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"Our 12 year old water heater sprung a leak, luckily I had a water alarm on the floor so we had no other damage. We had used Action for other work and liked their" service. We called them and were quoted approximately $1050 for a new water heater of the same type. The actual service and installation was great. When we got our bill in the mail it was over $1300. When we called to inquire, we were told we were originally quoted the
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as a repeat customer and we gave them our address on the original call to schedule and get the estimate. I would think Action would have made good on the original estimate...they did not...very disappointing. Make sure you tell any plumber where you live right up front when getting a water heater replacement estimate, and ask about the city fees.

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is great! I called yesterday and he was able to come to my home today. He arrived on time and got everything I needed done, complete in" record time! He only performed the work that really needed to be done and didn't try to do work that wasn't really necessary. Thank you,
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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!

Plumber reviews in Danbury

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was excellent. He was very nice and knowledgeable. He took the time to explain what he found and also what should be done next.
We had some difficulty with the scheduling. We initially made an appointment but the day it was scheduled they did not show. When we called the office had no record of the appointment. They did a good job in making up for this. We had the next available appointment which was the same day it was just much later in the day.
The price a little high. But the work was excellent. We would definitely use them again.
- Kristin D.
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This plumbing problem has been an ongoing issue. I had to call him back and he claimed it was a different problem. He made minor tweaks, but nothing has worked. The leak is ongoing. He was never able to resolve it, but he charged me $733.95. I'm in the hole and have to call someone else to investigate and solve.
- Kimberly W.
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was very prompt, professional, and courteous. He did an excellent and clean job. He also had some very helpful recommendations when I asked him about my outside hose. I will definitely use him again in the future.
- Jeffrey D.
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Showed up 2 hours late. Charged $99. to show up then $148 per hour labor with at least a 1 hour minimum, but that was only the beginning as it was stretched out to 2 an 1/4 hours of labor . plus the parts equaled $511. Plumber sat talking on the phone in the driveway talking to another company plumber for a while at my expense. Run don't walk away from this company
- susan R.
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It went very well. Response was quick. Staff friendly, skilled and professional. Would not hesitate to call them again.
- joan H.
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these guys are the best I've ever used. Instead of just, taking the cover off, turning on the water and blowing out the evap cooler, these guys took it apart, the the vacuumed it, oiled all the moving parts, washed the thick pads , reassembled the cooler, tested it and finished everything in about an hour or less. Awesome!
- Larry T.
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The description of what was to be provided was not clear to me. The $39 is a trip charge, not a service call! Buyer beware!
Plumber came in and gave me a ridiculous price just to replace 3 water filters! I was very disappointed by this company. I'll not use again.
- DENNIS O.
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My air conditioning stopped working late Friday night and I made the call to
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around 3:00AM. The call was answered by
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, not a answering service or voice message,
and I was told a service technician would be dispatched at 7:30AM. I received a call from technician
at 7:40AM telling me he was on way and would arrive shortly. Once arrived he quickly diagnosed the problem and
checked my newly functioning A/C unit that it was working properly. It was not, he said that it was
low on refrigerant. I gave the go ahead to recharge and now my air conditioner is working much better than it was before
it broke down. One special note about the service I received, the technician took extra time to make sure the A/C unit was charged properly.

- CATHERINE M.

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PO Box 920624

212 Plumbing Corp

268 New Dorp Lane

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399 Prospect Place

24-7 Home Repairs and Improvements

197 Bridge St.
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24/7 Brooklyn Plumbing Co.

1819 Flatbush Ave.

A & E Brothers Ltd

55-07 Metropolitan Ave

A & M Castro Plumbing

894 Richmond Rd

a and b services

175 lauman lane

A CALVI INC

169 CATSKILL AVE

A New Look

Home Office

A Plus Remodeling

606 Post Road East
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A Procaccini & Sons

30 Wakemore St
Darien

A&A Plumbing & Heating LLC

91 Long Island View Rd
Milford

A&B Mechanical LLC

P.O. Box 294
Monroe

A&S Mechanical

9 Brentley Dr
Shelton

A'S 1 HOME REMODELING

65 WEST PARK AVENUE

AA Evans

10 Melville Pl

AAK&T CORPORATION

1074 Marc dr

AB Gutters LLC

547 Thompson Ave
East Haven

Ace Plumbing & Heating

10 Shannon Ridge Rd
Danbury

Action Construction Inc.

45 Beaver Brook Rd.
Danbury

Additions by Anderson

498 Sawmill Rd
Stamford

AJ Plumbing Contractor

173 Breakers Lane
Stratford

albano contracting

343 chambers ave

Alterations Plus LLC

15 Charterhouse Rd.
New Milford

Altieri Construction

9 Hyde Terrace
Trumbull

Always Handy Service

39 Lexington ave

Angelo's Burner Service

857 Post Rd
Fairfield

ANGERSOLA CONTRACTING

196 CAMPBELL AVE
West Haven

Ant's home improvement.

