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4 Environmentally-Friendly Plumbing Upgrades!

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Many people are taking smart actions to become more environmentally friendly, from driving hybrid cars to installing high-efficiency windows. But, did you know that there are many simple plumbing upgrades that can make your home even more efficient and eco-friendly? Here is a guide to some of the environmentally-friendly options for your home’s plumbing system:

  • Low Flow Toilets
    Many people with older or less efficient toilets can use as many as 3.5 gallons of water per flush. This can add up to over 33,000 gallons of water flushed per year for some families, which is far more than necessary. A low flow toilet will only use an average of 1.28 gallons or less per flush, cutting water use by more than 60%. This is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet.
  • Faucet Aerators
    Bathroom sinks are used for many purposes throughout the day and are often a large source of wasted water. Faucet aerators add air to the flow of water, allowing the tap to produce the same water pressure while using fewer gallons per minute. 
  • Water Saving Shower Heads
    Showers are another source of significant water usage.  Depending on the duration of the shower and the efficiency of the shower head, hundreds of gallons may be used per day. Shower heads with aerators or lower pressure can save a lot of water and money.
  • Tankless Water Heaters
    Conventional water heaters store large amounts of water in reservoirs, keeping the water constantly heated. This uses a great deal of energy and limits the amount of hot water a home has available at any single point. Tankless water heaters heat water immediately and only as necessary, saving both energy and water.

If you're dedicated to making your home more environmentally friendly and efficient, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971 and ask about our many services today. We have been providing Northern Virginia with excellent plumbing services for over 30 years. Contact us online for more information.

Fire! How Does a Fire Sprinkler Work?

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As a layer of safety, many commercial and residential buildings are outfitted with fire sprinkler systems. These sprinklers are a great way to ensure the safety of a building and its occupants in the event of a fire, but only if they work properly. So, how do they actually work? Here is a brief guide to the workings of a standard fire sprinkler system:

  • Construction
    Fire sprinklers are simple, yet effective, systems. Water is supplied to the systems through a series of pipes, just like in any other basic plumbing system, and diverted to strategically placed sprinkler heads. In some systems, each sprinkler head has a sensor connected to a release valve. In other systems, the sprinklers are triggered by a separate sensor or control unit.
  • Activation
    When a fire occurs in a building with a sprinkler system, there are several methods of sprinkler activation. In many automatic systems, there's a sensor in each sprinkler head that supports a release valve. This sensor is often made of a meltable material or a glass tube with a liquid that will expand when heated. High temperatures cause these valves to break or melt, releasing a localized spray of water. Other systems use a separate sensor to trigger one or more sprinklers simultaneously.
  • Effectiveness
    Fire sprinklers provide a great deal of protection for residential and commercial buildings, often stopping fires before they can damage much of the affected room or area. The NFPA reports that fire sprinklers in a home work effectively 92% of the time, reducing the average amount of property loss by 71%, and the risk of death by 80%.

If you need the sprinkler system in your building maintained, or if you want to install one in your home or office, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971 and set up an appointment today. We offer various plumbing services, including 24-hour emergency plumbing in Northern Virginia. Contact us online to learn more about our products and services.

Do You Take Tap Water Purity for Granted?

We often take the purity of tap water for granted. The water supplied to our homes and businesses from municipal and other sources is carefully filtered. Backflow, however, causes a serious threat to that water and to our confidence in its distribution.


This video from the American Backflow Prevention Association explains the hazards of backflow, as well as the basics of how it can work. The various speakers discuss the importance of proper water pressure and flow direction maintenance and the importance of backflow prevention devices.


If you want to make sure that your home is protected against causing or experiencing backflow problems, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971 today. We have 30 years of experience in Northern Virginia


3 Dangers of Relying on Drano Products for Tough Clogs

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A clogged drain is an issue most people have to deal with at least once a year. Whether it is in the bathroom, the kitchen, or even the garage, one of the most common solutions people turn to is pouring a product, like Drano, down the drain to try to break up the clog. Sometimes, this will work, but for tougher clogs, it should not be relied upon. Here is an overview of the risks involved in using Drano on tough clogs:


  • Uncertainty: When your drain is clogged, it means that there is a blockage somewhere in the pipes, which you most likely cannot see. This means that it is impossible to accurately judge the exact cause and severity of the clog. You may end up pouring Drano products onto a blockage that will not dissolve or may partially dissolve and cause another clog quickly.


  • Ineffectiveness: Regardless of the claims of Drano and similar products, they are not surefire solutions to your drainage problems. These products can cause a wide variety of reactions in your drainage system, depending on the cause of the clog. Dense clogs caused by hair may actually become tougher to remove after being exposed to Drano.


  • Splashing on Skin: The active ingredients in Drano include sodium hypochlorite and the strong base sodium hydroxide. These are both very poisonous to people and animals and can cause serious burns and other health problems if exposed to the skin or eyes. A danger of using Drano on any clogs is the risk of splashing on oneself or splashing on surfaces that a child may touch.


If you have a clog and you want to be certain that it is safely removed, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971 and set up a service appointment today. We are a locally owned and operated plumbing business that offers 24/7 emergency services and over 30 years of experience in Northern Virginia.

