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Jesse did a great job for us! Had a leak in the service line on a Sunday, he came promptly, fixed it perfectly, and charged us a reasonable amount. Veteran owned. I strongly recommend them!!!
Drew and his guys did a great job for us. We had them replace a water heater and some pipes in our master bathroom. They wore shoe covers, didn't leave a mess, and were very polite. I would use them again.
I had zero problems with my septic, I called just to have it pumped and inspected just so I knew when it was last pumped seeing I bought the place 2.5 years ago. I took pics before and while they were here to do the work, and the ground is dry and no problems. The truck comes, he opens the top, it is full, the guy pumps it, I asked, while the top was open, if they would jet out the lines because solids can clog the line going to the Distribution Box, he said it did not need it and the it should be fine. Days, NOT weeks, later I have gray water coming out the ground. I call them back, they send a tech, he does nothing but dig to the top, but does not open it, calls the office, and they said for another full charge, they can re-pump it, but that is all. They offered no solutions, no options, no service, nor concern… they just wanted more money to re-pump. I asked (and secretly recorded) if I did that, will they jet the Distribution Line. The Tech said they do NOT jet lines, but they are looking to buy a jet in the near future (remember, I recorded the entire conversation), yet their web site clearly states they jet and service lines, the tech said they do not do anything beyond septic tank itself. I challenged that and said, but if you pump a tank full of solids, it is only logical that solids go into the line to the Distribution Box, he said yes,UPDATE 20 Apr: Per our conversation on the telephone, Budget Sewer made it clear that their employee "misspoke" by saying you guys do not own any jets to clean lines, and that their company could in fact have jetted the line from the septic tank to the distribution box. Fun thing is, I had a competitor do their job for them. Per their competitor, "The Georgia Code for pumping older cement "T" tanks, the company is suppose to dig up both covers at both the inlet cement "T" and outlet cement "T." "Had the company (that would be Budget Sewer) followed the code, they would have easily found the problem, which was a clogged outlet cement "T" that distributes to the distribution box INSIDE the septic tank." Isn't that something... basically had Budget Sewer just simply did what you were paid to do, with zero extra beyond what the code warrants... the clogged cement "T" on the other side would have been merely cleaned and problem solved... but Nooooo, those guys had to jump to CYOA, and to make matters worse, they sent a second person, a so-called tech, and that guy too failed to dig up the second cover on the tank and inspect it. He just stood there asking for more money to pump it a second time. Now I was there, and only one hole was dug and I have pictures too. Now according to Budget Sewers assessment, my drain field was all messed up and the using jets will cause all this harm when the whole time... they NEVER looked, and had they just opened the second cover on the tank, the mystery would have been solved... wow. And they hung up in my face, and it cost me double, for in my Opinion is, is pure incompetence, lack of attention to detail, lack of training, and lack of knowledge of the code... but hey... I am just a customer right? Now for good measure, I had their competitor do what Budget Sewer advertises they do i.e. perform a full inspection of my system... and NOT just pump it. Their competitor dug up my distribution box... and it was nice and good, then they ran a camera up my drain field and everything was just fine, no roots, no breaks for cracks ect... which is all I wanted to know in the first place. Budget Sewer can Keep the money from their failed attempt... The management and employees came off as though you could never be wrong without even looking, let me say that again... without even looking... and I have all the results that they were 100 percent wrong... work on that too...
We had an issue with our drain system. The plumber was scheduled to come on Tuesday, we called him on Monday and 30 minutes later he was here. Service was great!!!! Will definitely use him again if needed.
Budget Sewer was a life saver. Mom's kitchen sink clogged up at 1pm, Jason with Budget Sewer was here within 2 hours. Jason knew exactly what to do and went right to work. Within no time the problem was resolved. Could not have asked for a more pleasant and personal technician. Thank you Jason and Budget Sewer for your prompt, professional service..You certainly eased my 84 year old Mother's mind..now she can cook that big pot of spaghetti she has been wanting
Drew is amazing! I called Roto-Rooter on a Saturday night after my toilet started overflowing. He came out immediately and got to work. Apparently one of my children flushed a fidget spinner down the toilet. For emergency service I felt the price was reasonable. I will call Drew again if I have a problem.
Called on a weekend due to a leaking hot water heater, needed an immediate replacement. Connor Plumbing was able to replace it the same day! I'm very pleased with their service and highly recommend them!
