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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.

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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 Clifton Park

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Called at 8:45 in the morning after getting water into my basement. Was surprised to hear that someone would be dispatched in 30-45 minutes. About 45 minutes later, they were there. Arem was the technician who came. He was extremely professional, very knowledgeable, and went right to work. After verifying that a clog was my problem, he had it resolved in a short time. He then tested it twice to make sure the clog was gone!
Would recommend to friends and would definitely hire them again.
- Mark G.
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He was very responsive. He sent me a message the same evening (via Angie's List, so be sure to check the site for a reply) offering to come the next day (YAY!) He was on time and very professional and kind. He solved our problem in less than 15 minutes. Seamless!
- monica H.
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arrived on-time and gave me a written estimate before performing the service, making sure to explain to me all the details. He was very professional. I would definitely recommend his services and will use him again in the future.
- Allan D.
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We have also had him clear the main drain line to the
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before. He pulled the manhole cover in the
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and found it full of debris. He made the city come out and clear it. He does all the work himself. He makes sure the job is done right. Unfortunately he's too good! He is very busy so it's unlikely you will get same day service. Yet I'll wait a day or even two if I can because I know it will get done right at a good price. I only reccommend him to friends, and I've tried a few others before finding him.

- Timothy S.
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It went very well.
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replaced the metal pipes with plastic pipes, and removed the broken garbage disposal. I love dealing with this company. They have snaked the main drain, the drains leading from the gutters etc., usually every other year. They will answer your questions and don't talk 'down' to you. If every service company performed as well as
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- MARK & BECKY P.
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I did not have the service done. The problem came down to how my tub was installed originally. In order to access a port they needed to get to, the only option was to open my wall which I was not ready to do at this time.
- courtlan M.
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Thank you for the prompt and great service. The first time my husband and I called someone was able to come out that day and thaw out a frozen septic line. Less than a week later we needed someone to come out again. Someone was out that same day to figure out the issue. Found that is was the lift station pump. They were able to put a new pump in and have us back up in running same day. When you have a septic system and it goes out knowing there is someone that can come out and help you same day is so important!! Thank you again to Dusty and his whole team for such great service. Thank you!!
- Michelle B.
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They have been out four times to try and fix the backed up toilet. Come to find out if the issue was on the city's side. They are wonderful. I would recommend them to anyone. I have been with them for a long time. Everyone who I have had come here has been the highest quality person.
- Eleanor S.

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A & I MECHANICAL SVC INC

37 COMMERCIAL ST
Freeport

A REAL PLUMBER

26 TICE RD
Albany

Adirondack P & M, Inc.

10 Holden Ave
Queensbury

Affordable Remodeling LLC

7967 Mykala St. NE

Albany Plumbing

231 Central Avenue
Albany

All Around My Home Solutions

106 Clamsteam Road
Clifton Park

Almindo Plumbing LLC

1 Norge Rd
Delmar

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752
Latham

Apex Sewer & Drain Cleaning

872 Albany Shaker Rd.
Latham

Averill Park Septic Svc LLC

1953 St Rte 43
Averill Park

Beno's painting

33 Clayton Place
Albany

Chas G Burch Supply Co

760 State St
Schenectady

Compass Realty, Inc

PO Box 272
Cropseyville

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

Creative Interiors

58 Arcadia Ct.

CREATIVE STONE WORK BY STONE WALL MASONRY INC

882 OBrien Avenue
Schenectady

Duell Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

165 Freemans Bridge Road
Glenville

Easy Clean

168 Pyramid Pines
Saratoga Springs

Efficient Heating Services

37 Bloomingdale Ave
Gloversville

Efficient Heating Services

37 Bloomingdales Ave
Gloversville

Empire State Plumbing, Inc

260 Osborne Rd
Albany

Express Rooter

PO Box 85
Selkirk

Farrell Brothers Inc

6 Simmons Ln
Albany

Father & Son Home Improvements

114 9th Street
Saratoga Springs

Get it Done Contracting

2nd street
Albany

Gordon's Home Improvement

433 Lake Desolation Road
Middle Grove

Grandview Properties

23 N Grandview Terrace
Voorheesville

H2O Solutions

2401 Rte 9
Mechanicville

Hortons Home Services

2305 Berkley Ave
Schenectady

HouseSmart Home and Office Improvement

221 Northline Road
Ballston Spa

Jack Hall Plumbing & Heating Inc

165 Bay St
Glens Falls

James & Doraine Bushnell

43 Martins Hill
Ravena

JMM Plumbing & Repair

27 Glenwood St
Albany

jnd tree service

110 forbes st
Amsterdam

JPH Property Solutions, LLC

1121 McClellan Street
Schenectady

JRS-Handyman

100 Lawrence St
Rensselaer

Kumpel's Plumbing and Heating

P.O. Box 171
Burnt Hills

Living Water Service

52 Fairway Blvd
Gansevoort

Long Energy

170 Myrtle Ave
Albany

Monahan And Every Plumbing & Heating

24 Stonehurst Dr
Queensbury

Mulholland's On Call Plumbing and Heating

99 Walworth St
Saratoga Springs

Naum Shkaf Painting and Roofing

1420 Best Rd.
East Greenbush

Night Owl Mechanical

105 County Route 312
Westerlo

NORTHEASTERN SEWER BUILDERS

10 LORALEE DR
Albany

Pete The Plumber NY

492 Giffords Church Rd.
Schenectady

Professional Facility Cleaning

16 Partition St
Rensselaer

PTO Home Service and Repairs

31 Saratoga Ave
Ballston Spa

Randio Contracting LLC

P.O. Box 8
Guilderland

Roland J Down Service Experts

13 Airport Rd
Scotia

Rolling Rooter

178 Beaver Dam Rd
Selkirk

Rooter Man

641 Grooms Road
Clifton Park

ROTTERDAM SEPTIC SYSTEMS INC

22 Iroquois St
Rotterdam Junction

S C Bass Plumbing Inc

486 Central Ave
Albany

Sandpiper Plumbing Inc

213 SW 10th Ter

SCHIRMER & SONS INC PLUMBING AND HEATING

360 SNYDERS CORNER RD
Averill Park

Sj Roberts Plumbing

po box 454
Broadalbin

SK Plumbing

Johnsonville

STONE INDUSTRIES

4305 RT 50
Saratoga Springs

superior services

208 vernon rd
Schenectady

Two Brothers, LLC

81 pierre ave

WAYNE'S PLUMBING & HEATING

918 Sacandaga Rd
Schenectady

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