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8427 Hammerly BlvdHouston, TX 77055
From Business: We are dedicated to providing our clients with the very best in service, installation, and repair for all phases of your plumbing needs. We specialize in a variety of residential and commercial services and take pride in the attention to detail put into each of the projects we are involved with. We are known for our qualit…
14803 Wisteria Run CtHouston, TX 77062
From Business: A knowledgeable, professional plumbing contractor who believes that mere "customer satisfaction" is a disappointment. We want to leave an impression; we want "customer enthusiasm?! Additional services include: Plumbing
10515 Okanella StHouston, TX 77041
I recently had a defective hot water heater replaced by ARS. The manufacturer's warranty was honored and the plumbing tech, Avdyl P. performed the installation in a timely and satisfactory manner.
Montgomery, TX 77356
From Business: Wallin Plumbing is focused on providing quality service to our customers. With over 20 years experience our master plumber, Buddy can take care of all your plumbing needs from repairs to new construction& remodeling.
2330 Harwood DrHouston, TX 77055
I used Allen Plumbing for a large and messy repipe of my house. I cannot say enough good things about the crew. Every night they cleaned up beautifully and were a very polite and friendly group of guys.Mr Allen was always available for any concerns or questions we had.I would highly recommend …
13016 Player StHouston, TX 77045
From Business: Vulcan Foundation Repair-Full Service Foundation Repair A Trusted Name For Over 30 Years! Lifetime Transferable Warranty Our Family has provided reliable Foundation Repair and House Leveling services in the Houston area since 1978. We repair Slab-on-Grade Foundations, Pier and Beam, and Block and Base, plus offer a wide se…
2001 Bingle RdHouston, TX 77055
From Business: Eagle Plumbing Company has proudly served the Houston area for decades, providing quality plumbing services and outstanding customer service. Eagle Plumbing focuses on Tenant Build Out Work. Contact us today if you have a project for us to quote.
4155 W Bellfort AveHouston, TX 77025
From Business: Established in 2007, TMS South is a merger between three plumbing repair parts distributors located in the Southeast: IMSCO Inc., and Stanco Plumbing Specialties. Located in Houston, Texas, some of the company s vendors include American Standard, Bradley, Bobrick, Bradley, Crane Plumbing, Chicago Faucets, Delta and Kohler.…
10005 W Sam Houston Pkwy NHouston, TX 77064
From Business: Today, customers can really get more from John Moore. With our complete home diagnosis, service capabilities, and finance options, you can get more done by the team you know best. Our #1 goal is finding sustainable repair, maintenance and renovation solutions that improve your home and your quality of life for years to com…
5805 Cypress StHouston, TX 77074
From Business: Strutton Plumbing Company, Inc. operates with 40 employees whose integrity is reflected in everything they do. Being in business since 1971, Strutton Plumbing has developed a vast network of collaborators in the construction field enabling us to manage and accomplish projects on time and within budget. Our passion for this…
10503 Altonbury LnHouston, TX 77031
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Overall I was not very happy with the service received from such a company with great reviews. Starting with no communication from the supervisor either the day before or the day of the job. I woke up to see several trucks none of them had any kind of signs on them parked in front of my house not one person bothered to come and knock or identify themselves and the Brinkmann roofing crew. I knew my job would start that day but still expected better from a well known company. After about 45 mins of being outside a guy came to my front door and as I answered started to walk away from me no handshake no good morning nothing. All I got was " we will be starting your roof we need to finish today so we are starting now" He was annoyed when I asked a few general questions about the job in general and when asked about noticing they seemed short on materials.Around noon I finally got a call from the supervisor telling me he would be there around 2:30pm ( a whole 7 hours after the start of the job) while he was gone I had to stay on top of the crew and had to ask them to replace a piece of decking around my chimney that was clearly leaking and had water stains. Had I not said something about this they were going to leave it there, the guy in charge of the crew was annoyed that I asked them to remove the decking. They did replace a few others areas with no problem up to the standard two sheets of decking.From here on out it was smooth sailing as they placed the new shingles on the roof they did move fast and it does look good. However when they finished it seems they left in a hurry as i was not home when they finished, but there were nails