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jetted out our sewer line from our basement to the
as we requested. We also had him replace our sump pump which" was not operational. He was prompt and professional. His price was far below his competitors. I would highly recommend him to our friends and neighbors.

-Patricia L.

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"He charged me an additional $20 for the shop fee (glue, fuel, paper towel, gloves and other misc items.) I find this really underhanded. I asked him to do two small" things for me. He changed a shower head and tightened screws. He did that well. I wrote him a check for $20 for the two small items. I would have no complaints at all if I would not have been charged the additional $20 for the shop fee. I don't think this is a way to do business. He should have listed out and mentioned additional charges on the deal. They $20 was not clearly was not clearly on the ad. It said $79 and that's what I attended to pay. What you should have had was $99 plus tax.

-Neirilane G.

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Use a plunger as your first line of defense with a clogged toilet. It can also fix clogs in the bathtub or shower, but be sure to fill the base with an inch of water to help the plunger seal before plunging. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
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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
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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 Santa Maria

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A neighbor recommended them to me. My experience with them was pretty good. I asked him about another plumbing issue and he didn't have the parts. They were very polite and came when they said they were coming. They're clean.
- Jane P.
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Prompt, efficient, friendly. Came with the requested disposal, installed in less than 1/2 hour. Price was very fair especially since this was a Saturday call. This is our plumber we will always use him.
- Nancy F.
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I called
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for a leak in the yard. It was an emergency so I expected to pay more for the repair. The tech that showed up gave me a quote of $563.00 to dig up and repair the line if it was only a broken pvc line, total cost for everything. He continued to say he may have to dig the entire line from the sidewalk to the house if and older type of pipe or copper line was used and this could run in the thousands to repair. After I assured him the house was just recently built and I was sure the builder used pvc pipe he told me the repair would take 4 to 6 hours to complete.
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evidently sends their plumbers out on emergency calls with a truck but no 1 inch pvc pipes, he dug a hole and then disappeared for 3 hours claiming he was going to Lowes and Home depots around town trying to find 1 inch pvc pipe. While he was touring Lowes and Home depots I called the
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operator to try to find him and they were unable to determine his location. I went to the closest Home depot and purchased the pvc pipe myself. Once he returned he told me he went to three surrounding towns to fine pvc pipe so he did not have to open the shop which would cost an additional $300.00. I ask him if that meant my bill would be $263.00 since he told me the entire job including repairs would be the price he quoted. He said no it is still 563.00 so I don't know who the $300.00 savings was for, and I have no idea what he was doing besides padding his bill since his original estimate was 4 to 6 hours to complete the repair.The whole mess started at 2:30 and ended at 7pm, the actual repair took about 30 minutes. When he left the yard was a huge mess looked like gophers dug up the yard. Horrible mess, terrible plumber unprepared for minor plumbing problems. don't CALL THESE GUYS UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET RIPPED OFF.
- lois G.
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This is my 3rd time that I use this company. I am a landlord and also flipped houses. They are very professional. The price is not outrageous like other companies. The house sat emptied for 3 years so, it has black sludge in the kitchen pipe. The wall has to be cut so, they can snake the drain.
- Thasarin M.
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The owner,
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, arrived promptly, diagnosed the problem, explained what was needed to repair it, then returned with the supplies and got the job done. He had my water back on in about 2 hours including getting the parts. He even cut out extra tree roots near the lines that could have caused future problems. Loved that he was proactive when many companies would have left the roots in hopes of more work for them. This is the only company I will use and highly recommend him!
- Pamela D.
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Failed to do the job the first day, had to bring them back the next day, and while they finally cleared the blockage, they failed to cap the pipe, which left me with a leak. I tightened the cap and the leak finally stopped, but I was very unhappy with two failures of service in a row.

- David K.
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At the beginning of our long ordeal, I asked knowledgeable friends for plumber recommendations, and of the "quality" names provided, the first plumber, in the town of Front Royal, took 3 DAYS to reply to my desperate phone call, then said sorry, he forgot to call me, but they were TOO BUSY anyway. And he did not even offer to put us on a wait list! The second plumber, located in Middletown, DIDN'T EVEN CALL ME BACK at all! The third plumber, from Manassas and registered on a Lowes handyman list, called me back TWO DAYS later, but by then Pipe It
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had come and gone and we were very happily awash in fresh, clean, blessed WATER. Let me tell you, it is pretty nasty to be without water for ANY length of time. Surely we spent at least $100 on bottled water, and even that was not enough to cover toilet flushing, laundry, washing hands, bathing, cooking, dish washing (even with paper plates & cups), kitchen cleanup, water for pets & house plants, house cleaning, etc. And, taking sponge baths and washing hair using water bottles is definitely not very pleasant or effective. Plus, do you know how HEAVY those big blue plastic 5
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water bottles are to lift??? My husband & I are both 73 years old and got worn out having to hoist and move the water bottles around. Towards the end of our misery we were seriously considering melting snow on our
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to use for flushing toilets! Pipe It Plumbers of
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, Va., called me back within ONE HOUR and came to our house that same afternoon. I was so happy I felt like hugging them even before they got to our door! They checked out every possible scenario involving our water supply (a well) and quickly solved the problem (pressure tank switch & gauge) using parts they carried in their truck. They were extremely courteous, cheerful, very CLEAN, listened carefully to our concerns, and gave us information about how our whole water system works. I will NEVER, EVER use any other plumber except Pipe It Plumbers of
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, Va. and most HIGHLY recommend them.
- Barb M.
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Tech arrived in 1 hour of phone call. Protected floor and went right to work had Drain cleaned in couple of hours very professional.
- David M.

