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About WaterWork Plumbing

WaterWork Plumbing launched in 2006 with just one truck. Since then, our continuous growth in the Metro Detroit area has allowed us to grow to a fleet of 16 fully-equipped trucks and a team of experts that are trained to handle all of your plumbing needs.

We know how critical it is to respond immediately to emergency plumbing calls, and that is why our team of highly-qualified professionals is on call 24/7 to address emergency repairs, as well as handle speedy replacements and/or efficient installations at commercial, industrial and residential locations.

WaterWork Plumbing may be a small company, but we offer the same top-of-the-line service that the big guys do - without the big price. Our number one priority is ensuring that our customers are satisfied.


"The cost was affordable. I highly recommend this company. I will certainly call again for all of my plumbing needs."

Linda T., BBB

"All in all the service was fast and professional, if I ever have plumbing problems again I'll definitely call WaterWork Plumbing."

Joseph H, Yelp

"Thank you, Adam! (Also-- a shout out to Jenny who was so nice on the phone at WaterWork and told me to ask for a DVD when my sewer line was video'ed, which the previously company didn't tell me, even though it should have been offered!)"

Mari V., Yelp

"Called to have them out on a Saturday morning!!! They arrived within two hours. Great price for the weekend. Installed and done in no time, so we could all enjoy our day. "

Maria S, Yelp

"He did a great job, came on time, everything works and looks great! The price seemed high to us, but we were willing to pay to have the job done right and in a timely manner. Would definitely use again."

Homeowner in Livonia, MI, HomeAdvisor

"They were very prompt and courteous. I was given fees that fit my limited budget. I'm on fixed income so that was one of the major reasons I had to question what I would receive if I hired them. They held to their quote."

Homeowner in Warren, MI, HomeAdvisor

"Arrived within an hour of calling them. Super nice & wanted to fix problem best and most affordable way. Cleaned up after work. Even gave me free quotes for a few other things. 5* service!"

Tony M, HomeAdvisor


Fixed Sinks


Replaced Water Heaters


Fixed Toilets


Replaced Sump Pumps


We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which means the plumbing sees a lot of wear and tear. Keep the small talk on what you should have for dessert, and leave the pipes to us. Some of our kitchen plumbing services include:

  • Dishwasher Installation
  • Icemaker Lines
  • Drinking Water Purification Systems
  • Instant Hot Water Installation
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Faucet Repair/Replacement
  • Frozen Pipe Repair
  • Garbage Disposal Repair/Replacement
  • Leak Repair
  • Sink Installation


A lot of our residential calls deal with clogged or leaky bathroom plumbing. We know this is definitely not an area of the house you want to be out of service for any length of time. With our experts on-call 24/7, we can guarantee your system to be up and running as soon as possible. Services include:

  • Bath Tub and Shower Repairs & Installation
  • Cleaning Slow/Clogged Drains
  • Toilet Repair/Replacement
  • Clogged, Leaky and Running Toilet Pipe Repair
  • Faucet Repair/Replacement
  • Vanity and Pedestal Sink Installation


Our WaterWork experts may not know the perfect stain remover or water temperature, and we haven’t yet figured out how to properly fold a fitted sheet. But, we’ve got you covered on all of your plumbing needs, including:

  • Floor Drain Cleaning
  • Laundry Tub Installation/Replacement
  • Clearing Clogged Laundry Tubs
  • Laundry Pump Installation
  • Frozen Pipe Repair
  • Leaky Pipe Repair
  • Sewer Line Repair
  • Sump Pump Repair
  • Dryer Gas Line Installation


In Michigan, raking leaves, shoveling snow and mowing the grass give us more than enough chores without having to worry about what’s going on under the ground. If you are experiencing an outdoor plumbing problem, WaterWork has the solution. We work on:

  • Outdoor Spigots & Lines
  • Piping, Valves & Downspouts
  • Frozen or Leaky Pipes
  • Certified Backflow Testing & Repair
  • Catch Basin Cleaning
  • Lead Water Service Repair/Replacement
  • Frost-Free Sillcock Repair/Replacement
  • Rain Collection Barrel Installation

Sump Pump

We saw it all in 2015. And by all, we mean the worst-case scenarios of basement flooding. If you live in Ferndale or surrounding areas, you may remember “The Great Flood” all too well.

Silver lining? We know our way around a sump pump. We install, maintain and repair these pumps so that excess water can be removed from your basement or crawl space, and you can rest a little easier.

Water Heater

A cold shower is only good for a few things. When that water goes from lukewarm to freezing, WaterWork should be your first call. If a replacement is necessary, we can help you pick the right water heater for your home and install it for you.


We offer solutions for all of your commercial plumbing needs!

One of our experienced plumbers will arrive, analyze the problem and fix it same-day in many cases. With fully-stocked trucks, everything is available on-site, saving you time and money.

