This is a good basic washer repair kit for old school type valves and plumbing fixtures. However, does not have a very large variety of different types of washers. A better choice would be the Danco 80817 for $6.19 that has a better assortment, including o rings and slip joint washers for drains. Of course none of these kits have every washer one would ever need for every plumbing job but it is nice to have an inexpensive kit with a lot of various types and sizes of washers that are available on a moments notice. Modern faucets use cartridges, so if one of those leaks just call the manufacturer - they usually will ship one out under warranty.
Get a minimum of three bids. Estimates for an average-sized job should be within a few hundred dollars. Be suspicious of anything that is substantially lower or double the price of the rest, and watch out for hidden fees, like charges for travel expenses. They could be signs of a home improvement scam. A good plumber will not nickel and dime you like this, and many of us will offer free estimates.
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.
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.
“Intelligent Service replaced our two sump pumps, added digital float switches, and installed a digital wall unit to track the water levels and pump options. They also checked our existing battery backup for battery outputs. They improved the piping and fixed the check valves. They cleaned the sump pit and the work area. They did a terrific job. Will definitely use them again and will recommend them as well. Pleasure to work with, very responsive, knowledgeable staff, and did a good job explaining the work order prior to writing up the estimate.”
We needed someone to come out, like right then and there and I went onto yelp, and found this company. I had called about 5 times and no one had answered but then received a call back from Lulu. She answered all of my questions and was very helpful. She told me that Ramon would be out in about an hour or so and actually texted me when he was on his way (only took 30 minutes!)
I have had a great experience all around with this company. A polite, knowledgeable lady answered my call, then told me she could have someone out between 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon. Ramon arrived at 10:00 sharp. Perfect! Ramon is a fine man -- personable, polite, knowledgeable, and a hard worker. He unstopped my drain in no time flat. No drama. No surprises. Just good, old-fashioned quality service.
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.
“My water heater failed to work so I emailed Advanced Plumbing. I received a quick response from the owner and scheduled the earliest available appointment for repair. Sergio arrived on time and replaced the broken part. He explained what the problem was, described the method of repair, and got it working again quickly. If you need a plumber that answers your request in a timely manner, performs the work correctly, and at a fair price, call Advanced Plumbing and Rooter Service!”