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1321 N San Jacinto StSan Antonio, TX 78207
From Business: Harrell Plumbing Company, Inc. is proud to provide professional plumbing services for over 30 years! Restaurants, strip malls, office buildings, medical facilities, hotels...Harrell Plumbing Co., Inc is the plumbing contractor of choice for many well known general contractors and high profile projects. We have been engaged…
2013 West AveSan Antonio, TX 78201
We had no idea who to call ... our water heater went out, impressed with the whole operation... from the dispatcher to the gentleman that was sent out to service our heater which in the end had to be replaced because the part that was needed was no longer made. We were kept informed during the …
1039 FresnoSan Antonio, TX 78201
Ralph was very knowledgeable. He is friendly and explained to me the process of what he was doing. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a plumber. Thanks for everything!!
1331 Basse Rd Ste 2San Antonio, TX 78212
I had a water heater went out and first thing I did, I called this best plumber I totally recommended.... they come out and fix my heater and function up.
1914 Breeden AveSan Antonio, TX 78212
From Business: International Mechanical Services, Inc ( IMS ) is a Texas based mechanical contracting company specializing in HVAC and Plumbing. IMS offers a complete range of mechanical services and we aim to get your job done on-time and within your budget. IMS is dedicated to keeping ahead of our industries' advancements in service an…
5103 Mccullough AveSan Antonio, TX 78212
From Business: For years, the master plumbers of San Antonio have served the community for every need from faucet replacements and leaking showerheads to new San Antonio plumbing installations, plumbing repairs, and emergency plumbing in San Antonio, TX. However, despite how inclusive our service options are, our staffing is much more sp…
5917 San Pedro Ave Ste 1San Antonio, TX 78212
From Business: Based in San Antonio, Texas, Specia Plumbing & Electric has been in operation since 1908. It offers services in the area of plumbing, electric and tile segments. The firm possesses service departments for both commercial and residential customers, which include plumbing, electrical as well as tile repairs and new construct…
110 Connelly StreetSan Antonio, TX 78203
From Business: A-Tex Plumbing & Utilities is here to handle all of San Antonio s commercial and residential plumbing needs. Our family owned and operated company specializes in all areas of plumbing. If it involves plumbing, you name it, we do it!
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We hired A&A after getting a free quote for installing new water softner. Their workers were on time and provided great info and advice. We interviewed another company but A&A impressed us. NOTE: We also had 4 OTHER water service providers spiels - one even show up as soon as we pulled into the driveway an hour after we closed!! So we heard about 6 pitches total. A&A prices were comparable - we paid around $2.5K, which includes maintenance plan. Something that not all other pitches even mentioned.The same A&A guys (David & Abe) who provided the inital quote also worked on our softner and definitely put in the hours to get the job done correct and on time. They also informed us about the service plan that goes one step more with just installing a water softner - I'm glad we went their plan. None of the other pitches clarified as clearly the level of work or services need to maintain our system. In the long run, we have peace of mind and guanrantees with our installation & maintenance of our system. About 2 weeks ago I noticed a billing fluke and called the office. They fixed the issue quickly and efficiently. As a new resident to Texas, I'm very impressed with the quality of workmanship and professionalism of A&A plumbing and have already and will continue to recommend their services.
The Vidorra concierge scheduled us for an appointment with O'Haver Plumbing, Ltd, to fix an issue at the unit we're renting (faulty pressure balancing valve on a shower we had never used before). First, we were unknowingly charged a $39 trip charge for a job that is 20 miles from their office in the same city. I understand the trip charge if you're charging for coming out and no work is completed, but if you're charging $89/hour for the repair and an additional $65 for the material, seems throwing a trip charge on top of the work is unnecessarily padding the margins - you're a business, get a good accountant who understands vehicle depreciation or mileage expenses. Second, they do not accept credit cards (I get it - they don't want to pay 3% for having a merchant account affiliated with each credit card they process - it would be nice though for the customer to know ahead of time). Finally, their website is not functional to voice a complaint to them directly, so this is my alternative. The repair was done correctly, so two stars are warranted in that regards, however it very well could have been a five star rating if these other issues didn't exist.Michael Lucas
I called four different plumbing companies trying to get a quote for the replacement of the Temperature/Pressure valve of a 40 Gallon gas water heater. Quotes went from $190 to $400 for a very simple repair.I finally resolved to call Lujan Plumbing, I got an estimate for $112 with a $10 discount that brought it to $102. I have scheduled for the next day at 10AM.The next day, Mr. Frank Lujan showed up on time and he have taken a look at Temperature/Pressure valve which surprisingly appeared o be working, but after further inspection he advised me that I should replace it, because when activated, it would leave a small stream of water would be leaking.I agreed with his decision, and he completed the work in less than 20 minutes. The old Temperature/Pressure valve was extremely corroded, and it would not have caused a lot of problems if I decided to keep it. Frank made sure that there is no leak, and cleaned the work area before leaving.I am extremely pleased with Mr. Frank's honesty, work ethics and professionalism, and I would like to recommend him for anyone looking for a professional plumbing service at a reasonable price.