We are fully-licensed, and our work is completely insured. Our services include emergency plumbing, excavating and sewer/drain cleaning, as well as:

  • Backflow Testing
  • Leaky Pipe & Faucet Repair
  • Flushometer Repair
  • Disposal Repair
  • Sump Pump & Water Heater Repair
  • Toilet Repair


DIY / How-ToIf you notice your bathtub drain is not working as it should, then you may need to consider a replacement. Perhaps it is draining at a much slower rate than it should or causing leaks. A replacement can help to improve the efficiency of your bathtub drain, but the process can take some time. In this post, we are going to take a closer look at how you can replace your bathtub drain as a DIY job. We also consider the tools you need and provide an overview of when it is better to call a professional. When Should You Replace A Bathtub Drain? There are numerous scenarios where a replacement for your bathtub drain is a good idea. Over time, the drain can become less efficient and even prone to regular clogs. These clogs often happen when hair and other debris accumulate in the drain, making it harder for water to move through the drainage system. Corrosion and other factors can also affect your bathtub drain in the long run. Even with regular cleaning, there are times when a drain replacement is your best choice. This is especially the case when you find that the bathtub leaks in the area where the drain is situated. When you have a leak and do not address the issue, it can lead to several problems. This includes structural damage to the area surrounding your bathtub. There are several reasons why the drain may start to cause a leak, but the most common is a degrading sealing gasket. If you find a pool of water underneath your bathtub after taking a bath or a shower, then this might be a sign that you need to replace the drain. DIY Steps For Replacing Your Bathtub Drain Since there are different types of bathtub drains, the instructions to replace them may not be exactly the same in every scenario. We are going to take a look at general instructions that you should be able to use with most types of bathtub drains. First, it is important to ensure you collect all of the tools and hardware that you will require during the replacement process: A replacement drainage system that will fit your bathtub. A screwdriver A drain wrench A plastic knife Baking soda Vinegar Plumber’s putty Removing The Old Bathtub Drain You first need to remove the drain that is currently fitted in your bathtub. This is a good time to consider whether you only want to replace the drain. Sometimes, you may want to replace the trip lever too. Here are the steps you need to follow to remove the old drain: If your drain comes with a foot plug, then grab ahold of the center part and turn it in a counterclockwise direction. As you turn this piece, the plug should come loose and unscrew from the drain. You may also need to remove the stopper from the drain if you have a lift-and-turn option. You’ll now see a screw at the center of the drain. Use your screwdriver to loosen the screw and remove the top part. The next step is to remove the drain basket, but after several years, you may find that it is quite difficult to move. Using a heat source, such as a hairdryer, can be useful in this particular case. This can help to warm the plumber’s putty that was used to install the drain initially. This should make the removal easier. You now need to use a drain wrench. These wrenches usually come with multiple heads, so you may have to experiment a bit to find the right fit for your particular drain. Once you have the wrench fitted in the drain, place a screwdriver into the hole that runs through the body of the wrench. Now, use the screwdriver to help you turn the wrench in a counterclockwise rotation. At this time, you will notice some putty and debris left where the old seal was located. You will need to clean this up first. Use a plastic knife to lift off the putty. Combine some vinegar and baking soda to create a cleansing solution to help you get rid of the debris. If you have a trip lever, then use a screwdriver to loosen it. This particular lever is usually located close to the faucet that connects to your bathtub. Installing The New Bathtub Drain Now, it is time to install the new drain in your bathtub. Use some plumber’s putty to create a seal underneath the lip of the drain. You should roll the putty in your hands to make a string-like structure that is around six inches in length. You now need to screw the new drain basket into the opening in your bathtub. Turn it clockwise until it is properly fitted. You can use your drain wrench to help with this particular step. Fit the lip on top of the basket and scrape off any excess putty. As you press down on the lip, you may find that some putty squeezes out on the sides. Use your plastic knife to scrape it off. If your drain comes with a stopper, you can now add it. Turn it clockwise to fasten the stopper on the drain. In cases where you are also replacing the lever, you will need to refer to the manual in order to determine the steps required to replace it. In most cases, you’ll place it through the lever hole and connect it to the drain on the outside of the bathtub. Conclusion Replacing a bathtub drain is often a straightforward process when you know what to do. Start by collecting all the tools you will need and ensuring you buy the correct replacement. Follow the steps we’ve shared in this post, but also understand that there are times where a professional may be needed. If you find it difficult to remove the drain without using too much force, then a professional can investigate the issue and provide an effective replacement for your bathtub’s drainage system. If you need plumbers in Detroit, contact WaterWork Plumbing for professional, friendly, and fast service. [...]
