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"$1,200 for a sump pump? Charged $350 to pump out under the house - twice. Second time was after the switch they installed failed. Never missed an opportunity to" charge as much as they could. Refused to respond to my calls; said they would only talk with the property manager. Finally, the property manager negotiated a small ($100) decrease in the last bill after I refused to pay it.

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came out and snaked my line and found my problem was inside my home's foundation. They were straight forward and honest. They didn't try to sell me a bunch of stuff I didn't need from the beginning. They are very hard working and I would definitely recommend them to people. When I had a family member who was ill and in the hospital they also were understanding and let me reschedule when I could. I appreciate all their hard work.

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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.

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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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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!

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was the plumber that was sent out. He assessed the situation and replaced all the pipes that were not working properly and completed the installation. I asked for an additional service because one of the handles of the water connection was broken and he had the part in the truck. He was at my location 2 hours. It was really nice to have hot water after being a week without it because we thought we could do the job ourselves. Next time I think I will call the professional from the beginning. I was very pleased with the work
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did, the customer service at the initial call, and I had to call again because the courtesy discount for being an Angie's list member was not given by error. It was no problem it was taken care of by phone. I would certainly recommend them. They bill by the hour, not the job and the clock starts running half an hour before they get to your location, and you do get a call that the plumber is on the way.
- Teresa D.
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It went great! They priced the job competitively and finished the job quickly. When I needed a emergency service they were out immediately. I used them at two of my homes. I will use them again too.
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Pilot light in my mother's water heater had gone out. I tried relighting it multiple times Tuesday night but it would not stay lit. I assumed it needed a thermocoupler but did not have the time or inclination to do it myself and called
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offered to come over the next day.He showed up at my mother's at around 1pm. He lit the pilot and it actually stayed lit for him. To my surprise he did not ask for anything despite making the trip. I really appreciate the quick response and am greatful that he did not charge for the visit. Will definitely continue to use
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works fast, is affordable and easy to work with.....this was just icing on the cake.
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was incrdible. He was right on time and went right to work. He was professional, polite,and took great care to ensure everything was cleaned up after completion of the projects. We could not have been happier with the service we recieved from this incredible plumbing company. This is the second time we have used their services and they deserve AAA+++ ratings.
- Henry C.
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arrived as scheduled, assessed the situation and provided a written estimate. This was an extremely difficult repair and despite several challenges
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Throughout the process he was extremely professional, knowledgable, and courteous. Based on this experience we would definitely use and recommend
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came back as agreed and performed the test on the pipes. He shut off the gas and did an air test. All in all he found 2 teaks not 10 fixed them within the two hour time line and there was no charge for any supplies because he didn't need any to fix the problem.
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assured me the house leaks are taken care of and he attests to 2 leaks which will help to validate the repair of the gas leaks which I will need for the closing.
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was prompt professional and knowledgable. The cost was reasonable and the service was excellent.
- Debbie M.

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517 Stein Way
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PO BOX 1123
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19580 Dahlin Road
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La mesa way
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All Sewer And Plumbing

P.O. BOX 391
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Alpha Team

Oakdale

American Heating & Air

762 W Los Felis Ave
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Ameriserve Repiping

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APOLLO DRAIN & ROOTER SERVICE

2343 MICHIGAN AVE
Modesto

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2617 SCANDIA CT
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ASAP PLUMBING SERVICE

P O BOX 1451
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AW Construction

3525 E. Forest Lake Rd
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B N K CONSTRUCTION

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1961 Optisolar Ln
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18824 Sugar Pine Dr.
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BLGC INC

3932 Mesrob Ct

BOB LEONARD & ASSOC

1325 EL PINAL DR
Stockton

Brown Plumbing

PO BOX 1420
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CSW Sewer and Drain

202 Dawn Drive
Modesto

cth Installations

2314 Reile Ave
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Custom Pools & Remodeling

5200 Motsinger Rd
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D HAYES PLUMBING CO

754 RIVER AVE
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D-Best Tile

784 Elm Ave
Gustine

Daniel Snedegar Handyman Unlimited

4637 E Service-Road
Ceres

DB Enterprise

502 Coleman Ct
Modesto

DeHart Plumbing Heating & Air Inc

311 Bitritto Way
Modesto

DELTA BAY CONSTRUCTION & ROOFING INC.

