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    Understanding How a Toilet Works

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The average person knows what a toilet does, but not exactly how it works. Residential toilets are typically gravity flow style, containing a water closet that makes up the back of the toilet. The water closet usually holds about two to three gallons of water; in some places this quantity is mandated by local government. There is also a flapper valve inside the water closet. When you press the lever to flush your toilet, the flapper opens a hole and the surrounding two to three gallons of water flow out, using suction to draw out the wastewater as well. To learn more about how toilets work, watch this short video clip.

    For more information, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 or visit our website. We are a 24-hour plumbing service that provides the Arlington area with drain cleaning, plumbing, and hydrojetting. If you live in the area, contact us for all of your plumbing needs. No matter how big or small the emergency, All Plumbing, Inc. is on it! 

    Steps to Take If Your Water Pipes Freeze and Burst

    Last updated 7 months ago

    This recent cold-front proves that wintertime still brings below-freezing temperatures to Virginia homeowners. Unless you take precautions, such temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze. Besides cutting off the water to your home, frozen pipes can also burst, potentially causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in water damage and plumbing repair costs. To minimize the damage, follow these steps if your pipes freeze and burst.

    Turn Off Your Water and Electricity
    If you hear your pipes burst or suddenly see pools of standing water in your home, turn off the flow of water to your home. Depending on where the water is located and how much is standing, you may also need to turn off the electricity to your home to prevent sparking an electrical fire.

    Contact a Plumber
    Once the situation is under control, contact a plumber immediately. An emergency plumber will be able to respond to your home at any time, day or night, to locate the pipe that burst and make any necessary repairs. The sooner you contact a plumber, the sooner you can turn on the water to your home and start making arrangements to clean up the mess.

    Make an Insurance Claim
    Finally, you will file a claim with your insurance company and follow their instructions for repairing the damage to your home. The Virginia State Corporation Commission cautions homeowners to make sure that they are adequately covered in the event of a burst pipe; if it is found that the pipe burst because of negligence, you may not be covered for the damage.

    If your pipes freeze and burst, call All Plumbing, Inc. We offer quick-response emergency plumbing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our plumbers can rapidly respond to any plumbing emergency within Arlington. For additional information about our plumbing services,contact us online or call us at (703) 525-7973. 

    Tips for Locating Your Home Sewer Lines

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Knowing where your home’s sewer lines are is important for many reasons. First, it is important to locate sewer lines before completing any major digging projects. If you hit a sewer line with a shovel or heavy piece of digging equipment, you risk rupturing the line and causing flooding in your home or around your property. Knowing where the sewer lines are located can also help you when dealing with plumbing issues like clogs or leaks. If you do not know where your home sewer lines are located, there are a few ways to find out.

    Locate the Septic Tank
    If you have a septic tank, the sewer lines in your home lead out from the basement or crawlspace towards the tank. Unless there are large trees or other buildings in the way, the sewer line usually follows a straight path from the house to the tank. Burial depths vary by municipality and pipe material, but they are typically buried between 12 and 24 inches.

    Visit Your Local Zoning Office
    If your home is connected to a municipal sewage system, a trip to the local zoning office may help you locate your home’s sewer pipes. Zoning offices typically keep property maps that include the location of sewer lines. These maps can also help you locate the boundaries of your property, which will help you determine where you can dig and where the city may be responsible for a burst pipe.

    Ask the Previous Owner
    The obvious solution is to ask the previous owner where the sewer lines are located. If you cannot get in touch with the previous owners or they do not know, ask your neighbors if they have any knowledge of sewer line placement in the area.

    A main sewer stoppage requires professional plumbing assistance. All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington, VA provides sewer line repair and replacement, in addition to snaking and hydro-jetting services. We also provide minimally invasive trenchless sewer pipe repair. If you have questions about our drain cleaning or repair services, please call us at (703) 525-7973.

    Shutting Off Your Main Water Valve

    Last updated 8 months ago

    In the event of a serious plumbing emergency, such as a burst water heater or an overflowing toilet, you will need to shut off the water to your house to keep damage to a minimum. Knowing where your main water valve is and how to turn it off can save you thousands of dollars in water damage. To find your main water valve, locate your water meter. Next, look for valves attached to the water meter. If there are two valves, select the one closest to the house. If there is no valve near the water meter, follow the pipe until you find a valve that is near the wall and easy to reach. Turn the valve clockwise to close it and shut off the water. If you can’t turn the valve by hand, use a crescent wrench.

    If you have trouble locating your main water valve, contact All Plumbing, Inc. We are proud to offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services to homeowners throughout Arlington, but we would also love to help you avoid a bigger mess and a more expensive clean-up bill. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. Our number is (703) 525-7973. 

    What Efficient Plumbing Looks Like

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Graywater is defined as all of the water that comes out of your home except for water from toilets. In other words, all of the water that comes from the shower, sink, dishwasher, and washing machine is graywater. According to some statistics, graywater accounts for up to 80 percent of residential waste water. In recent years, homeowners have figured out innovative ways to recycle this water and use it around the house. While recycled graywater is not safe to drink, it can be used to water your lawn or garden. Watch this video to learn more about the concept of graywater recycling.

    If you want to recycle and reuse the graywater from your home, contact All Plumbing, Inc. today. Our expert plumbers can take a look at your home and determine the best way to capture and recycle graywater. We also offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services for homeowners and businesses throughout the Arlington area. No matter what your plumbing needs are, call All Plumbing Inc. at (703) 525-7973 for immediate assistance. 

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