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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 Staten Island


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 Staten Island, NY

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$48.99 Any Sewer or Drain Service

119-18-101 ave.
South Richmondhill

$48.99 Any Sewer Or Drain Service

10917 157th St

$50 Handyman

Staten Island

1-800 Construction,Inc

655 Washington Ave.

212 Plumbing Corp

268 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island

24/7 Brooklyn Plumbing Co.

1819 Flatbush Ave.

24/7 Plumbing on Broadway

574 Broadway

38th Street Sewer

1465 38th St.

39th Ave Plumbing and Drain

2901 39th Ave
Long Island City

3rd Ave Sewer and Drain

2688 3rd Ave




2500 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island

A & E Brothers Ltd

55-07 Metropolitan Ave

A & L Recycling and Cesspool

3840 Review Ave
Long Island City

A and B Plumbing and Heating

4518 Little Neck Pkwy
Little Neck

a and b services

175 lauman lane

A Good Plumber Inc

2114 E 27th St

A National Plumbing

6960 Fort Hamilton Pkwy

A to Z Handyman Service

28 Azalea Court
Staten Island

A&E Mechanical Corp

26 Richmond Valley Rd
Staten Island

A-OK Pressure Cleaning

492 Meisel Avenue

A.USA Contractors Inc

38 W 85th St
New York

A1 Construction Service Inc

126 John street

A1 H2O

2 Sutton Dr

A1 Plumbing & Heating

488 Rockaway Ave

A1 Quality Services

149 Grant Ave

AAA Total Plumbing Inc

123-50th Street

ABA Sewer Inc



834 morrow st
Staten Island



ABS Plumbing Heating and Cooling

25319 Union Tpke
Glen Oaks

Accurate Plumbing & Heating

4396 Victory Blvd
Staten Island

Adrian's Plumbing Heating and Cooling

97 Guyon Ave
Staten Island

Advanced Cesspool

72 Wading River Rd
Center Moriches

Agius Plumbing & Heating

206 Paulding Ave
Staten Island

aguiner's plumbing&heating

03 manufcaturers pl

Air Comfort Inc

193 Kimball Terrace

AJ Perri

1162 Pine Brook Rd

AJD General Contracting

94-13 40th Drive

Akhtar Construction Concepts

620 Coney Island Avenue

Akron Plumbing and Heating

10 Akron Plz
Staten Island

Alane Homes LLC

430 Grant Street

Alba Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.

155 New Dorp Plaza
Staten Island

albano contracting

343 chambers ave

Albert Plumbing Service

4385 Viero Ave

alex c.k restoration inc

12-09 Astoria Blvd


415 92-nd street

Alta Repairs

319 E 24th St, 5D
New York


2121 shore pkwy

Amaya Construction

607 11th Street

Amboy Sewers And Drains

3932 Amboy Rd
Staten Island

Ameritalia Plumbing & Heating Corp.

278-A Wyckoff Ave

AMG Construction

111 Washington Ave

Ams Contractors Inc.

1404 86TH STREET

Amsterdam Plumbing and Heating

495 Amsterdam AVE
New York

Amsterdam Plumbing Heating and Cooling

1536 Amsterdam Ave
New York

Anas Plumbing & Heating

107 Kensingtion Ave

Andy's Plumbing Heating and Cooling

335 Clifton Ave
Staten Island

Anthony's General Contracting USA, Inc.

6806 Elizabeth Ave

Anytime Plumbing Services

251 Bloomsbury Road

AP Plumbing and Heating

8941 Gettysburg St

Aquaman Plumbing LTD

83 armstrong ave



Arden Sewers and Drains

244 Arden AVE
Staten Island

Ardmore Plumbing Heating and Cooling

238 Ardmore Ave
Staten Island

Arlington Ave Plumbing and Heating

5900 Arlington AVE

Arlington Plumbing Heating and Cooling

201 Arlington Ave
Staten Island


Mount Kisco

Armor Mechanical Systems LLC

111 Lathrop Ave
Staten Island

Art Town Cleaning

5958 69th Pl

Arthur Sewer and Drains

1757 Arthur Kill RD
Staten Island

Arthur's Plumbing and Heating

4888 Arthur Kill Rd
Staten Island

Artisan General Contractors Inc.

18 reservoir road

asg construction inc

3100 ocean pkwy

Asher The Handyman

2607 E11 St

ASP Home Improvement NY

64-20 Saunders St
Rego Park

Astor Plumbing and Heating

765 Astor AVE Bronx NY 10467

Astoria Blvd Plumbing and Heating

14-15 Astoria Blvd

Astoria Emergency Sewer Co.

