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Plumbers: who to call when things back up

2012-02-17 07:37:29 GMT2012-02-17 15:37:29(Beijing Time)  City Weekend

Plumbers: who to call when things back up

Your toilet is all clogged up ... and your landlord won't do a thing about it. Who do you call next? We've got the digits of some of Beijing's most reliable plumbers for just this sort of messy scenario.

Matongweixiu (Tel: 5126-9652 / 5126-9673), or Toilet Service, will make house calls within the Fifth Ring Road for just ¥20 (¥30 for spots outside the Fifth Ring Road). While the price is the same for any time day or night, it can be tough to get a hold of this company. They only service toilets, so don’t bother calling with a leaky faucet. But, if your toilet needs fixing up, their maintenance man with 32 years of experience promises that he will not come drunk, he will not smoke and will not accept tips. Happily, the company also promises not to break anything, and for ¥20, plus the cost of materials, that’s all anybody can really ask for.

Beijing Matongweixiu (Beijing Toilet Service, Tel: 6741-5899 / 6735-6068) charges ¥50 to come during the daytime, but will not make house calls at night. They told us it would cost less than ¥100 to fix a stubbornly clogged drain—far less than what other services asked for. The gentleman who answered the phone was also quite friendly and patient as we practiced our Chinese bathroom vocabulary. Those looking to upgrade their home toilet situation might consider having an automatic flush sensor installed.

The folks at Matongshutong (Tel: 6407-9645) or Clear the Toilet, get down and dirty to do it all. Septic tanks, toilets, floor drains, bathtubs, pipes—you name it, they can clean it, fix it or install it. They offer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the house call itself is free. But this kind of plumbing expertise and availability comes at a cost: expect to pay ¥300 during the day and ¥400 at night just to get a clogged sink running smoothly.

What JYDST (Tel: 6765-2898 / 6468-7350 / 6303-6450 / 6465-2746/ 135-2139-0162) lacks in a professional website, it more than makes up for in the amount of call numbers where they can be reached. Every number gave us a different house call quote, ranging from ¥50-80. No matter what time of day, it costs ¥400-450 to get rid of an odor emanating from the shower drain—but how many smelly IKEA candles could ¥400 buy?

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