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How to Keep Your Basement Nice and Dry with Plumbing Essentials

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Water in your basement is potentially dangerous for several reasons. In addition to ruining an otherwise useable space, damp basements can lead to serious health risks like mold growth. Here are some great tips on how to keep your basement dry with basic plumbing tools.

The most effective way to keep your basement dry is by using a sump pump. Many people experience basement flooding or moisture because of groundwater seeping in through the foundation of their home and into their basement. Sump pumps suck up this ground water through the basement floor and release it outside of the home so that it doesn’t collect under the basement floor or, worse yet, in the basement itself. Sump pumps are extremely common, so if you still experience water problems in your basement, then make sure that your sump pump is working correctly.

Other plumbing adjustments you can make in your basement can also prevent excess moisture. For example, leaky pipes can release hundreds perhaps even thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year. Making sure that your pipes are not leaking is a great way to keep excess water out of your basement.

Properly insulating water lines is also extremely important. Exposed cold water pipes can cause condensation to form, which means you’ll have puddles all over your basement. Pipe insulation will prevent warm air from making contact with cold pipes, ensuring that your basement stays nice and dry!

For more information on how proper plumbing tools and techniques can keep your basement from turning into a swamp, call the plumbing experts at All Plumbing Inc. We specialize in all types of plumbing from sewer line repair, water main repair, and drain cleaning to hydro-jetting and basement plumbing maintenance. For more information on our services, check out the All Plumbing Inc. website today!

 

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Down the Drain: 3 Possible Reasons You Can't Keep Your Drain Smelling Fresh

We've all heard them -- horrible drain stories.  Whether it's losing a piece of jewelry down the sink or an unpleasant odor that you just can't shake, drains can be a big hassle. It’s not uncommon for recalcitrant shower drains to hold on to clumps of hair, which are notorious for holding on to odors.  There are a number of reasons your drains might be paining you, but here are the three most common:

1. Your kitchen sink needs a bath.

If you have a garbage disposal, then your kitchen sink probably smells strange on a fairly frequent basis.  This is because people often let the power of being able to pulverize virtually anything go to their heads.  Ergo, step one of getting rid of that weird smell is to start scraping your dishes into the actual garbage.  In addition, it’s best to do an odor-neutralizing treatment at least once a week.  You can find numerous recipes online, but they all involve baking soda, boiling water, and vinegar in some configuration.

 

2. Your shower drain needs some compassion.

We don’t usually think of hair as contributing to a stench problem, but leave it down the drain long enough and it will smell purely awful.  Your plumber can easily fix a hair clog, but they’re totally preventable with some common sense measures.  Make sure to brush your hair before you take a shower.  This will get rid of the loose stuff; you’ll have to pick up anything else from the shower floor once you’re done.

 

3. Your basement drains need an exorcism

The stench of unwashed drains is a smelly problem that plagues so many basements, but that doesn’t mean that a stink is inevitable.  To keep things in tip-top shape, take yourself down to the basement every three months or so and remove the drain covers.  Pull out any buildup or scrub it off with an old toothbrush, and then follow up by pouring a bucket of hot water down each drain.  Once the water has worked its way down, take a fifteen minute break and then finish with the same sort of treatment you gave your kitchen sink.

 

Of course, sometimes all the prevention in the world doesn’t matter—your drains stink, and you have no idea why.  If you’ve got a mysterious plumbing issue (or one that’s just gotten away from you), then you need to contact All Plumbing, Inc.  The plumbers here at All Plumbing not only have extensive experience with drain cleaning, they can also perform hydrojetting or repair your sewer line and your water main.  For more information, visit our website or call (703) 525-7973 today.

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Plumbing and Drain Tips for Bathroom Remodeling

This video features a totally stripped-down bathroom—all we can see are pipes.  The narrator takes us through the plumbing required for a toilet and a shower: The items are connected, and all that’s separating them is a so-called “P trap.” The narrator also talks about changing out some piping that’s no longer up to code.  Because the code has changed, the plumber has to fix it while it’s exposed—however, there is a shortcut.  This particular job doesn’t require that the old pipe be removed, just that it be sealed off.  Once the old piping is hidden behind new drywall, the narrator notes, “no one will ever know it was ever there.”

 

As interesting as it may be to learn a little about plumbing, it isn’t really the sort of home repair that a layperson should perform.  After all, if things go wrong, your house can become really unsanitary really quickly. 

 

It’s best to let the professionals handle all your plumbing needs, and no company is more professional than All Plumbing, Inc.  All Plumbing can assist you with drain cleaning, water main repair, hydrojetting, and sewer line repair.  For more information, visit our website or call (703) 525-7973.

 

 

 

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