Niagara Water Services

277 Bering Avenue Etobicoke ON M8Z3A5
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LA in Toronto
LA in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON

Unprofessional workmanship & customer service

The 1st service person showed our painter how to fix the issue bc they didn't want to stay longer than 15 minutes and had run out of hot water. We expressed our dissatisfaction and had a second visit and expected a total bill of $250 as we did not expect the first visit would be charged for. They charged for both. When explaining this, the CSR interrupted multiple times and wasn't listening. Rather she was justifying, explaining why I was wrong and when i started to get upset and raise my voice to be heard she turned around told me that i was rude and yelling (which I was not) and hung up on me. With no email, I'll just pay the amount and give this review. Unprofessional. Not good at their jobs. Use at your own peril.

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Jill from Toronto
Jill from Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON

Replace 15 ft of pipes, y-connect, install back water valve ,break and fill cement walkway

Chantel and Andre at Niagara Water Services were great! They provided a detailed assessment of our drainage/pipe issues, taking the time to show photos/images and draw a diagram of the work. They also gave us a few budget options providing the pros/cons of each. Once work begun, they were here everyday, until the work was done, never missing an hour. Everyone from office staff to the workman were friendly, courteous and service oriented. I would highly recommend them!

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MD from Toronto
MD from Toronto
1 review Old Toronto, ON

Restoring Hot Water to my House

My initial positive view of this company has changed after my recent experience.

In the last few years, I have received excellent services from NWS. For example, they dealt efficiently with low water pressure in my two old homes in downtown Toronto and the pricing was reasonable. One weekend last spring, the owner (Walter) and his wife, who happened to be in my area when I called NWS, very kindly came to address an urgent water issue in my basement. Walter promptly explained and made a minor adjustment, which solved the problem. Again, the price was very reasonable.

However, my recent experience with Andre (on January 11, 2014), subsequent responses of a person who answers the NSW phone, as well as a non-response from the owner, left me feeling rather undervalued as a long-time customer.

I have had no hot water since the previous day and, assuming that the pipes may have been affected by the recent extreme cold, I called the NWS that morning asking if Walter could come to asses the situation. He was away for the weekend but I was told that one of their workers was not far from my house and that he would come to help. Andre, a very personable and unfailingly polite man arrived, checked all spouts in the house and went to the basement, where he spent three hours, checking the pipes, announcing that he knows which pipe may be the culprit (it was not) spent a considerable time on his cell, saying that he "will make some calls," presumably to discuss the hot water issue in my house. Afterwards, he said that the problem was the water tank, rented from Direct Energy, which needs to be fixed in two places on the top or replaced. He pointed out that he prepared the tank for replacement by cutting and closing the two connecting pipes; this unauthorized procedure caused me three additional days without hot water.

The next day, the DE technician came and said that he could not examine the tank because the pipes were disconnected and that the plumber needed to come back to replace them and reconnect them to the tank. He also suggested that the knob at the bottom of the tank, regulating the flame, should have been put in a different position after the pipes were disconnected and that the current position presents some danger (did not specify). He also pointed out that a plumber, not being an employee of DE, cannot make suggestions regarding repair or replacement of the tank.

In the evening I received an email from my basement tenant:
"... the tradesman dealing with the (water) issue has completely ruined my kitchen California rug. It is special to me, he must have assumed that he was welcome to stomp excess mud/dirt off on it purposely."

The following morning I left three messages with the receptionist, asking that Walter give me a call. And, though I was repeatedly assured that he would call, he did not.
I hoped to discuss with him that perhaps a more experienced plumber would have checked the tank first and finished here in about 5 minutes. I would have of course paid for a visit but not $450 +HST for three hours of pipes examination that was likely not even necessary. I also wanted to discuss that perhaps a more experienced plumber would have known not to cut the pipes and speculate on repair/removal of the rented tank. I also hoped to make sure that I would not have to pay for replacing the two pipes to their original state.

The person at the reception wanted to know a bit about the situation and promptly invalidated all my comments/experience. I was assured that Andre is an excellent, experienced plumber, who would not spend time on unnecessary procedures. He was kind and considerate in cutting the pipes; and if he decided that the tank should be replaced, then it has to be done. Regarding the treatment of the kitchen rug, surely the tenant can wash it; she went as far as to claim that the company encouraged its employees not to take their shoes off, when they repeatedly go in and out of the house, as the time spent on this can make the visit more expensive. In my opinion, this person was quite rude. I do not believe that the company promotes this policy; I watched Andre put a cloth cover on his shoes when he was entering parts of the house where I was and the state of the kitchen rug came as a surprise.

To conclude, it is not only me who is disappointed by Andre's approach to the issue at hand; also the DE technician noted his lack of knowledge demonstrated by inappropriately cutting the pipes and leaving the knob on the tank in a potentially dangerous position and my tenant noted his lack of consideration.

The ending of the story is good- the NWS sent (no extra charge) two very pleasant and knowledgeable plumbers here, who put clean tarps on the floor to protect it from their boots, efficiently reconnected the two pipes to the tank, while removing the small ball (a part of older tanks, intended to regulate water's flow but sometimes clogs the opening and needs to be removed) from the tank's connection point. Voila, the hot water came back!

Despite this outcome, my experience as described above as well as the responses of the person on the company phone and especially the lack of response from the owner do not show NWS in a positive light.

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Jocelyn by Ossington
Jocelyn by Ossington
3 reviews Toronto, ON

leaking toilet

They did shortcuts said the leak was fixed but it wasn't. we fixed the ceiling only to have it stained again. Took a while for them to come back and never did a proper job.

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Jerry F.
Jerry F.
2 reviews Oakville, ON

Camera inspection, blocked line

Good company to deal with, owners are hands on and involved in going out to do jobs. Have used them in more than one location for a camera inspection. Usually they are just routine inspections but one time we had a blockage and the water was backing up. There was a chance that the blockage couldn't be cleared with a snake but the guy worked away at it and managed to clear the blockage saving having to dig away and cut open the sewer line. Prompt and professional. I haven't used anyone else for this type of work but I can't imagine anyone else better.

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April Poppe   - Riverdale
April Poppe - Riverdale
6 reviews Toronto, ON

Re-route sump pump drain

Niagara Water Services
277 Bering Avenue

My sump pump was set up in an awkward spot. I could have chosen to move the entire sump pump, cutting through the existing floor, etc. or connect it to the city as home owners often do. NWS gave advised me on what was legal and came up with a unique solution to my drainage problem. Thanks. I will call on you again!

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