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    Caring for Your Plumbing During the Holidays

    Last updated 3 days ago

    The holiday season is upon us, and that means relatives and guests will be arriving shortly. The last thing you want to endure during the holidays is a backed-up kitchen sink or a clogged toilet. But with extra guests in your home, and with copious amounts of food preparation, your home’s plumbing system is under immense stress during the holidays—and that means emergencies are bound to happen. The following tips will help keep your plumbing in tip-top shape during the holidays. If you notice anything unusual, contact a plumber in Arlington as soon as possible to avoid a full-fledged plumbing emergency. 

    Don’t Dump the Grease
    With all the cooking you’ll be doing, remember not to dump any grease, fats, or oils down the drain. These liquids may seem appropriate for drains, but they can harden and become sticky when cool—which will eventually lead to a clog. Instead of dumping these cooking liquids down the drain, put them in a disposable cup or bowl and throw away with the trash when they cool.

    Protect the Pipes
    A burst pipe is a common plumbing emergency, especially during the frigid winter months in Arlington. To prevent this unexpected plumbing emergency, make sure your pipes are insulated. Speaking of pipes, remind your guests not to flush but toilet paper down the drain. Cotton swabs, tampons, diapers, and even “flushable” sanitary wipes can all create blockages that may lead to backed-up plumbing.

    Your home is susceptible to a lengthy list of plumbing problems, especially during the holidays. Thankfully, All Plumbing, Inc. is here to take care of all your plumbing needs. Our team possesses the training and skill to provide swift and effective service throughout Arlington. For additional information, or to schedule plumbing service, call us at (571) 482-7046. 

    What is a Sump Pump?

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Plumbing services have a wealth of tools, supplies, and equipment in their arsenals because different jobs may require very different techniques. One piece of plumbing equipment that every professional knows his or her way around is the sump pump. Keep reading to take a look at what a sump pump is, how it works, and how often it is used.

    Sump pumps are used in basements or crawlspaces in order to maintain a level of dryness in the area. These pumps are typically small and installed in pits that have been carved out for them in the lower areas of basements and crawlspaces. The responsibility of the sump pump is simple: Keep the area dry by removing water from flooding to the outside of the building. This can reduce instances of water damage and the resulting mold, which can ultimately be protective of general health.

    The mechanics behind a sump pump’s operation are easy thanks to the pit in which it is installed. When water makes its way into the sump pump pit via flooding, excess moisture, or other means, it is then taken in by the sump pump. Many pumps turn on automatically when the pit begins to fill, making this an ongoing, passive procedure. A centrifugal pump causes the impeller to rotate within the sump pump, drawing in water from the pit and ultimately sending it outdoors through a discharge pipe.

    Sump pumps tend to be more popular in areas where wetness typically occurs underground; this is especially true for homes in areas where people often have to deal with flooded basements. Popularity surges in areas of low elevation, locations where large amounts of snow melt quickly, and places where both of these factors are in play. They are also commonly found in newly constructed homes.

    For more information about sump pumps and other plumbing services, please feel free to call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046. We provide the Arlington area with drain cleaning, hydro jetting, water main repair, and other plumbing services. Find out more about our business by visiting our website today.

    Troubleshooting Clogs in the Kitchen Sink

    Last updated 24 days ago

    It is not easy to work with a clogged kitchen sink, but it is typically not difficult to find and remedy the problem. Your clog may be located at any point throughout the drain, but there are a few steps that you can take to find it. Keep reading for help in troubleshooting clogs in the kitchen sink.

    Start by filling the sink with water and plunging the drain with a sink plunger. If this does not remedy the issue, it is time to turn off the water supply valve. Being sure to place a bucket under the drain, look for and remove the plug from your P-trap under your sink, and clean it out using a bottle brush. You can also remove the P-trap altogether, and if that does not help you can use an auger on the wall pipe.

    Are you experiencing clogs in your kitchen sink? Call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046 and let us help. We are happy to meet all of the Arlington area’s plumbing needs. If you would like to find out more about what we can do for you, please do not hesitate to visit our website or stop in and meet with us today.

    Advice for Choosing New Plumbing Fixtures

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Although many people think of plumbing issues as having to do with leaky pipes or clogs in drains, some problems have to do with the fixtures. This is why it is important to put a great deal of thought into the fixtures you purchase. Watch this video for advice in choosing new plumbing fixtures.

    Much like you would not hire a cheap and ineffective plumber, the same principles apply to plumbing fixtures. It is a good idea to go with the more commonplace name brands and to buy from direct retailers. It is never wise to take the cheap route with plumbing fixtures, especially those that are going to be installed within a wall.

    All Plumbing, Inc. is proud to be Arlington’s home for all plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn about our hydro jetting, drain cleaning, and water main repair services. For more information about us, please feel free to give us a call at (571) 482-7046.

    How to Tell When it's Time to Repair Your Water Heater

    Last updated 1 month ago

    No plumbing appliance works flawlessly forever; at some point they will all need repairs. Since your water heater is no exception, it helps to recognize the signs that indicate it is time for the appliance to be inspected. Keep reading if you would like to find out how to tell when it’s time to repair your water heater.

    Inspect the Water
    One initial sign that you may need to repair your water heater is the presence of rust in the water that comes out of the faucet when you turn the knob for hot water. This may indicate that your water heater is on the verge of malfunctioning, and thus repairs should be performed. You can also taste or smell your hot water; if it tastes metallic, this is another example of a sign that your water heater may be in trouble.

    Take Notice of Noises
    Like most other appliances, water heaters will often produce strange sounds when they are close to malfunctioning or in need of repair. It is important to make the distinction between the normal sounds that water heater makes and the sounds that indicate malfunctioning. If you notice cracking or popping noises coming from your water heater, they may be due to a buildup of mineral deposits inside the appliance.

    Address Leaks
    In the event that your water heater starts leaking from an unsuspecting location, this is always an indicator that the appliance should be repaired. Be sure that your electricity or gas is disconnected and that the water is cool before making your repairs. Call your professional plumbing service if you are unsure if it is time to repair your water heater.

    If you think it may be time to repair your water heater, contact All Plumbing, Inc. or visit our website. We are an Arlington based plumbing service that specializes in water main repair, drain cleaning, and hydro jetting. Feel free to give us a call at (571) 482-7046 if you would like to know more about our services. You can also stop in and meet with us to find out more about what we can do for you today.

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