727 courtlandt street

Anthony Vizzo Plumbing & Heating LLC

66 Bagburn Hill RD
Monroe

Apples to Apples Inc.

1204 Main Street
Branford

Appliance Matt

21 Douglas Ave
Stamford

Appolo Heating Inc

414 Commerce Rd

ASAP Renovation

1639 Bath Ave.

ASP Home Improvement NY

64-20 Saunders St

Astacio Plumbing & Heating

PO Box 4358
Stamford

Astor Plumbing and Heating

765 Astor AVE Bronx NY 10467

AWS Mechanical Corp

88-14 Little Neck Pkwy

B & B Maintenance

55 Hearthstone Ave

BB Plumbing Co.

2338 Broadbridge Ave

BC Andersen

39 Devils Garden Rd
Norwalk

Bear Construction

7516 14th Ave.

BEAR GLASS

399 20TH ST

BENNETT CONSTRUCTION

77 CHERRY LN
Wilton

Bergen Drain Cleaning

Pailsades Park, Ridgefield Ridgefield Park, Leonia

Best Carpenters

30 Lester St

Best Contracting

32 Vulcan St

BEST PLUMBING TILE & STONE

3372 Old Crompond Road

BEST PLUMBING TILE AND STONE

1989 WEST MAIN ST
Stamford

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Bill Magyari Plumbing & Heating

P.O. Box 4057
Stamford

Billy's Plumbing and Heating

25 William St Montclair

Bird Enterprises

1036 Spindle Hill Rd
Wolcott

Bond Construction

249 West 34th Street

Boss Home Repair

220 Broadway

Botticelli Plumbing and Heating

48 Padanaram Rd
Danbury

Brake Fire Protection, Inc.

30 Sperry Avenue
Stratford

BRIAN HIMPEL PLUMBING

73 WESTFIELD DR
Trumbull

Brick Plant Rd 24/7 Plumbing Co

1 Brick Plant Rd Apt B

Brighindi Plumbing & Heating

20 Misty Ln
Shelton

Brighter Image Construction Inc.

111 East 14th Street #294

Brownie's Works LLC

101 N Fullerton Ave

BRT 24/7 Emergency Plumbing

2320 Black Rock Tpke
Fairfield

Bruce Somers Plumbing llc

52 Bonney Ter
Fairfield

Build Now NYC

565 Atlantic Ave

BuildCare

112 Portside Drive

C and D Home Repair

103 Moore Ave

C&A Mechanical

21 Mara rd

C&C Quality Home Improvements

15 E Putnam AV
Greenwich

Cafe Nunez

240 west 35th

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cavoto Plumbing & Heating LLC

125 Fairview Ave
Stratford

CCI Interiors

28 Hamilton Drive East

Cedarwood Construction Inc

154 Cedarwood Road
Stamford

Common Ground Construction, LLC

16 Tony Galento Plaza

Conlan Plumbing Inc

Po Box 3411
Newtown

Connecticut Basement Systems

60 Silvermine Rd
Seymour

Connecticut Sewer Rooter LLC

150 Colony Street
Stratford

CSC & Son LLC Home Improvement

32 Pond St
Naugatuck

CT Handyman

53 Jewett Ave
Bridgeport

CT Handyman Construction

80 Hillandale Rd
Danbury

Cuda Remodeling and Additions

25 Burtis Avenue
New Canaan

Curb Appeal Home Improvement

105 Orland St
Bridgeport

D&B Mechanical LLC

328 Mt. Prospect Ave

DAN CARUSO PLUMBING & HEATING

365 W CEDAR ST
Norwalk

DARIEN PLUMBING & HEATING

105 Christie Hill Rd
Darien

Darkside Development

7090 Amboy Road

DAVID ALLEN BATH SHOP

141 MCLEAN AVE

DDF Construction

79 bay 20th street

DECOR PALACE LLC

24709 JERICHO TPKE

DELMARCONSTRUCTIONNY

1223 east 93rd street

Doodyman To The Rescue

593 Hempstead Tpke

Double R Home Repair

P.O. Box 1186
Ridgefield

Douglaston Plumbing and Heating

24900 Horace Harding Expy

Dun-Rite Inc

9054 Fort Hamilton Pkwy

Dunrite Contracting

150-16 11th Ave

DW Construction

3530 Corsa Ave

DWC Construction

524 16th Street

Euro Comfort Corp

625 Fifth Ave

Evenflow Plumbing & Heating

256 Eastawn St
Fairfield

EVERGREEN CUSTOM CESSPOOL

913 Bay Shore Ave

Excalibur Construction

65 1st Ave
New Haven

GEORGE'S LANDSCAPING

590 WHEELER RD
Monroe

GeoTech Home Improvements

2681 Pitkin Avenue

Gilson & Sons

22 Spielman Rd

Gittel Contractor

40 lewis ave

Glasscrafters Inc

193 Veterans Blvd

Glenbrook Sewer and Drain

492 Glenbrook Rd
Stamford

Glorious Contracting

41 Springer Avenue
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