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"He was incredible, absolutely fantastic. We had to replace all the plumbing on my daughter's house. We bought it on a short sale. He was able to do it in two" days. I won't use anyone else. He pulled out all the old plumbing. He fixed a major leak that could have resulted in major damage to the house. He didn't open up all out the walls. He fished it all out with as little damage as possible. We only had to do some patching. I give an A+.

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came within 24 hours of our initial call. He gave an estimate more than 33% less than the estimate we received from the "big chain"" plumber. He installed the tankless water heater as he described as scheduled. He did arrive late the day of install. He had had an emergency and kept me apprised of this early and regularly. I wasn't left in the lurch and I appreciated this greatly. We have less than a week of use; but the water heater is performing as billed.

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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.

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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
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Plumbing reviews in Virginia Beach

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I called and he called back. He was in the area and was in here in 15 minutes. He thought it was a pipe under the house that needed fixing. He didn't think it was a big leak. He was very reassuring. I plan to contact him. I had called another plumber who wasn't able to come out. He was very polite. He had what he needed to check the crawlspace. He took his time and didn't rush through things. I appreciated his expertise and calmness. I will definitely call him him back.
- Toni A.
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, was very nice and professional. I received the Angie's List discount which was ok but I really don't think it should have cost more than $300. That's life and what's done is done now. I'm thankful that me and my kids have working water and no more leaks...(for the moment).
- Audrey W.
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Called and made arrangements to have a plumber come on Friday. They were booked and I had an errand to run, but the receptionist was awesome and made arrangements for a plumber to arrive later. She called and said he could arrive at 430 and
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D. showed up right on time. After arriving,
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showed me what he was doing and said it was a leak and then provided me with options. After discussing price I decided to go with Atomic since they have 6 years warranty on parts, labor, and the heater. IT was very fair and
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was a top professional in every way. Highly recommend and I will use Atomic again in the future.
- Michael F.
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is very professional, prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable. All repairs went smoothly and everything is working great! I highly recommend him!
- Debbie A.
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Used
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to reset the pressure switch in my jetted tub. The switch was covered up with tile and not assessable.
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, the very friendly technician plumber, was determined to cut out only the tiles needed to get to the switch. After removing the tiles, he noticed he needed to replace a vacuum hose. He was knowledgeable, professional and courteous. Although I highly recommend
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and would definitely use them again for their prompt service and knowledge of all plumbing services I thought the price was a bit high.

- Constance A.
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I called first thing in the morning. Got on the schedule for later in the day. Twenty minutes later they had a technician ready to come to the house. Both ladies I talked to on the phone were courteous, friendly, and professional. The technician,
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, was on time. Once I explained the problem he cleaned and inspected the line. He gave me several alternatives from practical and inexpensive, to expensive and unlikely. And he answered all my questions. As important, he cleaned up after himself. Great service and are worth the cost.
- Philip B.
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I had already tried to unclog the drain from the roof using a plumber's snake I bought at Home Depot. I called him at 4:00 and he showed up at 5:30. He ended up using a power snake from the roof and cleared the clog pretty quick. He was packed up and gone by 6:15. He was very prompt, very professional, very courteous and the price was what I expected to pay for this type of job. I would definitely call him again if I need a plumber.
- Kent C.
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provided outstanding service. Showed up on time and resolved the issues quickly. He also shared some knowledge two other questions I had. I found him to be very trustworthy, in that I did not feel he was trying to get me to purchase additional services. The job I hired him for was relatively minor and was an attempt to test out his services. Even though it was minor he did not treat the job any less serious. I will certainly use him again, when needed.
- William O.

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WD Britt Construction

1257 Land of Promise Rd
Chesapeake

WE Ludwick Plumbing & Heating

1616 Shenstone Ct
Virginia Beach

Wertz Plumbing And Repair LLC

2280 Seaboard Rd
Virginia Beach

WFW Home Improvement

821 Morgan Trail
Virginia Beach

Wharton Construction Co., Inc.

703 Howmet Dr
Hampton

What's It Worth? LLC

80 Hermitage Rd
Newport News

WILDER MECHANICAL

PO Box 3469
Hampton

WILLIAM L PEACE PLUMBING & HEATING

278 BURNETTS WY
Suffolk

Williamsburg Maintenance Inc

8995 Pocahontas Trl
Williamsburg

Willoughby Kitchen and Bath

9277 Peachtree St.
Norfolk

Wise Choice Home Solutions

1401 deep creek blvd lot 50
Chesapeake

WOLAK INTERIORS LLC

1940 PAVILION DR
Virginia Beach

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3013 belle haven dr

Woodies Plumbing Service

2209 Halprin Ct
Norfolk

Woods Construction

2100 E Ocean View Ave Apt 25
Norfolk

WRIGHT-WAY PLUMBING LLC

834-A WIDGEON RD
Norfolk

WYNNE PLUMBING INC

336 E PALMYRA DR
Virginia Beach

Wynne Star Plumbing & Drain Inc

3322 Virginia Beach Blvd
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1112 Dandy Loop Road
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Your Handy Plumber

9615 8th Bay St.
Norfolk

Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer Inc

15324 Warwick Blvd
Newport News

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