• The Risks of Dealing with Sewage Backups Yourself

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    If sewage backup doesn’t top your list of plumbing disasters, you’ve probably never experienced it. Sewage backup is a foul-smelling, health-endangering problem. Read below to learn about the risks associated with sewage backup:

    Toxicity 
    When raw sewage backs up into your home, you may have no idea exactly where it came from. Oftentimes, the sewage is extremely toxic. There’s no reason to subject your family to the smell and risks of sewage backup in your home. As soon as a drain malfunctions, call a professional to assess and fix the problem.

    Cleanliness 
    It is a professional plumber’s job to know how to clean up sewage safely and efficiently. If you’re trying to clean it up yourself, you may make mistakes that can endanger your health. By hiring a professional to clean up the sewage mishap, you’re ensuring that it will be cleaned thoroughly and properly.

    Cause 
    Of course, no one wants to think about their plumbing backing up. But, when it does happen, it’s useful to know what caused the problem. Oftentimes, solid objects are accidentally flushed down the toilet, which can cause simple blockage. Other times, there are structural defects in the plumbing, which cause a backup and eventually backflow. If your home or business uses a septic system, tree roots can often be the cause of sewage complications.

    Prevention 
    It’s important to educate those in your home or business about the dangers and costliness of flushing solid objects. If your plumbing has structural defects, it’s a good idea to have a plumber use a pipe camera to figure out what’s wrong so that it can be fixed. Sometimes, a sewer check valve or a backflow prevention valve will need to be installed. When trees are the cause of your backup, you might need a landscaper to remove the problem trees and their roots.

    At the first sign of sewage backup, call All Plumbing Inc . at (571) 451-2971 to have one of our qualified professionals deal with the issue safely and effectively for you. 

  • Need More Plumbing Tips? Check Out These Helpful Resources

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    Plumbing issues can range from minor to extreme. Sometimes you can fix them yourself, at least temporarily; but you should always call a plumber to fix the problems permanently. If you’re in need of a professional plumber, give All Plumbing Inc. a call at (571) 451-2971.

    • Read this website to learn a little more about flooding and sewer backup prevention .
                  
    • If you’re worried about frozen pipes this winter, read this article to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of avoiding them.
                    
    • Plumber’s tape is one of the most useful plumbing tools that you can keep around the house.
                    
    • Read about some of the most common plumbing issues at howstuffworks.com.

  • 3 Reasons Every Property Manager Should Have a Plumber On Call

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    For property managers, having repairmen on call is an excellent timesaver. It not only saves you the hassle of having to repair the issues yourself; but the time saved will keep your business open to the public longer, saving you money in the process. Below are three excellent reasons to keep a plumber on call for your property.

    1. Convenience
      By using the same plumbing company every time you need plumbing repairs, you’re saving everyone’s time. Property managers have enough on their plates without having to deal with new companies every time they need a service.
                  
    2. Rapport 
      Building a rapport with one plumber or plumbing company can further expedite the repair process.  A plumber that knows your property well will be happy to arrive on site promptly and begin fixing the problem immediately. A plumber that’s familiar with a property is much less likely to make mistakes and can often work much faster than they would on an entirely new property.
                      
    3. One Less Thing to Worry About  
      You’re not a professional plumber. If one of your tenants calls with a plumbing issue, you don’t want to have to wade your way through solving the issue. Having your on-call plumber fix the problem professionally is much simpler. As an added bonus, by promptly calling a plumber to fix any complications, you will impress your customers or tenants.

    When choosing an on-call plumber, consider All Plumbing, Inc. Our qualified professional plumbers are ready and willing to fix any plumbing problem on your property, large or small. Give our highly capable employees a call at (571) 451-2971 to learn more.

  • Frozen Pipes: Don’t Flood Your Home This Winter!

    Frozen pipes can burst in an instant, and flood your home in minutes. A small leak—as small as a dime—can flood 14 gallons of water onto your floor per minute. That can amount to several thousand gallons of water just during a normal workday. As the video below shows, there are some things you can do to prevent your pipes from bursting and wasting a great deal of water.

    You should turn the sinks on a very slow drip to relieve the pressure inside the pipe. When it gets very cold outside, you should also open the cabinet doors to let warm air in to help heat up the pipes. Additionally, if you’re planning any winter trips, don’t turn your heat down too far in hopes of saving energy.

    For more advice on how to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, call All Plumbing Inc. at (571) 451-2971.

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Avoiding Frozen Pipes This Winter

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    Winter is on its way! Below are several plumbing tips to prevent the freezing and bursting of your pipes; and a few common misconceptions that cause people to do more harm than good.

    Do :

    • Apply pipe insulation.  If you live in an area with exceptionally cold winters, you’ve probably already insulated your pipes to some degree. Pipe insulation is the simplest way to prevent frozen pipes.
                
