I don't know squat about plumbing as my unscrupulous plumber cheekily put it.
Tom, my plumber from hell - Richard first issued a work order for LAUNDRY LINE STOPPAGE - 178.95, so he came in the next day and fixed it in NO TIME - 20 minutes max. He also stopped the drain blockage in our master shower as well for a charge of 89.99. No complaints about that..not yet..but WERE WE OVERCHARGED?
Anyway, the laundry leak continued the next day when I ran my washer so we called him - we had a 30 day warranty. After a day or two of giving us the runaround he finally sent in a technician on sat. to inspect; this guy was hardly helpful, he pointed out to us that the dishwasher also could be leaking (I had it running when he was down in the basement checking the insulation directly below the laundry room) ; he noticed the insulation becoming more moist SO he said we might have an additional leak. This after his proprieter Richard supposedly stopped the laundry line blockage. I called Richard the next day and told him about the situation and expressed my frustration and dissatisfaction, he had the audacity to insist that he STOPPED THE BLOCKAGE and NOT LEAKAGE??? What the hell is the difference? He told me if the washer is draining properly he did his job, I told him I didn't get the service I paid for, so he promised to send in somebody to look it up the first thing tom. But I couldn't wait so I went to www.servicemagic.com, where he is registered and sent in a complaint as my feedback. They in turn contacted him and parlayed my discontent. Richard calls me the next morning telling me I should have alteast waited for his technician to fix the problem before launching a complaint and crap - I was too angry to talk to him so my husband, not wanting to earn the ire of a nasty plumber, intervened and made me delete my feedback. CASE CLOSED. END OF RICHARD!
First off, what the heck is the diff. between a blockage and leakage? Did I get played for a fool??? How much do they usally charge to fix a laundry line leak in the first place? A guy from Rotto Rooter told me he had to cut out the drywall in the laundry room/garage wall to inspect the pipes and find out exactly where the leak was - for a charge of 150. Was that the right thing to do?
I read somewhere online:
"To find the source of moisture use a hair dryer to dry a patch of wall about 15-inches square. Then tape a 12-inch square of plastic film in the center of the dry area (even a piece of plastic grocery bag will do). Tape all four sides, then wait two days and check the plastic. If the under side is wet but the top is dry, the seepage is from outside. If the top side is wet and the under side dry, it's condensation from inside the house.
Once you've detected where it's coming from, you can work on correcting the problem. If the results of your investigation reveal the latter, the seepage might be caused by faulty grading (meaning the slope of the ground around your home that drains water away from the foundation). To find out if yours is OK and works as it should, tape a large sheet of plastic film on the outside wall just a few feet up from the ground above where the moisture (and suspect leak) occurs. Then slope it away from the house (and foundation) and secure the far edge at ground level with bricks. Wait for the next big rain. If the basement stays dry then regrade the ground around the foundation so that it slopes away more sharply".
I"M CONFUSED as HECK!!!!! WILL THAT HELP????? Or you think that's totally uneccessary since we know that the leak is from the laundry line or the dishwasher or both.
We do have a lint trap in our dryer - I remove it normally after every 2nd load and dust it off. Is that the lint trap u're talking about? Our dryer has a provision on top for that. PLS BEAR WITH ME, I'm totally plumbing-challenged.
Do you know of any good plumber here in Woodstock, GA or In METRO ATLANTA???? Who should we hire now - a waterproofer or a plumber. Or u think we could call a waterproofer for a free estimate before we call in that elusive good plumber.