Common Plumbing Problems / How-ToWhen you think about plumbing, you usually find yourself concerned with the pipes that are in a building’s walls. These pipes come from a water supply line and then provide you with water inside your home. When you flush the toilet or have waste go down your sink, then these liquids enter the sewer system – but they first need to go through the sewer line. A blockage in your sewer line can cause backups to happen, as well as flooding in your home. There are several factors that can cause a blockage in the sewer line – and one of these causes includes tree roots that grow into the pipes. We take a closer look at how this happens and what you can do to prevent root damage to a sewer line. How Tree Roots Damages A Sewer Line A typical tree root can go as deep as 20 feet and sometimes even longer, depending on the age of the tree, the conditions of the soil, and the type of tree. Many people have trees on their properties, and the position of a tree may be close to where a sewer line runs. Sometimes, the roots of the tree can wrap around the pipe that makes up the sewer line. When there are small leaks in the pipe, the roots can also enter the line and start to grow inside. The roots of trees are attracted to water and nutrients, which is why they may grow toward the sewer line. This especially happens with leaks, as the soil around the sewer line will be moist. If the roots enter your sewer line, they can cause a blockage in the pipes. The blockage may cause a slower drain at first, but when they create a complete clog, you may notice flooding in your home and water pushing back up into your toilet bowl when you flush. It is important to note that the waste you flush down the toilet will cause a further progression of the clogging, as pieces can get stuck onto the roots that have started to grow in the pipe. Preventing Root Damage To Your Sewer Line Prevention is definitely something to keep in mind if you have trees in your yard. While some prevention strategies might be costly, it could save you from very expensive problems in the future. There are numerous ways in which you can prevent roots from causing damage to your sewer line. We will discuss a few effective strategies to consider. Use The Right Pipes For Your Sewer Line Some types of pipes are more susceptible to intrusion from tree roots than others. Clay, cement, cast iron, and Orangeburg are common examples of materials in sewer lines that could increase the risk of these problems. It is a good idea to turn to PVC as a material choice when you set up sewer lines. If your sewer lines currently use cement, clay, or other materials that are susceptible to damage from tree roots, you can consider having these pipes replaced with a strong PVC option. You can even consider checking all your pipes during a bathroom remodel in Detroit – as this can help you identity pipes that may benefit from a replacement. Implementation Of A Barrier Another way to prevent root damage to a sewer line is to use a barrier system. There are different types of barriers that can be used. In addition to providing protection to your sewer line, the use of a barrier can also help to protect other parts of your property, such as paving that uses cement, as well as the foundation of your home. The barrier will use a material that is impenetrable. This essentially helps to ensure the tree’s roots do not grow past the barrier – which is where your sewer line will lie when you use this particular preventative strategy. Re-Route Your Sewer Line If you do not want to remove a tree and find that your options in the specific location are limited, then re-routing of the sewer line is also an option you can consider. One thing to note, however, is that it takes a while for the re-routing to be done and the process can also be costly. Re-routing involves moving the location of your water supply and sewer lines. There are different strategies that can be used, but the goal is to get your pipes to run further away from areas where trees grow on your property. You should hire professional plumbers in Detroit if this is an option that you want to consider. Be Considerate When Planting Trees If you are planning to plant a few trees and want to prevent root damage in your sewer line, then carefully consider the types of trees that you will plan. Some trees do not grow roots as deep as others – these can be a great way to prevent this type of damage. Some of the trees you should ideally avoid planting if root damage is a concern: Beech trees Mulberry trees Birch trees Aspen trees Maple trees Sycamore trees Eucalyptus trees Magnolia, fan palms and wafer ash trees tend to be less invasive in the soil where you plant them. These can be good for adding trees that help to add shade to your property without causing problems with the sewer line that runs underneath the ground. If you prefer trees that grow fruits while also adding shade to the property, consider options like the Chinese Pistache or Pawpaw trees. Some people may also turn to miniature fruit trees, as these can still grow tall in some cases, but the roots that grow beneath the soil are not as invasive as with some other types of trees that you can opt for. Conclusion A sewer line inspection can help to determine if roots have grown into or around your sewer pipes. At WaterWork Plumbing, we have experts who are highly experienced in providing a thorough inspection and can assist with sewer line repair. We can also assess your current situation, even if no sewer line damage has been dealt with yet, and work on a prevention strategy to avoid damage in the future. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help you. [...]
