• Increased Water Bills, Gurgling Sounds and Other Signs of a Sewer Line Failure

    When you became a homeowner, you quickly learned that that there is plenty of maintenance tasks and unexpected repairs that go along with the American Dream. One of those unexpected problems is a broken sewer line. Fortunately, plumbers can use advanced techniques and technology to your advantage. With trenchless sewer repair, there’s no need to dig up the whole yard to repair the line. If you notice any of the following signs of a sewer line failure, call a plumber right away.

    Unusual Sounds from the Pipes

    Pipes aren’t supposed to make much noise. When they do, it could indicate a problem. When you flush the toilet or while you run water into a drain, pay attention to whether there are any abnormal gurgling sounds. These can be caused by sewer gases that have escaped and traveled upwards, which indicates a sewage backup.

    Spikes in Your Water Bill

    Unless you’ve recently had new sod installed and you’re running the sprinklers every day, you should pay close attention to a sudden increase in your water bill. Keep several months of your most recent water bills to refer to when you receive the new bill. Or, check with the utility company online. Digital statements may be available that show your water usage.

    Foul Odors Outdoors

    Sewer gas has an unmistakable, foul odor. You should never be able to smell it anywhere near your home, either indoors or outdoors. If your sewer line is failing, you might detect this unpleasant smell in the air just outside your home.

    Abnormal Changes in Your Landscape

    A failing sewer line will discharge the contents of the sewer into the ground around your home. This can result in dips or indents in the yard. These occur due to the saturation of the soil. A leaky sewer line can also cause the vegetation to turn unusually lush in one particular area.

    All Plumbing, Inc. has more than four decades of experience handling sewer line repairs for residential and commercial clients. Our plumbers in Arlington, VA, perform video inspections, hydro-jetting, and trenchless sewer repair to minimize the impact on your property. You can reach us at (703) 525-7973.

  • Get the Facts About Plastic Water Heaters

    Conventional hot water heaters consist of a steel tank lined with glass. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll see a plumber demonstrate how the water will corrode the steel components over time, causing the water heater to fail. One alternative is a plastic water heater.

    The plumber featured here discusses the pros and cons of choosing a plastic water heater. Although these are more expensive, they’re thought to last much longer than conventional water heaters. However, plastic water heaters still feature steel elements, which will need to be replaced when they get corroded.

    If you aren’t sure which type of hot water heater is right for your home in Arlington, VA, give All Plumbing, Inc. a call at (703) 525-7973. We also offer emergency plumbing services.

  • How Trenchless Main Line Repairs Prevent Landscaping Damage

    Most drain clogs can be repaired with a plunger or handheld drain snake, or with a solution like baking soda and vinegar. But if the clog is too stubborn for even a plumber’s professional equipment and techniques, then there’s a good chance it’s actually a problem with the main drain line. In years past, repairing the main line was a lengthy process that disrupted the household, tore up landscaping, and even ripped up sidewalks, floors, and driveways. Now, thanks to trenchless repair technology, plumbers can fix the problem with a minimum of fuss.

    Minimally Invasive Inspection

    The conventional method of repairing a main line involves digging a large, deep trench that extends the length of the line. Part of the reason why this was necessary was that the plumbers wouldn’t know exactly where the problem was located until they dug down to it. But trenchless technology uses a video camera inspection. All the plumbers need to do is dig a small access hole at either end of the line. They’ll insert the specialized video camera equipment and thread it through the line to identify the type and extent of the damage, as well as its precise location.

    Effective Hydro-Jetting

    Even after the exact location of the problem is determined, the plumbers don’t need to dig an additional hole to access it. Instead, they’ll use hydro-jetting equipment to flush out the obstruction. Often, the obstruction is a bundle of tree roots.

