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    Protecting Your Plumbing from Frozen Pipes

    Last updated 7 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 7 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 7 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. 

    How to Properly Dispose of Cooking Grease

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Fat, oils, and grease that are rinsed down the drain can cause plumbing backups and serious issues for the home and environment.

    Warm grease poured down the drain immediately cools and hardens when it reaches ground temperature. This affects pipes in the home and can impact plumbing all the way to the city’s main line. To avoid this, pour liquid grease into a heat-resistant container. Once it hardens, scrape as much as you can into the trash can. Watch this video for more information.

    In the event of clogged pipes or any other home plumbing issue, contact All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington. Our services include drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, water main repair, and much more. Visit our website or call (571) 482-7046 to learn more about us. 

    Household Items that Should Never Be Poured Down the Drain

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Almost half of all above-ground water sources are contaminated by improperly disposed-of materials. This includes things people rinse down the drains in their homes. Read on to learn about the items that should never be poured down the drain.

    Grease and Oil
    Avoid pouring cooking grease down the sink drain. Grease can back up the drains in your home and those throughout the neighborhood. When grease hardens as it cools, it can clog up sewage pipes, which may force sewage back up into homes. Rather than pouring grease down the sink, keep a container to collect it. When the container is full, take it to a recycling center and keep drains clog-free. Also avoid pouring motor oil down storm drains. When motor oil is poured there, it goes directly to local waterways. One gallon of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of water. Take motor oil to a recycling center as well.

    Fertilizers and Pesticides
    Excess nutrients from fertilizer can also contaminate water. When too much fertilizer is used in a yard, the excess is picked up in storm water runoff and deposited into waterways. The abundance of nutrients causes algae growth, which sucks the oxygen out of the water. As a result, water creatures that help improve water quality are killed. To avoid this damage, use the proper amount of lawn chemicals and restrict its use to where you truly need it.

    Medicine and Pet Waste
    When medicine reaches its expiration date, don’t flush it down the toilet unless the bottle indicates to do so. A better way to dispose of medicine is to place it in a sealed bag with coffee grounds and throw it in the trash. Another option is to find a trusted medicine disposal company. Also, keep the water in storm drains safe by picking up after your pet. Pet waste is considered raw sewage, as it contains parasites and harmful microorganisms that can make humans sick. When it rains, parasites and bacteria from the waste can be washed into the storm drain and contaminate the water.

    All Plumbing, Inc. has been serving the Arlington area for over 30 years. We provide a wide range of plumbing services, including drain cleaning and hydro-jetting. If you have any plumbing needs, visit our website or contact us at (571) 482-7046. 

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