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"It took the man about 2 minutes. I didn't have the tool needed to do the job (auger). Outstanding service. Loel was very courteous and polite.

-Larry H.

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"The plumbing aspect possibly works (it's inside my wall); however, in doing the work, they permanently/noticeably burned the fiberglass shower wall. I was told" by
, that "it couldn't be helped", which I disagree with. Had they used proper heat shielding of their torch, the burning would not have occurred... and since they burned the wall, they could have as easily started a fire INSIDE of the fall, leading to far more serious damage. I was very lucky that didn't occur, especially since this is part of a condo complex/ multi-family dwelling. I was offered a token $25.00 off, for the burned wall. I could have taken them to Court, but what a hassle that is! I had also been told, at the time of the estimate, that if I used them, as my plumber, I would be reimbursed the cost of the original in home estimate, ($75.00, I believe). That was never given to me, in the final bill, Instead,
told me that the work should have been bid at a higher amount, than it had been. (Well, then why wasn't it? The plumber who wrote the bid was in communication with
, while the Bid assessment was occurring). As a customer, I'm not looking for excuses; I'm looking for expected results, done safely, at an agreed upon price. Is the plumbing fixed?... It's had to say, since it's all inside the wall. However, I will Not use
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-Steven A.

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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 Wilmington

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They came out and said the work I needed done didn't match the deal offer, which is why I am requesting a refund on the deal. They were very nice nice and professional.
- Suzanne M.
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I bought a 100 year old house last summer, and in January, I learned that my 100-foot-long sewer line was full of roots + needed to be replaced.
I didn't want to dig a traditional trench to replace the pipe, because it would have destroyed portions of my driveway + would have compromised the root systems of some very large trees + I would have had to spend many thousands of dollars on lawn remediation. I imagine the all-in cost would have been at least $40,000 had I gone the route of a traditional trench.
I went with
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because they can replace sewer mains without digging a trench ("trenchless technology"). In my case, I had my sewer main re-lined with a 1'8" plastic liner (after the liner is unrolled, it is heat treated and cured + becomes very hard... essentially it's a pipe-within-a-pipe).
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(co-owner) was very professional + super responsive each step of the way. He explained the scope of the project very clearly, including what needed to be done, how exactly it would be done, the timeline, etc. He actually created a video of the work proposal, which made it a lot easier to visualize what needed to be done (he is much more comfortable with technology than other plumbers I've dealt with before). His team was punctual + did all of the work while I was away from the house. My water was always running by the I came back home from work (no need for a hotel room).
This was a professional operation, not a run-of-the-mill neighborhood plumber.
The only thing I didn't like was the price tag, but that's really just a reflection of the scope of the job. I got a couple of other quotes from other vendors, and they were in the ballpark of what I ended up paying
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- Justin W.
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The service went well. I had them repair a water pressure issue. They cleaned out the pipes to resolve the issue. They were good at explaining the system to me. The plumber was knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. I had no problem scheduling the deal. I would hire the company again.
- HELEN G.
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came in and repaired the leak we had and did an estimate for the "bad Pex" we had to be replaced. This was out second incident with the "bad Pex" and we determined that we just did not want to continue to be "surprised" by leaking hot water pipes.
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and his crew came in and replaced all the plumbing throughout the house.
- Cheryl L.
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We contacted
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on Sunday, after our kitchen drain pipe totally clogged. He arranged to come to our home the very next day. The clogged line was original to the house and needed to be replaced entirely.
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figured out how to reroute the new pipe to avoid having to tear up flooring, saving us added expense. What impressed us most is that he stayed with this project until it was finished, even though it meant a few hours of unscheduled labor. We had anticipated only a consultation,, since it was the busy holiday season; but we were relieved and grateful that he was committed to solving the problem right then.
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is knowledgable, professional, creative, and incredibly nice. Not only did he solve the problem, but he and his assistant made sure that the very messy work space was completely clean when they left. We couldn't be happier with the service and will definitely use this company again.
- SUSAN B.
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All drains were extremely slow. Didn't know if they were frozen or just clogged.
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showed up within 24 hrs of call. Due to the age of the house and add ons' over the years, it was difficult to determine where the clog was.
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stuck with it and after several different ways of attacking the problem was able to find the problem. Great guy and excellent service.
- Dan R.
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the service tech arrived within reserved appointment. He was professional, friendly and skilled. He explained everything to me and also offered additional preventive services.
- Dave M.
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They told me I did not need the service offered in the deal, but they did clean the drain for me. One plumber came out and completed the work in about 45 minutes. He was good and efficient. He was a little abrupt, however. I had no problem scheduling the deal.
- JUDITH G.

