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Take off the lid to the tank and check inside.  There should be a small hose going into a larger pipe near the middle of the tank right next to the flapper.  When you flush the toilet water squirts from that hose into the pipe.  If it isn't in place put it back so that water goes down that pipe once again.  This is what refills your bowl.  If water does not come out of the little hose check to see if it is kinked or blocked.  You can take it off and blow air through it.  Don't worry, it's only clean water that goes through the hose.  If it is clear and water does not come out of the short pipe where it attaches on the flush valve then there is a clog in that valve and it will probably need to be replaced.  These are $10-20 at any home improvement store and even Wal-Mart.  The instructions are simple and you can do it yourself in about 15 minutes.  Check the washer on the supply hose to the toilet while it is off to replace the flush valve.  If it is old or worn replace the hose as well.  It is cheap insurance of only a few dollars which is a lot cheaper than a failed hose or washer causing water to leak.


If you don't feel comfortable replacing the fill valve, if it is needed, a handyman can do it fairly cheap.  Whereas a plumber or other contractor will have a minimum charge of $100-200 a handyman might do it for about $50.


Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX


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

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!

Well , you've certainly started a debate that will endure forever , but personally , having worked with both products , PEX is a better product . Now granted , the 1st time i used it

I was not impressed , cause it leaked.......NOT because the product was at fault, it was because I did not understand how to use the product !

The trick to using Pex , is to make certain that the fittings seat, they MUST be pushed together with force, and if you do not push with force to get the seat to seal, it leaks .

Therefore , when using PEX , you have constantly to be aware of leaving room to make your connections -Properly !

The beauty of PEX is that it bends , it is flexible and decreases the labor factor ,although the connection costs are often 100-300 % higher than copper , but again , it can cut labor costs in half  and it is safer to work with,  NO FLAMEs!

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
Todd's Home Services
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

Drain Cleaning reviews in New Britain


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not only was able to provide service faster than others I called(by several days) he was also the most reasonably priced. Nice guy too. Would definitely use again.
- dara P.

I had to call to schedule the appointment as they were unresponsive through Angie's list messaging. They told me that they had not received e-mail notification of my message, and there were technical difficulties through Angie's list. They answered the phone every time I called and were responsive and accommodating. We had scheduled for them to arrive at their time window beginning at 4pm and they arrived at 6, the cleaning took less than 10 minutes.
- Jessica J.

Punctual emergency service after a wad of paper towels made it down our sewer line.
Pulled the toilet, snaked the line, reseated the toilet and cleaned up perfectly.
Our tech (
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- Carl P.

kitchen sink was stopped up. Plumber snaked sink and garbage disposal. Took pipe apart to snake, then bottom portion of disposal off. Put disposal back together, or so I thought.Sink developed slow leak, that rotted my
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and created black mold.Call
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to make sure he was the one who had done work. Company agreed.
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agreed to send someone out right away. Plumber told me it would cost $1100 to fix. I asked him to come down on the price. He looked around in my house and said "you can afford it." He agreed it was a slow leak, but said it wasn't his company's problem. I called the company again and told them leaks didn't start until your plumbers came out.
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sent out a damage a Damage appraiser who came into look at the problem. I got a letter in the mail a few days ago saying company is not liable.
- Sandra M.

Technician did not provide estimate, did not do work on first trip, said
he had to come back. Talked my
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into paying outrageous price (I
was away and left
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my credit card.) When I called to complain
first I got a run around, then they said they would back out the charge
for the first trip. Two weeks later no credit to charge card.
- Steven M.

With notification, the technician was early and he went right to work. The kitchen sink line to the main sewer line was clogged - badly, clogged. The vent line had not been professionally cleaned out for many years. After 1 1/2 hours of work the clog was finally broken up and flushed to the main sewer line.
- Michael B.

The job could not be fully completed, due to the damaged threading of a really old cap of the clean out. This had nothing to do with the plumber(
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), so he did the best he could to put it back.
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was very punctual and moved stuff around to show up the morning after i bought the emergency deal($99) advertised on angie's list.
Price was great and
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put in a good 2 hours of work to get the drain to clear up, using a snake from the roof and then from the cleanout behind the sink, that eventually cleared up the drain
Given the cleanout is an old metal pipe, flush with the wall of teh house, getting the damaged lid back on was a challenge, that
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tried to resolve with a plastic cap and a plug, both of which didnt work at which point
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presented me with an option to replace the cleanout(under the crawl space) for $500+, that didnt sit well with me and I declined taking up the next day.
I had to remind
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to leave the old cap behind, so that I could go the hardware store to find a replacement, which I did and I have a "band aid"solution for now, but that may give soon, hopefully not too soon.