every where a few pieces of trash scattered over the yard. I picked up 27 nails alone from my driveway. They were supposed to run a magnet over the property but obviously did not. This job was finished on a Thursday, had our walk through Friday afternoon and found a few issues with the roof. The supervisor told me he would send someone out on Monday to fix the issues. Here we are on Wednesday and still no repairs have been made or not a single phone call has been made to me to tell if and or when someone would come to fix the issues. I truly expected better from Brinkmann I had quotes for less from other contractors who came highly recommended from others who were happy with their work. But chose brinkmann to avoid issues like this and have someone stand behind their work so far I have not been pleased with them. For far less money I could have gotten the same or better service with someone else.The one good thing I can say about them is before the job it took awhile for me to get my finances available to pay for the job they did stand by as I shuffled things on my end. I am thankful for that but overall I would say it was just a mediocre job from an overrated company
I was having a major plumbing at my house and have called 3 plumbing company to assess the problem. All of them were insured, bonded and certified to do their job and everybody wants to charge a high dollar for their so called professional plumbing job. I was so desperate and needed the problem fix asap but I was so reluctant in spending the high dollar for their services. I did my research online and found Texas Quality Plumbing Co. I did not work for 2days to take care of this problem. And now this is the 4th plumbing company I called and explained to them over the telephone the problem without going around the bush and I was ready to hear another high dollar project amount. It is now 8:30pm and spoke with Mercedes. She said I can have a plumber be there in an hour but there will be a $50 trip charge to asses the problem. I was so glad to see Joe the plumber at my house around 9:30pm. He gave me his honest opinion and best solution to solve my problem which the other 3 companies failed. In short , Joe came back the next morning bright and early together with Josh and Josh 2(Pepe is the real name cuz his uniform was not ready so he borrowed the uniform of Josh 1) eager to work and to fix my problem the same day not 2-3 days as explained by the other 3 companies. They worked non stop for 4 hours without taking any breaks at all. I gave them drinks and decided to make lunches for them for their hard work and dedication. They found and fix the problem and even did extra plumbing services at a very reasonable price. Me and my wife were hats off to these hard working and knowledgeable team of Joe. They are very polite and works quietly just doing their job. No one is goofing off or playing around. For your next plumbing service I would highly recommend the plumbing team of Joe at Texas Quality Plumbing and Mercedes who is the friendly voice that sets up the appointments on a timely manner. She is very compassionate to our tragedy. Folks do not waste your time looking for other plumbing company. I almost fell for the other companies but now I am so glad I found Texas Quality Plumbing. To top it all they offered me 1 year 100% complete customer satisfaction on their services.
I've been very satisfied with Josh from Texas Quality Plumbing both times he has come out. The first time was to install a whole house water filtration system and fix a leaky faucet. After that I signed up for their membership program for $95 (I think), which entitles you to 1) annual whole house plumbing inspection, 2) $95 off your first service call within the membership term, and 3) additional discounts on any service.A few months later my shower drain completely backed up and I couldn't clear it via any of the usual methods. I called at 10:00 at night. Josh and his assistant showed up early the next morning and quickly cleared the drain. While here they also did the whole house plumbing inspection and flushed out the tankless water heater (which requires annual flushing with vinegar for 45 minutes). I thought there was going to be a separate charge for the tankless water heater flushing but to my pleasant surprise that was included in the whole house inspection. There was also a huge discount on the shower drain unclogging due to being a member. So the membership plan saved me several hundred dollars on the second visit over what I would have paid if I had called another company to clear the drain and flush out the water heater.I appreciate that both Josh and his assistant wore covers over their shoes to protect the carpets, and that they were both nice people and easy to deal with. Same for the dispatcher Mercedes. It was helpful that each time she called about half an hour in advance to let me know that the plumbers were on their way. I have recommended Texas Quality Plumbing to others and will call them next time I have a plumbing issue.