    Flexible Replacement Pipe

    By this point, you might be wondering how plumbers can fit a replacement pipe inside a small access hole. The answer is the flexible tube that the plumbers will coat with resin. Compressed air is used to blow the “sleeve” into the pipe. After a few hours, the resin hardens and the flexible tube becomes the new, solid liner of the pipe. All of this can be accomplished without digging a large trench through your garden and lawn.

    Trenchless sewer and main line repairs are one of our specialties here at All Plumbing, Inc. We’re proud to provide affordable plumbing services in Arlington, VA, to residential and commercial customers. If you have an emergency plumbing request, you can reach us at (703) 525-7973 any time of the day or night.

  • Tips for Dealing with a Drain Clog

    A plumber can quickly repair a clogged drain, but you can try a few simple tricks at home before you call. First, see if there is a clump of hair, fur, and gunk close to the surface of the drain. Fish it out with a straightened wire coat hanger if possible. Then, flush the drain with hot water. Boiling water works even better for breaking down organic compounds. However, don’t use boiling water if you have PVC pipes, since the hot temperature can weaken the joints.

    If you can’t remove a visible obstruction from the drain, then try the baking soda and vinegar trick. Pour about one-third cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow it with about the same amount of distilled white vinegar. Let it sit for at least an hour or overnight before flushing the drain with plenty of hot water.

    If none of these methods work, you can schedule a clogged drain repair in Arlington, VA, by calling All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. Our expert plumbers provide 24/7 emergency plumbing assistance to homeowners and commercial customers.

  • What Happens During a Camera Inspection

    Camera inspections are one of the most valuable tools a plumber has to diagnose a problem while minimizing the cost and disruption of repairs. With a camera, your plumber can identify the exact location and cause of leaks and blockages in your pipes, without having to dig them up. For homeowners, this not only saves time but a significant amount of money as well.

    During a camera inspection, your plumber will thread a camera that is attached to a long, thin handle into your pipes. By watching the video footage transmitted back to a screen from inside the pipes, your plumber can inspect the pipes for signs of cracks or other damage and locate exactly where a blockage is occurring and what is causing it. This allows for more targeted repairs with less exploratory digging.

If you are experiencing a drain clog, call All Plumbing, Inc. for accurate and affordable repairs thanks to camera inspections and hydro-jetting. For more information about our plumbing services in Arlington, VA, call (703) 525-7973.

  • Tips for Avoiding a Sink Drain Clog

    Clogs in sink drains are bound to happen at least once in every home. In some cases, you can easily see what is causing the clog and pull it out with the help of a plumber. In other cases, though, you will need a plumber to help you deal with the current clog and prevent future clogs.

    Watch this video to learn more about avoiding sink drain clogs. You can reduce the risk of clogs by avoiding putting grease or hair in your drains. However, if the clog is originating from outside and is being caused by tree roots, you will need a plumber to fix it.

    All Plumbing, Inc. offers comprehensive plumbing services in Arlington, VA, for jobs of all sizes. Call us today at (703) 525-7973 to make an appointment for drain cleaning.


  • What You Need to Know About Water Heater Maintenance

    You may not realize just how much you depend on your hot water heater, until yours develops a problem. When you can’t get the hot water you need, it can be surprisingly disruptive to your everyday life, but you can reduce the odds that you’ll get caught unexpectedly by sticking to a careful regime of hot water heater maintenance. Water heater repair and maintenance is something that your plumber can perform periodically, and there are also things you can do between service calls to ensure that your system stays in the best possible condition.

    Drain the Tank

  • Over time, sediment accumulates in your hot water heater tank, thanks to the mineral content of the water it holds. As it builds up, it can decrease the efficiency of your tank, and in some cases, it can lead to poor water quality. Draining your tank periodically will flush out the sediment so that you don’t risk any loss of functioning. Your plumber can handle this task for you during a maintenance appointment.

    Tweak Your Temperature Setting

    Often, cranking your hot water heater up to the maximum temperature is not the most efficient way to use it. Many people can get the hot water they need by reducing their current temperature by 10 degrees, or even more. Lowering the temperature can lead to serious energy savings, plus, it can extend the life of your hot water heater by not making it work as hard.

