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was extremely courteous, professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Despite being held up at his previous job until 8pm, he was still willing" to come out to complete our appointment instead of rescheduling us. We really appreciated his commitment. He took his time to explain everything to us. He is a hard worker and a genuine person. We would highly recommend him without any reservation.-- The Pathaks

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"The provider came within a couple of hours and at the time promised. He was professional, considerate and efficient. He got the job done and cleaned up after himself." The price was a little higher than I expected, given that we had another plumber perform the same service to our downstairs drain a couple weeks before, and he was ~$100 less. Nonetheless, service was prompt when I needed it, and I was satisfied.

-Claire S.

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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.


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

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!

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!

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sent a reminder email about the follow-up appointment, emphasizing that there was a three hour window from 9-noon when the plumber would arrive. I waited until 11:30 AM before checking. The online information indicated that my appointment was in the past, and would I like to schedule an appointment? No, I wanted to find out why no one had showed up.
The phone number on the website was dysfunctional--gave me a weird message without the option of leaving a voice message. I could not reach them by phone until after business hours the next day (Friday--they don't work on weekends), when I left a detailed voice message, asking for a response on
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Great. Our original plumbers were contractors from Home Depot. It was a disaster. They had to come back 4 times to install our new hot water heater. I thought something was wrong and it was bothering me. When my neighbors were having their hot water heater replaced, I asked her plumbers from Power to come take a look at mine. He noticed immediately what was wrong and offered a solution. He quoted me a price on the spot and told me exactly what he needed to do. I called the next day and set an appointment. He fixed the work and it drains now.
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- Stephanie M.

The bathroom went from an ugly, leaky entity to a much more modern and functional place. Every step was explained by Mr.
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- David M.

I loved working with
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, the plumber who provided the service. She was knowledgeable and very helpful in determining what needed to be done. But the cost was high, given the service that could be provided under these circumstances.
- Marilee R.

Our central AC stopped working on one of the hottest summer days in Iowa at the inconvenient time of Saturday around 3 pm. I called quite a few places looking for someone who would come out on a Saturday afternoon, and
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- Kathryn R.

Adelio's did an amazing job from start to finish, and beyond. We had several storm drains (80+ yrs old) that had cracked, causing water to flood our backyard and seep through our basement walls. Adelio's dug up all the old pipes, a window well, waterproofed the exposed walls, and replaced/rebuilt the same. The job was in a tricky area of the house/yard with lots of 90-degree turns and established trees and plants. Before starting the job, the crew carefully removed all our landscaping and "planted" it on plywood boards in our yard (they even watered the plants). After the job was completed, everything was carefully replanted in exactly the same place. As for the drain work, we did have a problem with flooding after the job was completed during several days of heavy rains.
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came right back out and solved the problem with no hassle and no cost to us. They did an amazing job and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone!

My faucets of three sinks were leaking. I have a double sink in the master bathroon and also in the guest bathroom. He attempted to fix the leaks but the faucets were too damaged inside. I don't know the correct terms. I had to replace the fixtures, and since they were double sinks, I wanted them to match and I wanted to pick them, so I purchased them myself (the price of the fixtures is not included in the $700 noted above). He came back on 7/9/15 and replaced all of the fixtures that leaked and the fourth one as I wanted them to match each other even though there was nothing wrong with the 4th fixture. He replaced the flexable pipes under the sinks too. He did a good job.
- Cheryl T.

I must mention first this company was very responsive & accomodating. I had a vanity bath fixture which the supply lines were leaking.
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- Tim T.

Plumbers in Honolulu, HI

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808 Home Services, LLC

PO BOX 22987

808 Plumbing & Services

590 Farrington Hwy Bldg

A-1 Budget Plumbing

131 Hekili St

A1 Contractors

P.O. Box 2326

ABC Handyman Hawaii

430 Lewers St.

Action Plumbing

92-961 Hunekai Pl

AGA Construction Inc

18375 Ventura Blvd

Aggressive Plumbing

1220 Maura St

Aina 1 Plumbing

PO Box 971555

AirCare Environmental Services Inc

831 Pohukaina St

Ala Wai Plumbing

99-942 Lalawai Dr

Alaka'i Mechanical Corp

2655 Waiwai Loop

All Trade Services

1011 Prospect St

Allan's Plumbing Inc

PO Box 5060

Allens Plumbing

360 Papa Pl #104

Alliance Plumbing LLC

45-440 Kulauli St.

