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Don't wait until it's too late. Repairing and replacing your pipes is important, especially if you live in areas with extreme weat…
Don't wait until it's too late. Repairing and replacing your pipes is important, especially if you live in areas with extreme weat…
If your toilet is losing water, the problem can usually be quickly identified by taking a look inside the tank.
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Roto-Rooter has come to my house several times, sometimes on an emergency basis, & has done great work. Most recently, 1 tech (Humberto) came out at around 10 pm to look at a leaking pipe, & the next day Aloys (technician 970) came out (assisted by Leo the 1st time, with some help from Francisco) & performed what turned out to be more-extensive-than expected repairs both inside the wall & outside the house (replacing a faulty shut-off valve). They did great work, it was a very fair price considering the extent of the work, & they stuck to their estimate even when the work turned out to be more involved than expected (which has been the case on at least 1 other occasion). They got my water turned back on by the end of that day, which was a great relief. The outdoor shut-off valve ended up with a lot of hidden problems that weren't visible until he opened up the old valve/pipe, & he & Leo spent a hot few hours making sure the water came on before dark. A week later, Aloys came back to do a quick, temporary fix of some very old, leaking fixtures in the shower/tub (which will allow me a bit of time to be able to pay for the bigger, long-term fix that is necessary), & he (once again) was here quickly, did an amazing job (again, at a very fair price -- he put in a lot of time & didn't charge much), was very personable/considerate. The fixtures are very old, with nothing replaced on them/in them (gaskets, seats, cartridges, stems, etc.) for at least the 14 years I've lived in the house. I was very happy he was able to provide the temporary fix until I can pay for, & allow time for, replacement of the faucets, diverter, etc. I've had great experiences with other techs, too -- off the top of my head, I can think of one's name (Marlon) who came out on an emergency basis & diagnosed what was causing a washing machine to back up into my kitchen sink, then spent several hours clearing out an old, narrow, hard-to-reach pipe with decades of hard-water buildup that was causing the problem. Plumbing emergencies can (obviously) be stressful & financial nightmares, and I've been very happy with Roto-Rooter. I recommend the company (and I highly recommend Aloys, Marlon, Leo, and although I had less experience with them, I also recommend Humberto & Francisco).
4/2/2015 Company: "Roto-Rooter Plumbing" Plumber dispatched: Aloys; Badge Number: 970 --Satisfied Customer-- Issue: Downstairs toilet would overflow into the living room creating our own personalized Lake Okeechobee. Resolution: Proper snaking and camera investigating revealed that construction work done by a company hired by AT&T damaged the piping connecting our home with the city's main pipe. The construction company miscalculated and bore a cable through the PVC pipe. The cable would act as a blockade for incoming toilet paper, causing it to accumulate and create a clog. Luckily, the snaking removed the clog; however, not until the PVC pipe is replaced and cable removed can we resume utilizing toilet paper. Take note that the remainder of the more than likely arduous work will be handled by "Roto-Rooter" and their professionals. Which leads me to the overview.. Overview: If you're a distressed reader with any sort of plumbing issue/dilemma, and are hesitant to make the call -- your prayers have been answered! "Roto-Rooter Plumbing" is your best and only option within South Florida. Immediately upon making the call you will be astonished to discover, in a positive light, of course, that "Roto-Rooter" truly lives up to their "The Plumbing Experts You've Trusted For Over 80 Years" moniker. We were lucky to be assisted by a fine gentleman named Aloys; 'badge number: 970', whom was a consummate professional that will respect you and your home. He is bilingual. His fluency in both English and Spanish bridged the gap between family members, allowing for them to grasp the intricacies of the situation with relative ease. Aloys is quite knowledgeable about the profession and arrived with all the proper tools to handle any known plumbing disaster under the scorching South Florida sun! "Roto-Rooter Plumbing" and Aloys, the Stumbaugh family gives you a 5 out of 5 stars!
I called one of the large nation wide Rooter Companies for a problem with my home sewer, the charge was $350.00 just to clear the line, i was disparate it was late Friday and i had guest coming over for dinner, so i went ahead and payed. the next day the line clogged again i call the Rooter company back ,, they sent out a second guy not the first he wanted to charge me another 350 i told him that i had just paid last night 350 and i was told i had a 6 month warranty, he told me that this was not the same problem and that i would have to pay again, after about an hour of going back and forth and unable to speak to a supervisor i asked him to leave i went back on line and looked for an other company, thank goodness i found American Drain. they came right out and showed me exactly what the problem was after he cleared the line he put in a camera, it was clear that the first Rooter Guy did not clear the line properly. American ran a jet machine and clean it to a tee charged me less than half what i was charged by the rip off rooter company. i will never use that Rooter Company again. if you have any type of drain problems call American Drain very fare and honest up front no BS. Thanks again. Oh but the way i have asked for a full refund from that Rooter Joker. and reported them to the BBB
I called American Drain for a second opinion on work that i was going to have done at my home this week coming up, i will not say the name of the company but its one of the largest plumbing company in the nation. i was told by the plumber that came out that i need to have my sewer line replaced from my house to the road, at a cost of 9800.00 dollars. i paid almost 400 dollars just to have them clear it they then put a camera in line and they told me that the line was full of roots and was broken and it needed to be changed, being that this is a national company i trusted what they told me. i did not have all the money so i had to get a loan for the repairs, they wanted to start the job right away and they kept insisting that it needed to be done now. thank god it took me a week to get this loan, while waiting i did some research on line and found American drain co. they gave free second opinions so i figured i have nothing to lose. to make i long story short i had no roots and my line was in perfect condition. THIS NATIONAL PLUMBING COMPANY WAS GOING TO TAKE ME FOR ALMOST 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS. Thanks to Jose at American for saving my Holidays. I will be filing a complaint with the BBB on this RIP OFF COMPANY.
