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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.

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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!

Plumber reviews in Clive


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showed up as scheduled to replace the hoses. He seemed competent, knowledgeable, and efficient, and got the job done. No complaints about the work accomplished. He scheduled a full day of work on
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16 to tackle the larger jobs.
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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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or opportunity to explain. But there has been NO communication from them to me--except a canned follow-up email asking for a review for the apointment that didn't happen!


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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called back immediately and was able to come fix our unit within 2 hours of us calling. One guy came and was professional and efficient, and he updated us on what he was looking at as he figured out the problem. Especially for having availability on a Saturday afternoon, I thought the price was very fair. I did not ask what their normal weekday price would be, so I would check that out if your service is not for an "emergency" time like mine was. We were so happy to have our AC working for the rest of the weekend and it made such a difference to us!
- 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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, the plumber, came out the same day. He's a pro & worked quickly too. The job went very well and
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, the owner, gave me a courtesy discount as an Angie member. I appreciated the favor. I would defindefinitely use this company again.
- Tim T.

Plumbers in Clive, IA

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02 Remodel

4304 98th Street


Des Moines

A Perfect Finish Drywall & Construction

6640 Mott Ave
Windsor Heights


PO Box 218

Aim Kitchen and Bath

2624 Beaver Ave
Des Moines

AJ's heating and cooling

206 W Second street

AMC Plumbing

Des Moines

American Plumbing Supply Co

504 E Grand Av
Des Moines

Apple Plumbing

3370 N Hayden Rd

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237

B & J Plumbing, Heating & A.C.


Bath Fitter

930 Justin Dr.

Baxter Comfort Solutions

102 E Watson Ave


2664 R63 Hwy

Benchmark Construction LLC

1900 Cedar Street


3355 SE Crossroads Drive

Better Basement Technologies LLC

5782 NW 2nd St
Des Moines


2124 59TH ST

Bridgewater Handyman Service LLC

2027 64th St
Windsor Heights


2502 SW 31st St

Busy Bubbles Laundry

6401 Hickman Rd
Des Moines

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Calvert Heating & Cooling

2013 Crown Clair Dr.
West Des Moines

Can-Dew Construction

614 SW 59th St
Des Moines


590 Se Meadowlark ln

Central Iowa Handyman

3775 EP True Pkwy #111
West Des Moines

Chuck's Plumbing

1511 E Fowler Ave

City Plumbing

1525 E Lincoln Way

Clarks Plumbing Inc

608 NE 8th St

Cook Plumbing

1425 Fuller Road
West Des Moines

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po box 1952
Des Moines

Creekside Construction Services

4603 NE McDougal Ln

Cunningham Inc

808 South Market

Cyclone Pest Management

4483 Independence Dr
Pleasant Hill

Dan Can Fix It LLC

707 Percival Ave
Dallas Center

Dave's Construction

804 Redwood Drive


Des Moines


6666 NW 4TH ST
Des Moines

Dickerson Mechanical, Inc.

129 N. West Street

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dix Plumbing

27513 Prospect Ave

Flushed Away Plumbing

304 N Water St

Gateway Plumbing

556 E 190th St

H & H Plumbing Inc.

32411 170th St

Haes Construction

818 Sw Ankeny Blvd

Handy Guy

5712 SE 25th St.
Des Moines

Hauser Plumbing & Piping

1111 North C Street

Holt Plumbing & Heating Inc

245 Railroad
West Des Moines

KC Handyman Services

1848 Fuller Rd
West Des Moines



L&M Plumbing

651 Long Street

Leaky Pipes Plumbing

720 Valhigh Rd
West Des Moines

Lenhart Plumbing Inc

23589 Nantucket Rd

LifeStyle Plumbing Inc

PO Box 309

Lil' Brother Construction

3623 Douglas Avenue
Des Moines

M D Eggers Construction Inc

1924 Fuller Rd
West Des Moines


505 NE 12th St

Michael Harris, LLC

126 1/2 S. 11th Street
West Des Moines



Miller Plumbing

9121 Hammontree Dr

Modern Mechanical

675 NE 45th Pl
Des Moines

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd

Mr Fix It and Remodelworks

606 SE Boone Dr

Mr Workman, Inc

1021 24th St
West Des Moines

Mr. Sewer Rooter

2734 East Cutler Ave
Des Moines


5195 Marshall St

O'Leary Enterprises LLC

5231 Pommel Pl
West Des Moines

Pat Edwards Remodeling

2615 Hickman Rd
Des Moines

Patriot Unlimited, Inc.

103 North Iowa Street

Perfection Services Heating & Cooling

2736 Bennett Ave
Des Moines

PipCo Home Repairs & Remodeling

5926 NW 106th St

Plumbing Masters LLC

9299 W Olive Ave

Polk County Heating & Cooling

201 N 3rd St
Polk City

Porter Plumbing LLC

4201 S.E. 11th Street
Des Moines

Premier Construction Services

5461 Sandstone Dr
West Des Moines

Premier Plumbing, Inc.

121 SE Shurfine Drive

Priority Plumbing Co

1911 NE 58th Ave
Des Moines

Pro Plumbing Company

903 NW 37th Ct

Pronto Heating & Air Conditioning

7588 Washington Avenue S

R & D Plumbing

302 1st Ave N

Red House Remodeling

5904 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines

Richardson Plumbing Co Inc.

3307 SE 18th Ct
Des Moines

Right Way Plumbing LLC

2508 38th St
Des Moines

Rooter Man

PO Box 207


4005 SE Grimes Blvd


10301 Dennis Dr

Scott's Home Renewal

676 44th St
Des Moines

Sims Plumbing co

4765 NE 31 street
Des Moines

Smith Home Restoration LLC

2734 E Cutler Ave
Des Moines

Smith's Sewer Service Inc

PO Box 351

Swieter Home Lawn and Snow LLC

2900 Capitol Ave
Des Moines

T & T HomeCare

4835 NE 30th St
Des Moines

The Plumbing Company

10200 Dennis Dr

TPI Plumbing Contractors

33082 Ute Ave

TR Plumbing

3510 Dubuque Ave
Des Moines

Tru Contracting

6111 Meacham Dr
Des Moines

Two Rivers Renovations

P.O. Box 41304
Des Moines

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines



Wayne Rhiner Plumbing LLC

541 5th St
West Des Moines


810 SW Ankeny Road

Woodmaster Remodeling

885 NW Aurora
Des Moines

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