This company is really good; they saved us ten thousand dollars that other contractors were going to charge; they also fixed some mistakes made by other contractors. The owner is great to work with. He is open to all ideas and answered all my concerns and developed my ideas even better than I thought could be done when the project was finally finished .His company and staff worked great with my firm and our busy office, On Top Of It All worked around our schedule and kept things running very smooth and did not interfere with our firms day to day activities. I would recommend this company to any one. I found this company on the Better Business Bureau web site; they are no longer members, but they have a perfect record with them. I want to thank this company for not only saving our firm thousand in cost, but also they did work in and on our home in River Oaks and the work was fabulous, I wish there where more companies out there that really work with you like this one did for me and my firm. So hats off to you. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who needs big projects done or home improvement. Thank you again for your superior work that deserves merit. Steve Streich
My wife woke me up at 6 in the morning yelling the toilet is going to over flow how do I stop it. I got up and checked how the water was draining. It was draining S_L_O_W. I realized I needed to call a plumber to clean my drain. I belong to a service club that has plumbers. I called them up and asked the question how much to clean the main line. The lady informed me that she does not give prices the teck will come out and check the problem and give me a quote, HOW EVER THERE IS A $ 50 CHARGE IF I DONT GET THE SERVICE. I also had a $50 discount card for the plumber, the more I thought about it the more I wanted no part of it, sounds like a trap. I went on line and checked out different plumbers only to find out that the plumber in my club was only rated average. Texas Quality plumbing had more reviews than most and had an excellant rating.After using thier service I could easly refer them to a friend !! No the are not the cheaoest, how ever they imprest me as being stright foward, honest, and thie price was fair. I would also like to thank Mercedes, She does an excellant job in coustmer service.Tom
I wanted to share my very positive experience with Alfonso L and his assistant at ARS – Houston North. I had a clogged drain line to a new hot heater that was installed. ARS sent out the technician that installed the hot heater and he said that I now needed a new drain line. I was not at all happy about this as this would entail an additional expense and require having an “ugly” pipe running down the outside of my two story house. I contacted ARS to express my dissatisfaction and request a second opinion. ARS sent out Alfonso L and his assistant. After going up in the attic, Alfonso confirmed that the drain line was indeed clogged but felt that he could get the line unclogged. I am happy to report that Alfonso L and his assistant delivered!!! I can’t say enough about the “can do” attitudes and professionalism they displayed. Not only did they save me money, but I do not have an “ugly” pipe running down the outside of my house. If and when I have future plumbing issues, I will definitely be contacting ARS – Houston North and requesting the services of Alfonso L and his assistant.
I was approached in Home Depot to have ARS come out an evaluate my air conditioner units. I was initially hesitant but decided to hear what they had to say since my units were old and I had been "nursing" them for several years now. On the day of the appointment ARS sent Sharon M out to evaluate my units and discuss options on repairing or replacing them. My initial thought was that "she" would not be as knowledgeable as a guy but Sharon proved me wrong! She climbed into my attic, opened my returns, and walked my house end-to-end to complete her evaluation. She then presented it thoroughly and understandably. She gave me several options with justification for each. This turned out not only being a sales call but also an energy education....which is what I strive for when making major purchases. Sharon was great and because of her knowledge and understanding of her products as an employee, it garnered respect for ARS as a company. Hats off to a great employee!
In response to Aaron: Gemini Plumbing was called out to install an OWNER furnished disposal, the existing disposal was leaking. After installing the owner furnished disposal a GFI "tripped" when we attempted to test the disposal. We made several attempts to reset the GFI and were unsuccessful. Gemini advised the customer to call an electrician. Gemini contacted the electrician and were told the electrician had to replace several GFI's, the electrical panel was seriously overloaded and the customer had multiple other electrical problems, none of which were caused by the replacement of the disposal. The customer paid for our service using a credit card, then stopped payment on the credit card and insisted Gemini pay for his electrical repairs. He even used his Mommy's credit card.... There will be a lien put on this house if Aaron (or his Mommy) doesn't pay this invoice. I give Aaron a 1 star customer rating but his Mommy gets 5 stars for putting up with him all these years...
I had a leak under my hot water heater and had to cut off the water to my house. My homeshield warranty sent a plumbing company that was not honest. Their company gave me a very high estimate that did not cover installing a new line from the street. The company also lied when fixing the cutoff valve in the house. They said they had to move the water heater to replace the valve at a cost of $285 to me. After contacting Plumber Near, the tech suggested the plumber cut a hole in the sheet rock to fix the valve. He was very upset. However, he cut a hole and fixed the valve which did not cost me. He gave me a better solution, better estimate and great advice. He educated me through the process and ensured I understood the problem and my options. He was prompt and did what he said. He really cared about me and fixing my problem. I can't say enough good things about Plumber Near. I HIGHLY recommend this company! All people here is humble and honest. Thank you.
