Replacing a drum trap to a PVC P-trap

Stop living with leaks and start living leak free.

Lets just start off and say drum traps were a terrible design. Most the time bathtubs would get clogged after the drum trap. Cleaning the drain though the drum trap would create headaches with broken pipes and drum trap covers that wouldn’t recreate a tight seal. It’s important to have that tight seal because otherwise the water would leak out from the drum trap cover. As drum traps got older and older plumbers started to slowly replace them with PVC p-traps. PVC was discovered in the 1800’s but never really used until the 1900’s. PVC is known to be stronger then cast iron and galvanized pipes. PVC has it’s own issues flaws as well. For instance if you install PVC in a very cold space make sure you insulate properly just in case.
P-traps are now what every new house installs. Even though cast iron lasted over a hundred years, the bottom line is that PVC is cheaper and gets the job done faster.
My personal opinion is that we would still be using cast iron pipe if it weren’t so expensive and hard to install. Buy as every contractor knows it’s all about price and quality work.
Call Hiawatha Plumbing today to help you unclog, or install your bathtub p-trap.

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What do you do when seeing a GREAT plumbing flier in your mail?

Everyday our company receives what I call “Junk Mail” and discount fliers. When I first glance at the discounts they sound great but then I take time to see what it actually says. Just recently I received a plumbing flier that said “save $95 OFF any plumbing installation”. Being that I know what plumbing costs are I call the company. I asked how much it would be to install a new toilet I just purchased. The secretary said it would cost $750 if all the plumbing under the toilet was up to code. I kindly hung up the phone. I then took some time and went online to call some of my competitors. I got prices from $300-1,200 to install my new toilet I just bought.
Later that same day I was thinking how can companies charge so much and how are people willing to pay these steep prices. Our company charges $125-$175 to install a toilet plus parts. The reason these company fliers work is because people don’t know the starting price and they think there getting a great deal.
Bottom line when receiving fliers for great discounts in the mail, always do your due diligence before hiring. Before scheduling an appointment make other calls to the competitors and see if the price is right. First step to saving money is to shop around. Hire Hiawatha Plumbing a local company that’s been around since 1947.

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