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4 J's Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

311 Lafayette Drive
Oxnard

A PLUS SUPERIOR SANITATION

3601 SMITH AVE
Acton

Aaron's Plumbing

615C Central Ave
Buellton

Accelerated Building Contractors

P.O. Box 15453
San Luis Obispo

All American Restoration

1130 E Clark Ave
Santa Maria

All Star Home Improvement

12500 Riverside Dr
Valley Village

Allen Docimo Professional Handyman Services

48275 Silver Valley Rd
Newberry Springs

Ameriserve Repiping

7716 Balboa Blvd
Van Nuys

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

8860 Palomar Ave
Atascadero

Cal Coast Construction

381 N 4th St
Grover Beach

CANYON SEPTIC SERVICES

P O Box 67
Silverado

CBM

PO Box 9973
Moreno Valley

Clay's Septic & Jetting Inc

952 Live Oak Ridge Rd
Nipomo

CURTIS PLUMBING & HEATING

711 E OAK ST
Santa Maria

Easy Flow

PO Box 126794
San Diego

Econo-West Heating & Air Inc

42332 1/2 10th St W
Lancaster

EHR CONSTRUCTION

325 W Church St
Santa Maria

Emerald Plumbing

2311 Henderson Dr

EVANS PLUMBING & HEATING

903 SOMBRERO WAY
Santa Maria

Fernando's Custom Kitchen Cabinets

500 W Washington Blvd
Montebello

First Call Plumbing

8415 Morro Road
Atascadero

Folkrod Plumbing

PO Box 822
Grover Beach

Griffin Plumbing Inc

PO Box 2537
Santa Maria

Handyman Jeff

San Luis Obispo

Henry Schmitz Plumbing

811 Crenshaw Ct
Paso Robles

Hoffmann Family Plumbing

2933 Augusta St
San Luis Obispo

IE Plumbing Design

519 Carol Pl
Arroyo Grande

Jack's All-American Plumbing

2011 Preisker Ln
Santa Maria

Jacob's Plumbing & Heating

PO Box 2772
Santa Maria

Jerry's Plumbing

319 N Russell Ave.
Santa Maria

Jerry's Plumbing & Heating

PO Box 4810
San Luis Obispo

Kingkong Construction

2225 62nd Ave
Sacramento

KJI PLUMBING

38904 N SIERRA HWY
Palmdale

Lanini's Plumbing and Heating Repair, INC.

310 North Russell
Santa Maria

MARK NELLESEN PLUMBING

P.O. BOX 1166
Templeton

MARK NELLESEN PLUMBING

P.O. BOX 1166
Templeton

MASTER REPAIR SVC

PO BOX 1736
Lompoc

Mid Coast Plumbing

PO Box 1110
Pismo Beach

Morro Bay Plumbing

PO Box 1414
Morro Bay

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Central Coast

1514 South Broadway
Santa Maria

New Standard Construction

123 East D St.
Tehachapi

North County Septic Service Inc

P.O. Box 2282
Paso Robles

Number One State Plumbing Inc

1607 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank

P E Cannon Plumbing Service

43740 Tranquility Ct
Lancaster

Perez Plumbing

218 Stansbury Drive
Santa Maria

Power Plumbing Inc

223 Granada Dr
San Luis Obispo

Precision Maintenance and Repair

P.O. Box 807
Santa Maria

Quik-Rooter

540 W Reid Ave
Porterville

Ranch Hands

PO Box 1898
Santa Ynez

Reliable Repair Remodel

1813 W Loquat Ave
Lompoc

Repipe 1

15791 Rockfield Blvd Suite N
Irvine

Roto-Rooter

3380 Broad St
San Luis Obispo

Roto-Rooter

3380 Broad St
San Luis Obispo

Stillman Enterprises, Inc.

PO Box 79
Arroyo Grande

tec1plumbing

2706 Montego Bay St
Pittsburg

Water Fixers

2004 Preisker Ln Ste J
Santa Maria

WCC Plumbing

1512 Mildred St
Hanford

Wm Rieck Plumbing Co.

801 E Chestnut ave.
Lompoc

ZIERMAN PLUMBING & HEATING

2341 MEREDITH LN
Santa Maria
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