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    Signs of a Hidden Plumbing Leak

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Every year, billions of gallons of water and millions of dollars are wasted as a result of plumbing leaks. Many of these leaks go undetected for several weeks or months because they are minor or are in hard-to-see places, but they are wasteful and potentially damaging all the same. In order to prevent a hidden plumbing leak from stealing your money and wasting precious resources, familiarize yourself with the following warning signs.

    Ceiling Stains
    Ceiling stains bode well in neither one- nor two-story homes. In one-story homes, ceiling stains are a sign of a leaky roof. In two-story homes, they are a sign of a leaking pipe or plumbing fixture upstairs. If you discover moist-looking stains on your ceiling, call a plumber to detect and repair any plumbing leaks you may have.

    Damaged Walls or Flooring
    Similarly, warped and stained walls are often indicative of plumbing leaks. Cracked and buckled flooring material is another warning sign, as is a damaged section of wall that is soft to the touch.

    Mold or Mildew
    Household mold growth is spurred by many causes, nearly all of which are linked to an excess of moisture in the home. If you detect mold or mildew in your home, chances are high that you have a plumbing leak. Even if you do not, the presence of mold necessitates a visit from a plumber or mold remediation specialist.

    Musty Smells
    Mold and mildew are not always easy to detect, but musty smells almost always are. If you notice an earthy, musty, or mildew smell that seems to linger in part of your home no matter what, then you may have a plumbing leak.

    Detecting a hidden plumbing leak is something you may be able to do yourself, but repairing the leak and assessing any dangers that the leak poses is a job for a plumbing professional. If you live in Arlington or elsewhere in Northern Virginia and you suspect there is a hidden plumbing leak in your home, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. With more than 40 years of experience serving the Arlington area. From minor plumbing leaks to massive pipe bursts, no plumbing problem is too small or too large for us to handle. 

    How Often Should You Schedule Drain Cleaning Services?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Drain cleaning service is one of those rare home maintenance measures that is of vital importance yet is required very rarely—in many cases as infrequently as once a decade. The frequency with which you should hire a humber to clean out your drains using hydrojetting technology depends on your home’s history as much as on household habits.

    If you live in an older home or your home’s sewer line is threatened by expanding tree roots, a regularly scheduled cleaning every three or four years may not be a bad idea. For most homeowners, however, it is enough to keep an eye out for signs that a drain is becoming clogged provided that action is taken immediately upon detection of such signs.

    Have you recently experienced water backing up in your home or heard gurgling sounds coming from your home’s sinks or toilets? If you live in Arlington or elsewhere in the Washington, D.C. area, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 to arrange to have a plumbing service professional clean out your home’s drains using advanced hydrojetting technology. 

    Signs of a Sewage Pipe Leak

    Last updated 8 months ago

    A sewage pipe leak poses structural problems and health hazards to occupants of the home or business affected by a leak. By detecting a leak as early as possible and contacting a plumbing service professional in a timely manner, you can mitigate these problems, sparing yourself considerable time and hassle. To familiarize yourself with the common signs of a leaky sewage pipe so that you can spot problems early on, keep reading.

    Unpleasant Smells
    The most prominent sign of a sewage pipe leak is the sudden presence of unpleasant smells coming from one or more of your plumbing fixtures. In addition to having an unpalatable smell, sewer gas can induce nausea and poses other health risks. Contact a plumber at the first sign that your home is being infiltrated with sewer gas.

    Rocking Toilet
    If your toilet rocks from side to side when you sit down on it, it is possible that leakage is taking place around from underneath the toilet bowl. Water pooling up around the base is a sure sign of leakage, especially if it is accompanied by foul smells.

    Water Collecting Under Sink
    If you hear water leaking in the cabinet below a sink or smell the stench of raw sewage coming from somewhere in your bathroom or kitchen, carefully check for a plumbing leak. A broken P-trap indicates that contaminated wastewater and sewer gas are leaking into your home.

    Due to freezes and more intensive use of water heating systems, sewage pipe leaks are fairly common in the winter and early spring. If foul smells or mystery puddles have warned you that your home’s sewage infrastructure is cracked and leaking, contact an experienced plumbing professional in your area. For efficient and satisfactory service from a reputable plumber serving home and business owners throughout Arlington and the vicinity, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 or visit us on the Web. 

    What You Need to Know About Sewer Gas

    Last updated 8 months ago

    As waste decays, it emits gases and chemicals as part of the natural decomposition process. Modern plumbing systems are designed to trap these gases in the annals of the system to prevent exposing building occupants to them. Since these systems fail from time to time, it is wise for consumers to educate themselves about the nature and perils of sewer gas.

    The Composition of Sewer Gas
    Some of the most common components of sewer gas that are formed as waste decays include ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen sulfide, and nitrous oxide. As industrial solvents, chlorine bleach, and other caustic cleaners also find their way into home drains, additional toxic gases are sometimes added to the mix.

    Common Forms of Exposure
    Sewer gas can enter a home through blocked plumbing roof vents, cracks in waste lines, sink drains, and floor drains. Dysfunctional grease traps and other examples of faulty plumbing are often to blame. Exposure almost always occurs as a result of inhalation, but can occur through skin and eye contact as well.

    Risks and Hazards
    Ammonia and hydrogen sulfide are two of the most toxic gases present in sewage arteries, posing dangers to those exposed when sewage gas is a problem in a home. Adverse effects of exposure to these gases include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and irritability. A high concentration of sewage gas in an enclosed space can lead to suffocation and death. Before sewer gas can become this dangerous, you will certainly notice its putrid smell.

    Avoiding Exposure
    You can reduce the likelihood that you will be exposed to sewer gas by taking care to maintain your home’s plumbing and septic system. Add water to floor and sink drains that you do not frequently use to prevent the pipes from drying out and cracking. Contact a plumbing professional if you notice unpleasant smells coming from your plumbing fixtures.

    At All Plumbing, Inc. in Arlington, our plumbing professionals understand the intricacies of an effective and sanitary plumbing system. If you are concerned that you are being exposed to harmful sewer gas in your D.C. area home or business, call (703) 525-7973 to arrange to have an experienced plumber inspect your plumbing infrastructure and make any necessary repairs. 

    How Leaky Gas Pipes Can Cost Consumers Money

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Although its global price has been on the rise recently, natural gas is an inexpensive and relatively eco-friendly way to heat a home. Just as faucets and other home fixtures and appliances can leak, however, natural gas appliances and the pipes that transport natural gas from one place to another are also susceptible to leaking.

    To understand the economic impact of natural gas leaks, the cost of which is ultimately borne by consumers in the form of price increases, watch this brief news clip. Referencing a Massachusetts study, a journalist explains how gas pipe leaks have recently cost consumers in Massachusetts $1.5 billion.

    Leaky pipes are wasteful, expensive, and can be hazardous. If you suspect that a pipe is leaking on your Arlington property and you are seeking the most effective service you can find, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973.

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