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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.

Renovating Your Bathroom? 3 Tips to Avoid Beginner's Mistakes

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When renovating your bathroom, it’s important to take the time to precisely plan everything out. This includes the plumbing attached to your new fixtures and appliances. Sometimes plumbing work can seem obvious, but many people make costly mistakes that can be avoided by consulting a plumber beforehand. Below are three tips to help you avoid beginner’s mistakes.

 

  • Plan Everything in Detail: If you’re designing the new bathroom on your own, be sure to take the time to be precise. Everything should be measured and planned.  Don't settle for a general idea, such as, “I want the bathtub at the end of the room.” Since you’ll often be working with the existing pipes and plumbing systems, it’s important to mesh your current plumbing plan with your proposed arrangement. Major plumbing rearrangements are possible, but they will be more expensive than finding an elegant solution within your current capabilities.

 

  • Professional Installation Will Pay Off: Selecting the fixtures, sinks, or tubs you want is one of the most enjoyable parts of remodeling a bathroom, but you should have a professional do the actual installation. If you decide to do installation on your own and make a slight mistake, resulting faults or leaks can be very costly as you try to fix the problem.  Professionals, however, are unlikely to make mistakes and are obligated to fix an issue should one arise.

 

  • Don’t Forget About Ventilation: Many people forget about ventilation when planning their bathroom redesign. But, without the right ventilation, you will likely be plagued by mold growth and mildew.

 

Fortunately, there are professionals that can help with your bathroom renovations. The plumbing experts at All Plumbing, Inc. bring experience and precision to bathroom renovations in Arlington, Virginia and the surrounding areas. We’ll make sure your plumbing is done right so that you won’t be plagued with plumbing issues when your renovation is complete.  To learn more, give us a call at (571) 451-2971.

All-Natural Drain Cleaning and Unclogging Solutions

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Drains can become clogged for several reasons. Sometimes, unclogging a blocked drain is a difficult and involved process that requires professional tools and expertise. Other times, simple and natural methods can get the job done. Here are a few ideas for all-natural, non-toxic, drain cleaning solutions:

 

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: There are many ways to avoid using harsh chemicals for your drain cleaning.  By using a solution made of natural ingredients and gentle cleansers, you can thoroughly clean out your drain without introducing substances that can potentially harm your pipes. One popular technique is to mix baking soda and vinegar. First, pour dry baking soda down your drain (try ¾ a cup to start). Then, pour about half a cup of vinegar down the drain and immediately cover the drain opening. The baking soda and vinegar combination creates foam that will churn around in the drain, forcing out obstructions. After 30 minutes, pour hot (not boiling) water down the drain to clear out any remnants.

 

  • Natural Enzyme Cleaners: Another option is using natural biological enzymes as a drain cleaning agent. This performs a similar function to acid or lye, but it does not actually “burn” away material, making it much more gentle on both your pipes and the environment. You can often find bacteria-based enzyme cleaners at health food stores.

 

If these all-natural attempts don’t work to clean your drain, you may need to contact a plumbing service for assistance. In some cases, a blocked drain is actually a more serious problem with your sewer line. All Plumbing, Inc. can come to your home and investigate the true source of your blockage, and clear it out. To learn more about our expert drain cleaning services in Arlington, visit our website or call us at (571) 451-2971.

Dealing With A Home Gas Line? Don't Tempt Fate—Call A Plumber

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Most think that plumbers exist only to clear drains and fix water mains. Contrary to popular belief, plumbers also have expertise in dealing with home gas lines. If you're dealing with a home gas line, then you will always want to call a plumber. Whether you're thinking of installing or extending a line, or if you think your gas line might be leaking, don't hesitate to call. 

Natural gas poses potential health dangers. In nature, natural gases are colorless and odorless.  For our safety, suppliers have added a foul-smelling scent (called a bitterant) to your gas, so you can easily tell if you have a gas leak. Here are just a few reasons why you should call a plumber if you're dealing with a home gas line.

 

Gases

Natural gases are both extremely useful and deadly.  At the right levels, these gases are quite toxic. In general, gases are one of the safest and cleanest fossil fuels available, but if you spring a leak, then call a professional plumber right away to restore safety to your home.

 

Installation

Installation or extension of a gas pipeline is not only complicated, it also needs to be done perfectly. Installing a new gas line requires extensive knowledge of both gas tendencies and the different types of piping.  If done to the wrong specifications, gas lines can be dangerous.

 

Permits and Rules

You also need to have thorough knowledge of plumbing and mechanical codes to lay down pipe. Not only do you need the proper building permits in order to start constructing a line, you need to be familiar with how your utility company can work with your pipes.

 

If you need to hire a plumber to do work on your home’s gas lines, then contact us at All Plumbing Inc. We also specialize in drain cleaning, hydrojetting, and water main services. Call us at (571) 451-2971 and find out how our plumbers can help.

What Is A Vent Pipe And What Does It Do?

A vent pipe is essential in every home. A vent pipe is that small, stubby pipe that sticks out through your roof. To find out what it does, watch this video.

In this video, our host explores the attic to show you a tiny pipe that is connected to your plumbing vent system. In the various drains around the home, a lot of air is used to in the flushing process. The vent pipe allows that air to travel out of your plumbing and into the air. If something happens to your vent pipe, your whole indoor plumbing system could be at risk!

To learn more about your indoor plumbing, visit us at All Plumbing Inc.  Call us at (571) 451-2971 and find out how we can help you.

 

A Professional Plumber's Tools Of The Trade

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Professional plumbers are versatile tradesman that can do everything from drain cleaning to water main repair. Maybe you've called a professional plumber yourself, but what kinds of tools do they use? In this segment of our blog, we take a look at the different types of tools in a plumber's toolbox and how each is essential to a home’s healthy plumbing.

 

Basic Tools

Of course, every plumber has basic tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, tape measures, and hammers. These kinds of tools are absolutely essential to the plumber and should be found in every household. If your plumber doesn't have these on hand, then you should not trust them to work on your fixtures and appliances.

 

Propane Torch

Propane torches can be used to sweat copper pipe and fittings, which is essential for fixing broken pipes. The torch ignites at a squeeze of the trigger, and plumbers often find them much more convenient than strikers or matches.

 

Fire-Resistant Cloth

If your plumber wants to do work with his propane torch, then he'll also need fire-resistant cloth to protect the surrounding materials. After all, you don't want a plumber to accidentally burn furniture while trying to sweat copper pipes.

 

Hand Augur

Also known as a plumber's snake, this can reach down into your drains and clear any blockages. It's more environmentally friendly than drain-clearing chemicals and it can help when a plunger proves ineffective.

 

Hacksaw and Metal File

For plumbers cutting through pipe, hacksaws are an obvious must. Metal files are also necessary, to make sure that the edges of the pipe are smooth and fit properly into other pipes as needed.

 

For more information on what kinds of tools plumbers carry in their toolbox, visit us at All Plumbing Inc. Located in Arlington, we do drain cleaning, water main repair, and much more. When a plumbing emergency surfaces, simply call us at (571) 451-2971 and let us handle the rest!

 

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