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returned my call quickly and offered to try and fit me in soon if it was an emergency. It was not so we scheduled" out about 1 1/2 weeks. He arrived at the scheduled time and had the part that needed replacing in stock so he was able to make the repair right away. He was prepared and efficient. He was polite enough to check if it was ok before turning off the water to make the repair. The previous guy I had in for an estimate just shut it off without checking with me first. The shower works great now. HIs price was also $23 dollar less than the other guy who provided an estimate. My neighbors had highly recommended him and now I do to.

-Michele F.

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"Great -- The company we have used in the past wanted a fortune for a Saturday visit but only had one service man on call --- and he was booked solid. Called us" back late in the day to say his only main line snapped at customer call and could not come now until Monday. I went to Angie's list and found Any Sewer or Drain LLC listed as 7 day service and called. The owner was on another call and late for a friend's wedding. Asked if he could come to our home Sunday morning instead. We would be his first call on Sunday and I agreed immediately -- he promised to call by 10 am on Sunday - and he did ! He kept all his promises. Called, came, cleared the sewer line of roots; showed us pictures of the wedding with his girl and left to go on to the next customer. A life-saver and he didn't try "rip us off" with regard to the price - even though it was a weekend call.

-Daniel P.

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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
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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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Arrived on-time. Used drop cloth to protect the floor, and was generally careful and clean while onsite. Tried several different methods to clear the clog but was unsuccessful. Did not charge anything for the service call since he was unable to resolve the issue.
- Jeffrey L.
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We have used
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before. Our basement floor drain doesn't have enough slope and doesn't drain properly. Every few years it becomes plugged and we need to have it power augered.
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is prompt and friendly. Does a good job leaves the area clean.
- Larry L.
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took my phone call. She was absolutely great through the whole thing. The two fellas who came out did a great job and I would definitely do business with them again, I highly recommend them!
- Diana R.
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The other company wanted to cut a hole in my wall for
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they needed to unclog, which was completely unnecessary. This guy came in and fixed the problem in 15 minutes. This is the guy to call if you have a complicated problem. He is the superman of drainage repair! He is a bit pricey, but he has a 90 day guarantee on his work. He also has a handyman business.
- Sharron S.
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Friday morning showers resulted in both bathtubs backing up and one toilet overflowing.... I checked Angie's List for someone local and found
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and left a voice message. He called back quickly and said he could be there in a few hours, after he finished up with another customer, and he was! He assessed the situation and snaked my main sewage line twice to remove the culprit - tree roots. We checked out other issues in my home and discovered a small crack in a bathroom sink drain pipe (
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! wondered why things were getting damp in the sink vanity) - and he fixed that, too.
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is very respectful of your home and property. He was honest about plumbing work I could hold off on for the time being. I highly recommend him. I found his prices very reasonable.
- Kristen L L.
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He was courteous and friendly as usual. We didn't know he replaced wax seals and worked on faucets etc. We were delighted to get everything fixed that we needed on one service call. I would not consider using anyone else as long as this young man is available. He never leaves any
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- Ron L.
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It went great. He called me back right away and came out that same night. He was in an out in under 20 minutes. It was really fast and did excellent work. Very professional. Our feed to the toilet doesn't shut off completely so when he took it out it was dripping. He noticed that right away and put a glass under it so we didn't have a puddle on the floor. Very attention to detail.
- Andrew D.
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, owner and master plumber, has done all the plumbing in our home for many years.
His work has included regular cabling and cleaning of main and secondary drains, rebuilding valves, unplugging sinks etc. As difficult as it may be to find a knowledgeable, dependable, and responsive professional,
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Look no further if what you're looking for is an honest plumber you can count on!
- Lois W.

All Drain Plumbers in Wilmington, DE

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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

Hardworking Handyman

2509 Blackwood Rd
Wilmington

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.

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 Indoor Outdoor

113 E Reliance Rd

MY PLUMBER

1225 FEDERAL ST

Nasella Construction

415 Lindsay Street

Paramount Estates LLC

13 E Plumstead Ave

PDM Construction

8012 English Creek Ave

Penn Del Plumbing & Contracting LLC

314 Armstrong Ave
Wilmington

Pierson Environmental Servcies

195 Laurel Heights Rd

Pinnacle Mechanical

1019 Saville Ave

Plumbing Boys

545 E Luray St

Plumbing Works

3222 W Cheltenham Ave # 3A

Pro Works Inc

PO Box 10364
Wilmington

PRUITT'S PLUMBING LLC

11029 N 24th Ave

Pullman Plumbing

318 Wilmington W Chester Pike

RJ Groner Co

1 Katz Rd

Robert J Murphy & Sons

211 Collings Wood Rd

ROBERT METZGER PLUMBING

1150 S WATTS STREET

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

2460 General Armistead Ave

Rovase Associates LLC

1100 Veteran Highway

RW GREER INC.

203 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington

RZ Contracting

219 Mac Dade Blvd

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

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