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"I got their number from Republic Plumbing Supply in Brookline. I was shopping around, thinking I could just simply replace the flue damper. However the real problem" was the ignition control module. I called them late morning and they showed up at around noon. There were 2 of them, so I was worried that I would be paying double. I called the office and got a defensive response, the plumber on the phone said "I said $135, didn't I?!". They charge $135 to show up and then parts and labor. I will try and update my post when I get an itemized receipt. The 2 plumbers that showed up were very courteous and explained to me what they were doing when they were troubleshooting. They didn't know how to wire the module, but I did have an identical one on my side of the house. I showed it to them and it worked. Billing and method of payment were confusing. They accepted credit cards, but not really. In the end I paid by check. I would use them in the future, however I do want to see paperwork that needs to be signed prior to the service to cover both parties. Everything was on the gentleman's handshake, everybody was honest with each other.

-Michael F.

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"Very reputable, knowledgeable and honest plumber. Tries to keep costs low for customer only doing what's necessary (I've had him in the past and he's" talked us out of doing unnecessary replacements). Doesn't take credit cards, though. Check or cash only.

-claudia M.

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What are the warning signs of a main sewer line clog?

Highly rated plumbers describe the warning signs that your main sewer line is clogged, provide tips on unclogging the line, and explain how to avoid scams.

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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).

 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
Todd's Home Services
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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 Oakdale

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The floor drain in the basement backed up again after having it serviced by another company on 9/17/14. I called A&J Drain Service on Sunday evening for service the next day.
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called ahead of the scheduled time and said he would be able to come early. Several key first impressions struck me: 1. he was early, 2. the service van is very nice and clean, 3. he put on shoe covers before coming into the house. He listened to my concerns and addressed them directly. He didn't try to sell me any additional services, which I really appreciate.
As for recommending their service again, I had that opportunity the very next day when a friend called and I told her that she would not be disappointed with A&J Drain Service.
- Christian H.
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My experience was really good. They were personable. Scheduling an appointment went well. There were two guys here doing the work. They did good work and I was happy they cleaned it all out.
- Abraham T.
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They tried to clear out the plumbing line the best they could but there were tree roots blocking some areas. They informed me of a one year warranty on the work done.
- Saeed Y.
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The technician was on time and very courteous. Asked me what the problem was. Explained what he was going to do and the reason why. I explained that the blower on the fireplace did not work either. When he checked it he discovered that the blower had been unplugged by the person that had serviced it about to years ago. At that time my wife was told it would cost about $700.00 to repair. Technician also showed me features on the fireplace that we did not know we had. He was very honest and wasn't trying to take advantage of my ignorance. I highly recommend this company.
- Ken M.
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technicians assessed the condition of our heating/AC system. Recommendations were made and adjustments were made to the system. Performance was improved. All staff was quite professional in every respect.
- Aaron H.
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They came in on a Saturday and flushed out the pipes and had us up and
running within an hour. Their response time was commendable and I felt
very secure in the information he provided and the diagnostics he
performed.
- Heather R.
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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.

All Drain Plumbers in Oakdale, CA

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A-1 Quality Plumbing

3892 Old Oak Dr.
Ceres

A-1 Quality Plumbing Contractor

2601 Oakdale Rd. Suite H2 #179
Modesto

Abba Builders & Construction

517 Stein Way
Waterford

Aiden Plumbing

La mesa way
Manteca

All Phase

3200 W Monte Vis Ave
Turlock

Alpha Team

Oakdale

American Heating & Air

762 W Los Felis Ave
Stockton

Ameriserve Repiping

7716 Balboa Blvd
Van Nuys

APOLLO DRAIN & ROOTER SERVICE

2343 MICHIGAN AVE
Modesto

ASAP PLUMBING SERVICE

P O BOX 1451
Oakdale

Beutler Air Conditioning and Plumbing

1961 Optisolar Ln
Mcclellan

Brown Plumbing

PO BOX 1420
Riverbank

cth Installations

2314 Reile Ave
Escalon

D-Best Tile

784 Elm Ave
Gustine

Daniel Snedegar Handyman Unlimited

4637 E Service-Road
Ceres

DeHart Plumbing Heating & Air Inc

311 Bitritto Way
Modesto

Donald Mount Construction

PO Box 4279
Manteca

Erwin & Sons Plumbing Services

11013 Fish Dr
Modesto

Fred Hill Mechanical Inc

1137 Needham St
Modesto

Garcia plumbing and drain

4836 Littleton way
Salida

HANDYMAN TO THE RESCUE

2364 Victory Ln
Turlock

Hpi plumbing service

2908 E Whitmore

LINGLEY ENTERPRISES

4218 Technology Dr
Modesto

Lovotti Air

2216 Stewart St
Stockton

Marengo's

po box 690531
Stockton

Mariposa HVAC Maintenance

1609 Bryn Mawr Way
Modesto

Martin Plumbing

1221 Post Rd
Oakdale

Maximus Development Inc

3355 Myrtle Ave
North Highlands

McCain Construction

P. O. Box 577231
Modesto

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Patterson

477 S 2nd St
Patterson

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Riverbank

2767 Stanislaus St
Riverbank

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Turlock

2488 N Walnut Rd
Turlock

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Waterford

12262 Yosemite Blvd
Waterford

Northstar Property Services

1614 Courtyard Drive
Manteca

P.M. Handyman exspress

2317 Valmora Dr.
Stockton

Paramount Plumbing

6167 Jarvis Ave
Newark

Phil's Plumbing and Rooter

4508 Serena St
Denair

Pinnacle Plumbing Service

2401 E Orangeburg Ave
Modesto

Preferred Plumbing & Drain

655 Birchwood Way
Turlock

Preferred Plumbing & Drain

503 Bangs Ave
Modesto

Priority Plumbing Co

P.O. Box 578157 Modesto, Ca
Modesto

RC Plumbing

915 E Market St
Stockton

Repipe 1

27281 Las Ramblas Ste 200
Mission Viejo

Rooter Pro Plumbing

2591 Edgebrook Ln
Manteca

SIMPSON PLUMBING

672 W 11th St
Tracy

Stanley S.Plumbing and Drain.

7233 Excalibur Circle

Super Drain Plumbing

1221 W Fremont
Stockton

Thorsen's Plumbing Heat & Air Inc

2310 North Walnut
Turlock

Tony's Plumbing Service

3900 Pelandale Ave
Modesto

Weber Plumbing

POBox 1164

WILL PLUMBING

1657 Wylma Way
Modesto

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