9155 Connie Avenue
Stockton

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Fred Hill Mechanical Inc

1137 Needham St
Modesto

Garcia plumbing and drain

4836 Littleton way
Salida

Generation Builders

P.O. Box 23
Riverbank

Handyman Construction

5331 Pirrone Ave
Salida

Honey's Air & Solar

5536 Pirrone Rd
Salida

Hpi plumbing service

2908 E Whitmore

In-Line General Contracting

1271 N Willamette Dr
Anaheim

J H Simpson Heating & Air Conditioning

4025 Coronado Ave
Stockton

J S Construction

P.O. Box
Modesto

Jaureguy's Paint and Decorating

436 E. Main St
Turlock

Just Drains

58 Briggs Ave
Lathrop

Knights Plumbing & Drain

1177 Vanderbilt Cir
Manteca

Leffingwell Construction

1312 Princeton Ave.
Modesto

Lewis n' Clark Restoration

1900 Hagstrom Ct.
Modesto

LINGLEY ENTERPRISES

4218 Technology Dr
Modesto

Lovotti Air

2216 Stewart St
Stockton

M & M HOME IMPROVEMENT

1228 MAYETTE AVE
Modesto

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

Mestayer Painting

4719 Quail Lakes Dr.
Stockton

MGB Building and Construction

Eisenhower Dr
Riverbank

Modesto Kitchen and Bath

1616 Tully Rd
Modesto

Monark Construcyion

236 San Juan Dr

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Hughson

4268 Pioneer Rd
Hughson

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Oakdale

964 Fairfax Dr
Oakdale

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

Mr. Rooter of Modesto

8951 Feliz Way
Tracy

No Limit Builders

1801 Greger St
Oakdale

Northstar Property Services

1614 Courtyard Drive
Manteca

NuFlush

5195 Marshall St

P.M. Handyman exspress

2317 Valmora Dr.
Stockton

Paramount Plumbing

6167 Jarvis Ave
Newark

Paul Enriquez Construction

2317 Valmora Dr.
Stockton

Phil's Plumbing and Rooter

4508 Serena St
Denair

Pinnacle Plumbing Service

2401 E Orangeburg Ave
Modesto

Plumbers 911

1042 River Bluff Drive
Oakdale

Preferred Plumbing & Drain

655 Birchwood Way
Turlock

Preferred Plumbing & Drain

503 Bangs Ave
Modesto

Priority Plumbing Co

P.O. Box 578157 Modesto, Ca
Modesto

Quality Plumbing

9245 Wagner Heights Ct
Stockton

R.A.M. CONSTRUCTION

3913 Ridlon Court
Ceres

RC Plumbing

915 E Market St
Stockton

Repipe 1

15791 Rockfield Blvd
Irvine

Romancing the Stone Inc

8807 N Thornton Rd
Stockton

Rooter Pro Plumbing

2591 Edgebrook Ln
Manteca

Runyan & Runyan Construction

PO Box 1626
Turlock

Sierra Enterprises

PO Box 1904
Oakdale

SIMPSON PLUMBING

672 W 11th St
Tracy

Steve Swenson Construction Tile

1908 Valle Vista Ave
Modesto

Summit Construction & Remodeling

7513 Rosewood Dr
Stockton

Super Drain Plumbing

1221 W Fremont
Stockton

Taylor Renovation & Construction

3105 Del Este Ave
Modesto

Thorsen's Plumbing Heat & Air Inc

2310 North Walnut
Turlock

Tony's Plumbing Service

3900 Pelandale Ave
Modesto

Top Estate Construction, Inc.

5013 Kimball Hill Circle
Stockton

Valice Plumbing & Sewer Cleaning

10526 Winward Ave
Stockton

WDS Remodeling & Renovation

6546 Via Sereno
Sloughhouse

Weber Plumbing

POBox 1164

WILL PLUMBING

1657 Wylma Way
Modesto

Wilson General Contracting

1852 W 11th St Suite 149
Tracy

Woods Construction Co.

2813 Darius Lane
Modesto

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