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    Dangers of Basement Flooding

    Last updated 2 days 12 hours ago

    No homeowner wants to deal with flooding, but the problem can be particularly difficult if it occurs in the basement. A flooded basement is the ideal habitat for mold and mildew, which can cause allergic reactions and can be very expensive to remove. Electrical wiring is sometimes exposed in older basements, which can pose a safety hazard in the event of a flood. Contact your Arlington plumber today and schedule a full-home plumbing inspection to protect yourself against the following dangers of basement flooding.

    Mold Growth
    Basements are naturally dark, damp places, which mean they offer ideal growing conditions for mold. Even one inch of water is enough to stimulate mold growth in a flooded basement. Mold spores can irritate eyes, nose, skin, and airways, especially in persons with mold allergies. If water is flooding your basement, first contact a plumber to stop the water and repair the leak before hiring a mold remediation company to remove mold from your basement.  

    It is not uncommon to see exposed wiring in older basements. Unfortunately, electrical wiring and standing water don’t mix. If the water level in your basement reaches any of these exposed wires, the water itself can become electrically charged. To protect yourself and your plumber from being electrocuted, turn off your home’s power before descending into a flooded basement.

    Structural Instability
    Basement flooding can also affect the structural integrity of your home or building. Wood support beams can become soggy and rotten once they are under water. Even the concrete or cement retaining walls around your basement can soak up water and become less stable as a result.

    In the event of a plumbing emergency such as flooded basement, call All Plumbing, Inc. Our plumbers provide emergency plumbing repairs for residential and commercial clients in Arlington and the Northern Virginia area. We also offer plumbing inspections that can help us identify plumbing problems before they result in basement flooding. Call us at (571) 482-7046 to learn more about our plumbing services. 

    Identifying a Quality Plumber

    Last updated 11 days ago

    There are a lot of plumbing companies in Arlington, but how do you know which one you can trust? There isn’t much time to spare when a plumbing emergency strikes, so it’s important that you identify quality plumbers in your area before you need them. For starters, speak with your friends, family, and neighbors and ask for recommendations. Even if they can’t point you in the direction of a good plumber, they will probably be able to tell you which plumbers to avoid. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, call each plumbing company and get an idea of how much they charge for basic and emergency plumbing services. Also make sure that the plumbing company is insured.

    For the best plumbing services in Arlington, contact All Plumbing, Inc. Our plumbing company has been serving Northern Virginia for over 30 years, so you can trust that our services are of the highest caliber. Visit our website to learn more about our residential and commercial plumbing services, including drain cleaning and sewer main repair. If you have any questions, call us at (571) 482-7046. 

    Detroit Family Faces Major Plumbing Issues

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Even well-designed and maintained plumbing systems give homeowners trouble from time to time. To better understand the importance of attending to plumbing problems before they become too costly to repair, watch this ABC news segment.

    The subject of this video is a Detroit-area home with a main sewer line problem that causes sewage to back up into the home’s various pipes and drains. This problem is reparable, but would have been much easier and less expensive to repair if it had been detected earlier.

    If pooling water, the smell of raw sewage, or strange sounds make you think there is a problem with your home’s plumbing infrastructure, do not hesitate to call the plumber. To speak with a residential plumbing specialist in Arlington who has been serving Northern Virginia homeowners for more than 30 years, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046.

    Preventing Basement Flooding in the Rainy Season

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When it rains during the rainy season, it pours. And when it pours, your Northern Virginia home’s basement is far more likely to flood than normal. To keep water from flooding your basement and to avoid the hassles associated with water damage, follow these simple plumbing and home maintenance steps.

    style="font-size: 11px;">Inspect Foundation Wall
    One way that water finds its way into a home is through cracks in the foundation. Water can also find entry through the saturation of soil that has accumulated over a home’s siding. Closely inspect your home’s foundation, brushing away any soil that is clinging to your lower walls and seal any cracks and gaps you find.

    style="font-size: 11px;">Clean Gutters
    One of the most effective ways to keep rainwater out of your home is to stay on top of a gutter cleaning and maintenance routine. Thoroughly clean your gutters so that water can quickly pass through them, extending or redirecting downspouts if they are within 10 feet of your home’s foundation.

    style="font-size: 11px;">Cover Window Wells
    If you have basement windows or other below-grade windows on your property, clean them of debris and cover them with clear, plastic covers. This will prevent water from penetrating your basement through gaps in window seals without blocking natural light.

    style="font-size: 11px;">Test Sump Pump
    Check your sump pump’s discharge pipe to make sure it’s extended far enough away from your home, and test your sump pump to ensure that it’s still in good working order. If it isn’t, discuss with your plumber whether it should be repaired or replaced. If your Northern Virginia home has a basement but no sump pump, contact a local plumbing professional to have an automatic sump pump installed in your home.

    Keeping water out of your home’s basement is simple if you install an automatic sump pump. To employ the help of an experienced basement waterproofing and sump pump installation professional in Arlington, contact All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046.

    How Hydro Jetting Clears Clogged Pipes

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Have you recently experienced a series of drain clogs or noticed that your home’s drains have started draining more slowly than usual? If you have a drainage problem that has not been alleviated with home plumbing remedies, professional hydro jetting services may be just what you need.

    After honing in on the problem with advanced video inspection technology, an experienced plumber uses a high-pressure hose with a high-strength nozzle to completely rid the clogged pipe of debris. This is the most advanced and effective plumbing strategy for seriously clogged pipes, and can remove everything from hair, dirt, and grease buildup to leaves and tree roots that have infiltrated a plumbing line.

    Proudly serving Northern Virginia home and business owners for longer than three decades, All Plumbing, Inc. is an Arlington plumbing professional you can trust. To learn more about our hydro jetting services or to schedule a 4000 PSI pipe clearing with one of our skilled plumbers, call (571) 482-7046.

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