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" Very well, the contractor phoned and explained my situation. He requested that I authorize the work and then he can be more precise about the price. The price" was not reduced. He did the job he was contracted to do. The tech also suggested using a giological flush each month to prevent the future clogs. mily

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"As usual went well, have used before. Very honest, does good work, has good rates, and squeezed us in due to an inspection deadline. Recommend" and if we weren't moving out of town he would stay our go to plumber.

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Take off the lid to the tank and check inside.  There should be a small hose going into a larger pipe near the middle of the tank right next to the flapper.  When you flush the toilet water squirts from that hose into the pipe.  If it isn't in place put it back so that water goes down that pipe once again.  This is what refills your bowl.  If water does not come out of the little hose check to see if it is kinked or blocked.  You can take it off and blow air through it.  Don't worry, it's only clean water that goes through the hose.  If it is clear and water does not come out of the short pipe where it attaches on the flush valve then there is a clog in that valve and it will probably need to be replaced.  These are $10-20 at any home improvement store and even Wal-Mart.  The instructions are simple and you can do it yourself in about 15 minutes.  Check the washer on the supply hose to the toilet while it is off to replace the flush valve.  If it is old or worn replace the hose as well.  It is cheap insurance of only a few dollars which is a lot cheaper than a failed hose or washer causing water to leak.


If you don't feel comfortable replacing the fill valve, if it is needed, a handyman can do it fairly cheap.  Whereas a plumber or other contractor will have a minimum charge of $100-200 a handyman might do it for about $50.


Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX


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!

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
Todd's Home Services
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

Drain Cleaning reviews in Metairie


was very timely in meeting appointments and project start time. Due to tricky path around existing electrical system got a second opinion on the project and provided alternative recommendations. He and his team completed the work in one 12 hour day which we expected would take at least 2 days. He was ...More so concerned with appearance of visible work that he returned and redid a tricky connection to improve appearance. Team was extremely flexible working around family events and minimized time water service was shut down.
- Guy D.

I explained the problem, shared what I knew about the layout of the underground sewer lines, and the plumber got to work. We were surprised to find a large knot of paper/rags of some sort in the drain, but it was quickly and efficiently removed and we're now back to free-running drains. Prompt and efficient; great service.
- Durwin S.

He was able to give us a quick appointment, showed up on time, assessed the problem, had to go to Lowes for parts, and replaces some clogged filters that were causing the low pressure issue. He was done quickly and we were up and running in no time!

Everything was fantastic. I called that day about scheduling a main line clean and was pleasantly surprised that they were available same day. They arrived when they said they would. The two gentlemen who performed the service were courteous and knowledgeable. They left everything as it was, not an item out of place when the work was complete. ...More I was very pleased with the price, it was much lower than the other places I contacted. I have already added them to my address book, there is no question that I would use them again :)
One last bit I can't forget, I received a call after the service was performed to make sure everything was done to my satisfaction. Above and beyond customer service that seems to be lost theses days!!
- Nichole S.

My husband and I had a really great experience with this company! Our sewer line backed up and we tried to snake it with another company but it didn't work so we had to hydro jet the clogged pipe. Unfortunately it ended up being a much bigger problem than just a clog. There were a lot of roots but we also saw that part of the sewer line had ...More collapsed and it was in a place that wasn't easy to access. :( Their crew came out quickly, they were very professional and they showed me everything that was going on until I understood it. Then they worked with me to go over the options for repairs until we found the best option, which I was really pleased with. Then the best thing - they moved quickly - which was great because we couldn't take showers or flush our toilets, etc.!! Their workers - Gio and Michi and a few others - were really considerate, friendly and extremely hard-working. I was very impressed with their work ethic! The supervisor, , was really friendly and helpful and helped to work out a good deal, along with the owner. They seemed more focused on getting the job done right and finding the best solution and not on running up a huge bill. The guys were at our house for 3 days and they worked hard - even coming in all day on Saturday to get our plumbing up and running as quickly as possible. I really appreciated their efforts to finish the job as quickly as possible!!! All in all, I was really pleased with their prices, their quality and their work ethic. I would definitely recommend them and use them again myself.
- holly Q.

I have currently employed the plumbing services of " " on three occasions and have been very satisfied each time with the professionalism of Mr. (the owner). I am in the real estate business and have over the years employed many plumbers and Mr. is the best of those. He ...More offers suggestions/options and provides detailed answers to all of my questions. You feel that he thinks problems thru and does not rush a job in order to finish quickly and get paid. I would highly recommend ' " to all Angie's List members.

returned our message promptly. He was available to to do the repair work in about an hour and a half. He arrived before the estimated time. He was friendly and professional. He inspected the leak and recommended that we replace both the hot and cold water pipe due to the age and condition of the pipes. We agreed to his recommendation. ...More He used copper pipes and completed the work in about two hours. The workmanship was excellent! We would recommend using for your plumbing needs.
- Greg Y.

Although the appointment had been scheduled for early in the morning, came only a couple of hours later. When I called the office it took a while till called me back. She apologized for the delay because of unforeseen problems with another job. Because the bathroom shower drain was blocked she snaked ...More the drain. She ran the cable a couple of times down the drain. Although nothing could be brought up, there seemed to be something resisting the snake. could eventually destroy the blockage. She also tested all other drains in the house. worked very thoroughly and explained what and why she was doing it. She is very friendly and professional. Except of the scheduling and responsiveness which was not optimal in my case I was very pleased with her work. I will hire her again.
- Gudrun N.