Allstate Plumbing

1914-A West Howard Ln


47-806 Ahuimanu Rd

Anything Guy Production Services

1108 Fort St Mall

Apjet Interiors

1720 Ala Moana Blvd

ASAP Plumbing LLC

1615 Barron Ln

B J Genz Plumbing LLC

549 Halemaumau St

Banzai Plumbing, LLC

111 Hekili St.

Bargain Plumbing & Rooter LLC

133 E. Warm Springs Rd

Bartels Builders Inc

944 Lunaawa Pl

Bills Handyman Services

91-1040B Hoomaka Street
Ewa Beach

C&J Solar Solutions LLC

45-605 Uhilehua St

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carpet Outlets of Texas Inc

5200 Gus Thomasson Rd.

CJ Plumbing

PO Box 1184

Clay's Plumbing

1323 Makiki St

Clean Sewer Lines Hawaii

207 Wahiawa

Commercial Plumbing Inc

1820 Colburn St

Construxx Inc

922 Valley Rd

Copper Sun Construction LLC

320 N Don Peralta Rd

creative plumbing

912 Hikina Ln


5 Sand Island Access Road

Dan The Man Services LLC

6005 Amherst Ave

Diamond Head Plumbing Inc

1039 11th Ave

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Drain Daddy

99-446 Kekoa Pl

Eco Floors & Cabinets

98 019 Kamehameha Hwy

Executive Construction

2634 Ipulei Pl

Fast Rooter Plumbing

3850 Kilauea Ave.

Gene Driskell


George's Painting Inc

1009 Brill Way

Greekz Plumbing LLC

59 425 Makana Rd

Handyman at Your Service

P.O. Box 25474


94-1054 Heahea St

Harada Plumbing Inc

PO Box 61429



Hawaii Kai Plumbing

436 Lani St.

Hawaii Plumbing Group

2027 Republican St

Honey Do Handyman

520 Kaimake Lp


94-425 Maikoiko St

Integrated Plumbing Service LLC

PO Box 282
Pearl City

Iron Horse Plumbing

540-F Malie Pl

Island Drain & Sewer LLC

1090 Kalai Pl
Pearl City



J Mac Plumbing

4348 Waialai Ave

Johnny's plumbing

2410 Cleghorn St

Jr. Rooter

PO BOX 179380

k max plumbing

94-426 alapine st

Kama'aina Plumbing

940B Queen St

Kings HandyMan Services LLC

2015 Ala Wai Blvd Apt 6C

Kukui P Plumbing

PO Box 75512

Kwik-Fix Home Improvement & Repair

823 Koko Isle Circle

Little Big Plumbing LLC

PO Box 89541

Low Cost Drain Plumbing

6370 Hawaii Kai Dr.

Mark Burton

49-769 kam hwy c

Mason's Plumbing Service Inc

3912 Harding Ave

Matt's HandyService

2255 Liliha St

Matt's Plumbing

2033 Ala Mahamoe St

Mel Furtado

46157 Humu St.

MG Plumbing Solutions LLC

PO Box 10569

MOKULUA High Performance Builder

905 Kalanianaole Hwy

Mr Fixit Handyman Services

3111 Pualei Cir

Mr. Rooter of Oahu

1616 Kahai St

multitrade handyman service

59-608 kamehameha hwy.

Muscles 4 Hire

950 Lehua Ave
Pearl City

Nu Flow South Pacific

87-282 Holopono st.


5195 Marshall St

Offshore Plumbing

67-242 Kanalu St

Pacific Plumbing Inc

PO Box 30425

Pacific Pro Site LLC

Po Box 25413

Pacific Pro Site LLC

PO Box 25413

Pacific Style Construction

74 Makaweo Ave

Paragon Handymen

44-181 Laha St.

Perez Brothers LLC

3009 Ala Makahala Place, Suite 1704

Permits Hawaii, LLC

P.O. Box 15973

Picasso Expert Renovations

172 Gravesend Neck Rd

Plumbing Pete

98-351 Koauka Loop

Point Plumbing Inc

PO Box 1185

Poncho's Solar Service

1333 Opua St

Professional Yacht And Marine Services

1620 Ala Makani Pl

Progressive Plumbing

835 Kalanipuu St

R & B Inc

1710 Mt Vernon Ave

R & R Plumbing Hawaii

PO Box 2096
Ewa Beach

Ray Co Plumbing

1314 South King St.

RayCo Plumbing

94-547 Ukee Street, Suite 310

Re-Bath of Hawaii

1130 N Nimitz Hwy A-123B

Reynolds Home Builders

13050 Forest Run Ct

RG Builders Hawaii

Heina Lane


23812 Cedar Ct

Rick Peck Remodeling

328 E Nelson St

Robert's Plumbing

1723 Ala Aolani St


2601 North State St


9562 Mammoth Dr

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

1631 Democrat St

Samurai Professional Services

PO Box 8755

Solid Builders

48-279 Waiahole Valley Rd.

Stan's Local Plumbing

PO Box 429

Symmetry Tile

421 Keolu Dr

T and C Plumbing LLC

2472 Komo Mai Dr.

TJR Works

94-1007 Lalama Loop

TK Construction

PO Box 75378

Total Landscape Management, LLC

PO BOX 240902

Tsukamoto Plumbing

3427 Waialae Ave



W.J. Hale Construction, Inc

P.O. Box 2084

Waialae Plumbing

825 Halekauwila St

West Coast Construction

PO Box 487
Pearl City

Yamada's Plumbing & Repair

1827 Republican St

yamaz plumbing

99-105 Ohekani Loop

Yasuda's Plumbing

1337 Highview Pl

Zecka Home Improvement Inc

45-015 Waikalualoko Loop

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