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"...1st floor they rodded out a toilet that was always backing up .... on the second floor, 1st toilet they put in a new wax ring and a pull up valve in the tank," 2nd toilet they put in a pull up valve also ....they also replaced a toilet handle (not sure in which toilet) I had to call them back once as there was not enough water pressure to flush the toilet correctly. I thought the price was a little high since I had purchased a $49.00 service call and also had a $100.00 credit toward the repair bill. I would of been overall happier if the price was not that high and feel somehow I did not get the $100.00 credit... I thought somewhere in the 300's would of been more reasonable and that would be the reason that maybe I would not call them back again.

-mary H.

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"All the work, including the initial estimate was done by one master plumber from start to finish. Plumber explained everything very clearly and patiently, including" why the installation would take 2 days. The plumber was very skilled, very knowledgable and very neat. The finished product was nothing short of outstanding.

-Matthew G.

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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
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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

Plumbing reviews in Tyler

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Company rep showed up right on time with all hardware and supplies. Wall needed to be sawed through and I was advised of process throughout. Work was neat and service was highly professional. I have used this business a number of times over the past few months for both electrical upgrades and plumbing fixture replacements and in all cases work was done in a timely, professional manner.
- Joyce T.
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I've been using
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for my plumbing needs for about 15 years. He is always on time and his pricing is fair. If you are looking for a plumber,
Tyler Plumbers Provider Name Locked
is a great guy. He does a professional job. He leaves the job clean .
- Michael R.
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Showed up on time. Installed all three units in less than three hours. Hauled away old units and cleaned up all three work areas.
- Teddy W.
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came to our house on a Saturday to inspect our hot water heater that went out. He not only arrived promptly on a Saturday morning, he informed my husband and I about each step of his inspection. He even showed us where the exhaust was disconnected allowing carbon monoxide to fill our garage. Since the unit was less than 3 years old he encouraged us to call the manufacturer (replacement part wouldn't be in for another 5 days-No hot water for 5days!!) The benefits in replacing our particular unit out weighed keeping it. By six o'clock that night we had hot water with a terrific guarantee.
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was very personable, professional, and an expert. He taught us about hot water heaters and connections, and how to maintain the unit We were very fortunate he corrected the gas leak and replaced or unit within the same day. Thank you so much.
- Valerie L W.
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Overall, I think
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is very professional, high-quality work, and their staff are very pleasant and good at what they do. That said, it feels to me like a premium plumbing service at a premium price.
- Carson W.
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The job was done on short notice, on the day requested within the price range expected. Very professional.
- Kristina L M.
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is a wonderful plumber. A pipe broke in my garage. My husband asked
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if he could come and fix it on Wednesday, and he said that he could. He came on time. Working very hard, he found the rupture. He had to cut the drywall to find the leak, and he did a very neat job. The area was clean after he finished. I have used him many times, and he is always nice to deal with and professional. He is very reliable. I hope to use him until he retires.
- Michele H.
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They were great. Sewer line had been backing up periodically in the basement and I knew it would be a problem eventually. Scoping revealed numerous roots. Big job and big yard and big older 1920 home. As luck would have it the sewer line ran to the street the longest way possible and down a big landscaped yard but they did a great job. It looked frightening for a day or two but in the end you couldn't tell anything had been done. They even worked around the yard sprinkler system. I only gave them a B on the price cause it was a lot of money but I have no idea what others would have charged as I went with them cause I knew they would do it right.
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was great and the plumber exceptional. I would hire them again in a heartbeat. I only did the new water line due to the age of my home and thought why not replace it while they are there.
- Grant L.

All Plumbers in Tyler, TX

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A Discount Plumbing

P.O. Box 36
Chandler

A Good Plumber

401 E Front St Ste 132
Tyler

A Kreed Renovation Company

1819 S Boldt Ave
Tyler

A&A Flooring and Remodeling

18095 CR 352
Winona

A-1 Rooter

3100 State Highway 31 E
Tyler

Advanced Plumbing

PO BOX 4581
Tyler

Affordable Painting and Home Repair

2536 Meadowland Ct
Tyler

After Hours Electrical & Plumbing

1104 Pecan Ridge
Chandler

Air Chandler Heating & Cooling

106 State Highway 31
Chandler

AK Utilities

310 Morton St
Richmond

Allen Steele Plumbing

12572 County Rd 2293
Tyler

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Plumbing Co

916A N Englewood Ave
Tyler

ARTESIAN PLUMBING

P.O. Box 1708
Chandler

Barron Plumbing

1310 Martin St
Chandler

Ben'S Plumbing

11037 Fm 344 W
Whitehouse

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

15040 Hwy 110 S
Whitehouse

Best Home Improvement

10334 County Rd 1248
Tyler

Bough's Plumbing

5316 SH 110
Grand Saline

Brunt Plumbing

16973 County Rd 15
Whitehouse

C Woods Co Inc

2201 E Erwin St
Tyler

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Church Services

1260 Brittmore Rd
Houston

Eschberger Plumbing

14674 Hwy 155 S
Tyler

Exum Plumbing

801 Clement Rd
Paris

Fairclaims Roofing & Construction

26009 Budde Rd
The Woodlands

Flow Plumbing Co

2405 Interstate 30
Mesquite

Fountain Plumbing Inc

5827 County Road 219
Tyler

Handydad

1220 Indian Run Dr
Carrollton

Harvey Plumbing

14822 CR 199
Tyler

Home Improvement Expert

2883 Waterwood dr.
Chandler

J & B Home Repair

PO Box 131821
Tyler

Kauffman Construction

7483 Timber Cr.
Tyler

Lambrecht Property Services

1277 Santa Fe Trl
Tyler

Landmark Home Warranty

10701 South River Front Parkway

McCoy Plumbing Co Inc

13085 County Rd 192
Tyler

McIntyre Plumbing Inc

10291 Robinson Dr
Tyler

Mr Appliance of East Texas

1101 E 5th St
Tyler

Mr. Swirl Plumbing

Unit 1-20172 113B Ave

NB Contractors Inc

PO Box 941804
Houston

No name

12604 big oak bay
Tyler

NuFlush

5195 Marshall St

Plumber

401 E Front St Ste 132
Tyler

Plumbing By Roger

4894 FM 279
Ben Wheeler

Ratliff Painting & Repair

202 Robinwood Dr
Whitehouse

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

1033 N Northeast Loop 323
Tyler

RPR Construction Co

301 SSE Loop
Tyler

Rudd Contracting Co Inc

PO Box 298
Tyler

Select Plumbing

8626 County Road 35
Tyler

Stonemark Home Svc

401 East Front Street
Tyler

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