Keeseville Drain Plumbers

in Keeseville, NY

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What are the warning signs of a main sewer line clog?

Highly rated plumbers describe the warning signs that your main sewer line is clogged, provide tips on unclogging the line, and explain how to avoid scams.

A clogged sewer or drain line can be a major headache, but so can falling victim to a scam. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Valerie M. of Cleveland Heights, Ohio)

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Don't fall victim to a unnecessary service or sewer or drain cleaning scam. Here are five ways to help avoid becoming a victim.

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Leaky plumbing messy area under the sink
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It's a good idea to get to know a good plumber before you have a plumbing emergency. Also, watch out for these red flags of possible plumbing-related scams.

Angie's List member Ronald C. of Roseville, Mich., had to install a new drain pipe after tree roots grew into the old pipe forming a clog.
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How often does a sewer drain need cleaning? Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know if sewer drain cleaning should be done regularly or as-needed.

(Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michele P. of Fresno, California)
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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.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
www.thomeservices.com
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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 Keeseville

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A+, very quick to respond via Angie's List message, work was scheduled and performed in a timely manner and to my satisfaction, couldn't be happier, the service technician answered all of my questions and was very knowledgeable. He showed me what was wrong with the upstairs toilet and how to fix it if it came up again. I would recommend them and would use them again.
- Michael D.
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On Wednesday evening, October 8th, we experienced a blockage in the toilet on the master bath. My wife and I both made numerous attempts with two different types of plungers to clear the blockage but were unable to do so. Thus, on Thursday morning, I accessed Angie's List and searched for a plumber. "
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" was at the top of the list, held an "A" rating and had excellent reviews, including the fact that his father had recently joined in to work with him. I gave him a call around mid-morning. He advised that he was in Sunrise on a job, had one more call there, and would then come up to Coral Springs, where we live. Then he double-checked with us that we could wait that time, which I found very professional. Had we had an emergent situation, he probably would have come immediately. I confirmed that his original schedule was fine. He arrived within 90 minutes and I brought him into the Master Bath. I explained what had happened the evening before and that this commode was a new, low-volume, high-pressure model. He then went out to his truck and brought in a manual auger. Within several minutes, the auger had broken through the blockage. He then tested the flushing capacity of the commode using toilet tissue, strips of newspaper, and paper towels. It worked fine each time.
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then suggested to us that it would be worth our while to purchase an auger similar to his, as it was much more effective on this types of blockages than plungers. And it would allow us to solve a similar problem on our own, with an investment of approximately $40.00, instead of having to call a professional plumber and spend three times that amount, for the same end result. He then returned to his truck to return the tool and write the bill. We found
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to be a very personable young man, as well as an excellent plumber. He was polite and prompt, features we do not always find in South Florida service people. My only reason for the one "B" rating I gave was the price charged of $120.00, for the 15-20 minutes of time he was here. Would I recommend him to my friends and neighbors? Unhesitatingly. He was definitely the right person for our needs and yes, I will definitely call him again, should the need arise.
- Steven G.
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So glad we called
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..and more importantly that he (
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) had time to do same day service. He actually showed up on time and got right to work. He was informative, didn't overcharge for weekend service and got the job done. He spent a good two hours working his tail off and wouldn't leave until he was certain all was working as it should. He also provided some great, low-cost recommendations for keeping the line clear.
Anyway, we were so impressed with the overall experience that we have him coming back in 2 weeks to replace our water heater.


- Steven B.
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We have been using
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for years. This is the second house we have hired him to work on. He always shows up on time and often at the last minute. He returns phone calls as soon as reasonably possible. His prices are always reasonable and he always does a thorough job. I would highly recommend him.
- Naomi P.
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Excellent.
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was very professional, on time and responsive. We were most impressed with the repair in the shower as we were previously told it would require tearing out the wall to fix but
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and partner found a better way to repair it and charged us $400 less than they originally estimated. They will be our first call on plumbing going forward.


- Leanne P.
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I have been using him for over 18 years now and he has always done a great job. I have also referred him to many property insurance adjusters for repairs and leak detection. Some of the jobs that he has done for me are; replaced a gas hot water heater, installed a laundry sink and the plumbing for the sink, installed a water softner system, installed whole house water filter system, installed an R.O. system and has been maintaining it, replaced all the shut off valves and water main to the house, replaced all the plumbing for 2 bathrooms and installed the shower and tub for both bathrooms, repaired the main sewer lines to the house, and finally he re routed the gas main throughout my house.
- Steve M.
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Technically they were very good. They were prompt. They did a lot of things and they tried to work with me on the price. They applied some coupons and they discounted some things. Their technician was very good and he definitely knew what he was doing.
- Sandra N.

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