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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).

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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

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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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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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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 & J Home Remodeling

3212 South 13th Rd
Arlington

A-1 Sewer & Drain Plumbing & Heating

516 S Military Hwy
Virginia Beach

A-Z Handyman Services LLC

4101 Hamlin Ct
Chester

A.E.I. Installations

PO Box 2949
Mechanicsville

Absolute Plumbing & Mechanical

PO Box 5825
Midlothian

Affordable Plumbing

4215 Farmhill Ln
Chesterfield

Aguilar Plumbing

Diamond Ct
Mechanicsville

Aire Serv of Huntsville

2106 W Ferry Way SW

All About Plumbing Service & Repair

5116 Carters Pond Ct
Henrico

Alliance Air & Duct Inc

10301 Hull Street Road
Midlothian

allphase home repair and improvements

9741 Fordwych Dr
Richmond

Alphin and Associates LLC

22 Villa Ave
Gordonsville

ANP Plumbing LLC

4558 Market Rd

Atlantic Green LLC

10825 Houser Dr
Fredericksburg

Bachman Plumbing

8705 Tarrytown Dr
Henrico

BAZ Construction

8 Raines Ave
Sandston

Bennetts Home Improvement

4807 Monaco Dr
Sandston

Best Price Plumbing Inc.

11324 Longtown Drive
Midlothian

Bill Fenwick Plumbing Inc

11623 Columbia Park Dr E

Bubbas Handyman Service

3803 Chamberlayne Ave
Richmond

Bug Busters Pest Control Services Inc.

1400 W. Third St.
Farmville

BURCHER PLUMBING

PO BOX 5299
Midlothian

BURGWIN PLUMBING & GAS FITTING LLC

357 WALTON PARK RD
Midlothian

C.J.R. Plumbing LLC

6942 Mason Run Drive
Richmond

Carroll Plumbing & Heating Inc

2108 Maywill St
Richmond

Chase Inc

100 Oak Glen St
Richmond

CURRAN BROTHERS PLUMBING INC

PO BOX 1172
Mechanicsville

Davenport Mechanical

401 Old Country Ter
Midlothian

Dennis W. Spiller General Contracting LLC

1404 Rhode Island Ave.
Glen Allen

Disaster Response Inc. - VA, DC & MD

8200 Greensboro Drive
Mclean

Dominion Plumbing

9200 Belcherwood RD
Chesterfield

Dr. Tom, LLC.

18140 Shumans Rd
Ruther Glen

Dynamic Drain Technologies LLC

2597 Quality Ct.
Virginia Beach

ED'S HOME REPAIR

10831 west broad st
Glen Allen

EPC Elmore's Plumbing Co LLC

1629 Log Cabin Rd
Beaverdam

Ferguson Mechanical, LLC

4700 Brookridge Rd
Chesterfield

Flinn's Rooter Service LLC

PO Box 4952
Midlothian

Foley Plumbing Inc

6583 Merchant Place
Warrenton

FOSTER PLUMBING & HEATING, INC.

11301 BUSINESS CENTER DR.
Richmond

G & C's Home Improvement, LLC

PO Box 2875
Chesterfield

GMJ Construction & Maintenance

5719 Cartersville Road
Powhatan

Green Home Plumbing

1112 Edgeworth rd
Mechanicsville

GUIRKIN PLUMBING & HEATING

8447 Glazebrook Avenue
Henrico

Gundlach Plumbing & Heating

2500 Waco St.
Henrico

Handyman Perfection, LLC

8404 Yolanda Road
Henrico

HARRIE PLUMBING & HEATING

25114 RICHMOND TPKE
Ruther Glen

Harrison Construction LLC

PO Box 2001
Midlothian

Harry's Plumbing and Heating

2507 Libbie ave.
Richmond

Hawthorne's Plumbing Inc

PO Box 490
Rockville

HOBGOOD PLUMBING

7703 OFFSHORE DR
Chesterfield

J T Waters Inc

10120 Heritage Ln
Glen Allen

James River Air Conditioning Co.

1905 Westmorland St
Richmond

Jarratt Plumbing

205 North Mesa Drive
Hopewell

Joe P Clark Inc

5518 Mcclellan Rd
Mechanicsville

Keil Plumbing & Heating Inc

2507 Willard Rd
Henrico

Kelleher

1301 School St
Richmond

Larry the Plumber LLC

Providence Forge

LDM Associates LLC

Chesterfield

Levic Construction Company Inc

11912 Middlecoff Dr
Chester

M R ELLIS & SONS INCORPORATED

6803 STAPLES MILL RD
Henrico

MC DANIEL MECHANICAL

11234 Scots Quarter Rd
Glen Allen

Medlin Plumbing

7627 Hull St
Richmond

Mendoza, Dr. Israel R.

2303 N Parham Rd
Henrico

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr
Alexandria

Michael & Son Services Richmond

1407 Cummings Drive
Richmond

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing of VA

8382 Terminal Road
Lorton

Mike Wilson Plumbing

9419 Brocket dr
Midlothian

Mr Rooter Of Richmond

PO Box 2532
Midlothian

Muldoon Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

14822 Gilmans Cross Ct
Glen Allen

MURPHEY INC

21 W 21st St
Richmond

NOBLE HOME REPAIRS

PO BOX 35181
Richmond

Pay less plumbing services.

5466 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville

Perfect Contracting Corp.

9361 Springmount Terrace
Chesterfield

Perfect Plumbing LLC

606 Roxbury Industrial Ctr
Charles City

Plumber On The Way of Central Virginia

13231 Bent Creek Rd
Amelia

POWELL PLUMBING INC

2895 JOHNSONWAY TERRACE
Powhatan

Quality For Less, LLC

15597 John Diskin Circle
Woodbridge

R J Tilley Plumbing & Heating Inc

11058 Washington Hwy
Glen Allen

Renovate America

2704 Timber Court
Henrico

Rhino Rooter

11 Cushing Ave

Rhodes construction

8905 lawndale st rich, va 23237
Richmond

Rhodes construction company

1220 Richeson ave
Richmond

Richmond Plumbing LLC

9467 Manorwood Dr
Mechanicsville

Riker Mechanical

3200 Township Line Road

Robinson's Plumbing Service

420 Southlake Blvd
Richmond

Roger Carney Plumbing Co

6143 Old Newportville Rd

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

2921 Cardwell Rd
Richmond

Sean Fixes Johns Plumbing

417 Hobart Ave.
Virginia Beach

SLIGH PLUMBING & HEATING CO

208 S 15TH AVE
Hopewell

Spotlight Builders

9200 Belcherwood Rd
Chesterfield

Stemmle Plumbing Repair Inc

PO Box 35680
Richmond

STEPHENS PLUMBING SOLUTIONS INC

9404 FARMINGTON CT
Henrico

STONEMAN HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

1636 E OAK LAKE BLVD
Midlothian

The Plumbing Crew

9955 Royerton Drive
Henrico

TP&L Contracting Services

PO Box 37311
Richmond

Trogdon Enterprises

PO Box 74292
North Chesterfield

TRUESERV INC

8366 LITTLE FLORIDA RD
Mechanicsville

Tyson Cleaning and Caregiver Service

7556 Prarie Rd.
Richmond

Underground Services First

2906 Chamberlayne Ave
Richmond

VA Premier Plumbing

105 Hickory Dr
Manakin Sabot

Vinny's Home Repair

9001 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg

WADE STATON PLUMBING

1920 HUGUENOT TRAIL
Powhatan

Wingo Brothers

510 Woodstock Rd
Richmond

Woodfin

8180 Mechanicsville Tpke
Mechanicsville

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