- Amit B.

Service went well. Took two trips. First trip did not show blockage. Shortly after tech left drain showed blockage. Called and tech said he would let us know when he could return. No call back but tech did return around 11 AM. Tech said they snaked 90 ft.

Drain Cleaning Companies in New Britain, CT

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A 2 Z Tech Services

81 John Street

A Right Plumbing & Sewer, LLC

630 Pond Point Ave

A+ Plumbing & Heating

550 Island Ln.
West Haven

A-1 Quality Rooter

240 Fairway Dr

AAA Plumbing LLC

711 N Mountain Rd

Ad homeimpruvment

P.O. Box 1200

Advance Plumbing & Heating Inc - Manchester

1131 Tolland Turnpike

Advance Plumbing & Heating Inc- Newington

700 D N Mountain Rd

Affordable Plumbing

Affordable Plumbing

Albany Ave Plumbing and Heating

1113 Albany Ave.

All Plumbing Repair Inc

PO Box 853

Allied Building Contractors, LLC

174 South Main Street
West Hartford

Alterio Drain Cleaning & More

75 Wakeley St

America One Abatement Inc.

40 Atwater Street
New Haven

Apples to Apples Inc.

1204 Main Street

Ashley St Speedy Plumbing

180 Ashley St.

Atlantic Mechanical Services Inc

345 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor

BD Plumbing & Heating

266 Silas Deane

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

580 Lake Rd

Bill Roy Septic

150 Christian Street

Bird Enterprises

1036 Spindle Hill Rd

Blake James Construction

123 Edson Ave

Blue Hill Avenue Sewer and Drains

662 Blue Hills Ave.

Boulevard Plumbing Heating and Cooling

1037 Boulevard
West Hartford

Brandon's Sewer and Drains

165 Brainard Rd.

Brians plumbing Co

1500 New Britain Ave
West Hartford

Brookman Plumbing LLC

1112 Palisado Ave.

Call Free Flow

28 Wolcott Dr

Capitol Ave Plumbing and Heating

1084 Capitol Ave.

Capitol Ave Sewer and Drains

470 Capitol Ave.

Castle Developers, LLC

1131 Tolland Tpke.

Choice Home Warranty

1090 King Georges Post Rd

Classic Plumbing by Reno

267 Beths Ave.

Clog Master LLC

400 Middle St


PO BOX 809

Control/Temp Oil LLC.

280 Jackson St


suite 809

Cyrious Plumbing, LLC

24 James Place

D.A.D.'s Home Iprovement

124 Foxbridge Village Rd

David J Prendergast Drain Surgeon

228 Corbin Ave
New Britain

David Robbin Plumbing & Heating LLC

90 Cody Circle
South Windsor

Davis and Son's Sewer and Drain

264 Queen St.

DD Construction

26 Vine St #2
New Haven

Donald Sullivan and Sons

980 South Main Street

Drain Doctor Inc

865 Farmington Ave

Duane company LLC

629 broad st

East Bay for Handyman

61 Briarwood Ln

Factory Lane Sewer and Drains

15 Factory Ln

Farmington Plumbing and Sewers

271 Farmington Ave.

Farmington Plumbing Heating and Cooling

535 Farmington Ave.

Fenn Road Sewer and Drain Co

95 Fenn Rd.

Fitzgerald & Wood Inc

85 Rogers St

FixtUre plumbing & heating

507 prospect street

Flatbush 24/7 Plumbing

465 Flatbush Ave.

Forman's 24/7 Emergency Plumbing

977 Farmington Ave
West Hartford

francis heating and cooling LLC


Franklin Ave Sewer and Drain

318 Franklin Ave.

GaulCostruction L.L.C.

65 Robert Dennis Drive

Glastonbury Plumbing and Heating Co

195 Hebron Ave.

GMAC Plumbing & Heating LLC.

17 Country Ln
Vernon Rockville

Greenfield St Plumbing and Heating

20 Greenfield St.

Handyfabian LLC

162 birch st


West Hartford

Home Care Service llc

116 Cottage Grove RD

House Miracels

120 Mason Ave

J & J Plumbing and Heating

100 Retreat Ave.

Jeff's Plumbing Company

14 E Cedar St.

Jeffrey M. Roblee Plumbing

61 Meeting House Hill Rd

Jigs General Contracting

47 Carey Ave

Joe the Plumber

45 Gordon Dr
South Windsor

Joseph's Plumbing Co.

