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    What You Need to Know About Sewer Gas

    Last updated 7 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 7 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.

    Determining How Far to Plant a Tree from Your Home Sewer Lines

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Sewer lines are built into the earth in order to keep sewage and waste materials away from humans. However, sewer lines also offer trees nutrients, oxygen, and moisture. Since tree roots grow towards nutrients, they may grow into the sewer, which can cause a serious plumbing problem. Read on for help in determining how far to plant a tree from your home sewer lines.

    Type of Tree
    Different types of trees may be planted at different distances from sewer lines. A good way to get an idea of a tree’s root system is to look at the tree itself. The size of the tree is comparable to the size of its root system. Trees that grow quickly and absorb a significant amount of water should not be planted within 25 feet of sewer lines. Trees that grow more slowly may still grow very large in size, and their roots are still a threat to sewer lines. Thus, the best type of tree to plant is one that grows slowly and stays small. Trees should never be planted within 10 feet of a sewer line.

    Type of Pipe
    The potential for tree roots to grow into sewer lines certainly depends on the tree, but it also depends on the type of pipe. Newer homes and communities have sewer pipes that are made of PVC, which are durable and may not be affected by tree roots. Many other areas use clay pipes for their sewer lines. Unfortunately, these pipes are more prone to cracking and breaking, which lets tree roots intrude through the pipeline.

    Potential Problems
    When tree roots grow through sewer lines, they can cause major plumbing issues. They can cause sewage to backup or even flood, which is difficult and expensive to clean. If sewage backup and flooding occurs in a highly populated area, people who come into contact with the sewage may fall ill.

    All Plumbing, Inc. is a locally owned plumbing service that operates on a 24-hour schedule. We handle drain cleaning, water main repair, and hydrojetting as well as various other plumbing services. If you live in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Mclean, or Fairfax, come in and see us. For more information about our residential and commercial plumbing services, visit our website or call (703) 525-7973.

    Thawing Frozen Pipes to Keep Them from Bursting

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Frozen pipes can burst due to the buildup of pressure within them, causing significant damage and costly repairs. Here are a few tips on thawing frozen pipes to keep them from bursting.

    If your pipes are already frozen, there are several methods you can use to thaw them so that they do not burst. First, turn on your faucet and keep it open while you treat the frozen section of the pipe. You can treat the frozen pipe by applying heat via electric heating pads, a hair dryer, or a space heater. Never use open flame devices like blowtorches or propane heaters. As the pipe thaws, water will flow through the pipe and help to clear out the frozen area. If you suspect that any of your other pipes might be frozen, treat them the same way.

    If you need help thawing frozen pipes, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. We have been proudly providing the Arlington area with plumbing, drain cleaning, and sewer main installation and repair for more than 30 years. Visit our website or stop in and see us to find out about all of the plumbing services we offer. 

    How All Plumbing, Inc. Can Help When a Plumbing Emergency Strikes

    Last updated 8 months ago

    A plumbing emergency can be very damaging to your home and your health, and it can be difficult and expensive to fix. However, All Plumbing, Inc. operates around the clock so you can rest assured that you will be in good hands if you find yourself in a desperate situation. Read on to find out how All Plumbing, Inc. can help when a plumbing emergency strikes in your household.

    Shutting Off Your Water
    When you are in the midst of a plumbing emergency, the first important task is to find your main water shutoff valve and make sure it is closed. Unfortunately, many people do not know what kind of valve they have or how it works. Others think they are prepared, but find out during a plumbing emergency that they cannot operate their main water shutoff valve by hand. Fortunately, All Plumbing, Inc. is always prepared. We know how to find your main water shutoff valve, and we know exactly how it works. Furthermore, we come with the necessary tools to get the valve working, even if it has not been used in a decade.

    24-Hour Emergency Service
    At All Plumbing, Inc., we pride ourselves on our customer care, which is why we are available 24-hours a day. From bathrooms and kitchens to basements and outdoor plumbing, we will be at your side whenever you need us. We can fix your backed up sewer, unclog your drain, and take care of your leaky underground pipelines. Plumbing emergencies can be very damaging and costly if they are not treated quickly, and we care enough about our customers to be there when they need us.

    When a plumbing emergency strikes, call All Plumbing, Inc. We are a 24-hour plumbing service that provides professional water main repair, hydrojetting, and other plumbing and drain cleaning services. We serve the Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Mclean, and Fairfax areas. If you live nearby, come in and see us. If not, visit our website or call us at (703) 525-7973 to find out more about our plumbing services. 

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