    Ask About Insulation

    New hot water heater tanks have more insulation than ever before, which improves their energy efficiency, but older models can benefit from added insulation. Ask your plumber if you should wrap your water heater tank in an insulated blanket or insulation for the pipes. When used correctly, insulation can help to reduce your energy costs and keep your hot water hot for longer.

    All Plumbing, Inc. provides expert water heater repairs and maintenance as well as new water heater insulation. Schedule an appointment with a plumber in Arlington, VA, today for maintenance by calling (703) 525-7973.

  • Why You Should Have Your Sewer Lines Inspected Before Winter Weather

    Winter weather can be a significant problem for your sewer lines, especially if your pipes are more than 30 years old. Freezing temperatures and cold soil can lead to breaks in pipes and can even cause them to burst, which can be more challenging to fix during winter when the soil may be freezing. The best way to reduce your chances of experiencing problems with your sewer pipes during winter is to have your plumber perform a pre-winter check of your system. Here are some of the reasons you should consider having pre-winter sewer line maintenance.

    Find Small Problems in Early Stages

    Often, by the time you discover that you have a problem with your sewer line, the damage has become severe enough to require major repairs. With a check of the system, your plumber can identify small issues that aren’t causing any obvious symptoms yet, and repair them before they become disruptive and costly. Regular plumbing maintenance is generally important for this reason. Finding problems with your plumbing early can save you a significant amount of time and money.

    Fix Leaks

    It’s common for leaks to develop in pipes during the summer months, since heat makes them expand and crack. Even a very minor crack and leak can cause major problems during the winter months. During winter, cold temperatures make pipes contract. When this occurs, the existing leaks can become dramatically larger, as the contraction of the pipe can cause further damage to the already distressed area and may ultimately cause the pipe to burst. Furthermore, leaks can drive up your water bill and waste a large amount of water.

    Perform Preventative Maintenance

    Preventative maintenance procedures, including video inspections and hydro-jetting, will help to ensure that your plumbing stays in top condition. As the result of preventative maintenance, your sewer pipes will be ready to handle the pressure of winter weather.

    Are your pipes ready for cold weather? Call All Plumbing, Inc. to schedule an appointment for preventive maintenance, and allow our plumbers in Arlington, VA, help you fight winter pipe damage. Talk to one of our team members today by calling (703) 525-7973.

  • Spotlight on Our Commercial Plumbing Service

    At All Plumbing, Inc., we understand the unique needs of our commercial customers. Our plumbing professionals handle a wide range of repairs, replacements, and installations with the fast service and attention to detail that commercial customers need, so that they can focus on providing service to their own customers. From emergency plumbing service to the planning and construction of new plumbing systems, our team is always on call for your commercial plumbing needs.

    We work with a number of different commercial clients with varying requirements, including restaurants, hotels, schools, apartment complexes, and medical offices. We understand the disruption to your business during plumbing repairs can be costly for your business, so we focus on getting the job done right the first time. Discuss your needs with our team to see how we can ensure you always get the plumbing services that are right for your business.

    You can find out about affordable commercial plumbing services in Arlington, VA by calling All Plumbing, Inc. Call (703) 525-7973 to talk to a team member today.

  • How Exactly Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

    If you have ever run out of hot water in the middle of a shower, then you know about the limits of traditional, tank-based water heaters. If you are frequently running out of hot water, your plumber may recommend that you switch to a tankless water heater instead.

    Watch this video to learn about how tankless water heaters work. They provide hot water on demand, rather than heating a specific amount and storing it in a tank. As a result, they can alleviate any worries you have about insufficient hot water supplies.

    If you’re considering getting a tankless water heater in Arlington, VA, call All Plumbing, Inc. to see if going tankless is right for your home. Talk to one of our plumbers today by calling (703) 525-7973.


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