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. 
With our intimate knowledge dealing with specific plumbing issues in the San Francisco area, we have a working familiarity with commonly occurring issues in local homes and businesses, as well as the best solutions to resolve them quickly. We can take on projects both big and small, and we have the tools and experience to get your home or business operating at top efficiency as quickly as possible.
The experience we had with Charlie's Rooter Service was excellent from start to finish. They were able to answer all my questions over the phone and provide me with a quote for just using their drain camera. And they were able to come the same day I called- just about 2 or 3 hrs after the initial call. I had also called around to get prices from different locations and Charlie's had the best. When here, they (I believe it was Charlie himself) were very professional and got the job done fast. They're also Spanish-speakers, so that's a plus! I will definitely give them a call if we ever need help with our plumbing again.
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