Pipes: When to Repair, When to Replace, and Average Costs »
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…
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I have had my fair share of contractor-disasters, plumbers included. But, having seen Weinberg Plumbers around my condo, and knowing that they were highly regarded, I called them to help resolve several problems including the kitchen faucet leaking and the sprayer not working properly and clothes washer backing up into the bathroom sink when it drained. Todd arrived at 8 as scheduled – already a good start – and worked his way through the unexpected. The hole drilled in the granite counter top was too small for most replacement faucets. But Todd found the perfect one at an excellent price at the Faucet Shop. (Those guys are great, too.) There was not a working shut off valve under the sink (thanks, previous contractor). He installed one. The washer problem was solved with rodding, and he also replaced a partially-rotted pipe. He discovered other minor problems and just took care of them. It is clear that he takes pride in doing the job right. And he solves the unexpected problems creatively. I haven’t received the bill yet, but you know what? It will be well worth it no matter what it is.
If you're having a plumbing emergency, Roto Rooter plumbers are the best. My main sewer line backed up and after being unsuccessful at resolving the problem myself, I called Roto-Rooter who has been in business since 1935. I figured, I couldn't go wrong. The call taker was very professional and efficient. She made it easy to make a decision. She told me that she would have someone at my house as soon as possible. Approximately ten minutes later a service technician was calling me for directions to my house. He arrived at my home in less than one half hour. His name was Andre and when he arrived, he too was very professional and efficient. He accessed my problem and within the hour, he had removed the the blockage from my main sewer line. We all have a tendency to take certain things for granted but your life becomes totally interrupted when you're unable to use the bathroom, or take a shower without the waste water backing up into your basement. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to those who have similar problems. Thanks again and much appreciation to RotoRooter.
We had water bubbling up into our basement from our floor drain. One call to Roto-rooter, and we were quickly set up with an appointment for the following day. Our window of time was from 1-3, but the technician was running behind. However, we received two calls from dispatch apologizing for the delay and reassuring us that they will be out to fix the problem as soon as possible. The technician showed up at 4 and was done in less than an hour. He was careful not to make a mess and he cleaned up the little bit of mess that was there at the end. He was pleasant and didn't mind our daughter who wanted to ask him lots of questions and see what he was doing. As promised, he provided a quote in writing and began working immediately. No surprises, No gimmicks, No bait-and-switch tactics. Everything was straight forward and the problem was resolved to our satisfaction. Great job Danny #2153 and to Roto-Rooter for helping us out. Jeff-Sturtevant, WI.
Great Chicago Plumber for Flooding, Flood Control I very highly recommend that Rob West Plumbing company do your Chicago plumbing repairs. They have been helping me deal and solve my water problems due to flooding, heavy rains and broken pipes, high water levels. Rob has installed a high lift station in my backyard to stop sewer flooding backup into the house, installed drain tiles, sump pumps, put in an extra pump with back up power batteries installed. Rob has constantly come back to my house to check, improve as needed. Rob and his company can very importantly be reached personally and they come that day or the next day. Rob is very patient dealing with an elderly and sick person like me. He does the best he can to work out reasonable prices. He talks with and answers questions you and wife may have. I am a strong positive reference you can call me for Rob West. Yours Truly, Gregory L
I had a kitchen faucet that sang everytime you turned on the water and most importantly one of my kids dropped a toothbrush in the toilet causing an overflow. I didn't know what was wrong with the toilet, just that it was not working. Well, money doesn't flow in this household like the water from the toilet did and I wasn't singing when I realized I would have to hire a plumber. Thank goodness, I found Charlie's Plumbing Service! Charlie responded with an easy to understand solution to my problems. I am very impressed when professionals talk in lay terms so I don't feel lost in the conversation because that makes me feel uneasy and sometimes skeptical. My plumbing problems were fixed in a timely manner and I didn't have to take out a loan to pay him. I will call on Charlie's Plumbing Service for emergencies and or any future plumbing needs. I can see why he has a AAA rating on Angie's List.com
Great business. I was extremely happy that someone answered my phone at 7:30 in the evening for not having hot water due to water heater problems. He said that he always picks up the phone no matter what time of the day it was for customers. Within two hours he was at my place and looking at the water heater. He could have easily replaced the whole unit and charged a $1,000. However, Frank the owner is a very honest and reliable man. He ran through all the checks and found that the filters were simply dirty and needed to be cleaned. The heater is now running perfectly smooth again. I would recommend him to any homeowner or friends looking for an honest, reliable, and personable plumber. Extremely nice person.
WOW! These guys made my life so much easier! I have a renter in Chicago, and the hot water heater went out. They called Roto Rooter and got a ridiculous quote, on, of course, a late Friday afternoon. A former student recommended this company, and as I am 200 miles away I took her advice and called them. Got the owner, and needless to say the heater is installed. The photos of the work look outstanding, my tenant is thrilled and the quote I received was reasonable, especially on a weekend. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I finally know who to call with plumbing issues. There are still good, honest people in this world. This could have turned out so badly. Thanks also to my former student - I had smart kiddos!
When visiting my basement, I found a good 1 inch of water standing around my ejector pump. I called Roto Rooter and they set me up for an appointment the next day. My appointment was for 8-11. At 10, a dispatcher called and said they were running behind and would let me know. At 10:30, i received another call saying they had someone on the way. Harold arrived at 11:30 and was a pleasure to deal with. He found and explained what the problem was (needed a new pump) and set to fixing it. He was done within an hour. He also gave me some useful tips on how best to dry out the areas that had gotten water logged. Getting fast, efficient service make this disaster not as bad as it could have been!
"I called J&B Plumbing to fixed our laundry sink water clogging problem. When our tech Jeff came he was very nice, he is very professional and friendly. I also had him check out our toilet bowl leakage, he suggest to me that I can save cost by replacing the toilet bowl water pump by myself. Gave me the parts name and where to get them. At the end, he even denied tipping, plus gave me a 10% discount for running a little late! This is unreal! He is our plumber for life! Highly recommend Jeff for sure! Bravo Jeff! Thank you very much for your good work and professionalism!"
We live in a 4 unit townhome in Aurora, IL. This morning we woke up to water coming out of our drain in the garage as did my other neighbors. I called RR and they sent Bill within the hour. Bill was awesome. He looked around our unit and figured out the issue within minutes. He unclogged our main line, tested it and we are good to go. I'm hoping I never HAVE to call again, but if I do I would call RR again. From the first call to customer service, the responsiveness and the repair, everything was TOP NOTCH! Thank you so much.
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.