• Avoid These Common Plumbing Problems During Your Bathroom Remodel

    Bathroom remodeling projects can deliver great results and returns on investments, but they can also come with surprises. This is especially true if the plumbing side of the project isn’t dealt with up front. A lot of things you may envision for your new bathroom may involve repiping and other work that should be performed by a plumber. So, failing to call a plumber before the remodeling begins could lead to unexpected price increases at the time of the remodel or unwelcome plumbing failures in the future. You can reduce the odds that these things will happen to you by avoiding these common plumbing pitfalls.

     

    Not Consulting with a Plumber

    Some contractors for bathroom remodels may tell you that the work you want done to your bathroom is simple enough that it doesn’t require a plumber. However, any time you are doing work that requires even basic plumbing changes, a licensed plumber should be involved. Contractors will be excited to get working on the project, and you likely are as well, but don’t sacrifice accurate plumbing work in a rush to get the job done. If you’re not sure if a plumber should be involved, call one and get some expert advice before proceeding.

     

    Not Considering Pipe Replacement

    A bathroom remodeling project is the perfect time for replacing your pipes, but to reduce costs, you may be tempted to overlook it. Many common types of plumbing pipes deteriorate from the inside out, so pipes that look fine may actually be on their last legs. Have your pipes evaluated by a plumber via a camera inspection to see if they need to be replaced. Although pipe replacement will add expenses to your remodel, it could help you save money in the long run.

     

    Not Considering Venting

    If you have an old home, the venting code requirements may have been updated since your home was built. Even if they weren’t, changes in your bathroom may require changes in your venting. Don’t overlook or cut corners on this part of the process, or you may end up with moisture problems.

     

    All Plumbing, Inc. can assist with all kinds of bathroom remodeling projects, so talk to one of our experienced plumbers today before any of your work begins. For more information about our plumbing services in Arlington, VA, call (703) 525-7973.

  • A Look at Government Regulations for Water Heater Efficiency

    Your water heater is one of the biggest users of energy in your home. In an effort to reduce energy waste, the government has instilled regulations that set minimum efficiency standards for water heaters. If yours does not meet the minimum standards, your plumber can help.

     

    Watch this video to learn more about minimum water heater efficiency standards. The efficiency is largely determined by the insulation in the heater, which impacts how long the water that is heated maintains its temperature.

     

    All Plumbing, Inc. can help you with everything from water heater installation to water heater repair, including tankless water heaters. For more information, call one of our plumbers in Arlington, VA at (703) 525-7973.

  • Identifying Potential Causes of Sewer Line Damage

    A problem with your sewer line can cause substantial, costly damage if not addressed as soon as the signs appear. Although sewer lines are built to withstand a great deal of pressure, they are still vulnerable to various types of damage. By recognizing some of these potential hazards, you can do as much as possible to protect your sewer lines. Here is a closer look at some of the most common causes of sewer line damage.

     

    Tree Roots

    One of the most common causes of sewer line problems is tree roots that grow into the line. When this happens, the line may become compressed in the area that is impacted, creating a blockage that can lead to a burst line. In other instances, the sewer line may be completely breached by the root, at which point the broken line can cause flooding. Although you have little control over how tree roots grow, if you’re building a new home, make sure lines are placed far away trees that are being planted, and if you add trees to your property later, be sure to plant them far away from your sewer line.

     

    Chemical Drain Cleaners

    You have probably heard plumbers say that you should avoid using chemical drain cleaners. The reason they say this isn’t so you will have to call them more often. In fact, the chemicals in these cleaners can be corrosive to your pipes and sewer and water lines. These substances can eat away at the sewer line and cause it to become warped and corroded. They can also weaken the line so much that it cracks.

     

    Excessive Water Usage

    Excessive water usage isn’t just a danger for the environment. It is also a danger to your pipes and lines. Using an excessive amount of water increases the chances of a clog in your sewer line. Low-flow and water-saving plumbing fixtures can help.

     

    If you suspect you have a problem with your sewer line, call All Plumbing, Inc. for help as soon as possible. With camera inspections and trenchless repairs in Arlington, VA, fixing a sewer main doesn’t have to be as disruptive as it used to be. To schedule a service call, dial (703) 525-7973.

