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Sewer repairs are crappy. Fact is, they require a lot of work, can cost a lot, and mean you don't get to shower or use the facilities in your house until they are fixed. My wife and I were married at the beginning of this month and all the family and friends who attended strained the system at our mid-century house in Ballard and gave us our first challenge as newlyweds - a sewage back-up in our basement (thankfully, the house-guests had left). We rented a rooter and managed to snake out some roots we knew were a problem about 30' down our lateral line (right under a neighbors tree) but during the process we collapsed about 6' worth of pipe right where the sewer line bends out of our house and heads towards the main. Total block. My new father-in-law had worked with Jim Dandy before and recommended them (I was a little nervous after reading the so-so reviews here and elsewhere). I called them and they had a plumber, Shawn, come out within the hour. He identified the block, tried a rooter head, confirmed the line was broken, and then used a radio-locator to pinpoint the location, which was luckily not under our concrete slab. He worked really fast, let me pepper him with questions, and was super nice. He was there for an hour and a half but only charged me an hour. He also set up an appointment with an estimator (Chris) early the next morning. Chris came in and took a look at the location, and gave me a pretty good bid price. He was willing to be flexible on aspects of the job, and after consulting with him, we agreed on a division on labor that saved us quite a lot more. I and some willing friends dug a portion of the excavation that afternoon (4' down x 8' x 4' - we were sore!) and he had a crew come out the next day and dig down another 3' (digging more than 4' down can be dangerous without bracing, which the crew did when they arrived) as well as pull out the broken lateral line, replace it with PVC, completely rebuild a nearby downspout tie-in with PVC, and add a 4" clean-out line to the surface. We did the backfilling. As soon as the crew was done our second plumber, Jon, came out to scope the new pipes and clean out the remaining roots. He was able to get a 4' rooter tip to the main-line (120' away) and we took a look at the remaining concrete pipes on both sides of the house. They looked pretty good for being 65 years old. He even cleaned out the sand in our downspout p-traps. Despite the late hour, he did not charge us for overtime (which he technically should have). Like Shawn, he worked hard and fast and then billed slightly less time to us than he could have. I really liked everybody associated with the sewer mess. They were nice, sympathetic, flexible with the estimate, and fast. The project cost me way, way, way less than I thought it would have. It wasn't cheap - but it didn't break the bank. We were pretty lucky with the location of the break and didn't have to worry about city streets or sidewalks, big rocks, or under slab. What could have been a financial nightmare was resolved with only minimal pain and a lot of good learning experience. I would recommend Jim Dandy to anybody, and would also recommend tackling a sewer break with a willingness to ask questions, a willingness to do some of the grunt-work, and a friendly attitude. I think plumbers are like anyone else - if you get all mad at them for telling you the painful truth about your problem, you might not get the best service. If you can laugh about it a little, get engaged with the problem-solving, and see them as on your side, they really will be.
Renewal By Andersen = High-Quality Products + Excellent Customer Service through and through!! We have an old, custom-build house where nothing is "standard." We had a big job--replacing windows and doors throughout the house. A sales agent, Eric J., was very knowledgeable and informative. He suggested good solutions and alternative for us. Measure Tech Robert M. further clarified our plan down to minute details that only a specialist would notice. Coordinator Cory V. was always on top of things. On the first day of installation, two installers, Coltin G. and Waylin E., showed up on time, clean, neat, and courteous. Boy, did they work hard for the next 5 day! I was at home for the entire time. Installing windows correctly takes a lot of skills and communication (and patience) between the two, one on the inside and the other on the outside of the house. I have never heard their voice raised as they adjusted windows down to the last millimeter. They methodically worked together. They protected the area they worked very well. Each day, the area they worked in was cleaned up. I am a daughter of a general contractor and know a bit about building/remodeling projects. So, I always anticipate unforeseen issues to pop up. The caliber of a contractor is often determined by how they solve those unexpected issues. Given the size of the project, all in all things went smoothly. But there were a couple of issues. Coltin and Waylin presented a solution each time and never made them my problems. Renewal By Andersen is a tightly knit company where everyone actually communicates with each other. I felt they care about us, the customer. Now that all the work is completed, we are VERY happy with both their products and service.
My wife and I agonized for a few years about replacing the windows in our house. We spoke to 2 or 3 companies and they were all disappointing. Hesitantly, we scheduled Renewal by Andersen to give us a quote. They sent a gentleman by the name of David D. to our home. He was precisely the type of salesperson that works for us - helpful but not pushy, expedient but not rushed and, best of all, realistic. He worked with us to come up with a fair price to replace 10 windows in our home. When he left we were very happy and excited about our new windows. The company was then quick to send an installation supervisor, Chad M., to our home to get the final measurements. Chad did a great job of explaining exactly what they needed to do to replace our windows. Some of our windows were a bit tricky but Chad correctly and accurately assessed what we needed. 3-4 weeks later the Installer Team of Waylin and Casper arrived at our home. The plan was for them to install all 10 windows in one day. They arrived on time and quickly got to work. To say that they did a great job would be an understatement. Waylin and Casper did an amazing job. They were friendly, hard working and very considerate of our home. They completed the job in one day and left no mess behind. Our windows look amazing and we couldn't be happier. The new windows have made huge difference in our home. No longer do we suffer in the heat. Every representative from Renewal by Andersen exceeded our expectations - especially David and Waylin. We highly recommend Renewal by Andersen. Great company and great people.