I've been using Aaron's Plumbing for about a year now because one of our area directors for Russo's restaurant brought him on. We had a grease trap that wasn't functioning well and Gilbert came out to fix that as well as a leak in our kitchen sink. Just this past Wednesday the guys were here to fix a drain underneath a soda machine. We've also used them to adjust the temperature on the sinks when they weren't up to code. As the manager for one of our restaurants, I've worked with them several times and appreciate that they are very cordial, will talk about the issue and give pointers about what can prevent the issues in the future. They will ask how our day is and are great to work with as they go out of their way to fix these issues. Pricing is market rate, which is much better than the other big name plumbers that we've used in the past. I would absolutely recommend his services to others.
Gutters aren't the prettiest part of a home's exterior, but they are incredibly important. Without gutters, rain can pose a serious threat to your roof and foundation.
Gutters act like funnels that are ready to catch the rain when it falls and redirect it away from your home. The downspout or leader is the part of the gutter system that allows the water to flow down and away from the foundation.
Without the gutter in place surrounding a roof, rainwater pours onto a home's siding and can cause damage over time, including discoloration, weakened siding, or mold. Water standing on a roof can also get under shingles and cause similar damage. If the shingles or siding become extremely deteriorated, the water damage could infiltrate the interior of a home and lead to additional, and more costly, issues.
Continuous rain pouring down from the roof can also cause the soil around a home to erode. As the soil washes away, water can begin to collect directly adjacent to the home's foundation and eventually make its way into a basement.
A gutter and downspout system mitigates these problems by collecting rainwater and making sure it is released at a safe distance from the home.
There are several different styles of gutters from which homeowners can choose.
K-style gutters, also known as Ogee or formed gutters, have a flat bottom and back. The outward-facing wall of the gutter is usually flared outward with a decorative shape that often mimics crown molding. These typically hold about twice as much water than half-round gutters and cost more as well.
Half-round gutters, also simply called round gutters, are typically found on older homes. They are U-shaped and hold significantly less water than a K-style gutter.
Square or box gutters have flat bottoms, backs, and fronts.
Round downspouts connect to round gutters.
Square downspouts connect to either square gutters or K-style gutters. They are usually rectangular in shape, with dimensions of either 2 inches by 3 inches or 3 inches by 4 inches.
Spiral or otherwise decorative downspouts are also available, though they are typically more expensive than round or square downspouts.
Guards are sometimes added to protect gutters from excessive wear and tear that the changing seasons may bring. Leaf guards keep leaves and debris from building up inside the gutter, while snow guards protect gutters during harsh winters.
Just as gutters come in several shapes, they can also be crafted out of various materials. Each has its pros and cons. The most common size and shape is the 6-inch K-style gutter, and the pricing information that follows refers to this combination.
The most popular material is aluminum, which is lightweight, doesn't rust, and is easy to install. They can also come in various colors and be painted to match a home's siding. About 70 percent of gutters are seamless, which means they are installed right onto the home from a long spool of aluminum shaped and cut to size.
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The only gutter material less expensive than aluminum is vinyl, which comes with several downsides. Vinyl gutters don't hold up well in cold weather, the color will easily fade in the sun, and they don't support ladders leaned against them. On the plus side, they are easily installed and aren't heavy.
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Steel is strong and will resist rust for about 5 to 10 years. It can also come in a variety of colors and easily be painted to match a home. However, it is heavy and difficult to install.
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Many copper gutters are the half-round shape and found on older or historic homes. Their better qualities include their exceptional beauty compared to other gutter material options and their resistance to rust, even after many years. In time, though, the copper will develop a patina, or layer of oxidation, which many homeowners prefer. However, they require a professional installation, unlike the other metals that can be installed by an adventurous or knowledgeable homeowner. Copper is also one of the more expensive materials.
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Zinc gutters will last a very long time and are typically used in historic renovations and high-end homes. There is no need to paint them, and, like copper gutters, they will develop a patina after a few years. Also like their copper cousins, zinc gutters must be installed by a professional. Zinc gutters are only available in the half-round shape and are usually 6 inches across.
