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It's a good idea to get to know a good plumber before you have a plumbing emergency. Also, watch out for these red flags of possible plumbing-related scams.
How often does a sewer drain need cleaning? Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know if sewer drain cleaning should be done regularly or as-needed.
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.
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).
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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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.
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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.
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machine. Our regular plumbing company periodically “cleared out” the drain and told us that a permanent fix would involve digging-up 20-30 feet of our basement floor and would be prohibitively expensive and might not even solve the problem.
When we had an overflow problem only a few weeks after the latest “clean out” from our plumbing company we decided to bring in someone else to see if they could figure out what was going on. “Rocky” from
cleaning out the drain before he could even get his video camera down the drain to see what the problem was. It seems that when our well known
“Rocky” unclogged the drain knocking off huge chunks of debris and grease that I saw on the video. He finally got the pipe clear enough to put his video camera down the drain, systematically ran water from different sources in the house and finally pinpointed the problem area. He then used a
Impressive. All American Drain merits high
job, and for being honest. On top of all that they gave me a 10% Angie’s list discount without my asking!
home, and I was incredibly pleased with his professionalism, knowledge, and willingness to explain everything to me. He showed up on time, described everything (as well as what it would cost) before he started the work, and was happy to talk me through everything as he did it. He showed me where the water line would run through the bottom of the cabinet, and even took a few minutes to demonstrate how to turn off the water supply in case of an emergency, as well as a offer tips which would help with any minor hiccups. He was clearly an expert, and was nothing but polite the entire time he was working. I will absolutely use
I know the reviews on this company are stellar. I'm thinking my poor customer service interaction was an anomaly. However, it was such a unpleasant experience that I'm looking elsewhere for a plumber.
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