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.
While it’s their job to make sure your pipes work like a well-oiled machine, it’s not their job to rebuild the wall they had to demolish to make that happen. So, while you’re going to get that water problem fixed, you’ll want to discuss in detail what kind of “mess” they might leave behind prior to the start of the project so you can plan accordingly. Remember, there are some jobs you can do yourself. Here’s how to solder copper pipe joints!
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It was 8:30PM and I had come home to my whole front yard filled with... gross stuff and toilet paper. (Don't want to be TOO explicit!) 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!) Ramon was SO sweet and so helpful! He was determined to unclog my pipe as smoothly as possible. He explained to me that because of the HUGE palm tree in my front yard, it could be roots that is blocking the flow. They accepts checks - which is so convenient! I recommend this company to anyone.
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.