4 Helpful Resources for Your Plumbing Questions

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How much should you worry if you have a gas leak? What do you need to know about sump pump maintenance? How can you go about conserving water? For the answer to these questions and other plumbing quandaries, check out the following resources:

  • Pinal County in Arizona has a flier on gas pipe installation. Remember that installation isn't easy, so consider hiring a professional if you need work done on your gas lines.
  • How severe are gas leaks? HowStuffWorks can give you a quick overview on what to do in case of a gas leak, but the short answer is to evacuate your home and call a professional immediately.
  • Cleaning up a flooded home isn't easy. Make sure to wait until your home is dry before trying to replace the walls. For more tips on what to do after a flooded home, check out this resource from North Dakota State University.
  • A sump pump can help you avoid water damage. To learn how to properly maintain your sump pump, check out this link from The Washington Post.

Call All Plumbing Inc. at (571) 451-2971 today to learn more about our plumbing services.  We provide many services including renovation work, drain cleaning, hydrojetting, and plumbing repair services. For more information, give us a call at (571) 451-2971 or visit us online.

Are You Planning Ahead? Sump Pump Tips to Prevent Damage

Sump pumps are important because they help protect your basement. They are the first and most powerful line of defense between water damage from flooding and your belongings and valuables.


This video offers useful information about how your sump pump works and how to keep it in good running condition. You can test the function of your pump by filling the sump reservoir with water from a hose to simulate a real flood. If it isn’t running properly, you should make any necessary repairs so that it’s ready when or if a flood does occur.


If you don’t yet have a sump pump, All Plumbing, Inc. can install one for you. For more information, call us at (571) 451-2971 or visit our website today.


3 Plumbing Upgrades that Can Improve Your Home

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Improving your home with a few select plumbing upgrades will both enhance your life and increase the value of your house. From minor improvements to large-scale additions, plumbing upgrades are always worth the investment. Here are a few you should consider to improve your home for you, your family, and your guests.


  • Add an Extra Bathroom : This may seem like a major renovation, but it doesn’t have to be. The benefits of having an additional bathroom will far outweigh the costs. An extra bathroom can make your life at home much more comfortable, and will be appreciated by friends and family who visit or stay for extended periods of time. Plus, adding an extra bathroom will boost the value of your home significantly.


  • Add a Garbage Disposal : A garbage disposal is an essential component to any busy kitchen. If you’ve been struggling with a kitchen drain that continuously gets clogged with food particles, you should consider a adding garbage disposal unit. A plumbing service can install one after cleaning your drain in order to keep your drain flowing freely.


  • Add a New Hot Water Heater : Have you considered the savings a more efficient water heater can provide? A new water heater, such as a tankless one, can heat water much more efficiently than a conventional drum system. Have a plumbing service outfit your home with a tankless water heater and your energy bills should drop.


If you are considering plumbing renovations for your Arlington home, call All Plumbing, Inc.. We provide many services including renovation work, drain cleaning, hydrojetting, and plumbing repair services. For more information, give us a call at (571) 451-2971 or visit us online.

Need More Plumbing Tips? Click Through These Links and Learn More

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Our recent posts have focused on common plumbing needs, such as drain cleaning, keeping your basement dry, and plumbing renovations. If you’re interested in learning more, you may find the links below helpful. If you need the services of a professional plumber, or more information on common plumbing needs, call All Plumbing, Inc. in Arlington, VA at (571) 451-2971.


  • Many people who renovate and remodel their bathroom make simple mistakes. Learn more here about how to avoid them.
  • This article talks about garbage disposers and the plumbing problems they can cause when used incorrectly.
  • Avoid clogged drains before they happen by implementing the tips in this eHow.com guide.
  • Take a look at this webpage from the National Association for Waterproofing to find some tips about water damage prevention. 

Is There a Smell Coming from Your Sink? How to Deodorize a Drain the All-Natural Way

Anything you put down your sink to try to remove an unpleasant smell will eventually come out into the environment, so you should try to avoid toxic agents at all costs. This video shows a method of deodorizing and clearing a drain of minimal grime naturally.


In this video, the host demonstrates how to use baking soda and vinegar to remove any disagreeable odors coming from your drain.  One important detail to note is not to pour boiling water down pipes. Doing so can warp your pipes and cause damage.


If do-it-yourself methods aren’t doing the trick for your smelly drain, or if your drain is clogged, give us a call at All Plumbing, Inc. for professional drain cleaning. You can reach us at (571) 451-2971 or on our website!

2 Key Ingredients for a Dry, Mold-free Basement

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Many people store valuables, family heirlooms, and other important items in their basement. It’s often the only part of the house with ample space for storage or other activities. Whether you use your basement for storage, for a playroom, or for any other use, you must ensure it stays dry to avoid water damage and mold growth. Here are a couple of options for keeping your basement and the valuables therein dry:


  • Sump Pumps: Sump pumps operate by pumping water out of a special reservoir known as a sump pit, which is located at the lowest point of the basement. Sump pumps are used in basements that occasionally flood.
    They are often connected to the main electrical power supply of the home, but battery-operated sump pumps are also available. Battery-powered pumps are particularly valuable during natural disasters, such as hurricanes or major floods, when power to the house may be lost. If you have a basement that floods regularly or if you are concerned about flooding, a sump pump may be a good short-term solution for you.


  • Waterproofing: Waterproofing is a way of sealing off the basement from water. This can be done either internally or externally. A plumbing specialist will seal off the edges of the basement from the outside, creating a watertight barrier that keeps the basement dry. If you’ve had problems with flooding or water damage in the past and you want to keep water out completely, waterproofing may be your ideal choice.


Don’t let your basements and the belongings inside it become water-damaged and moldy.  Protect your basement and give us a call at All Plumbing, Inc.. Our Arlington plumbing service offers both waterproofing and sump pump installation. We also provide other plumbing services, such as drain cleaning and water main repair. To find out more, take a look at our website or call us at (571) 451-2971.

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