Thank you so much Chris for the great service provided while replacing our water heater. Not only did you come out and replace our very aged unit the same day you also provided so much education on our new unit. Especially appreciated your attention to detail and neatness. We are forever customers!
Mr. Connor installed a water heater for us 6 years ago. Recently it started not working and we called on him again. He is always courteous and knowledgeable. Never feel like he is trying to take advantage of you. Also believes in freedom and individual liberty which is a plus in my book!
Excellent service. They arrived promptly and completed the work in a timely fashion. Asked how I wanted the bushes they had to cut down disposed of and took care of it. Very reasonable rates.Karen B
If you own a house or commercial building, you're bound to need a plumber at some point. Here's a list of the different kinds of plumbing services you might need assistance with:
You might only think of needing a plumber when the pipes in your house burst. However, a plumbing contractor also installs all of those pipes, whether they're made of PVC or copper, in your building. Professional plumbing services also lay pipe in place for wastewater, rainwater runoff and even air conditioning systems.
Not only do they install pipes, plumbers set up sewer lines and vents as well as gutters, down pipes and storage tanks for residential and commercial facilities.
Just like getting a regular oil change for your car or truck, your home's pipes and water system also need regular maintenance and check-ups to ensure they're running right. This is why plumbers also offer upkeep services to test your entire plumbing system on a monthly or biannual basis to catch any issues with your pipes before they become an emergency.
This type of work spans from moving a water line or cleaning a sewer line to installing an ice maker or even a hot tub.
Most likely, you'll need a plumber in case of an emergency repair. Services can run the gamut from repairing a clogged toilet and leaking faucets to replacing whole water heating systems. Some jobs can take just a few hours while others might require a day or two of work if the repairs are extensive, such as replacing a hot water heater.
Other tough jobs could require your plumbing contractor to put his or her carpentry skills to work by sawing through walls to get to your pipes.
You can also hire a plumber to get the cost-saving advice you need. If you're interested in buying a new home or property, it's smart to hire a contractor or a plumbing service to not only tell you if the building's foundation is sound, but also if the pipes are in good working order. You wouldn't want to purchase a new house and repair the damage someone else did to the property. This is why many plumbers also offer consultancy work to check a facility's water and gas systems and advise home and building owners on best practices they can perform to minimize damage to their pipes.
Having plumbing work done, whether it's for your home or business, can be incredibly expensive. That's why it's vital for you to ask a plumbing service the right kind of questions before you hire them. You want to do as much due diligence on your part as possible to get a professional who will not only do quality work but also charge you a fair price for it.
It's best to hire a plumber to do a simple, everyday maintenance task for you first so you can judge his or her work. If you're happy with it, save their contact information so you'll have them on hand in case you need an emergency repair. This can spare you the extra worry and anxiety of having to track down a plumber if you have a broken pipe. Additionally, it can save you from being overcharged.
However, what should you ask a plumbing service if you've never even hired one before? Here are a few questions that can help you identify the professional from the amateur:
Are you licensed and registered?
Some states do not require plumbers to be licensed, but for the safety of your house, the people living under your roof and for your pocketbook, you'll want a licensed plumber to do the needed work.
A licensed plumber means the person completed the necessary education or training required to work as a professional tradesperson. Hiring a licensed plumbing service means the people working on your building are knowledgeable about water and gas pipes. If you use unlicensed workers, you run the risk of them damaging your home even further and endangering you by doing faulty work.
Check your state's laws beforehand, as hiring an unlicensed plumber could be illegal where you live.
Not only do plumber apprentices have to complete their training and education to receive their licenses, they also are required to pass a criminal background check and carry liability insurance. Hiring just anybody can make you vulnerable to fraud since unlicensed plumbers might not know what they're doing or could pretend to fix something and end up charging you for the incomplete work.
Are you insured and bonded?
A trustworthy plumber will have both commercial liability insurance as well as be bonded. The insurance and the bond protects the plumber from paying for any damages made to your house out of pocket. Having professionals that carry both of these policies can protect all of you from any mishaps that could occur while they work on your building. Remember, not all plumbers are the same and not all of them carry the necessary insurance and bonds to protect themselves and your home from damage or shoddy work.
How many years have you been in business?
