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"I got their number from Republic Plumbing Supply in Brookline. I was shopping around, thinking I could just simply replace the flue damper. However the real problem" was the ignition control module. I called them late morning and they showed up at around noon. There were 2 of them, so I was worried that I would be paying double. I called the office and got a defensive response, the plumber on the phone said "I said $135, didn't I?!". They charge $135 to show up and then parts and labor. I will try and update my post when I get an itemized receipt. The 2 plumbers that showed up were very courteous and explained to me what they were doing when they were troubleshooting. They didn't know how to wire the module, but I did have an identical one on my side of the house. I showed it to them and it worked. Billing and method of payment were confusing. They accepted credit cards, but not really. In the end I paid by check. I would use them in the future, however I do want to see paperwork that needs to be signed prior to the service to cover both parties. Everything was on the gentleman's handshake, everybody was honest with each other.

-Michael F.

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"Very reputable, knowledgeable and honest plumber. Tries to keep costs low for customer only doing what's necessary (I've had him in the past and he's" talked us out of doing unnecessary replacements). Doesn't take credit cards, though. Check or cash only.

-claudia M.

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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
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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 Hopewell

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The floor drain in the basement backed up again after having it serviced by another company on 9/17/14. I called A&J Drain Service on Sunday evening for service the next day.
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called ahead of the scheduled time and said he would be able to come early. Several key first impressions struck me: 1. he was early, 2. the service van is very nice and clean, 3. he put on shoe covers before coming into the house. He listened to my concerns and addressed them directly. He didn't try to sell me any additional services, which I really appreciate.
As for recommending their service again, I had that opportunity the very next day when a friend called and I told her that she would not be disappointed with A&J Drain Service.
- Christian H.
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My experience was really good. They were personable. Scheduling an appointment went well. There were two guys here doing the work. They did good work and I was happy they cleaned it all out.
- Abraham T.
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They tried to clear out the plumbing line the best they could but there were tree roots blocking some areas. They informed me of a one year warranty on the work done.
- Saeed Y.
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The technician was on time and very courteous. Asked me what the problem was. Explained what he was going to do and the reason why. I explained that the blower on the fireplace did not work either. When he checked it he discovered that the blower had been unplugged by the person that had serviced it about to years ago. At that time my wife was told it would cost about $700.00 to repair. Technician also showed me features on the fireplace that we did not know we had. He was very honest and wasn't trying to take advantage of my ignorance. I highly recommend this company.
- Ken M.
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technicians assessed the condition of our heating/AC system. Recommendations were made and adjustments were made to the system. Performance was improved. All staff was quite professional in every respect.
- Aaron H.
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They came in on a Saturday and flushed out the pipes and had us up and
running within an hour. Their response time was commendable and I felt
very secure in the information he provided and the diagnostics he
performed.
- Heather R.
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Plumber showed up at least an hour before the scheduled service. It caught me completely off guard because I was preparing to jump in the shower when I heard a knock at the door. Anyway, better to be early than late I suppose. The problem was quickly diagnosed, but plumber didn't have a needed part on his truck, so he had to leave for an hour to retrieve the part. I noted when he came and left, two and a half hours from the first time that he arrived to his departure. Work went well, as planned, but the cost of services is what my wife and I had a problem with. We both agreed that the charge seemed high, especially considering the time that was actually spent making the repair (an hour and a half at most). The total cost was originally $425, but after the service was performed, I was told a premium charge would also be added because I wanted to pay by credit card.
I later twice requested a copy of the plumber's invoice with parts and labor broken down, but never received a response. So I did a little research on my own. I learned that the replaced part generally should run about $150. Well, that means the labor was $275! That's $110 an hour, including the unproductive time spent driving to get a part. Most workmen, like an electrician I used recently, charge $110+/- for the first hour, then substantially less for time spent on the job after the first hour. I honestly believe I was charged about $100 more than I should have been, but feared we couldn't afford the prospect of going without water - especially considering that family was coming to stay with us two days later.
- Doug W.
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they identified the problem, researched the internet to find the appropriate replacement switch (because the fireplace is quite old so it was difficult to find parts), ordered it and scheduled installation with my tenant. Very professional and a good outcome.
- Kevin P.

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A & J Home Remodeling

3212 South 13th Road
Arlington

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

All About Plumbing Service & Repair

5116 Carters Pond Ct
Henrico

All City Drain Cleaning Inc

PO Box 1702
Hopewell

Alliance Air & Duct Inc

10301 Hull Street Road
Midlothian

allphase home repair and improvements

9741 Fordwych Dr
Richmond

ANP Plumbing LLC

4558 Market Rd

BAZ Construction

8 Raines Ave
Sandston

Best Price Plumbing Inc.

11324 Longtown Drive
Midlothian

Bubbas Handyman Service

3803 Chamberlayne Ave
Richmond

Bug Busters Pest Control Services Inc.

1400 W. Third St.
Farmville

BURCHER PLUMBING

PO BOX 5299
Midlothian

C.J.R. Plumbing LLC

6942 Mason Run Drive
Richmond

CHASE INC

100 OAK GLEN ST
Richmond

Colonial Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.

114 Charlotte Ave
Colonial Heights

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

Dr. Tom, LLC.

18140 Shumans Rd
Ruther Glen

Dynamic Drain Technologies LLC

2597 Quality Ct.
Virginia Beach

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

FRANCIS PLUMBING & SEWER SERVICE

1001 CONDUIT RD
Colonial Heights

G & C's Home Improvement, LLC

PO Box 2875
Chesterfield

GUIRKIN PLUMBING & HEATING

8447 Glazebrook Avenue
Henrico

Gundlach Plumbing & Heating

2500 Waco St.
Henrico

Handyman Perfection, LLC

8404 Yolanda Road
Henrico

Harrison Construction LLC

PO Box 2001
Midlothian

James River Air Conditioning Co.

1905 Westmorland St
Richmond

JAMES RIVER CONTRACTOR INC

13515 Lawing Drive
Chester

Jarratt Plumbing

205 North Mesa Drive
Hopewell

Joe P Clark Inc

5518 Mcclellan Rd
Mechanicsville

Kelleher

1301 School St
Richmond

Larry the Plumber LLC

Providence Forge

Levic Construction Company Inc

11912 Middlecoff Dr
Chester

M R ELLIS & SONS INCORPORATED

6803 STAPLES MILL RD
Henrico

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

Rhodes construction

8905 lawndale st rich, va 23237
Richmond

Rhodes construction company

1220 Richeson ave
Richmond

Richmond Plumbing LLC

9467 Manorwood Dr
Mechanicsville

SLIGH PLUMBING & HEATING CO

208 S 15TH AVE
Hopewell

Smith & Sons Plumbing

1020 Leroy Ln.

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

WADE STATON PLUMBING

1920 HUGUENOT TRAIL
Powhatan

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