Drain Cleaning Companies in Metairie, LA

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A Full Maintenance Solution

16 Mustang Lane
Saint Rose

a TARGET ROOTER LLC (504) 304-3454

312 Live Oak St

A-1 Drain Cleaners

4517 Myrtle St

A-DEMAND Maintenance

7269 Barataria Blvd
Crown Point

AAA Emergency Services

279 Dianne Drv
Saint Rose

Abromson Plumbing LLC

4165 Beaune Dr

Acadian Plumbing and Drain

28 W. 27th St.

Accurate Leak Detection LLC

12 Karen Ct
New Orleans

Affordable Roofing Siding & Gutters

2410 N Causeway Blvd

Agogo Master Plumbing and Heating

107 St. James Dr.

AJK renovations


Al Bourgeois Plumbing & Heating

5612 Crawford St
New Orleans




1209 Beron Dr

Authority Plumbing Repair, LLC

3308 Grandlake Blvd


New Orleans

Barthelemy's Plumbing llc.

8849 26th st.

BC Plumbing LLC

519 Scenic River Cv

Ben's Plumbing Repairs L.L.C

358 Marcia Dr.

Bienvenu Brothers Enterprises, Inc.

212 Elmeer Ave.

Bixler Homes

200 St. Ann


New Orleans


New Orleans

Blue Sky Renovations

1108 Barriere Rd.
Belle Chasse

Brewin Septic Tank Service

39207 Pine St
Pearl River

Bynum Plumbing Corp

1200 N Broad
New Orleans

C T Traina Inc

200 N Woodlawn Ave

Cajun Maintenance

4117 Rhoda Dr
Baton Rouge

Choice Home Warranty

1090 King Georges Post Rd

CNM Home Repairs

Nursery Ave

Cornerstone Plumbing

4726 W Falk St
New Orleans

Crescent City Remodeling LLC

1705 Elizabeth Ave

custom works unlimited

15192 highway 22

DA's Maintenance Service Landscaping

4629 Dodot Avenue
New Orleans

Dixie Construction Services LLC

1725 Celtic Dr

Do It All Construction

505 E Loyola Dr

Doctor Drain

827 Milling Ave

Earls Plumbing and Heating Inc

5107 W Napoleon Ave

Ecker Plumbing

1805 Ridgelake Dr

Eco Builders Inc


Edward Jones Home Improvement

248 Barry ave

Eric LeBlanc Services, LLC

714 Girod Street, PH1
New Orleans

ERS Building Maintenance, Inc.

40497 Cannon Road

F and M Drain Cleaning

4225 Loire Dr

Gandolfi & Associates, Inc.

P.O. Box 8271


27 26TH ST


3108 Cleary Ave.


1620 E Judge Perez Drive



GJM Plumbing Service, LLC

264 Oriole Lane

GNO Plumbing

6452 Park Manor Dr. #C

Harold's Plumbing LLC

27 26th St

Hebert Drain Care

PO Box 2017

HMD Contracting, LLC

P.O. Box 56314
New Orleans

Hurricane Drain Plumbing

P.O. Box 1387

James T Broussard's Plumbing LLC

5580 Canal Blvd Suite D
New Orleans

Jedi Master Services

River Ridge
New Orleans

Jim's Service Inc

613 Canary Pine Ct

Kelley's Plumbing Services

2012 Connecticut Ave

Lee Greathouse

100 Sharon Ave

Lemi-Duit Property Maintenance

424 Pacific Avenue
New Orleans

Lewesta Company

3627 Dumaine Street
New Orleans

Lorio Plumbing LLC

1614 Pomona St.

Louisiana Contractors

P O Box 640426

Master Plumbers Company

Mandeville • Madisonville • Abita Springs

Merlin Gresse Plumbing

1333 Helios Ave

Mister Plumber

PO Box 2863

Morter Plumbing

8705 Darby lane
New Orleans

Mr Fix It

3220 7th St

Mr. Rooter of West New Orleans

1681 Purvis to Baxterville Rd

Mudbug Plumbing Repair Inc

612 Clearview Pkwy

National Economy Plumbers

7204 Washington Ave.
New Orleans

New Orleans Plumber

201 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans

Patriot Plumbing Repair & Drain Cleaning

4819 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans

Paul's Plumbing Repairs LLC

65266 Maple St

Pete's Plumbing & Heating, Inc./My 5 Sons LLC

606 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans

Peterson Plumbing Video Drain and Sewer Service

2724 Crestview Ave. Suite C

Pipes R Us Plumbing, Inc.

140 N. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans

Plum-Co LLC

P.O. Box74544

Pounds Sewer Systems

P.O. Box 1777
Abita Springs

Presidential Plumbing

2912 Laplace St.



Reworks Reconstruction

47042 North Cherry Street

Rooter Man

2545 Delaware Ave


550 Elmwood Park Blvd

Roto-Rooter Group Inc

140 Belle Terre Blvd
La Place

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

550 Elmwood Park Blvd
New Orleans

Saia Plumbing Inc.

1485 Lakeshore blvd.

SES Enterprises LLC

701 River Rd

Splash Plumbing And Drains

2020 Jay St

St Romain Plumbing

1601 Giuffrias Ave

Stuart Services

4724 Utica St

Sunlight Contractors

2323 Bainbridge St Ste 110A

Teran Plumbing

1937 Vets Blvd

Tom's Sewer & Drain Service

114 West W St

Vela industries LLC

3009 18th st


36 sandpiper dr

We do it All Big or small

210 W.Queens Dr.

White Star Commercial, Inc

1319 S Saratoga
New Orleans

Wood's Plumbing

188 Elvie Ct.

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