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    A Look at How Sump Pumps Work

    Last updated 2 days 1 hour ago

    In general, moisture is not good for the foundation of a home. When the moisture in question comes from a leaky pipe or water that is seeping into a home from the outside, trouble is definitely present. Thankfully, a certain plumbing device exists that can help keep a home flood-free and its foundation dry. To learn more about the sump pump and why it should be an essential part of your home’s plumbing system, continue reading.

    The Sump Pump System
    Typically installed in a specially designed pit, a sump pump is a somewhat cylindrical device that pumps water out of a basement or crawl space sump pump to prevent a home from flooding. A sump pump’s most important parts are an impeller, pedestal pump, check valve, float, and float activator arm.

    Sensing a Flood
    As water in a sump pit rises, so too does the float activator arm. Designed to sense this pressure, a sump pump will alert a homeowner or automatically kick into gear when water in the sump pit causes the float to reach a certain point.

    Powering the Sump Pump
    Manual sump pumps alert homeowners to flooding issues, but also require their assistance in discharging water. In order to empty a manual sump pit of its water, someone must discharge the water using a pedestal pump. While automatic sump pumps are capable of being handled manually, they are convenient because their operation does not require human direction. An impeller forces water to the sides of a sump pump’s discharge pipe, creating a low-pressure zone that forces water up through the discharge pipe and away from the home.

    In order to reduce the likelihood that your Arlington, Virginia home will flood, install and maintain a sump pump in your basement. If you are looking to have a sump pump professionally installed or you require any other routine or emergency plumbing services, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046. We offer a full range of residential and commercial plumbing services and attend to plumbing emergencies 24/7. 

    Basic Plumbing Tips for Your Home

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Our pipes, drains, water-intensive appliances, and plumbing fixtures work hard so that we can enjoy the advantages of modern plumbing, and it is important for us to provide them with the maintenance and care they need. For an overview of plumbing systems and the services they most frequently, watch this video.

    In addition to offering some helpful advice on plumbing repairs, master plumber John Wood discusses the importance of hiring a plumber who is licensed, insured, and willing to demonstrate proof of his or her credentials if asked. As well as being fully licensed and insured, All Plumbing, Inc. in Arlington has more than four decades of plumbing service experience. To have one of our skilled and personable plumbers install or repair a plumbing fixture or pipe on your Northern Virginia property, call (571) 482-7046. 

    Signs of a Hidden Plumbing Leak

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Every year, billions of gallons of water and millions of dollars are wasted as a result of plumbing leaks. Many of these leaks go undetected for several weeks or months because they are minor or are in hard-to-see places, but they are wasteful and potentially damaging all the same. In order to prevent a hidden plumbing leak from stealing your money and wasting precious resources, familiarize yourself with the following warning signs.

    Ceiling Stains
    Ceiling stains bode well in neither one- nor two-story homes. In one-story homes, ceiling stains are a sign of a leaky roof. In two-story homes, they are a sign of a leaking pipe or plumbing fixture upstairs. If you discover moist-looking stains on your ceiling, call a plumber to detect and repair any plumbing leaks you may have.

    Damaged Walls or Flooring
    Similarly, warped and stained walls are often indicative of plumbing leaks. Cracked and buckled flooring material is another warning sign, as is a damaged section of wall that is soft to the touch.

    Mold or Mildew
    Household mold growth is spurred by many causes, nearly all of which are linked to an excess of moisture in the home. If you detect mold or mildew in your home, chances are high that you have a plumbing leak. Even if you do not, the presence of mold necessitates a visit from a plumber or mold remediation specialist.

    Musty Smells
    Mold and mildew are not always easy to detect, but musty smells almost always are. If you notice an earthy, musty, or mildew smell that seems to linger in part of your home no matter what, then you may have a plumbing leak.

    Detecting a hidden plumbing leak is something you may be able to do yourself, but repairing the leak and assessing any dangers that the leak poses is a job for a plumbing professional. If you live in Arlington or elsewhere in Northern Virginia and you suspect there is a hidden plumbing leak in your home, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046. With more than 40 years of experience serving the Arlington area. From minor plumbing leaks to massive pipe bursts, no plumbing problem is too small or too large for us to handle. 

    How Often Should You Schedule Drain Cleaning Services?

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Drain cleaning service is one of those rare home maintenance measures that is of vital importance yet is required very rarely—in many cases as infrequently as once a decade. The frequency with which you should hire a humber to clean out your drains using hydrojetting technology depends on your home’s history as much as on household habits.

    If you live in an older home or your home’s sewer line is threatened by expanding tree roots, a regularly scheduled cleaning every three or four years may not be a bad idea. For most homeowners, however, it is enough to keep an eye out for signs that a drain is becoming clogged provided that action is taken immediately upon detection of such signs.

    Have you recently experienced water backing up in your home or heard gurgling sounds coming from your home’s sinks or toilets? If you live in Arlington or elsewhere in the Washington, D.C. area, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046 to arrange to have a plumbing service professional clean out your home’s drains using advanced hydrojetting technology. 

    Signs of a Sewage Pipe Leak

    Last updated 26 days ago

    A sewage pipe leak poses structural problems and health hazards to occupants of the home or business affected by a leak. By detecting a leak as early as possible and contacting a plumbing service professional in a timely manner, you can mitigate these problems, sparing yourself considerable time and hassle. To familiarize yourself with the common signs of a leaky sewage pipe so that you can spot problems early on, keep reading.

    Unpleasant Smells
    The most prominent sign of a sewage pipe leak is the sudden presence of unpleasant smells coming from one or more of your plumbing fixtures. In addition to having an unpalatable smell, sewer gas can induce nausea and poses other health risks. Contact a plumber at the first sign that your home is being infiltrated with sewer gas.

    Rocking Toilet
    If your toilet rocks from side to side when you sit down on it, it is possible that leakage is taking place around from underneath the toilet bowl. Water pooling up around the base is a sure sign of leakage, especially if it is accompanied by foul smells.

    Water Collecting Under Sink
    If you hear water leaking in the cabinet below a sink or smell the stench of raw sewage coming from somewhere in your bathroom or kitchen, carefully check for a plumbing leak. A broken P-trap indicates that contaminated wastewater and sewer gas are leaking into your home.

    Due to freezes and more intensive use of water heating systems, sewage pipe leaks are fairly common in the winter and early spring. If foul smells or mystery puddles have warned you that your home’s sewage infrastructure is cracked and leaking, contact an experienced plumbing professional in your area. For efficient and satisfactory service from a reputable plumber serving home and business owners throughout Arlington and the vicinity, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046 or visit us on the Web. 

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