• Common Plumbing Issues in Apartment Complexes

    If you live in an apartment or if you’re a landlord for an apartment complex, it is important to understand the unique plumbing issues that can arise in multi-family developments. A small problem emanating from one unit can quickly cause damage to the entire building, which is one of the reasons that commercial plumbing services and maintenance work is so important.

    A common problem seen in apartment complexes is when a leak in one unit ends up causing water damage in the units below it. Someone attempting to flush something inappropriate down a toilet can also end up causing mass issues for the entire complex. Similarly, if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, call a commercial plumber for inspections and repairs, as a line break could damage the whole building.

    All Plumbing, Inc. offers commercial plumbing services in Arlington, VA, to apartment complexes, condos, offices, restaurants, and more. Make an appointment for plumbing work today by calling (703) 525-7973.

  • Why You Need a Plumbing Inspection Before Buying a Home

    If you’re buying a new home, the last surprise you want when you move in is finding out that all of the plumbing needs to be repaired. The best way to avoid this unwelcome expense is to have a plumbing inspection completed before you close the deal. Here is a look at some of the reasons that a plumbing inspection is a must before buying a home.

    Make Sure the Water Is Safe

    Simply looking at water is not always a clear indicator of whether it is safe or not. Sometimes, water that is temporarily discolored is not actually dangerous, and water that is clear could be carrying contaminants. By having a plumbing inspection, you can find out for sure that the water running through the taps in the home that you are considering buying is safe for you and your family and is not carrying contaminants from old pipes that could put your health at risk.

    Check for Signs of Water or Sewer Main Problems

    Slow drains or clogs are often signs of a problem that are easily repaired, such as a drain that needs to be snaked. However, they can also be indicators of a problem with the water or sewer main lines. A camera inspection by a plumber can ensure that these lines are clear and not on the cusp of needing major, costly repairs.

    Ensure the Water Heater Works

    Water heaters need to be replaced periodically, so it can be helpful to know what kind of lifespan the one in the home you are considering has left on it. A plumber can make sure the water heater is in good condition and give you an idea of how long you can expect it to last.

    Don’t buy a new home without a plumbing inspection from All Plumbing, Inc. We can identify plumbing problems and offer valuable advice when you are home shopping or provide reliable plumbing repairs for fair prices if you’re an owner. To schedule a plumbing service call in Arlington, VA, dial (705) 525-7973.

  • Are Your Plumbing Vents Clogged?

    Plumbing vent clogs can cause inconvenience at best and water damage to your home at worst. If you notice any of the signs discussed in this video, call your plumber to see if you have clogged vents.

    An odor coming out of your drains may be the first sign you notice of a plumbing vent clog. Other likely symptoms include slow drains and gurgling noises when you flush your toilet.

    Vent clogs are often impossible to clear on your own, so call a plumber in Arlington, VA at All Plumbing, Inc. for assistance. To talk to one of our team members today, call (703) 525-7973.

  • Here’s What to Do When Your Water Heater Leaks

    A leaking hot water heater can turn into a significant source of water damage for your home. If your water heater is leaking, it’s important to call your plumber right away, so the appropriate repairs can be made in order to contain any potential damage. In addition to calling your plumber, here are some steps you can take.

    Turn the Power Supply Off

    While you’re waiting for your plumber to arrive, disconnect the power source for your water heater. Typically, if you have an electric water heater, the easiest way to turn off the power is to flip the appropriate breaker in your circuit box. If you have a gas water heater, the unit itself should have an on/off switch. Turn the switch to off. This is a better strategy than turning off the gas at the shut-off valve. It is not always easy to determine if a shut-off valve is in the right position to completely stop the gas supply, which could allow the heater to still receive power.

    Turn Off the Water Supply

    Turning off the water supply won’t necessarily instantly stop the leak if it is coming from inside the tank itself, but it could reduce the amount of available water that can be leaked. Be sure you shut the water supply off at the cold-water valve, and don’t attempt to do so if you can’t reach it without coming into contact with hot water from the tank. Water from the tank may be hot enough to cause first-degree burns on contact.

    Discuss Repairs or Replacement with Your Plumber

    The decision to repair or replace your water heater depends on several factors, including the source of the leak. Generally, if the leak is coming from the tank, you will need a new water hater, while valve leaks can often be repaired.

    Contact All Plumbing, Inc. if you have a problem with a water heater. In addition to emergency plumbing services in Arlington, VA, we offer water heater repair and replacement services. Dial (703) 525-7973 for more information.

  • 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.