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1456 Oliver AveIndianapolis, IN 46221
I will always use Gurney Bush. Don't have the gentleman's name but he was so good...no one could remedy this problem and he did with the confidence…
5240 Commerce CirIndianapolis, IN 46237
We needed someone on a Saturday because the air conditioner was not working. Peterman was very helpful and the technician Joey was very professional
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AC went out on one of the hottest days of the summer while I was at work, leaving my wife and two small children in the heat. I'm a firefighter so I can't just leave work . I contacted Summers and ask them to send a technician to my house. My wife said that the technician that came out was mostly just in his truck on his phone. When I was able to speak with him via her cellphone, he informed me that my equipment was crappy, someone did a horrible job installing it and that there was a leak in the line between the outside unit and the inside unit. The technician quoted me $1,500 to $1,700 how to repair the line but stated that my system still wouldn't work properly. According to him, the inside air handler was one ton smaller than the outside condensing unit. He said he could recharge the system and get it working but he wasn't sure how long it would last. ( Fair enough) I asked him to go ahead and do that because I was going to contact the original installer and have them come out and fix what they screwed up. The technician did something (my wife has no idea what), turned the system on and left. He did not wait to make sure it was cooling, which it was not. Upon doing some online research, I discovered the inside air handler and outside condenser were compatible parts and appropriately-sized. I made sure I was home when the original installer came back out to my house. He showed me the leak in the system which was a very obvious one on a valve on the outside unit. That technician replaced the valve on on the outside unit, recharged the system and then stayed to make sure the system was operating correctly. I contacted Summers with my concerns and requested the charges that were put on my card that day be returned, nothing more. I even offered to let them send a technician out to verify the information I had given them but they chose not to send the technician out and did not return all of the charges that were put on my card. I would not recommend.
Pat responded to my call quickly in the event of rainy weather. He took a long, good look at the sump pump, trying to figure out why it was failing. He was very patient with me, communicating through writing notes as I am deaf myself. He even bothered to explain why the pipe for discharging water was not good and why it needed to be replaced. To sum it up, I have not seen any honest worker, like Pat, before and I was very pleased with his work. Highly recommended!
I have been using this company for my home for 20 years. The same young man that has been here the last two times is so polite, courteous and very personable, and informative. Macs has always been a 5 star company, and this young man gave me info that I didn’t know about servicing my tank before it’s flooded. He is right on! I refer this company to everyone.
Repaired a frozen hose bib, repaired a toilet. No hesitation on the plumber's part- obvious he knows what he's doing. Friendly, licensed(#), received plumbing training (MOS) in the U.S. AIR FORCE, covers his shoes, ALWAYS courteous, arrives a tad early, cleans-up after his work is finished. Just can't get much better. -Frank Keller
Very professional and prompt. Fixed our issues quickly and without mess or price gouging. Will use if ever needed again.
Expert drain cleaning at the lowest cost in Indy: I called Pat in regard to cleaning my main drain which was completely clogged. I got an answering service and even though I didn't leave a message, Pat called me back in short order. His price quote was much lower than the well known cleaning services in Indianapolis. He was able to come across town immediately and within minutes of arrival was working on the drain. I watched him go through a difficult T-pipe with ease and in no time the tree roots in my drain were removed. In talking with Pat I discovered that he had 10+ years experience working with a big drain-cleaning service before striking out on his own. I will certainly call him the next time I need a drain cleaned.
We’ve had Pat out to take care of two projects for our basement pump systems, and he did a great job each time. He was very prompt, got the job done efficiently, cleaned things up afterwards, and was much more affordable than the larger companies that handle similar jobs. He also offered advice on how to care for the devices and things to look out for in the future. Will use him in the future, and highly recommend his services.
Pat is fantastic! We’ve used his services multiple times and always been very satisfied. He does a great job, he’s the one we always call when we have issues, and since we own a older house, issues come up frequently. His prices are very reasonable too.
We called him to help with installing our water softener drain lines, there so perfectly straight and work like a dream! Also he stopped a sewer smell in my kitchen, and noticed our kids bathroom tub was leaking so fixed that to, at a reasonable price, on the weekend! I would recommend him to anyone who needs a plumber!
Very good work. Arrived quickly and cleaned up his work area. I was impressed with his knowledge and skill level
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.