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PO Box 66633Austin, TX 78766
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15504 Sutton DrAustin, TX 78734
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1002 Redd StAustin, TX 78745
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213 Industrial BoulevardCedar Park, TX 78613
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8058 Thaxton RdAustin, TX 78747
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3736 Bee Caves Rd Suite 1-19West Lake Hills, TX 78746
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5214 Burleson RdAustin, TX 78744
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1108 Bluebonnet LnAustin, TX 78704
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Lakeway, TX 78734
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7624 Tecoma CirAustin, TX 78735
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Austin, TX 78752
From Business: General Maintenance & Home Improvements has provided superior quality service in Greater Austin & Central Texas since 1987. We are bonded, insured & registered with the Texas Residential Construction Commission. Insurance information provided at your request
7302 Elm Forest RdAustin, TX 78745
We've used J-Conn twice. Once was for a repair and most recently for a full roof replacement. Erin worked most closely with me, but everyone was always so professional and helpful. We had issues with our insurance company approving the job and then reimbursing us for the full job once the job w…
Austin, TX 78758
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Sales: David was prompt and professional and conveniently made an appt. on the weekend. He also brought samples which he used to demonstrate the product. It was the demonstration that sold me.Follow-up: All visits were made at my convenience. Michael (the measurement technician) was helpful and quite informative about the process. He presented me with a written process which Renewal by Andersen followed to the letter (no surprises)Installation: The team was on time. They were professional and extremely polite. I was greeted by the team leader who introduced the entire team. When another job ended early and second team was sent to work on my job and this decreased the installation by one day. They left all of the areas as clean as they found them. Tom and his team did an outstanding job. The City of Austin permitting process went smoothly and the Renewal by Andersen staff provided me with all of the materials I needed.
We've used J-Conn twice. Once was for a repair and most recently for a full roof replacement. Erin worked most closely with me, but everyone was always so professional and helpful. We had issues with our insurance company approving the job and then reimbursing us for the full job once the job was done and J-Conn helped us resolved both issues. We wouldn't have been able to get this accomplished without them. They also showed up and got the job done in a timely fashion. When there were weather delays, they always kept me in the loop. I appreicate that open communication and I appreciate a contractor who does what they say!!!! We were referred to a different person at first and they just dragged their feet. Once I contacted J-Conn, they were out giving us an estimate within a few days...then our roof was repairs very quickly as well. AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME people and a role model for business!
I'm very pleased with the work Roto-Rooter did. I had a faucet leak that leaked into the wall. I called for a plumber and the water damage mitigation team made it out first to begin preventing any further water damage and to prevent mold from starting. They walked me through the options and I went with them to handle the mitigation and drying of the wall. The plumber followed close behind them to get the leak fixed.The mitigation and plumbing techs were all really polite, respectful, and did a great job getting everything fixed promptly. I will definitely go with Roto-Rooter for any plumbing needs in the future!
Rodrick was hired to paint a newly textured ceiling. He was on time for our quote, easy to communicate with, and on time for the install. His pricing was fair for the task. I am happy with the job that he performed on the ceiling. I could tell the he took the time to make sure it was done correctly the first time and he used quality materials. I would have been very easy to use cheap paint and put more money in his pocket, but he did not do that. I appreciate that! He is saved as a permanent contact for future handywork!
My elderly mom's drains and toilets were overflowing every time the washing machine drained! She was frantic! I made an online appointment for the next morning. He was there by 8am. (Predicted service time online was 8-12). He was kind to my mom. Very courteous. VERY CONSIDERATE. He meticulously returned everything to its original place (under the sink) after he snaked the drain. Diagnosed problem as tree root in front yard. Opened the line as best he could and ordered the repair. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.
I am very happy with the plumbing service they provided to my house. The guy named Joe came to my house this afternoon. He quickly located where the problem came from and went with me to near by Lowe's to buy a replacement. Because it's Friday, I don't need to go without water for the weekend if he can fix it today and he did. He has the job done beautifully. I also like the way they charge me, very clear, no hidden cost what so ever. I could use their service again.
Roto-Rooter sent a plumber out less than an hour after I called them about my clogged kitchen sink. When the cable (55') wasn't long enough they quickly came up with an alternate plan and got another truck out with the jet machine needed. I was concerned that the pipes in my old house would be blown and they assured me that it was safe for my pipes. They even checked out the condition of the pipes so I knew what was going on. They were awesome!
Allstate worked wonders for us this morning. BJ did an outstanding job repairing some bad work done by our normal maintenance staff for the property. He was polite, professional, and exceptionally knowledgeable and saved us over $700 in additional repairs that were going to be required after the initial bad work. I would highly recommend Allstate as a company and BJ as a plumber for any of your plumbing needs.
Very good at what they do I have been threw a lot of handyman and contractors but I have found my go to guy's did a very good job on my house painting so I wanted them to paint my 82 year old mother's house and he gave us a 19% discount on the full house painting and there reason for giving us the discount was they love taking care of family Austin's number 1 contractor pick this guys they will do a good job.
So what started out as a simple little project ended up bigger than I could handle by myself. I called Chris Ranallo of Ranallo plumbing at 8:00am ish on a Saturday and he answered the phone! He came over and bailed me out, he was very professional, personable and very knowledgable. He worked fast and with expert skill. Basically, Chris saved my weekend! Thanks you Chris!
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.