave

K&L Inspection Service, Inc.

16120 Stephanie Road

Lance McCullah Construction Inc

2125 F St

Louie's Sewer and Drain Service

PO Box 70494

M&M Construction & Home Design

18840 Ventura Blvd

Max Baza

9023 orvis way

Mount Electric

3545 Highway 301 N.

Mr Fix-It Home Repair & Handyman

2076 White Ln


5195 Marshall St

Pacific Construction Services Inc

PO Box 21012

Payless Plumbing and Rooter Specialist

4600 Ashe Rd Ste 309

Plumbing Doc

PO Box 1512

Precision Works

6300 White Lane

Pumping 4 Less

8510 Beaver Drive

QR Septic Tank Pumping

1118 Pershing Street

Quality Maintenance

9810 vikki terrace

Quik Rooter

7201 Schirra ct


540 W Reid Ave

R & R Home Repair

20314 Smith Rd

ReBath of Houston

9400 Cypress Creek Pkwy

Repipe 1

15791 Rockfield Blvd

Ron's Speedy Rootor & Plumbing Repair

6704 Ryan Park C


5801 State Rd

Salmerons Plumbing Co

4305 La Farge Dr

Same Day Handymen

3501 Mall View Rd 115-366

Save Maintenance & Home Improvements

P.O.Box 5584

Serda's Plumbing

2032 9th Ave


2646 Waterton Wy

Short Services

PO Box 12380

Slater Plumbing & Mechanical Inc

14213 Rosedale Hwy.

Stan's Discount Rooter And Plumbing Repair

4100 Buck Owens Blvd



The Honest Plumber

9530 Hageman Rd.

Thomas Plumbing & Affordable Drain Service

10907 Mohican Dr

Tnt Plumbing

132 S B St

Todd's Plumbing Service

1304 Longreach Dr

Vortex Construction

320 Butte St

Western Mechanical

3127 Patton Way

Wm Rieck Plumbing Co.

801 E Chestnut ave.

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