After shopping around we decided to go with Renewal by Anderson to replace our 9 windows in our older 1930’s house. The price felt a bit high at first but after the project was finished it was well worth the cost. At the 2015 home show in Seattle we requested a sales rep to come visit our house to share with us what options Anderson provided. There was a detailed presentation on the windows and my wife picked out the styles she wanted. The financing was wonderful since it was a 0% interest for 24 months. The team of installers (Coltin, Waylin, Klinton and Kraig) arrived early for the installation. They put down cloth and plastic throughout entire house which I appreciated. The quality and speed of the work was fantastic. We’ve had many contractors working around our property the past few months and none came close to being as wonderful as the team from Renewal by Anderson. I appreciate the time they took to perfect the job around our new egress window. The job was completed in 1 day which was amazing. We love the new windows and will definitely have Renewal by Andersen replace any future windows and recommend to all family and friends.
King County Sewer Drain & Plumbing is now my go to company for any sewer, drain, or plumbing issues! I called because of the coupon that was running and I expected them to give me the estimate but be pricey so I figured I would break even with the coupon. The technician came out, he was professional and courteous. My water heater went out the weekend after Thanksgiving and I was already strapped for cash after my Black Friday shopping spree in downtown Seattle and the eastside at Bellevue Square Mall!! He was able to replace the heating element, saving me tons of money and buying me some time before I have to buy a new water heater. I know only an experienced technician would think of replacing the element instead of charging me for an expensive new unit. I'm so pleased with King County Sewer Drain & Plumbing's affordable and fair pricing and I will definiteley call them for any issues I have with my toilets, sinks, drains or sewers!!
A+ Fischer Plumbing & Thank You. My grandparents needed some bathroom fixtures installed, a sink faucet & shower faucet/handle fixture. We had originally called Southwest Plumbing and waited weeks for the appointment. Southwest came in took a look around for 5 mins then tried to draw up a contract for over $1000!! So we gave them the boot and found Fischer Plumbing. Fischer came out in just a few days. Upon arrival the technician was courteous & professional. He worked his tuckas off to get things done right and in a timely manner. I left before the job was finished but my grandparents told me they were absolutely delighted with the service they received and the bathroom looked great! He even made sure to clean up when he was done. When it came time to pay the bill it was HUNDREDS less than what Southwest tired to charge them and Fischer even gave them a senior discount! I will definitely remember Fischer for the future.
I've replaced 19 windows now with Andersen, and in a couple of weeks they'll also replace a sliding glass door which opens onto a deck. It's been great working with the Seattle division, and particularly with the installing crew who just finished the bulk of the windows, Coltin Gilles and Waylin Eckley. They were efficient, personable, and caring about the job they did here. When I mentioned that I was afraid there were so many vehicles parked in the street that the garbage truck couldn't get by, Coltin parked the truck that morning with its wheels up on the sidewalk, just so the collecting trucks could get by easily. I appreciated that. It was apparent that I wasn't the ONLY one in the world who cared, even if it had been a hand-wringing, little-old-lady concern. Love the new windows, and there's a real difference in an Andersen window!
These guys are great. Their showroom is very nice and the people that work there are very knowledgeable and friendly. They have, in my opinion, the best products around. And their installation crew that did our house was the best installation people I have ever dealt with. They were very careful and courteous and they did a great job and most important, respective towards our house. The prices for their products are a bit high but you are getting the best. Me and my wife had Andersen install a Bow window in our front room and a sliding glass door that leads out to our patio. Both of these items are absolutely beautiful. And the function-ability of these items is absolutely great. If you want the best products and the best installation around then this is the place you want to go. I highly recommend this company.
Had 3 large windows installed in our home yesterday by Coltin, Waylin and Mark. The windows are superb and these guys are true craftsmen. They took great care in making sure the windows were perfectly installed. It was a cold, rainy and windy day and they were mindful of not tracking in mud and leaves; they covered areas both inside and out of the house where they'd be working to protect plants, hardwood floors, rugs and furniture. They were meticulous in their installation and, once finished, reinspected everything. They also identified some very small flaws in the glass (ones that I probably wouldn't have noticed) that they reported to have replaced. Our home was noticeably warmer and we were able to lower the settings on the thermostat for all times of the day and night. We couldn't be happier!!!
I had a leaking hot water heater. When Fischer arrived the first thing they did was to advise me that the heater was probably still under warrantee and that I could likely avoid costly repairs by simply exercising the warrantee. This had not occurred to me since the heater was over 7 years old and the "Big Box" store where it was purchased from has a bad reputation for honoring their "warrantees." But the Fischer technician encouraged me to try and within 20 minutes the "Big Box" store had agreed to replace my hot water heater for free. Fischer obviously got nothing out of the deal, in fact it cost them at least an hour or more of their time plus truck and gas costs. But what they did get is a ton of respect from me and a guarantee that whenever I need a plumber they are the people I will call.