85 Arch St.

K & M Plumbing LLC

31 Meadow Ridge Rd

Kane St Plumbing Heating and Cooling

61 Kane St
West Hartford

Kitts Lane Sewer and Drains

150 Kitts Ln.

KMV Plumbing

90 Bigelow Street

L & L Emergency Plumbing

78 Lasalle Rd
West Hartford

L.C. Plumbing & Heating

15 Bittersweet Drive
East Hartford

Lady House Doctors

101 Grove St

Lauretti Construction Contractor, LLC

43 East Main St, PO Box 9265

Ledyard Drains Services

330 Ledyard St.

Locust St Plumbing Company

212 Locust St.

Lowe Excavating and Construction LLC

1286 East Main Street

Lowery Place 24/7 Emergency Plumbing

115 Lowrey Pl.

LST Plumbing Heating and Cooling

89 Lake Shore Trl.

M & M Construction LLC

49 Brown St

Main St Plumbing Heating and Cooling

726 N Main St
West Hartford


17 Mix Avenue
West Haven

Maple Ave Plumbing and Drain

888 Maple Ave.

Marc's Emergency Plumbing

1096 Main St.

Marzano Plumbing & Heating Co. inc

520 franklin ave

Mechanical Medic LLC

31 Oakridge Rd

Memorial Road Plumbing Co

50 Memorial Rd
West Hartford

Mikes Home Improvement LLC

460 Miller Rd
South Windsor


East Haven

Morgan St Plumbing and Heating

50 Morgan St.

Neil and Johns Plumbing

175 Nelson St.

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street

New Park Sewer and Drain

565 New Park Ave
West Hartford

Newington Plumbing Heating and Cooling

625 Maple Hill Ave.

Oakwood Plumbing and Heating

15 Oakwood Ave
West Hartford

ONE SOURCE Facility Maintenance

862 East Center Street

Oxford St Speedy Plumbing

211 Oxford St.

Panella's Plumbing & Heating

654 Enfield Street

Park Road Plumbing Co

133 Park Rd
West Hartford

Park St Plumbing Service

704 Park St.

Petro Home Services

9 West Broad St

Phase 2 Services Inc

PO Box 22

PHD Services LLC

PO Box 241

Pipeline Inc

6 Church View Road

Plumber New Britain

9 Rockwell Ave
New Britain


186 WEST ST #2

Pratt St Plumbing Co.

101 Pratt St.

Premier Sewer and Drains

40 Sandra Dr Unit 9

Pro Roto Rooter

26 4th St`
New Britain

PSM Remodeling

244 Handel Road
East Hartford

Ray Page Plumbing, Inc

24 Werner Drive
Vernon Rockville

Reliable Plumbing & Pump Service

17A Herman Drive

Reserve Road Sewer and Drains

105 Reserve Rd.

Rhodes Pump Service

2351 Boston Post Rd

Richard St Sewer and Drain

357 Richard St.

Rick and Son's Plumbing Services

236 Adelaide St.

Rising Sun LLC

15 Pleasant Ave
East Haven

RJ Riquier Inc Plumbing Heating A/C

415 Boston Post Rd
North Windham

Robert's Plumbing Heating and Cooling

53 Isham Rd
West Hartford

Roger's 24/7 Plumbing and Heating

247 Sigourney St.

Roto King LLC

163 Skinner Dr
New Britain


P.O BOX 517

SDW Property Maintenance, LLC

50 Gillett Street

Segwick Road Speedy Plumbing Service

13 Sedgwick Rd
West Hartford

Service Stars Inc

48 Pembroke Road

Shield St 24/7 Plumbing Co

152 Shield St
West Hartford

Silver St Sewer and Drain

245 Silver Ln
East Hartford

SM Welch Remodeling

16 Ogden Lord Road


New Britain

Steve's Plumbing Company

99 Sisson Ave.

Superior Fuel Inc

240 Railroad Hill St

Superior Sewer & Drain Service

171 Peters Dr.

The Great Handyman

132 Dover Road
West Hartford

Top Level Inc

180 Wetherell St

Total Mechanical Systems LLC

140 New Britan Ave

Trumbull Emergency Plumbing

26 Trumbull St.

Union Place Plumbing Company

84 Union Pl.

Violette Silvester And Sons Inc

65 Cherry St
East Hartford

w.j. crosby plumbing & heating

146 francis street
New Britain

White Street Plumbing Co.

229 White St.

Willard Ave Plumbing and Heating

337 Willard Ave.

Yale St Smart Plumbing

6 Yale St
West Hartford

York Sewer and Drain Cleaning

290 Bradley Ave

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