I like working with Michael and Yolanda Ortega. Michael's a diligent plumber, comes promptly to do good work and gets the job done quickly and honestly and cordially. I've had him out several times to do different plumbing jobs--expansion tank for my water heater (recommended by a Home Inspector), cleaning out a slow tub drain, installing my new sink plumbing in the kitchen after a granite countertop upgrade we did with Costco contractors. When we had the new sink plumbing done, we first called Aramendia Plumbers because we had seen their advertising on TV. They came and estimated the job at $500 less a 10% senior citizen discount = $450. I hit the ceiling said "No way!" and almost threw them out for such banditry. I then worked with MagicService to find Ortega Plumbing. He promptly came out and did the same job for $164.00! Can you believe that difference in price?? Some of the companies out there will steal you blind if you let them. It's really nice to find a great personable and competent plumber like Michael. He's my plumber from now on!
Daryl & Clay were at my house within 2 hours. Daryl performed diagnostics on my outside unit & determined it was a bad breaker in my breaker box- not my A/C unit. He explained that an electrician would be needed to fix the problem. He then scheduled an electrician come by the next morning. He reached for his invoice book as I reached for my checkbook. "oh, there's no charge" he said. "This is a FREE service call." Are you kidding me? Come on now. What's the catch? There WAS no catch. After getting my eyes poked out dozens of times by every trade imaginable, "Will"Fix It"goes "old-school" and sends out 2 professionals to help me & my family. Wow. Well done, guys. Thank you Daryl M. so much & good luck Clay.
Jose came buy earlier than expected, which was nice. He seemed to really know what he was talking about. I had two drippy faucets behind my washing machine. I told him I want to go ball valve. He told me that those valves would be more appropriate for outdoor faucets. He then went to the plumbing supply store (more than one) to look for ball valves, then called me. This time when he said the other type of faucet was just as good, I listened. He was very professional, and listened to what I wanted, and went looking for it! Once we had the right valves, he promptly put them in with little problem. I felt that the right product was installed by the right guy! Extremely pleased!
Yesterday (1/16/12) I asked the plumber at A-Tex to come out to my home to help me determine if there was a water leak on my property. Approx 45 minutes after I called, A-Tex was at my home, starting to trouble-shoot the problem. In approx 15 minutes, they discovered that the technician who had checked the Backflow Valve back in late March 2011 had left the test port partially open, and that is where the extra water was coming from! Upon checking the water meter, we determined that it was indeed the source of the leakage. This business gets an excellent rating from me, as they were prompt, punctual and seemed to know how to find the source of the problem.
I HAVE USED PRONTO ROOTER PLUMBING FOR SEVERAL JOBS .I HAD A WATER HEATER REPLACED UP IN THE ATTIC AND NEW INSTALLATION IN GARAGE FOR A MOP SINK. I WAS TOLD BY A PREVIOUS PLUMBER HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST FOR HEATER WHICH WAS RIDICULOUS AND MOP SINK WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE INSTALLED. WELL WITH THERE KNOWLEDGE ANDNEW PRODUCTS THEY ARE UP TO DATE WITH WERE ABLE TO DO THE JOB IN A TIMELY MANNER. BESIDES THEM BEEN COURTEOUS PLUMBERS THEY DID A FA\\NTASTIC JOB!! VERY CLEAN POLITE AND THEIR MAIN CONCERN WHEN JON DONE ASK IF I WAS HAPPY WITH IT. JOB!!! WELL DONE I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYBODY ASKING FOR A GOOD PLUMBING COMPANY.
We bought a new unit when we moved inot our home. A year later, we had issues with it creating power surges. Will's All Pro was going to charge us $350 to fix their mistake, so we took care of it. 6 months later, we're having more problems and got the gold membership to curb the $50 that we were shouldering with each visit they had to make because of the issues with the system. RIGHT NOW we are having to pay another $160 for an emergency visit which the gold membership ($35 a month) is supposed to cover because the unit is out again. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!! They'll keep milking you due to their faulty equipment.
I feel I was in the hands of a competent professional this week with making a decision to purchase a replacement HVAC system. Good selection of models & features was offered. I also appreciate the multiple discounts I received. This was a major investment in our home and I felt no pressure even after stating I had a later appointment for a second opinion. The installation went smoothly. The Technicians were professional & polite. When they left not a trace of them having been there except a cool comfortable home. My gratitude for a job well done looking forward to years of association with Will Fix It.
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.