DIY / How-ToModern kitchens must have garbage disposals because they offer a practical and hygienic means of getting rid of food scraps. However, if they are not kept up with, they can become a hassle, requiring expensive repairs and the help of Detroit plumbers. In this post, we’ll go over both the things you can do to maintain the best possible condition for your garbage disposal and the things you should avoid doing at all costs. You can make sure that your garbage disposal will be a dependable and effective appliance for years to come by adhering to these easy suggestions. What is a Garbage Disposal? Garbage disposal is a unit installed under a sink and between the drain and trap that grinds solid food wastes into smaller bits for them to pass through the drainage. This system is very key in our homes as it reduces the number of plumbing problems by ensuring that anything that goes down the drain is smaller, broken-down particles that can not block the drainage system. The Art of Keeping Your Garbage Disposal in Prime Condition There are a few rules for using the garbage disposal system, and if they are followed, one will love using their garbage disposal. The following are some maintenance techniques for garbage disposal systems that will prolong their lifespan. 1. Clean your garbage disposal It is very important to ensure that your garbage disposal is well and thoroughly cleaned. Given the work it does, the tendency to become quite filthy and as a result have the whole house stinking is very high. To avoid such an occurrence, ensure that using citrus peels and ice cubes, your disposal unit is well cleaned. 2. Go easy on your garbage disposal Some foods are a bit difficult for your garbage disposal to effectively break down and dispose of. These include foods such as bones and grease. Therefore, any time you’re putting foods with grease or bones in the garbage disposal, you can wipe off the grease or dispose of the bones in the trash can before turning on the garbage disposal. 3. Check for any clogs or blocks within the unit This enables you to see a problem with the garbage disposal unit or the drain connected to it beforehand. That way a solution can be sought before the situation becomes a disaster. 4. Repair clogs and blocks in time As soon as you realize that there is a clog or block in your plumbing system as a result of proceeds from the garbage disposal, it is very important to call a plumber and have the problem checked and fixed. This helps in ensuring that the problem won’t get worse because it will have been checked. 5. Normalize using the home shut-off valve If your home drainage system is faulty and a leak has begun to develop, it is very important to use the home shut-off valve. This will enable you to prevent further loss or damage by the water that is already leaking. 6. Ensure you have the right equipment Making sure you have the proper tools is one of the most crucial parts of maintaining your garbage disposal. This entails having the right equipment for cleaning and maintaining your disposal as well as the required spare parts in case anything goes wrong. To keep your waste disposal in good condition, make sure you have the following tools on hand: I. Plunger By clearing any clogs in your disposal, a plunger can keep it operating properly. II. Disposal wrench Use this specialist instrument to access and clear any obstructions in your garbage disposal. III. Cleaning brush Using a scrub brush regularly will help keep food and other waste from building up in your garbage disposal. IV. Baking Soda and Vinegar The garbage disposal may be safely cleaned and sanitized using baking soda and vinegar, which will also help keep it smelling good. V. Replacement parts In case of any breakdowns, it’s always a good idea to have a spare set of blades or other crucial parts on hand. With the correct tools, you can quickly and effectively do routine maintenance on your garbage disposal, avoiding expensive repairs and maintaining it in good working order. You maximize the longevity of your disposal and prevent frequent trips from plumbers. Also, make sure to spend money on high-quality tools and parts. Avoid These Common Mistakes: The Don’ts of Garbage Disposal Management 1. Do not try to sharpen the blades Because the impellers in a garbage disposal are blunt, there is no need for one to put in big chunks of ice cubes to sharpen or egg shells. This may very easily lead to your garbage disposal spoiling or malfunctioning. 2. Do not use harsh chemicals in the garbage disposal Harsh chemicals may cause your garbage disposal system to deteriorate and perform less than it should. Contrary to the belief that these chemicals wash and cleanse the inside of the garbage disposal unit, they are not good for your system. They may fatally destroy your garbage disposal unit to the point that you might need to replace it. 3. Do not overload the garbage disposal It is important that when you have a lot of garbage to dispose of, you do it in bits so as not to overload the garbage disposal. This is because the garbage disposal unit is made to deal with little bits of garbage over some time. 4. Do not use hot water in the garbage disposal Hot water will damage your garbage disposal unit and clog your drainage system. Avoid hot water in your unit at all costs. While it might break down fat and grease on contact, it will solidify down the drain causing the pipes to block. 5. Don’t turn off the water too soon In general use of the garbage disposal unit, one is expected to let the water and the motor run at the same time while food waste is being broken down. This is because the motor enables the food to break down effectively and the water to wash off any particle build-up to prevent clogging of pipes. When people turn off the water at the same time as the motor, the particles may not have completely washed off putting the unit at risk of blockage. The Parting Shot: Keep Your Kitchen Running with Expert Help from WaterWork Plumbing To sum up, maintaining your garbage disposal is essential to ensuring that it works correctly and lasts for a long time. You can maintain the functionality of your disposal and save money on repairs by using the advice provided in this article. However, even with the greatest care, problems could arise with your garbage disposal that calls for expert help. WaterWork Plumbing can help in this situation. WaterWork Plumbing can assist in keeping your garbage disposal in top shape as a dependable supplier of residential and commercial plumbing services in the Metro Detroit region. Keep your kitchen functioning properly by contacting them right away for all of your plumbing problems. [...]
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