3017 Astoria Blvd

Astoria Sewer and Drain Cleaning

2902 Ditmars Blvd

Astris Interior Renovations

128 N 5th Ave
Mount Vernon

Athens Plumbing and Heating

29-06 172nd St

Atlantic Ave Plumbing and Heating

202 Atlantic Ave
New Hyde Park

Atlantic Basin Plumbing & Heating

102 Commerce St

Avenue M Drain Cleaning

2918 Avenue M

Avenue M Plumbing

325 Avenue M

Avenue N Heating

5101 Avenue N

Avenue P Sewer and Drain

2918 Avenue P

Avenue U Plumbing and Heating

178 Avenue U

Avenue X Home Heating Services

401 Avenue X

AWS Mechanical Corp

88-14 Little Neck Pkwy
Floral Park


507 Court St

B and M Sewers and Drains

2752 Veterans RD
Staten Island

Baldwin Plumbing and Heating

2998 Milburn Ave

Barnwell Plumbing and Heating

34 Barnwell Drive
White Plains

Barron Home Remodeling

655 Rahway Ave.

Bay Ridge Ave Plumbing and Heating

484 Bay Ridge Ave

Bay Sewer and Drain

35 Bay Ave

Bay Street Sewers and Drain Cleaners

592 Bay St
Staten Island

Bayberry Plumbing and Heating

1960 Bayberry Ave

Bayles Ave Sewer and Drain

76 S Bayles Ave
Port Washington

Bays Reliable Plumbing

1384 Bay St
Staten Island

Bayside Plumbing and Sewer

4002 Corporal Kennedy St

Bayside Plumbing And Sewer

4002 Corporal Kennedy St

BB Plumbing Co.

2338 Broadbridge Ave


West Haverstraw

Beaver Plumbing and Heating

16 Beaver St
New York

Bed-Stuy Sewer Services

1225 Fulton St.

Blake Plumbers Co.

1149 Blake Ave.

Blast Off Sewer & Drain Service

165 west end ave


588 Route 303

Bleeker Plumbing and Heating

270 Bleecker St
New York

Blueberry Plumbing and Heating

138 Blueberry Ln

Blueprint Remodeling

7 state st

Brook Street Sewer and Drain Cleaning

129 Brook St
Staten Island

Brooklyn Emergency Plumbing

976 Atlantic Ave

Brooklyn Heights Plumbing & Heating

185 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn Heights Plumbing Construction

255 Schermerhorn St

Brooklyn Plumbers Co

2505 Avenue U

Brooklyn Queens Plumbing and Heating

2650 Brooklyn Queens EXPY

Brooklyn Sewer and Drain Cleaning

157 Franklin Ave

Brush Hollow Plumbing and Drain

5504 Brush Hollow RD


112 Portside Drive

Bullseye Mechanical Corp

329 Broome Street
New York

Burgher Avenue Sewer and Drain Cleaners

349 N Burgher Ave
Staten Island

Burnside Sewer and Drain

603 Burnside Ave

Bushwick Plumbing

380 Central Ave

C R C Plumbing & Heating Corp

2235 E 17 ST

Cafe Nunez

240 west 35th
New York

Castle Hill Plumbing and Heating

1251 Castle Hill Ave

Castleton Reliable Plumbing

1564 Castleton Ave
Staten Island

Castro Mechanical

33 Wingate Rd
Valley Stream

Cathedral Plumbing and Heating

47 Cathedral Ave

Cedar Plumbing And Heating

26 Cedar Pl

Cente Plumbing and Heating Company

38 Centre Ave
New Rochelle

Center Plumbing and Heating

16 Center Dr

Center Plumbing Heating and Cooling

7 Center St
West Haverstraw

Centre Plumbing and Heating

220 Centre St
New York

Charles Court Plumbing and Heating

3767 Charles Ct

CHC Air Specialists

631 Richmond Rd
Staten Island

Chelsea Park Plumbing and Heating

360 W 31st Street
New York

Chemical Specifics

46-09 54th Rd

Chester Sewer and Drain

10 Chester Ave
White Plains

Clarkson Ave Sewers

630 Clarkson Ave

Classic Design Construction

243 Beach 124st
Rockaway Park

Clean Sweep Contracting

78 Gwenn Loop
Staten Island

Clear It Out Contracting

211 Tecumseh Ave
Mount Vernon

Clear View Plumbing and Heating

80 Cuttermill Rd
Great Neck

Clear Waterworks LLC

4165 White Plains RD PO Box 747

Clearbrook Sewer and Drain Cleaning

150 Clearbrook Rd

Climate Plus LLC

PO Box 2174

Clinton Ave Sewers Co

221 Clinton Ave

Clinton Hill Plumbing & Heating

554 Myrtle Ave

Clinton Plumbing and Heating

181 Clinton St
New York

Clinton Plumbing Heating And Cooling

206 Clinton RD
Garden City

Clinton Sewer and Drain

2 Clinton Ave

Clogg Doctor

936 Madison Avenue

Clove Road Sewer and Drain Cleaning

453 Clove Rd
Staten Island

Clove's Plumbing and Heating

2100 Clove Rd
Staten Island

Cobble Hill Plumbing and Heating

120 Atlantic Ave

Cobble Hill Plumbing Co

315 Douglass St

Cohen Plumbing

1687 McDonald Ave

Cohen Plumbing and Heating Construction Co

290 Glen Cove Rd
Roslyn Heights

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