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"berryHe used an auger to go through the pipe that went under the city street to determine the problem which included items found that should have not have been" flushed. He also let us borrow a tool to flush the system the next day with water. He was very quick to respond and the price was very reasonable. It's been over a month and there has been no further issues. I had another rental home in the same city just this last weekend and he was called to the house on a Sunday. He determined it to be a village sewer problem. He would be billing the city for his services. The next day the village spent most of the day resolving the issue. VERY pleased with
professionalism, quality of service and his reasonable price.

-LAURA S.

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"Mr.
, the owner of
Services, responded right away to schedule the service. This was over the weekend when we had" a great deal of ice and snow and the original group we tried first, never responded. He scheduled us within 2 days, which was difficult I'm sure because of the weather. He had 2 of his guys come to clean the drains for us. They were extremely professional -- prompt (even a few minutes early!), friendly, and clearly they knew what they were doing. They explained to us why what we had tried before wasn't working, and were able to fix the problem within the 2 hour time frame Mr.
had scheduled. They cleaned up after themselves, and told us that the work had a 4-year warranty: if the sinks were to back up again within that period of time, they'll come out at no charge and take care of it. Before they left, they cleaned our sinks (nicer than we do!). Both guys were very friendly -- they even played with our dogs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr.
and his crew. We are very happy with the result, and the service was excellent.

-PATRICK M.

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Use a plunger as your first line of defense with a clogged toilet. It can also fix clogs in the bathtub or shower, but be sure to fill the base with an inch of water to help the plunger seal before plunging. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
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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 Roanoke

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He originally quoted me 69 dollars for the visit and 65 per hour after that. But, once the job was done, he way overcharged me. He actually worked for four hours, but he charged me $900. When I refused to pay, he threatened me and my tenants. I am filing a restraining order.
- laudineia N.
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I am very happy with service. Nice guys, clean and smell good, professional, helpful, got all permits and took care of everything including fixing sprinkler line. Would have been completed in two days, but had to wait for inspector to come from city. I was able to used facilities before they left each day. Good guys.
- Bobbie R.
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The service went well and they did a fine job. One technician came out and completed the work in an hour. He was pleasant to work with and I had no problem scheduling the deal.
- Sharon D.
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They were able to out the same day and they were able to complete the repair. They were fast and efficient. They completed the job in less than two hours and left no mess behind. They did a great job overall and we would use them again.
- candice F.
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I contacted
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about 10:30 a.m. and scheduled an appointment to come out and clear my sewer line. He originally set a time bet 12:00 and 12;30 for the same day. However, he called me @ about 11:30 and informed me that he could not make his schedule and we set another time for that same day. He explained that he had run into unforeseen problems with a job that he was already on.
He arrived @ my house 1 hour earlier than the agreed rescheduled time, but at all times kept me informed by phone when he would be able to be there. He saw the problem right away and fixed my sewer backup in no longer than 15-20 minutes.
Roanoke Drain Plumbers Provider Name Locked
is great to work with and appears to be someone you can trust.
I would hire him again in a heart beat.


- Tony G.
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Second time we've used Grumpy Drains. This time kiddo flushed a 7" comb down the toilet. Same day response. They worked us in sooner than expected with initial call. They were up front about pricing.
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was in and out quickly. Cleaned up. Nice guy.
Will use again for any drainage future drainage issues! Thanks again!
- Rebecca L.
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I got an estimate for the plumbing rough in, digging drainage and water line to existing water line, and connecting to
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Water. I called 5 different companies.
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was recommended by a fellow contractor. As far as price, they were the second lowest and a fair price. I actually chose another company that was a little cheaper but also referred by another fellow contractor. We had the concrete company come and dig out the area for the slab and get the forms ready. The first plumbers were supposed to be there the next day to do the rough in before the slab could be poured. They came to examine the site and said they were backed up and if they wanted us to come the next day, we would have to pay extra for the guys to work overtime. It was almost double what they quoted. They had about 30 days notice on when the project was starting. We decided not to go with that company, they were not professional at all. I called
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and told them what happened. They worked us into the schedule. We only lost a day of word due to the change in plumbers.
I am very happy with their work. The crew was professional and nice. This was a custom rough in and we had to make a few changes due to change in tub/shower design. I will use them again when we finish the project.
- Alicia C.
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I had first called about the water in the upstairs shower and scheduled an appointment. that night the lift went out and we called them again to come out before the basement flooded. He did come and check but said he would need to come back and he was there first thing in the morning with everything he needed, came in, fixed everything quickly and efficiently and was on his way. I knew from the call, what the hourly charges were, and from the night before what the estimated charges would be and there were no surprises, except he didn't charge me for the visit the night before since " I didn't do anything and don't think it's fair to charge you for that."
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explained all he did and why he did it, and let us ask all our questions.
Now a few words from husband,
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. I can't believe my Wife is writing such a glowing review about a service that charged us whatever the amount was ( the Wife / Boss doesn't let me see the checkbook). Seriously, though,
Roanoke Drain Plumbers Provider Name Locked
, the Young Man who fixed our problem, was a pro.
- lori J.

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A.T. Plumbing

Troutville

Affordable Septic LLC

PO Box 20861
Roanoke

Art's Plumbing Services

513 Wentworth Ave
Roanoke

BLR Services

4509 renfro blvd.

BLUE RIDGE PLUMBING

BOX 309
Cloverdale

Bug Man

1918 Orange Ave NE
Roanoke

Classic Plumbing Solutions

923 Florida St
Salem

Eades Plumbing & Tile Services

5436 Lakeland Dr.
Roanoke

Family Plumbing & Heating

3558 Angus Ln
Shawsville

Franklin & Son Septic Tank

3221 Richard Ave Ne
Roanoke

J.C. Plumbing, Inc.

662 Clovis St
Roanoke

Jerry Roberts Plumbing

1150 Drewryshill Rd
Vinton

JP Plumbing Services

1012 Fentress St N.W.
Roanoke

Lira Plumbing

1802 Avon Rd SW
Roanoke

Long Plumbing

492 Dans Rd
Boones Mill

McGuire Plumbing & Heating

4814 Bandy Rd
Roanoke

Nelson Repair Service

2307 Sanford Ave SW
Roanoke

NRV Home Improvement

201 Roanoke street
Christiansburg

Ostrom Electrical & Plumbing

1530 Plantation Rd NE
Roanoke

Pitman Service Group (PSG)

404 Walnut Ave SE
Roanoke

plumbing services by pat inc

441 albermarle ave se.

Rogers Plumbing and Trenching

1319 Main St
Roanoke

Roto-Rooter

2747 Mallard Dr SW
Roanoke

Rutrough Plumbing & Electrical,LLC

6360 Grassy Hill Rd.
Boones Mill

S. J. Conner & Sons, Inc.

1639 Seibel Drive NE
Roanoke

System One Companies, Inc

5331 Hearthstone Rd
Roanoke

Wisler Plumbing Inc

405 Industry Blvd
Rocky Mount

Wray Enterprise

115 Fairlawn Dr
Rocky Mount

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