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    Common Problems with Sump Pump Systems

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If your home has a basement or crawlspace, a properly working sump pump is the best defense against flooding and all the problems that come with excess moisture, including mold and mildew. Unfortunately, sump pump systems are not without their share of defects and performance issues. To make sure your basement or crawlspace stays dry, be on the lookout for these common sump pump problems. If you notice anything wrong with your sump pump, contact a plumbing company in Arlington for sump pump repair.

    Broken Check Valve
    The check valve is located on the discharge pipe and prevents water from dumping back into the sump basket, or sump basin, after the pump shuts off. If the check valve is broken or leaking, contact your plumber to replace the check valve before a backup occurs.

    Undersized Discharge Pipe
    Discharge pipe, or discharge tubing, is the tubing that carries the water out of the sump basket and away from your home. Undersized tubing will force the pump to run longer each time it turns on, decreasing the life of the sump pump. If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re using the right size discharge tubing, schedule a sump pump inspection with your Arlington plumber.

    Short Discharge Tube
    Another problem associated with the discharge system is a discharge tube that is cut too short. In other words, the discharge tube should not dump water right up against the house at the exterior, since the water will seep right back down in to the sump pump or cause foundation issues. Your plumber can tell you how to improve drainage from the sump pump if water is pooling around your foundation.

    Since 1970, Arlington has relied on All Plumbing, Inc. for the best residential and commercial plumbing services. Call us today and let one of our experienced plumbers inspect your sump pump to prevent any unexpected and expensive flooding surprises in the future. Call us at (571) 482-7046 or contact us online to learn more. 

    Commercial Services from All Plumbing, Inc.

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Home plumbing problems are one thing—a plumbing issue at your business is quite another. Since you have employees and customers who count on a properly functioning plumbing system, it is wise you to address clogs or leaks as soon as possible. All Plumbing, Inc. is pleased to provide a wide range of commercial plumbing services for Arlington businesses.

    Our expert plumbers have performed jobs at doctors’ offices, apartment complexes, restaurants, hotels, and many other commercial properties. We understand that commercial plumbing systems have higher demands than most residential systems. If your business is currently being held back by a malfunctioning water heater, a clogged drain, or a broken sewer line, we’ll gladly send one of our Arlington plumbers to take a look. We also offer remodeling services, gas line installation, waterproofing, and much more.

    Don’t let a stubborn plumbing problem cause you to lose business. Let the Arlington plumbing team at All Plumbing, Inc. address your issue right away. We offer emergency plumbing services 24 hours a day. Call our office at (571) 482-7046 if you have any questions.    

    Locating Your Main Water Shut-Off Valve

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If any pipes or appliances suddenly spring a water leak, it’s important that you shut off the main water shut-off valve as quickly as possible. Look for your water shut-off valve within your house, somewhere along the perimeter and possible behind an access door. Failing that, you can shut off the water supply by turning off the valve on the house side of the water line at the water meter near the street. If you cannot find your water shut-off valve, or if the valve is broken or damaged in any way, contact a plumber in Arlington for assistance before a plumbing emergency strikes.

    In the event of a plumbing emergency, stay calm and call All Plumbing, Inc. We are a 24-hour emergency plumbing service based in Arlington, VA. Regardless of the size of your emergency, our residential plumbers can minimize water damage and get your home’s plumbing system back to normal in no time. Call us at (571) 482-7046 to learn more about our plumbing services. 

    The Process of Degreasing a Sewer Line

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When your sewer line becomes clogged, your best option is to contact a plumbing company in Arlington that specializes in drain cleaning and hydro-jetting. Once your sewer line is flowing freely again, it’s up to you to keep it clear unless you want to call out your plumber again. Grease is one of the most common causes of sewer line clogs, so today we will be sharing some tips on keeping your line grease-free.

    Introduce Enzymes in the Sewer Line
    Enzymes are natural living bacteria colonies that eat grease and prevent buildups in your sewer line. Once introduced into your sewer system, enzymes will continue to reproduce and grow. Before introducing enzymes in the sewer line, run hot water down the drain for a few minutes to slightly loosen the grease. Pour the enzyme solution into the sewer line and repeat this procedure once per month.

    Pour Baking Soda Down the Drains
    Another easy way to keep your drains grease-free is to pour baking soda into your down on a monthly basis. Baking soda will eat away grease particles that are stuck inside the sewer line before they can cause major blockages in the pipe. You can add white vinegar to the baking soda for an even more effective DIY sewer line cleaner.

    Don’t Pour Grease in the Sink
    The best way to prevent grease buildup in your sewer line is to avoid disposing of grease down the drain in the kitchen. Instead, pour grease in a disposable container and throw away with the trash when it cools and hardens.

    Remember, these tips can help keep your sewer line running free but they aren’t very effective at removing actual clogs in the pipes. That’s where the plumbers at All Plumbing, Inc. come in. We use the latest equipment to diagnose and remove sewer line clogs. Our hydro-jetting, video inspection, and drain cleaning services extend to residential and commercial customers in Arlington and throughout Northern Virginia. Call us at (571) 482-7046 to schedule service.


    Finding the Source of a Plumbing Leak

    Last updated 3 months ago

    A plumbing leak has the potential to cause thousands of dollars in water damage. Over time, a leak can also waste hundreds of gallons of water—which means higher water bills. Unfortunately, plumbing leaks are not always easy to spot. If you want to avoid expensive water damage and keep your bills low, you need to learn how to spot the early signs of a plumbing leak. If you suspect you have a leak, use these tips to trace the leak to confirm the problem before calling your Arlington plumber.

    Confirm the Leak
    Before you go leaking for a broken pipe or leaky faucet, confirm that you do indeed have a leak. To do this, turn off every faucet, appliance, and fixture in your home that uses water and mark where the needle is pointing on your water meter. Leave everything off for about eight hours, and read the meter again. If the needle has moved, this indicates a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. 

    Inspect Common Leak Areas
    Now that you know you have a plumbing leak on your hands, the next step is to begin searching for the source. Open cabinet doors beneath sinks and look for moisture at the joints at the bottom of the P trap. Examine the flooring around fixture and appliances that use water. Cracked or warped flooring or spongy spots in the floor indicate a possible leak. You should also inspect exposed pipes in basements and crawlspaces.

    Call the Pros
    If you can’t find the source of the leak, your plumber can. All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington can pinpoint and repair a plumbing leak in no time. Locally owned and operated, All Plumbing is your source for plumbing maintenance and repairs. Visit our website to learn more about our services, or call us at (571) 482-7046 to schedule a leak inspection or plumbing repair today. 

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