The Lowdown On Plumber Service Call Fees

Plumber Service Call Fees
With summer plumbing season in full swing (drain clogs, sump pumps, and standing water are hot topics this summer), a quick review of how plumbers charge for service calls seems like a good topic. As a rule, there are 3 approaches that Cincinnati plumbers when billing out time to customers. How do Service Call Fees Work? There are typically three approaches to invoicing customers: 1. Charge a stan...
Continue reading
3 Hits

Are Plumbing Service Fees Nickel and Diming You?

Nickel Diming Plumbers
The following is a blog written by Janet Murphy, an Allied customer. When looking for a tradesperson – plumber or other repair person – one of the number one questions is “Do you charge a service fee?” In our home, one of the hallmarks of a quality small business is when the business owner believes a “no service charge”, consultative approach is the best approac...
Continue reading
10 Hits

Window Well Water... Get Outta' Here!

Everbilt water pump
Q:  The recent rains have left several wet spots in my yard and my window wells are holding water - I’m sure I saw mosquito larvae swimming in them. I don’t need a sump pump, but I’d really like an easy way to drain the water from low areas. Any suggestions? A:  Standing water in your yard and window wells is a sure way to grow a bumper crop of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes ar...
Continue reading
41 Hits

Q&A with Ray - Renters and plumbing issues

QA with Ray image
Call the landlord first! Q: I live in an apartment building. My toilet has clogs constantly and I also have lot of trouble with my kitchen drain. This is a multi-family unit and I’m sure we have sewer issues that require repair. I’ve called several plumbers but none seem willing to help. I am really frustrated. What gives? A: Here’s the 411: As long as you are a tenant, finding t...
Continue reading
38 Hits

Standing Water Problems? Pump It Up, Up, and Away!

submersible water pump
Standing water can be hard to get your arms around, especially when it’s pooling in unwanted places. Window wells, low spots in the yard, basements (THANKS, spring rains!) and clogged laundry sinks are a few places that come to mind. When it comes to moving (or removing) water, we are big believers in automation. That’s where utility pumps (a.k.a. transfer pumps) come into the picture....
Continue reading
67 Hits

Plumbing 101: FIRST, Locate the Water Shut-off Valve

Water Shut Off Valve
Draining a tank seems simple, but accidents can happen. Today in the office, all heck broke loose. This morning, management decided to remove an old 1,000-gallon water tank (full of water) from the roof of our 100-year-old building.  Step 1: Drain the tank. The contractor opened the valve to drain the tank into the rooftop floor drain. The tank drained. And drained. And drained some more. &nb...
Continue reading
97 Hits