Pipes: When to Repair, When to Replace, and Average Costs »
Don't wait until it's too late. Repairing and replacing your pipes is important, especially if you live in areas with extreme weat…
Don't wait until it's too late. Repairing and replacing your pipes is important, especially if you live in areas with extreme weat…
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If your toilet is losing water, the problem can usually be quickly identified by taking a look inside the tank.
We had our sewer back-up on us. Jason was the first tech on-site to troubleshoot. He was very professional and arrived called me before arriving. He could not get the line cleared, so he requested that a water jet be brought out. Carl was onsite within the hour with the water jet or something and a camera, and they found the issue was a broken pipe out near the sidewalk. They thoroughly explained the situation and my options. We moved forward with the entire sewer replacement, in addition to a new water line at the same time. When they dug up the connection at the sidewalk, they also determined that both neighbors were connected at that location. We talked both neighbors into replacing their lines as well, to eliminate the hassle of having to dig up our front yard again in the future. The crew were very courteous and made sure to communicate everything that was happening and answer any questions we had about the process. Joe went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with their services, tying in daily to explain where they were in the process and what was left to be done. I definitely will recommend Williams to my friends and family. We plan to have more pluming work done in our house this fall, and I will be calling Williams.
My job relocated me and I recently bought a new house in Tulsa. Having a bad experience with a service company before, I am always a little leery of having to call someone that I haven't ever used before, but I had no choice being new to the city. I asked around at work and a couple colleagues suggested calling Williams. After calling around to some plumbing companies, I found that the prices were pretty comparable. My problem was that when I did a load of laundry, the drain would back up. I needed someone out quick because laundry was stacking up. I took a chance and called Williams. The technician that came out was VERY professional, knew EXACTLY what to do to fix the problem, and even took the time to tell me why it was happening... impressive! I was so pleased with the service that I recently used them again to change out a kitchen faucet. Both times I used them I have been super pleased with the service they provided. I will be telling everyone that asks me about how they treated me, the professionalism they showed me, and the quality work they provided me. Thanks to Williams, now I found the plumber I will always use in Tulsa.
The owner of the company came out to my mom's house and really did a great job! He came out to her house the same day we called him. He was very nice, was very helpful and courteous. My mom had been having several high water bills and we knew she must have several problems with her plumbing so we were a little nervous, but the plumber Collin was very honest and had very reasonable rates. One underground valve was leaking and just needed to be tightened. Other plumbers would probably have said it needed to be replaced to charge more, but this plumber was honest. He also replaced an outdoor faucet that was old and leaking and fixed another leak on my mom's property. He was very punctual and efficient. I'm so glad we called him.
William's Plumbing & Drain Service is a class act. I called them out on an emergency for one of my customers that had raw sewage backing up in their store and they were out in no time at all and got them all fixed up. It's kind of hard when you are calling from out of state and need help but William's just jumped right in and got my customer out of a big jam. I really appreciate their professionalism and integrity. I will be calling them again and again!! :o) Thank you so much! - Approved Maintenance - Wichita, Kansas
The service with Paragon Plumbing was exceptional. Our hot water heater flooded our house and after cleaning up what we could we called Collin at Paragon. He came (on a Sunday) and gave us an estimate and let is know he could start then. We were of course grateful to have hot water so he started then. He even went so far as to make sure our wood and walls were free of rot. He was very quick and professional, a perfectionist of the best kind. We are so glad we have a plumber in town to rely on!
I called this morning about a replacement toilet, got a prompt and courteous return call from Troy. Troy located the fixture, delivered and installed it after first reviewing the scope and estimated cost with me. This is the best and most professional experience I have ever had with a plumbing company. Troy was a pleasure to work with, and I will not hesitate to call on Troy and Williams Plumbing should I have need in the future.
Wonderful service, friendly, professional, fast, tidy at a great price. I will recommend this company to friends and family and use them for all my future plumbing needs. He showed up exactly at the scheduled time, fixed my leaking/running toilet quickly, left everything neat and tidy and charged very little! It's such a relief to have found an honest, and skilled plumber.
I recently had to have new fixtures installed in a home I was remodeling. The gentleman was very knowledgeable. He completed it in a timely manner, cleaned up after himself, and was very reasonably priced. I would definately recomend this company! I will be using them again the next time I need a plumber!
Excellent work. Very prompt amd proficient and I was amazed at how reasonable Mr. Cunningham's price's were compared to the other company's. I would recommend and to everyone asking. thanks for listening.....Milana
jvc plumbing is great. He was quick and thorough.. Havent had anymore problems out of that leaky faucet.. if i would have known it was so simple i would have called jvc alot sooner.i am very pleased with my outcome.
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.