I had a problem last week called 4 local plumbers. i needed my line snaked out, nothing in the house was working toilets showers etc, the funny thing isthat out of the four only one gave me a 3 hour window it was this company American Drain co. the others said that they would have some one out within the hour, and they did have some one at my door in about an hour, no one wanted to give an over the phone estimate just to get an idea of what it was going to set me back. only American gave me a ball park figure over the phone, one Rooter company wanted 349 to clear the line when i said no he dropped the price to 299 still to high. the other guy wanted 250 getting better but then told me that there was a service fee which brought it up to 280. i had been quoted over the phone by American about 185 so i figured i would want for them if i am able to save 100 bucks or so. they showed up within the window i was given and was told that it would be 185 to have my line cleared. they did the work saved 150 dollars got a nice warranty. worth the wait waited an extra hour and a half to save 150 dollars that's not a bad deal. Thanks
Miami Shores Plumbing has been a great fins for me and my girlfriend since we moved to Miami. When we first had a problem with our toilet, we were not sure who to contact. We were both new to using plumbing companies since we are recent college graduates, who just started living on our own. We asked our maintenance man in our building who recommended a company he has had past success with named Miami Shores Plumbing. We than took his advice and looked on Yelp for reviews. We looked on yelp and saw the company only had two stars. This worried us at first. But we asked our maintenance man why the ratings were so poorly. He said those reviews don't add up to the service they have provided for him and his friends in the past. So thankfully we followed through with MSP plumbing and found out that he was in fact right to the point when it came to there knowledge and skills in the plumbing industry. We recommend MSP plumbing to anyone who is unsure who to use in the Miami area for plumbing.
I have been having some plumbing issues for a few months and had a different plumbing company come out and service my home. When the problem continued I was referred to All Dade Plumbing Inc by a coworker. I was extremely impressed by the representative on the phone (Allison) and the plumbers who came to my home (Kenny and 2 others). Everyone was knowledgeable, professional and took the time to explain to me about the plumbing process and problem. They were forthcoming with their prices (whereas if you call Roto Rooter they won't tell you the price of anything unless they come out to your house) and provided me a verbal amount when asked. I had to have extensive underground plumbing work done. Highly recommend this company. Everyone is friendly and thorough. It's very rare to see a company providing not only quality customer service over the phone, but also have the well-informed on site personnel. All around great company!
I just had to write about this company, my mother who is 87 called this company, she's lives by herself and is on a very restricted income, she called and got a quote over the phone for a clogged toilet. when she told me that she was waiting for a service man to fix her toilet i jumped in the car and rushed over, she had been taken advantage in the past on service work for her home, and i was not about to let it happen again. when i got there a gentleman was there he told me that his name was Jose, he told me that he was not far away and that all he did was plunge the toilet to clear it. he said he was not even going to charge my mother, he was around the corner and it only took him 5 minutes to fix the toilet, what a nice thing to do i was shocked that there are still descent people in the service industries, i will recommend this company to all my friends and coworkers thank you so much for the kind gesture.
I Called Roto-Rooter out to repair a pipe on the side a house that was leaking badly. I scheduled it for the following day at a time agreed upon by both the tenant and Roto-Rotor. They were there on time, explained the problem to me over the phone, and gave me a price. They made the repairs that same day and the problem was corrected. My only complaint is that I asked the Roto-Rooter plumber to take before and after pictures and email them to me. He said he would email them as soon as he got to the office. The next day I hadn't received the pictures so I called the office and was told that he wasn't scheduled to back in the office until the following morning, and that the pictures would be downloaded and sent as soon as the plumber came in. I did get the pictures the next day. Thank you
I called several plumbing companies for an estimate on redoing my master bath and replace a gas water heater. The only people that showed up to my house was Luis, the owner. Gave me a free quote with alot of remodeling ideas for the plumbing that i never dremt of. At the end of the day I had a drawing and a price and decided to roll with it. The company and its employees are very proffessional, courteous, and "Clean". Well, to make along story short.... I ended up with and incredible bathroom, a new gas tankless water heater and a rebate in which they got me back $500.00 for the gas water heater and fixed my water pressure that my wife was complaining about for years....Reliable, clean, on time....;)
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.