The plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa have provided excellent quality plumbing to the Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa community since 1993. We are proud of Benjamin Franklin’s tradition of friendly customer service and are happy to be Cedar Rapid’s Better Business Bureau certified plumbing repair, maintenance, and installation choice.
Do you have a clogged drain that won’t go away no matter what you do? Is it driving you crazy? Stop wasting your time with dangerously harsh chemicals that don’t even work! You need to call the professionals at Affordable Rooter Service for immediate assistance and clear that drain once and for all. Our team has specialized equipment and the latest technology to quickly clear any drain that is giving you a problem. More than a decade of experience means we get it done right the first time.
If you have a leaking faucet in your home, it could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year on your water bills. A faulty tap can also lead to the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew. One of our expert technicians can quickly and efficiently take care of repairing or replacing that leaking faucet. We can also take care of installing or repairing any of the other plumbing fixtures in your home, including sinks toilets and showers.
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.
Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary, most states and localities require workers to have 2 to 5 years of experience and to pass an exam that shows their knowledge of the trade and of local plumbing codes before they are permitted to work independently. In addition, most employers require plumbers to have a driver’s license.
Charlie is the best! He goes above and beyond! He arrived 1/2 hour before the quoted time, wore covers on his shoes from the moment he arrived on the property, was very polite and was a great conversationalist as well:) When I had to attend to my work, he started in on our nightmare garbage disposal. Before I could finish one email, he was cleaning up after himself and replacing the items under my sink. When I asked how it was going, he announced with a smile that he was all done! (He was here less than 1/2 hr). I have to say not only am I seriously impressed with his work, but his customer service well exceeded my expectations. In addition, he is a local business owner! So support local business and call Charlie!
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.
Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship. Apprentices typically receive 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training, as well as some classroom instruction, each year. In the classroom, apprentices learn safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. Apprenticeship programs are offered by unions and businesses. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some start out as helpers. The Home Builders Institute offers a pre-apprenticeship training program in plumbing and other trades.
I initially called Charlie's Rooter Service (CRS) due to a sewer line backup. Lulu answered and was very nice. She set up the appointment and Luis arrived on time and was also very friendly. He pulled out the largest root structure (out of my pipe) either of us had ever seen. We had a good laugh. He called it the catch of the day and had me take a picture of him with it. The next day, I had an unrelated incident with a sprinkler valve inlet pipe rupturing, due to corrosion (galvanized pipe. Since this situation caused me to lose water service to the house, Charlie sent someone over that day to do an emergency cap off. It was then explained what could be done to provide a permanent fix (basically replacing the old galvanized pipe and creating a new sprinkler valve manifold). A quote was given and the full repair was scheduled for the following day. All is good now, and the job came out $120 below the estimate. Since my regular plumber moved away, I've been trying different plumbers here and there. Charlie's is clearly the most friendly plumbing business I've dealt with. I like everyone I've dealt with so far there. As a result, Charlies's is now my default choice for my plumbing needs.
I got quotes from the top 3 rated plumber/sewer service companies here. Charlie's quote wasn't just the best by far, but he was also the only person to communicate properly and to show up exactly on time. His whole crew takes pride in their work and they stayed well into the night rinsing off the curb and cleaning up the mess. Absolutely brilliant!