     

  • How We Can Help with Your Commercial Plumbing Needs

    Commercial plumbing needs are different from residential needs, so it is important to hire a plumber with experience in serving commercial properties. At All Plumbing, Inc., we have been serving commercial buildings in Northern Virginia for decades, from small business offers to apartment complexes and retail establishments. Our experience means that we know how to deliver the services you need, on time and on budget.

     

    Our plumbers understand that one of the challenges of commercial plumbing is getting the job done with the least amount of disruption for your customers and employees possible. We have worked with businesses of all sizes on repairs and installations of all sizes, so we can help you create a plan that works for the way you do business. We’re also skilled in dealing with complex plumbing needs, such as restaurant plumbing systems.

     

    When you need commercial plumbing services, call All Plumbing, Inc. You can reach a commercial plumber in Arlington, VA by dialing 703-525-7973.

  • Is Your Dishwasher More Efficient Than Hand Washing?

    Many people imagine that using a dishwasher is bad for the environment because of the amount of water used and that washing dishes by hand is the best choice if you are concerned about the environment. However, as your plumber can tell you, this is a myth that can actually have disastrous consequences for water conservation.

     

    Watch this video to learn more about water usage in dishwashers versus hand washing. Washing dishes by hand typically uses about five times more water than a dishwasher on its normal cycle.

     

    Whether you need dishwasher repairs, installation, or help with another plumbing issue, All Plumbing, Inc. is here to help. Schedule a service call with a plumber in Arlington, VA by calling (703) 525-7973.

  • Exploring Causes of Water and Sewer Line Failures on Commercial Properties

    Water and sewer line failures can be extremely costly for commercial property owners, especially if they go undetected for an extended period of time and cause other kinds of property damage. If you own a commercial property, having a maintenance agreement with an experienced plumber is a smart investment to help you identify issues such as line failures before they can cause serious damage. Here is a closer look at some of the causes of water and sewer line failures on commercial properties.

     

    Deteriorated Pipes

    Sewer and water lines are designed to last for an extended period. However, they do not last forever. This problem is particularly common in older properties that have cast-iron pipes. These pipes are only designed to have a lifespan of 25 years, so many commercial property owners who have older buildings eventually have to face the failure of these pipes. Wear and tear will occur with any kind of pipe overtime, but replacing cast-iron pipes with newer models, such as PVC, can dramatically extended the expected lifespan of the pipes, so you’re less likely to have to deal with another issue for decades.

     

    Tree Roots

    A common problem for sewer and water lines is that roots can grow into the lines. Sometimes, the roots actually puncture the pipes. In other cases, they may press into the lines, causing them to become restricted. A plumber can determine if there is a root that is affecting one of your lines through a camera inspection, so they can pinpoint the problem without having to dig up your landscaping.

     

    Digging Errors

    Sometimes, digging in the area where water and sewer lines are buried can inadvertently cause damage to pipes. When this occurs, the damage is usually immediately apparent and requires the attention of an emergency plumber.

     

    All Plumbing, Inc. offers commercial plumbing services to ensure your plumbing doesn’t interfere with your ability to serve your customers. For water and sewer line repairs and other commercial plumbing services in Arlington, VA, call (703) 525-7973.

  • Spotlight on Our Awards and Credentials

    At All Plumbing, Inc., we’re committed to providing the highest possible level of service for all of our residential and commercial plumbing customers, no matter the size or scope of the job. We do this by hiring only the most skilled plumbers and keeping our focus on putting the customer first. We’re honored to have received several awards for our plumbing services. Here is a look at some of the recognition we have received.

     

    We have been an accredited Better Business Bureau company since 2002. This is a designation earned by building a track record of positive feedback and honesty. We are also a screened and approved service provider on Angie’s List. We were recipients of the Best of Arlington Award and Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award for six consecutive years. Pulse of the City awarded us their Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Award in 2017.

     

    All Plumbing, Inc. is also licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can hire our plumbers with confidence. Call (703) 525-7973 when you need plumbing services in Arlington, VA.

  • FAQs About Clogged Drains

    Clogged drains are one of the most common problems that plumbers encounter. There can be many different reasons that drains clog—some simple and some complex. If you deal with persistent clogs, you should call a plumber as soon as possible to find out the cause and get any necessary repairs in order to prevent a small problem from growing into a bigger issue. Here are the answers to some of the questions that homeowners often have about dealing with clogged drains.

     

    What causes clogged drains?

