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By: Laura K.
Cedar Run Plumbing
I first got in touch with Mike from Cedar Run Plumbing through another contractor to look at my renovated old rental house in Harrisonburg in February of 2015. The pipes were freezing up in 2 of the 3 bathrooms and in the kitchen because of poor renovation work done before I bought the house. At that time he made a visit to look at the situation and made recommendations. He did not charge me. Over the next 18 months he fixed some small problems for me (such as the outside faucet that I had another plumber install before I met Mike--the other plumber installed it wrong so that water stayed in the faucet and froze, breaking it, during the first winter after I had it installed.) After another visit last fall which I was not charged for, we scheduled to have the pipes rerouted. He gave me an estimate of $500, and although two of his men were at the house for over 4 hours that day (we had to open up several places in the walls to find exactly how the pipes were routed,) he charged me quite a bit under the estimate. I cannot say enough about Mike's work ethic, honesty, and fairness, not to mention his plumbing expertise. I wish I lived in the area so that I could have him work on my own home!
Tips & Advices
  • Are you licensed and registered?
  • Are you insured and bonded?
  • How many years have you been in business?
  • What, if any, professional associations do you belong to?
  • May I have a list of references?
  • Do you offer a written warranty for your work?
  • Will I need a permit for this work?
  • 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 garbage instead of in your sink.
  • Only use your toilet to flush human waste and toilet paper
  • Before calling a plumber, try to unclog your drains and toilets yourself by using a plunger.
  • Make sure you use a standard bell-shaped plunger for your sink and shower drains and a plunger with a flanged end for your toilets.
  • If neither type can loosen the pipe blockage, put a plumber's snake to use.
  • Ratchet the snake down the pipe to eliminate any clogs.
  • Be mindful of how much water you use in your bathroom, kitchen and even outdoors when watering your lawn.
  • Make sure your toilet handle works properly and doesn't stick.
  • Replace old shower heads with more efficient low-flow options that can cut down on the gallons of water you use each morning.
  • Turning off the water while you brush your teeth
  • Only running your dishwasher or clothes washer when you have a full load.
To keep yourself safe from fraud or a possible scam, always remember to ask plumbers for their license along with a written warranty for their labor. Besides this, further safeguard yourself by checking their references and ensure they or their company is insured and bonded to do their work.

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