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I first hired to change out my kitchen faucet and the plumbing underneath. His pricing was very reasonable and he did a great job--making sure that the area was kept clean and everything was perfectly positioned.But I didn't get to truly experience genius until the second time I hired him. I'd had another plumbing company (also one that gets 5 stars on Yelp) come several months earlier to do a bunch of random things in my house, including install a new anchor in a Kohler toilet and change out a gas pipe under my fireplace. That first company that came changed the anchor on the toilet--but did it wrong--leaving me with the same problem I had before the anchor was changed. They also spent a long time on the fireplace, and told me that it was impossible to change out the pipe without having a contractor come out and dismantle the entire fireplace--tearing out the tile and then replacing it after the pipe was changed. This was going to cost me hundreds of dollars and was a project I really didn't want to undertake.So Cody came over to change out one of my toilets. When he was done, I mentioned the anchor on the other toilet, and he was like "let me take a look." Seriously--within 10 minutes he fixed it--properly! Then, as I was walking him to the door, I mentioned the fireplace thing, and he again said, "let me take a look." No joke--he had the old pipe (and valve, which was also bad) out within about 10 minutes--then ran to Home Depot to get a replacement, came back, and had the fireplace working again. I was shocked, since I watched the guys from the other company spend so much time trying to figure out how to do it, before ultimately telling me it couldn't be done.
Ricardo D. and Aaron were professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. They repaired my plumbing problem with minimal inconvenience to me and referred me to another company to assess any water damage caused by my plumbing leak. I have used South West Plumbing in the past and will continue to do so. I highly recommend this company.
Work done well and on time, a pleasure to work with the various crew members, always professional and very courteous. Raul P was especially good both in his skills and personal interactions.
Seattle is EXPENSIVE! And it is very difficult to get quality work swiftly. Bee's was as good as it gets...prices were a little high, but after discussing options & the extent of work we needed, it was clear that the prices were well within range...plus they were out VERY quickly. They identified the true issue behind our immediate issue...which probably will save us thousands in other plumbing failures in the future. In other words, they didn't just fix the one problem, collect payment & move on...Ben took the time to provide FANTASTIC customer service & identified the root of our problem. He's very knowledgeable in both HVAC & plumbing...and the next time I have any issue...Bee's Plumbing & Heating will be our FIRST & ONLY call. Thank you for caring. Thank you for your quality of work.So a note on the pricing: they use a pricing provider that bases pricing on Seattle prices, not national averages. You're going to find that is the case with all of the local *licensed, bonded & insured* Seattle HVAC & plumbing contractors...if you're getting a toilet installed for the national average ($376 according to Home Advisor in November 2017) you're probably not dealing with a licensed contractor, you're dealing with an apprentice, or you're going to wait days or weeks to get someone in. Ben extended me $400/toilet & gave me $100/toilet discount for hauling the toilets away myself. So he was less than the national average & FAR less than the average in Seattle...I had him do 3 toilets, 2 faucet installs & a furnace repair...so if you have a bunch of work, he'll work with you. If you're looking for a single toilet install...you should expect a little more: like probably $450 or so. He offers a deal on Yelp too, which I didn't see until after he was here, but he built in the discount for me anyway.Bee's is an owner operated husband & wife team whose service goes above & beyond...and really, that is just awesome to find now days. I HIGHLY recommend them.
Great personal service- we initially had an issue with an office they shut down but the went above and beyond to correct it and we will use them again!
Bee's Plumbing and Heating comes out same day and is fully ready to tackle any plumbing or heating project.
They did a really nice job on our bathroom and kitchen sink. My husband is getting too old to crouch down and do our plumbing anymore so we were happy to get Ally out here to take care of it for us. Thanks so much.
Just used Ally Plumbing last week and they did well. They came out to do a full inspection of our water heater and will be coming back out to do a repair this week. Their customer service is excellent. Would highly recommend these plumbers.
These guys aren't overrated at all. Since the time they walked into our home, they had a brilliant presentation of their services and how they could best benefit us. They were able to quickly repair multiple faucets in our home that were faulty upon us moving in. We are going to need to use Ally again for our shower and toilet. They did a great job so far! Would highly recommend Ally to anyone seeking as certified, competent plumbing company.
I'm really surprised with how quickly and easily Ally Plumbing was able to diagnose the problems with our garbage disposal and water heater and able to come up with a feasible solution within seconds. They were extremely professional, well spoken, and time oriented. I've never had a better experience with a plumbing company. They even made sure to bring all the materials they would need to work. Very happy to have used them.
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.