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.
It does help in regards to procedures and rules in order to better understand your options.  Obviously cost is always an issue and the size of the company probably determine the labor cost.  That is why some times people take chances with "others' hoping that there have good experience but because they are independent operators there pricing might be more flexible.
I am not a plumber, but I am familiar with oxidation.  Many simple plumbing valves only need to be removed and new "O" rings installed.  That's where the problem comes in.  Most older homes used metal pipes and not PVC.  Usually the valve screws into a different type of metal and oxidation occurs between the two metals, almost becoming one.  In order to get the valve stem out you have to break it loose.  If you break the pipe, not only do you have a mess but then you have to pay to fix it.  Simple if you break it you pay.  If a plumber breaks it, he is responsible.  I recommend paying the plumbers fee and save yourselves headaches in the long run. 

Rooter service is, essentially, when a plumbing service comes in and uses a number of different devices in order to perform water pipe repair. They may go in and run water through the drains, use special tools that they snake through your drains so that they can unclog them, and even take parts of the water pipe system apart so that they can take out some of the clogs manually. It depends on your system and what your plumber does.
We stand behind the quality of our workmanship with complete warranties on all of our labor. Whether we are providing you with excavation services, sewer line repair, bathroom plumbing service, or basement plumbing, you can feel confident knowing you are getting the best. We specialize in every type of plumbing service you might need including kitchen plumbing repair, outdoor plumbing repair, underground plumbing, and bathroom repair and remodel service. Our kitchen plumber or bathroom plumber will ensure that your plumbing systems are in pristine condition.
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.
The word "plumber" dates from the Roman Empire.[3] The Latin for lead is plumbum. Roman roofs used lead in conduits and drain pipes[4] and some were also covered with lead, lead was also used for piping and for making baths.[5] In medieval times anyone who worked with lead was referred to as a plumber as can be seen from an extract of workmen fixing a roof in Westminster Palace and were referred to as plumbers "To Gilbert de Westminster, plumber, working about the roof of the pantry of the little hall, covering it with lead, and about various defects in the roof of the little hall".[6] Thus a person with expertise in working with lead was first known as a Plumbarius which was later shortened to plumber.

I am so happy we went with Charlie's Rooter Service! Louis is extremely personable and knowledgeable! He kept both my husband and I in the loop at all times. I was able to view through his video camera of the roots that were penetrating into or already inside the pipes almost every 4ft-5ft. I was even able to videotape it so I can share it with my husband while he was working at the hospital. In addition Louis noticed these clay pipes were not aligned (probably from earthquakes and the intrusion of roots).... we also only had two original clean outs (one by the kitchen sink and one by the laundry)- we had zero around our bathrooms!
I want to thank Luis and Charlie's Rooter Service for Outstanding customer service. Luis came out for a clogged shower and later to find out that the cause was my main sewer line. He was honest on the cost and what needed to be done, Luis gave me options to make my decision easy. He was polite and professional, if you need quality work I would recommend Luis and Charlie's! Thank you Luis

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