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    Top Causes of Clogged Drains

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Clogged drains can render your sinks and bathtubs useless; in some cases, they can even contribute to flooding in your bathroom or kitchen. If you notice the early signs of a clogged drain, contact a plumber in Arlington that specializes in drain cleaning to keep your sinks and bathtubs open for business. Fortunately, good habits and basic maintenance is all it takes to prevent clogged drains. Knowing the top causes of clogged drains can also assist you in keeping your drains clear. 

    Hair
    It is not uncommon for hair to build up and clog drains, especially shower drains. If your shower is draining slower than usual, try using a plunger to change the pressure in the pipe to push the hair clog down the drain. If this doesn’t work, schedule a drain cleaning appointment with your local plumbing company.

    Soap Scum and Mineral Buildup
    Soap scum and mineral buildup is another common cause of clogged drains, especially in areas that have hard water. You can prevent soap scum and mineral buildup in your pipes by pouring baking soda and boiling water down the drains every few months.

    Food
    Certain types of foods can easily get stuck in a drain, especially in kitchen sink drains that don’t use a food catch. Even if you use a garbage disposal, fats, oils, and debris can buildup and cause water to back up in the sink. If your kitchen sink is backed up, contact a plumber right away so you can get back to cooking and cleaning.

    If your drains are clogged, contact the drain cleaning specialists at All Plumbing, Inc. We have provided quality plumbing service in Arlington and throughout Northern Virginia for over 30 years. Visit our website to learn more about our drain cleaning services, or call us at (571) 482-7046 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers. 

    Updating a Basement Pumping System

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Regardless of whether you use your basement for storage or as an additional living space, basement flooding can be very expensive to repair. One of the best ways to prevent basement flooding is to update your old basement pumping system. Your plumber can install a new sump pump to ensure that water drains out of your basement. For more information on sump pumps and other means of preventing basement flooding, watch this short segment from FOX Toledo.

    To make sure that your basement pumping system is in tip-top shape, schedule an inspection with All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington. Our plumbers can inspect your home’s entire plumbing system to minimize the risk of basement flooding due to plumbing failure. Contact us online or call us at (571) 482-7046 to schedule your full home plumbing inspection today. 

    Dangers of Basement Flooding

    Last updated 21 days 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.  

    Electrocution
    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 1 month 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 1 month 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.

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