    • Reroute pipes. If your water pipes go into areas easily affected by the cold, such as attics, crawl spaces, or outside walls, your plumber might want to consider rerouting the pipes. Newer homes generally have the pipes built into warmer areas of the home.
                
    • Let the water drip. Relieving the pressure from the frozen pipe will prevent eventual bursting. Unfortunately, this method does waste some water. However, the water wasted is certainly worth not having to repair a burst pipe with even more water wasted. 

    Don’t:

    • Heat pipes with fire.  It’s a bad idea to use open flames to heat the pipes. While this might melt the ice inside the pipes, it will damage the pipes, too. Most importantly, it can cause building fires. 
                
    • Turn the heat down.  If you’re going on a long trip during the winter, don’t turn the heat down too much. This may save energy, but you might come home to a flooded house!
                
    • Leave water in the pipes. Additionally, leaving the water on during a long trip can cause frozen pipes. It’s a good idea to drain the water system before you leave in order to prevent freezing and the associated expansion.

     

    If you need help winterizing your pipes, contact All Plumbing, Inc . Our professional plumbers know the right and wrong ways to prevent and fix your frozen plumbing. Give us a call at (571) 451-2971.

  • Brand New Home? Don’t Forget the Plumbing!

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    Buying a new home is an exciting investment! As you and your family settle in, you’ll likely find a few problems around the house that need to be fixed. When it comes to issues with  plumbing , it’s usually best to have a professional inspect your home right away.  This way, faulty or umplanned do-it-yourself plumbing won’t do even more damage, increasing the cost and time needed for repair.  Below are three plumbing services to look into for your new home:

    • Inspection
      Even if plumbing was part of the general home appraisal when you bought your home, it’s still a good idea to hire a professional who specializes in plumbing. It’s a plumber’s job to make sure that everything is working in the best possible order; whereas a home appraiser checks only to make sure that it’s, at the very least, operational. Your plumber will know the proper way to find all the defects and the most appropriate solutions for your new home.
                  
    • Hydrojetting
      Hydrojetting is a process by which water is shot at extremely high pressure through your pipes in order to clear out all built-up debris. Especially if you’re buying an older home, hydrojetting is an excellent option to make sure your plumbing is working properly. For example, if you know that roots have obstructed some of your plumbing, hydrojetting is a good alternative to simple snaking, which can sometimes exacerbate damage caused by the roots. 
                   
    • Leak Repair
      Leaving even the smallest leaks unrepaired can cause major damage over time. If you notice a leak, you should use plumber’s tape immediately to seal it temporarily; and then call a plumber right away. Your plumber should also notice leaks during the initial inspection and determine your piping’s integrity.

    If you live in Arlington or the surrounding areas, have your new home’s plumbing inspected by All Plumbing, Inc. Give our qualified professional plumbers a call at (571) 451-2971.

  • Quick Guide: What’s a Sump Pump & How Does It Work?

    A sump pump is an invaluable tool in most basements. If you live in a flood-prone area, your home is likely already equipped with one.  When it rains heavily, water may find its way into your basement.  As soon as a flooding threat presents itself, the sump pump will activate and begin flushing water out of your home and back outside. This prevents water damage and mold growth.

    As you’ll see in this video, sump pumps are an excellent precautionary idea for all basements. If you need help maintaining or installing a sump pump, give All Plumbing Inc. a call at (571) 451-2971 or visit us online.

  • Do You DIY? Check Out These 4 Helpful Plumbing Resources

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    The plumbing system is exceptionally important in any building. Whether it is for bathrooms, kitchens, or fire sprinklers, plumbing must be cared for and maintained. To learn more about plumbing systems and their maintenance, take a look at these helpful links:   

    • Use this guide to learn how to neutralize potent Drano chemicals in the event of a spill or splash.
         
    • Read this article from the Maryland Gazette to find out why plumbers say Drano should be a last resort.
          
    • EnergySavers.gov has a few tips for minimizing your hot water use to save money and energy .
         
    • How Stuff Works has a great set of instructions for unclogging various types of drains .
         
    • For more information, call All Plumbing, Inc . at (571) 451-2971.

  • Don’t Ruin Your Weekend – Steer Clear of Dangerous DIY Projects!

    A do-it-yourself project can be a fun and challenging way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but it’s important to make sure that you are doing the project safely. Watch this video for some valuable tips for steering clear of potentially dangerous DIY projects.

    Beginners should stick to smaller jobs such as hanging pictures or assembling bookcases. Never work if you are tired or distracted from what you are doing. Most importantly, never attempt plumbing and electrical projects yourself, as these are challenging and often risky tasks that should be left to trained professionals.
        
    When you need a dependable plumber, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971. We have been providing first-rate plumbing services to the Northern Virginia community for more than three decades. Visit us online to learn more about our services.

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