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I am a retired senior citizen lady. The Mr Rooter person who came to my house did not give me his name. He was condescending & rude. He charged $185 but only cleared half of my 60' line. He showed me a few tree roots but refused to cut through them, even though they were not bad. He said he would have to charge $3,000. even though he would have used his same cutting machine. When I said $3,000 was excessive, he told me the water was flowing down "good enough." and he left in a hurry. In addition to $185 for 7 minutes of dishonesty & sloppy work, he charged me $60 for a little container of root killer. Two days later I saw the EXACT same product for only $18 at Walmart. I will never call Mr Rooter again.
ames and his team are top notch! They are available in an emergency, even at odd hours. The tools they have on hand offer options that the others cannot handle. Trust James to unplug your clog or fix your broken line in a jiffy. Thank you James!
Reliable and dependable professional. Such a wonderful experience. Quite affordable as well. Haven't found a better plumber from Nevada, Bay Area and Shasta than Gardner Plumbing. Thank you for being honest and affordable.
Professional is not a word that comes to mind when I think of Dan at Edgewood Plumbing. A couple of months ago, he came out to our house, in Redding, to repair a leak under our kitchen sink. About an hour after he completed the call, my wife noticed that the sink was leaking again and called Dan again. During his return visit, my wife asked Dan if he would be willing to travel to our vacation cabin, in northern Shasta County, to fix a leaky faucet in the bathtub. The cabin is in a rather remote area, so I was very happy to hear that he would be willing to make the trip, and I certainly didn't mind paying for his travel time . I sent Dan a picture, and a diagram, of the leaky faucet. As agreed, I contracted Dan just before we left for a 10 day trip, to confirm that he was coming. He was, and I gave him directions and my cell phone #, so that he could text me. On the 7th day of our trip, I still hadn't heard anything from Dan, so I texted him. He said he planned to come that day, and would text me when he left Redding. He never showed, nor did he call or text me. I waited the next day for him to contact me. Nothing. Finally, on the day before we were scheduled to leave, I texted him and asked if he planned on coming. To this, Dan responded that he was "busy" and just wasn't going to be able to make it.It goes without saying that trying to get a plumber on short notice, particularly in outlying areas, is a nightmare. Dan knew this and, despite making a commitment to do work for me for which I was willing to pay his full rate, plus travel, he opted to first string me along, and then leave me high and dry (actually, not so dry). With 3 rentals and a home, in Redding, it is very likely that I would have used Edgewood Plumbing numerous times in future years, even if they didn't always do the job right the first time. But, if I can't trust somebody to keep their word, I won't do business with them. Because, to me, integrity means something. I wish it did to Dan.
The new owner has turned this company into a top-of-the-line service provider in Redding. They really want to solve your problem at a fair price, and they do it all: Leaks, Septic Pumping, remodels....you name it.
I love the team at Kirk Young Plumbing. I changed out a pipe the day I gave birth to my 3rd child and vowed then and there to never do it again. Maybe it was the labor pains speaking, but none the less. I've had Dillion out to my property many a time and have been nothing but impressed with his quality of work, the timeliness, cleanliness, and knowledge.
Bullock Plumbing Company is by far the most professional full service plumbing company. For all of your residential and commercial plumbing needs, I highly recommend BPC. We use him at MD Imaging and his reasonable rates and honesty set him aside from other companies.
Failed to fix leaks under the house coming from hall bathroom. Failure to communicate to me that they were not fixed. Also rude.I contacted Gardner Plumbing (I spoke to Patti) regarding some plumbing issues I needed fixed at my house in Lakehead, CA.They were safety straps on the water heater, leaky valves in the hall bathroom and a leak under the house where the hall bathroom was.A "technician" was sent out the next morning. He fixed the water heater strapping issue (which turned out to be a lengthy problem - water had to be drained from it and it had to be moved out). I did not complain about the water heater issue. I was billed many hours for that - and I told Gardner that I understand.The technician fixed the leaky valves in the hall and did a good job. However the technician did not fix the leaks under the house at the hall bathroom. He also did not tell me they were not fixed. I had a house inspector (the house is in escrow to be sold - I had communicated that to Patti) come in two days later and the house was cited for 2 leaks under the house at the hall bathroom. And the plumber never told me that he hadn't fixed them. No call and no communication.I had a lot of trouble getting the bill from this man. (it took 6 days to get it).My real estate agent wanted me to talk to him so I did. The man was defensive and he was a bit belligerent. He wanted to talk about the water heater and how difficult it was - I told him I understood (the bill had come to $600) I wanted to know why he'd had not fixed the hall bathroom leaks? He said because it wasn't on his manifest. But in reality on my bill he said he fixed a master bathroom shower head which no one asked him too - and could not have been on a manifest. Ultimately this plumber had fixed things I had not asked him to do and failed to fix the things I asked for.During the call to discuss this - the plumber acted like he would in no way attempt to understand or remedy this problem. I told him I would pay his bill but would report him to the the Better Business Bureau and Angie's list. He hung up on me.He called my real estate agent and told her I as screaming at him and had threatened to sue him. Neither of these were true.
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.