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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).
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.
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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.
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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's Home Services
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When the came to do the work, they completed it quickly and neatly. Burying the new pipes involved digging up quite a bit of the yard, but they were very careful with the grass and either replaced all the grass they had pulled up or put sod down. It had been my intention to take a bunch of pictures of where they had put the pipes so we would know where they were for future reference, but they repaired the yard so well that within less than a week I was no longer able to find the places where they had worked. They had actually also put some sod down in an area near where they worked that had been damaged from unrelated work, thus actually leaving our yard in better shape than they found it in! Since the work was completed, we have had several major storms, and our neighbor happily reports that they are no longer getting runoff from our property in our crawlspace. We are also no longer getting water pooled up near our downspouts. All in all, our drainage problems have been virtually eliminated, which is quite a challenge since we are the top of a hill.
There was really only one problem. On the day the work was originally scheduled to begin, we noticed that there were no "Miss Utility"
But when all is said and done, they did the work very well, took great care in making sure it was done right, and left the yard in better shape than they found it in. I would have no hesitation to recommend their work to anyone, and I suspect they will not be likely to have that email mistake again. In fact, the neighbor who was suffering from our previous runoff problems may hire them to do some work on their property as well.
Here's what happened: I have a slopsink in the basement that for unknown reasons, keeps backing up with sewage every couple days. Unable to troubleshoot the issue on my own, I called by the way).
1: A guy arrives and tells me that he needs access to pipes behind a wall, and there should have been an access panel. He was right, there should have been. He heads to another job, while I cut an access panel. He was supposed to return within 30-40 minutes, but after nearly two hours, it got late and I had to reschedule.
2: A couple days later, a new guy arrives, and makes use of the new access panel I cut. He snakes my main drain in one direction, then the other direction. This, in their opinion, counts as two pipes and thus doubles the prices, with tax, to 110.60. Fine. Just so long as he fixed my problem, which he assures me he did.
3: Over the next two days, sewage is backing up into the sink again. I call them and they send out the same plumber. He runs the water, nothing backs up in that moment, and he says the issue must have taken care of itself, and leaves.
4: The issue had NOT taken care of itself, as more sewage continued to back up into the sink over the next few days.
5: I call them back again, and a new plumber arrives. He has a new idea for how to fix the issue, but says the company intends to charge me again for their services. I object. I had called them for one problem: a sink that was backing up, and that problem was never solved. I'm told to call the office. I do. I speak with
6. I asked his name (
I will obviously never use this company again. And I strongly urge anyone reading this not to use them either. Find someone else to handle your issue... ANYONE else! They don't deserve your business. And there's a strong likelihood that you will be charged more than you expect for work that may or MAY NOT actually have solved anything!
I'm left agitated, 110 dollar poorer, and I STILL have sewage in my sink!
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