    In a general sense, clogged drains occur any time there is an obstruction in the pipe that the drain feeds into. The source of the obstruction can be almost anything. In some cases, the obstruction may be a one-time issue, such as hair stuck in a shower drain or food stuck in a sink drain. In other cases, there may be a more serious, persistent issue, like a root growing into a drain line. The latter is more likely to be the cause if you have multiple drains that are clogged at one time.

     

    How can I avoid clogged drains?

    The best thing you can do is to be vigilant about what goes down your drains. Food should never go down your main food drain. Additionally, you should avoid putting things in your garbage disposal that can jam the unit or get stuck in the pipes, like pasta, rice, or chicken bones. Grease should never go down a drain, either. Avoid flushing wet wipes, and consider getting a screen for your shower drain to catch hair before it goes into the drain.

     

    Why can’t I treat clogs with home remedies?

    DIY drain cleaners can be damaging to your pipes, not to mention ineffective. If there is another issue that is contributing to the clogs, using commercial drain cleaner won’t provide a long-term fix. Only a plumber can provide a comprehensive repair so you don’t have further issues.

     

    Let All Plumbing, Inc. help you deal with drain clogs and other plumbing problems, from water heater repair to drain cleaning. To schedule plumbing services in Arlington, VA, dial (703) 525-7973.

  • Why Sewer Line Repair Is Not a DIY Job

    From unclogging a sink to replacing an old showerhead, there are any number of simple plumbing tasks you can handle yourself. Fixing a broken sewer line, however, isn’t one of them. If you’re experiencing any problems with your sewer line, it’s time to call a skilled plumber serving Arlington, VA. Here are a few of the reasons why sewer line repair should always be left to the professionals.

     

    Sewer lines can be a health hazard.

    Sewer pipes are filled with dangerous substances such as methane gas, and they’re also contaminated with hazardous bacteria such as E. coli. While professional plumbers have the experience and equipment needed to repair sewer lines without exposing themselves to these hazards, most homeowners do not.

     

    You might end up making the problem worse.

    If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have never repaired a sewer line before. Unlike some plumbing repairs, this isn’t something you can easily replicate after watching a YouTube video. In fact, you’re liable to cause a sewer backup, a leak, or further damage. If you want to avoid the risk of causing more expensive repairs in the future, stick with a professional.

     

    You might violate local codes.

    Work on sewer lines is strictly regulated at the local level, both to ensure the public’s safety and to prevent the lines themselves from being damaged. Plumbers are trained to repair sewer lines in keeping with local codes, including obtaining permits when necessary. If you want to make sure you don’t inadvertently end up violating the law, always call a plumbing company when you need sewer line repair.

     

    Are you in need of 24-hour emergency plumbing in Northern Virginia? If so, it’s time to get in touch with the experienced team at All Plumbing Inc. We’ve been proudly serving Arlington for more than three decades, and we’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (703) 349-0691.

  • Common Causes of Faucet Leaks

    Most homeowners come to dread the sound of a leaky faucet. But a persistent leak is more than just an annoyance—it can also cost you a lot of money in water bills. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a dripping faucet repaired by a professional plumber as soon as possible. What causes faucets to leak in the first place? Here are some of the most frequent reasons:

     

    Loose or worn-out O-ring

    The O-ring is the small disc that helps to keep your faucet in place. If the O-ring has worn down or loosened in place, it can easily lead to a persistent drip. If this is what’s causing your leak, it’s a simple fix: Your plumber can replace the old O-ring with a new one.

     

    Worn-out washer

    Every time you turn on your faucet, it puts stress on the washer inside. When a washer gets worn out, a steady drip can be the result. If this is what’s happened, you’ll simply need to have the old washer replaced.

     

    Broken pipes

    In some cases, the leak is actually due to a broken pipe in your system. In these situations, the only sure fix is to have the problem diagnosed and repaired by a plumber.

     

    High water pressure

    Does your faucet only drip at certain times, such as late at night? If that’s the case, then high water pressure could be the culprit. It’s time to have your water pressure evaluated by a plumber to determine whether you need to have a pressure reducing valve installed.

     

    If you’ve got a leaky faucet or another plumbing issue, it’s time to schedule a visit from All Plumbing Inc. Our company has been serving the community of Arlington, VA, since we first opened in 1970. No matter what kind of plumbing work you need done, our seasoned team can handle it. If you have any questions, you can always reach us at (703) 349-0691.