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Many homes built before the 1960s had wooden half-round gutters installed. Some homeowners like the traditional or natural look of wooden gutters. However, they require special maintenance. Wooden gutters should be oiled regularly to prevent drying, cracking or deterioration. They are also heavy compared to metal versions.
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Just like any other important home feature, there will come a time when you will have a problem with your gutters. Luckily, there is usually a quick fix for most gutter issues.
Most homeowners have had to address clogged gutters at some point or another. This is typically an autumn-related issue, as falling leaves land in the gutters. Cleaning them out should be an annual or semi-annual chore, depending on how many leaves and other debris commonly build up in your gutters. The chore can be tedious, time-consuming, and dirty but is easily done by anyone who isn't afraid of heights and owns a ladder. However, if this doesn't sound appealing to you, it's not hard to find a professional who will do it for between $50 and $250, depending on how large your home is.
Downspouts That Drain Too Close to the Home
The purpose of the downspout is to direct rainwater a safe distance away from a foundation to mitigate water damage. To that end, downspouts should drain at least four to five feet away from the home. If a downspout is draining too close to a foundation, an extension can easily be added, usually for the same per-linear-foot price as the material of the gutter.
A leak or hole in a gutter system completely undermines the purpose of the gutter. It's important to get this issue fixed before the next rainstorm to prevent residual damage. If the leak is located at a joint or seam, caulking is usually a good fix and is easy to find at any hardware store for about $5. The remedy for holes elsewhere in the gutter depends on the size. Smaller holes can be addressed with gutter sealant. Bigger holes might require a patch or some metal flashing, also sold at most hardware stores.
Gutters with the Wrong Pitch
For the rainwater to be guided to the downspout and away from the home, gutters need to be slanted so the water can easily slide down toward the opening. If the gutters are too level, standing water can become heavy and cause damage. Mold can build up and, eventually, the gutters can overflow and cause water damage to your home or foundation.
The ideal pitch is angled one-quarter of an inch down for every 10 feet across. If your gutters were installed professionally and you notice standing water, call the company and request that they come address the issue. If you installed your gutters yourself, you may need to rehang the gutter.
Sagging or Pulling Gutters
Gutters that are sagging or pulling away from the house generally don't have enough support for how much they weigh. Installing a few more hangers in problem areas can usually alleviate the issue.
While it's not unusual to experience one or more of the aforementioned problems during your time living in a home with gutters, there are some measures you can take to prevent these issues. Clogged gutters can be avoided by cleaning them before buildup becomes a problem. When doing so, be sure to pay close attention to the downspout, and see that all water can flow smoothly through the whole system.
Leaf guards could help in heavily wooded areas where leaf buildup is a common problem. Also, snow guards can help prevent snow and ice from building up during the winter, which could put undue stress on the gutters.
Wood gutters should be oiled to help them last longer and remain effective. Shingle oil is a good product that will protect against weathering and allow the wood to breathe.
Though gutters will typically last many years, there may come a time when replacement is inevitable. If you have patched aging gutters for several years, it might be time to replace the whole system. To do this, you'll have to decide whether you want to take on the project yourself or hire a professional.
A professional is required for:
A professional is recommended for:
A professional will make replacement easier, but isn't always necessary for:
If it's time to replace or repair your gutters, hiring a professional is often the best way to go, especially if you are inexperienced with this type of home repair. Professionals will be able to spot a small problem before it becomes a big one, and they know how to safely work with the tools required for the job.
Before hiring a professional, make sure they have workers' compensation insurance and liability insurance.
Additionally, it's important to recognize that a gutter installation or repair can affect the roof. Before you agree to any work being done on your gutters, be sure that your roof warranty won't be affected. Your roof is one of the most important features of a home, and should you run into an issue with it, you'll want your warranty to be valid.
Before hiring anyone, get as much detail about the job as possible. Ask about:
Getting references before hiring a professional of any kind will give you a good idea of what their customer service is like as well as whether they do quality work. Talk to friends and family who have hired the gutter installer before making your decision. If you don't know anyone who has worked with this company before, go online to find reviews, or simply ask the company for references.