Not only do you want a licensed and trustworthy professional, you'll want one who's been in business for a few years. More experience also means the plumber will have a prior work history you can check. A more inexperienced plumber might not have many customer reviews or examples of his or her work to show you.
What, if any, professional associations do you belong to?
It can never hurt to ask plumbers if they're part of a professional association, whether it's a state or national group. Being a part of a professional organization provides an extra guarantee that the person you hire is licensed and offers you a warranty for their labor.
May I have a list of references?
While it's advisable to ask friends, family and neighbors if they can recommend a good plumber, they might not have anyone you can call. With that said, it's best to ask a plumbing service for a list of references that you can contact to get a good picture of the kind of work their business does and if it's quality or not.
Before you hire a plumber, contact their past customers if you're able to. These people can be a wealth of information if you ask them the right questions. Pose the following queries to these former patrons when you get the chance:
Do you offer a written warranty for your work?
Whenever you make a large purchase, you always request a receipt, right? Well, you will want a written warranty for any work or repairs done to the plumbing in your house. You want someone that's doing major maintenance or repair work on your house or commercial building to stand by his or her labor. Before you hire a plumber, ask him or her if they offer written warranties.
Will I need a permit for this work?
If a plumber needs to do major repairs to your house, the work could call for a permit. You'll want this since a permit provides added assurance that the work is done correctly. Having this added measure in place means an inspector will check the work your contractor or plumber does to ensure he or she did the job correctly. If you ever plan on putting your house or commercial building on the market, a real estate agent and prospective buyers will also want to check any large work you did to make sure it was done properly.
To keep yourself safe from fraud or a possible scam, always remember to ask plumbers for their license along with a written warranty for their labor. Besides this, further safeguard yourself by checking their references and ensure they or their company is insured and bonded to do their work.
While it's smart to get maintenance work done on your pipes every once in a while, there are a number of prevention tips that will not only prolong the life of your pipes but also help you save on your water bill. Here are a few you should keep in mind:
Be mindful of how much water you use in your bathroom, kitchen and even outdoors when watering your lawn. Make sure your toilet handle works properly and doesn't stick. You don't want it continuously flushing. Replace your old shower heads with more efficient low-flow options that can cut down on the gallons of water you use each morning.
Simple things such as turning off the sink while you brush your teeth or only running your dishwasher or clothes washer when you have a full load to clean can make more efficient use of water.
You won't always need to call a plumber to help you fix a nasty clog if you treat your pipes right. Don't use your toilet or kitchen sink like a trash can by stuffing hard to flush material down the drain or pouring fats and oils down the pipe. Throw coffee grounds and eggshells in the garage instead of in your sink. Also, only use your toilet to flush human waste and toilet paper, because any other materials could clog your commode.
Frozen pipes are hazardous and can cause massive amounts of damage to your home. To prevent your pipes from freezing during the winter, run your faucets at a trickle and keep your house's heater at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above to keep the water flowing.
Plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes. The following are some of the most common, as well as how to fix them:
If you turn on your bathroom or kitchen sink in the morning to find brown or rust-colored water coming out of your faucet, don't panic. The discoloration is most likely due to old iron pipes or recent use of a hydrant or water main that disturbed the usual flow of water. Keep your water running for a minute or so and it should run clear after a while.
Leaky and Dripping Faucets
Having a leaking or dripping faucet can run up your water bill. To fix it, first shut off the water under the sink then remove any decorative parts of the faucet and replace the washer and O-ring before reassembling everything.
Your water heater could be the cause of a lot of issues around your home, from a lack of hot water to foul smells and popping sounds. Hire a professional plumber to take care of the more complex jobs that a heater can require. However, if you're having hot water issues, you can simply examine the thermostat and adjust it accordingly.
If you hear odd sounds coming from your water heater, it could be due to sediment building up. To get rid of this, make sure you clean out the heater every few months. However, if you hear a boiling noise, it could mean the heater is overheating and you should call a plumbing professional as soon as possible.
Drain and Toilet Clogs
Before calling a plumber, try to unclog your drains and toilets yourself by using a plunger. Make sure you use a standard bell-shaped plunger for your sink and shower drains and a plunger with a flanged end for your toilets. If neither type can loosen the pipe blockage, put a plumber's snake to use. Ratchet the snake down the pipe to eliminate any clogs.