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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.
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.
After having two other companies come out for a leak search, we called Santhoff. They quickly informed us that the pan that goes below the tile in our shower (shower pan) was leaking and must be replaced. After getting several prices we went with Santhoff. The quality of work was top notch, the plumbers were friendly and professional. Mr Santhoff himself even came out to the job site and helped us re-design the shower so it was more eye appealing as well as more functional than before. They also changed out the shower value while they were their and recommeneded us to a fantastic tile man. I can't believe the difference in the appearance of the bathroom now. From the minute the phone was picked up at the office until the final piece was installed on the shower, everything was PERFECT!! I can't believe the level of service this company provided us, they have exceeded my expectations every step of the way.
A Plus Plumbing Services exceeded my expectations. I needed to have the shut-off valves for my washing machine replaced and some angle stops checked. The service technician arrived on-time and got right to work. If he had a question about how I wanted something done, he explained the pros and cons of doing it each way. As he was working, I explained a couple of other issues that I was having and he quickly diagnosed those issues and was able to begin and finish those repairs also. Never did I feel as though he was wasting time. He was efficient and thorough. He let me know what he was doing every step of the way. I truly appreciated his proactive approach and willingness to help. In the next few months I have a water heater that will need to be replaced. There is no doubt who I will be calling when its time to do that. Overall, a great experience. Thanks A Plus Plumbing Services.
I've hired John Moore Services for a couple of jobs now and was really happy with the outcome of both. One was relatively small and easy - putting a drip pan beneath a hot water heater. The other was gigantic and heinous - leaking pipes beneath my foundation, which took 2 or 3 days to completely repair. In both cases, the technicians were great to work with and extremely patient and thorough. For the latter job in particular, I was very impressed. They had to go through my garage floor, dig out a mound of dirt and store it in the driveway until the job was done, fix the multiple leaks, then back fill all of the dirt and cement in the hole in the garage floor. When they were done, I honestly couldn't tell that anything had been out of sorts. They left the place exactly as they found it; no small task considering the size and nature of the job.
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.