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4600 Marsalis StFort Worth, TX 76117
I called this company and they could not even tell me what they charge per hour. What a rip- off I understand not be able to tell me how much something will cost to fix per the job but when you ask how much per hour they should have an answer even dr tell you how much per hour. I will not call t…
3817 Conflans RdIrving, TX 75061
It didn't take long for our small leak to become a giant puddle. When I called RR yesterday I was very surprised to learn they would be here within 1 to 2 hours! Same day service? Unheard of these days. They arrived as promised, found the problem, explained it to me, in terms I could under…
5709 Airport FwyHaltom City, TX 76117
My experience with Mr. Rooter was terrible! I contacted Mr. Rooter Plumbing to fix what I considered minor repairs, mostly leaky faucets. I was shocked when the plumber from Mr. Rooter told me that the bill would be $1,113.69. I was recently divorced and my former husband had done the repairs…
7436 Tower StRichland Hills, TX 76118
From Business: For plumbing services you can count on, don't hesitate to contact ARS / Rescue Rooter in Ft. Worth. Our experts are here to help with routine water line and sewer maintenance and emergency repairs.
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If you really don't want the problem fixed they're great. No communication. Forced to use them thru Home warranty company. Missed their first appointment no call / no show. Than came didn't fix problem and left. Had to recall. Came again said need part " will get overnight and call you ". 2 weeks later no one returns calls. Answering service or front desk can't remember what they told us. Won't put anyone on phone who can help. Worst customer service we've had in metroplex.
They did a great job. Will use again when in need of plumming problems. I had gone through 2 other pluming companies which I felt over charged me by (a lot) $$$
I have been trying to build a house with riverside for 3 months. They don't communicate with us the customer. We can't talk to Paige the superintendent. Have to talk to the sales person Jim Steele. He doesn't text or email back for a week or never. The subcontractors install the materials and then have to rip things out because it is wrong, crooked and just don't care. They put our drain for the bathtub in the wall and for two months told them it is in the wall. So they installed the bathtub. They drink alcohol in our new house. They think the customer doesn't know what is going on but some customers been around construction all their lives. Don't use them.
SWAT CAME OUT TO REPAIR MY LEAK AND HAD TO TUNNEL UNDER MY FOUNDATION, AND THEY MADE A BAD JOB GOOD. THEY WERE VERY INFORMATIVE
fast and great and very professional would recommend this company to family and friends and to anyone who needs a plumber
Great job, price and very efficient. I would recommend SWAT when needing a plumber in Fort Worth area.
The guy was awesome and might i add kinda sexy. Proficient and inexpensive.
SONNY CAME OUT FOR SWAT TO FIX A LEAK UNDER THE SINK, AND HE TOOK THE TIME TO EXPLAIN WHAT WAS WRONG AND HOW IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM ASK FOR SONNY
Arrived over an hour and a half late without courtesy call to say he's running late. On site his machine breaks. He left for over an hour to get a replacement machine. He said he went under the house which was not truthful because the entry way under the house was unscathed. He did find the exterior sewage clean out (we were not sure where it was). He did not apologize for the tardiness or for the job taking over 3 hours to complete due to carrying the wrong equipment on site. He attempted to charge me $330.00 for a basic rooter from the clean out, 100 feet. I told him that he'd come highly recommended and I would NOT be recommending him to anyone after showing up late, having faulty equipment and attempting to charge me the time it took for him to drive to wherever the other machine was being stored and the drive back to my home. He ran back out to the truck to double check his time and realized I was correct so he came down to $200. I appreciate them working in the cold. I had another guy who would not even work in those conditions so I do give them kudos for that. I would just really closely monitor them because they seem to like to ride the clock at the customers' expense. (I went out back to check on them after they first arrived they were out there just fiddling with the broken machine. Their hands were all dirty like they had been working on the machine for that first full hour because only THEN, did they say they needed to leave to get their better machine. They were out in the backyard for a full hour and starting to work before we even had a game plan together which I didn't like. I would recommend getting your estimate from them in WRITING before approving any work. He just saw me for money for some reason and thought I wasn't paying attention. When I say he, I am referring to the owner's son, accompanied by another gentleman.
I have used numerous plumbing companies in the past but Clearwater sent helpful, knowledgeable well mannered employee's and they kept me informed at all times.Will recommend to all my family and friends.
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.