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    Common Causes of Clogged Shower Drains

    Last updated 7 months ago

    There are four common causes of clogged shower drains. Hair and dead skin cells are major sources of clogs. When showering, millions of dead skin cells flow down the shower drain. Hair and dead skin cells can stick to the walls of the drain pipe and, over time, block water flow. Soap scum deposits along the walls of pipes can trap hair, skin cells, and other contaminants. Hard water can also cause clogs, as it deposits a variety of minerals and micro-solids onto the walls of the shower drain and pipe. Trash is the final common cause of clogs. Toothpaste and shampoo caps, razor coverings, and other small items can accidentally fall down the shower drain and clog it. Remember to use a drain screen and empty it in the trash regularly to prevent clogs.

    If you are in need of plumbing assistance to unclog a drain, contact the experts at All Plumbing, Inc. We serve Arlington with a wide range of plumbing services, including drain cleaning, water main repair, and more. Call (571) 482-7046 today to schedule service for your home or business.

    Steps to Take if a Pipe Bursts

    Last updated 7 months ago

    When a pipe bursts, it can cause a lot of water damage to the home. It is important to know the steps to take to prevent or lessen damage in the event of this plumbing emergency. Here are three things to do after a pipe bursts:

    Shut Off Water
    When a pipe bursts, shut the water off immediately using the house’s shutoff valves. There are two main shutoff valves to locate. The first is a curb stop, and it is usually near the property line. It is found in a capped cylinder called the curb box. The other valve is located in the home, next to the water meter. Any other valves are usually near plumbing appliances, such as toilets and sinks. Keep the main valve in working condition to ensure that it will easily turn off in the event of a plumbing emergency. Do this by turning valves periodically to combat corrosion buildup.

    Find Main Electrical Supply
    After turning off the water, find the main electrical supply and turn it off as well. Doing this will prevent any water damage to the electrical circuit and appliances. If water reaches the electrical circuit, it could be extremely dangerous. If it is dark and the main electrical power was not turned off, it is important to turn off each individual switch to prevent any issues. After turning off the electrical supply, enter the home and make sure all faucets are closed. A way to drain away water is to flush all toilets. Once each of these steps is complete, the water should begin receding.

    Call For Help
    If the main valve doesn’t work in the event of a plumbing emergency, call the local Public Works Department. They will be able to turn off the water in the house. Select a trusted plumber to repair and replace any burst pipes in the home.

    All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington can assist you during a plumbing emergency with our 24-hour service. We specialize in both residential and commercial plumbing needs. Our services include drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, water main repair, and more. Visit our website or call (571) 482-7046 to learn more about our services. 

    Protecting Your Plumbing from Frozen Pipes

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Frozen pipes can lead to pipe bursting, which can cause a lot of damage and require professional repair.

    Protect your pipes during the winter by insulating them. Wrap pipes with insulation to keep cold weather from reaching them. Another option is heated insulation tape, which can be used in conjunction with foam pipe insulation. Install a faucet protector on outdoor hose bibs to protect them from cold wind. Also, disconnect outdoor hoses to help prevent frozen pipes. Watch this informative video for more information.

    If winter weather damages pipes in your home, call on the experts at All Pluming, Inc. Located in Arlington, we specialize in both residential and commercial plumbing services. Call (571) 482-7046 or visit us online to hear about all our services, including drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, trenchless sewer line repair, and more.

    Tips to Help You Avoid a Holiday Plumbing Emergency

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The holidays can put a lot of pressure on your plumbing. Holiday cooking means more time in the kitchen spent using the sink and the dishwasher. The holidays are also a time for hosting relatives and friends for meals and gatherings in the home. As a result of above-average use, plumbing emergencies can arise. Here are a few tips to help you avoid an emergency situation:

    Find a Plumber In Advance
    It is important to pick out a professional plumber before an emergency arises. This will make things less stressful in the event of an issue. Choose a plumber that has a current plumber’s license, and ask for proof of insurance before hiring. Look for a plumber that has been in business for at least five years. According to Angie’s List, a plumber should carry a minimum of $500,000 liability insurance in addition to a workman’s compensation policy. Having a trusted plumber you know you can call in an emergency will give you peace of mind. You may even choose to have your system inspected to correct problems well before the holidays arrive.

    Tackle Sink Clogs
    During the holidays, excessive amounts of food may be tossed down the sink drain. Fortunately, many clogs can be dislodged with the use of a sink plunger. Sink plungers are smaller and shaped differently than toilet plungers. Place the plunger over the sink’s drain hole. Make sure there is enough water at the bottom to form a seal. Pump the plunger to dislodge the clog. If this doesn’t work, pour scalding water mixed with baking soda down the drain. The water’s heat may break up the clog.

    Know How to Plunge Toilet Clogs
    If the toilet clogs, first use a plunger to attempt solving the problem. A plunger can also fix clogs in the bathtub or shower. If the plunger doesn’t work, use a drain auger, which is a flexible cable that can be pushed into the drain to break up the clog.

    Choose All Plumbing, Inc. as your plumber before a plumbing emergency happens. Established in 1970, we serve Arlington with a variety of plumbing services. We specialize in drain cleaning and have emergency services available at all hours. Visit our website or contact us at (571) 482-7046 to learn more. 

    Identifying Signs of a Sewer Drain Clog

    Last updated 8 months ago

    A sewer drain clog is a plumbing emergency that should be addressed immediately. When a clog occurs, any plumbing in the home should not be used until the stoppage is cleared. Here are some signs of a sewer drain clog to be aware of:

    Several Clogged Fixtures
    A clear sign of a sewer drain clog is when there are several plumbing fixtures backed up at the same time. Typically, toilets are affected by a sewer drain clog, but there are several other fixtures that can be involved. If a clog is suspected, check the toilets first, as they are the most direct path to the sewer and have the biggest drain line in the house. Next, check the tub and shower drains, as they are also often affected by main line clogs. This is because they sit lower than other drains in the home, such as the sink. If all drains are backed up, there is a sewer line problem in your home.

    Abnormal Fixture Reactions
    Unusual reactions from plumbing fixtures can also signal a sewer drain clog. If the toilet backs up or water comes up into the tub after flushing, it is a clear sign of a clog. Flushed water that can’t go down a sewer drain comes back up through the pipes and emerges out of the lowest point, which is typically the shower drain.  If the toilet bubbles or the water level rises when the sink is turned on, this is a reaction to trapped air in the plumbing system, caused by a clog. Another indication of a sewer main issue is when washing machine drainage causes water to back up into the toilet or shower.

    Clean-Out Drainage
    Verify a sewer drain clog by locating the main line clean-out. Once it is found, open it by unscrewing or pulling away the cap. Check the clean-out for water or waste that might be backed up there. Water flowing up and coming out of, or standing within the clean-out pipe, is a clear indication of a sewer line clog. 

    If your sewer line is clogged, call a plumbing professional to fix the problem right away. All Plumbing, Inc. serves Arlington with a variety of plumbing services, including drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, water main repair, and more. Visit our website or call (571) 482-7046 for information about our services. 

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