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A Ralph Woodrow Inc

1015 Lancaster Ave
Wilmington

Advanced HVAC & Plumbing

4 Foxglove Court
Newark

Agron Construction

10154 Bustleton Avenue

Al's Mechanical

17 Surrey Drive

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

410 Meco Dr
Wilmington

Bills Plumbing

304 Saw Grass Ct

Boulden Brothers Heating & Air

714 Interchange Blvd
Newark

Budget Rooter

1015 River Road
New Castle

Bux-Mont Plumbing

110 Keeley Ave

Casa Bella Builders Inc

3205 Bristol Dr
Wilmington

CAVELLA CONTRACTING

2818 Cedar Street

Clyde's Plumbing LLC

20 Darlington Rd
New Castle

CMT General Contractors Inc

63 Colonial Park Dr

Coffelt Contracting LLC

1500 Mohican St.

Colony Pool Service of Delaware, Inc.

3100-6 Naamans Road
Wilmington

Common Structure LLC

4103 Unruh St.

CONSTRUCTION MASTERS

3521 Parkview Dr

contractor chen

9885 bonner st

Home Innovations Inc

12 W Lexton Rd
New Castle

Homeinnovationsinc

12 W Lexton Rd
New Castle

Homestead Solutions Inc.

5 Great Valley Parkway Suite 210

House Doctors

25 Maggies Way
Dover

House Medics LLC

127 Vassar Ave.

Howard's Home Repair

13 Kings Bridge Court
Newark

J Stachon Plumbing Co

812 Champlain Ave
Wilmington

J.M. Hughes & Sons Inc.

607 HIGHLAND AVE

James Scalia Plumbing & Heating

5000 Limestone Rd
Wilmington

Jay Bucks Plumbing

4173 Paul St

Joseph Frederick & Sons

810 Stanton Road
Wilmington

Joseph Kelso Plumbing

152 Signal Road

JW Home Improvement

1390 Chain Bridge Rd

Michael W Savage Plumbing Co

428 Blackbird Station Rd
Townsend

Moore Builds LLC

45 Long Bow Drive

Morris Home Remodeling

2206 S Bucknell

Moyer & Son Inc

113 E Reliance Rd

MY PLUMBER

1225 FEDERAL ST

Nasella Construction

415 Lindsay Street

Plumbing Works

3222 W Cheltenham Ave # 3A

Powell's Plumbing & Heating

361 Mount Royal Rd

Precision Builders, Inc

1148 Pulaski Hywy Suite 107-458
Bear

Pro Works Inc

PO Box 10364
Wilmington

PRUITT'S PLUMBING LLC

11029 N 24th Ave

Pullman Plumbing

318 Wilmington W Chester Pike

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

2460 General Armistead Ave

RW GREER INC.

203 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington

RZ Contracting

219 Mac Dade Blvd

Sager Restoration Services

1602 Frankford Ave

Silver Rook

3823 Lancaster Ave.

Sobieski Services Inc

14 Hadco Rd
Wilmington

Society Hill Design Group, LLC

707 East Passyunk Ave.

SRS General Contractor

1602 Frankford Ave

Stan Perkoski's Home Services Inc

1818 Marsh Rd
Wilmington

Stone Brothers Contracting

4204 Hulmeville Rd

Superior Services

5556 US Hwy 87 N

Sussex Plumbing & Home Services

PO Box 1201
Millsboro

TB Construction Inc

6144 Cottage St

TGT Interiors LLC

417 broad st

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