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    Tips for Locating Your Home Sewer Lines

    Last updated 7 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 (571) 482-7046.

    Shutting Off Your Main Water Valve

    Last updated 7 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 (571) 482-7046. 

    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 (571) 482-7046 for immediate assistance. 

    Common Causes of Clogged Shower Drains

    Last updated 8 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 8 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. 

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