Everyone knows that frozen pipes are more susceptible to bursting and cracking; but, do you know why? Frozen plumbing can be costly and very damaging to your home, so learning more about the science behind bursting pipes can help you avoid this issue.
The video below demonstrates how frozen pipes burst:
If your plumbing is frozen or if your pipes have burst, you need emergency plumbing repair right away. Contact All Plumbing, Inc. , Arlington’s premier emergency plumbing service. Call (571) 451-2971 or visit us online to learn more about our plumbing services.
Does your basement suffer from flooding, leaking, or other water infiltration problems? Basement moisture can cause a number of different health and safety issues, including mold growth, foundation damage, wood rot, water damage, and more. There are a number of different waterproofing techniques available for home and business owners, but one of the most common is installing a sump pump. Let’s take a look at how sump pumps work, what the installation process is like, and how to get one installed at your home or business.
What Is a Sump Pump?
Sump pumps are fairly simple aspects of plumbing , but can provide much needed protection from basement flooding and leaking. Sump pumps are water-activated pumps that suck up water from your basement and disperse it outside of your home, either through a sewer main or a simple discharge pipe. Sump pumps are typically installed in sump pits, which are holes created in your basement floor to capture water.
How Are Sump Pumps Installed?
Sump pump installation varies from home to home, depending on the type of leaking and the configuration of your home’s plumbing. The first step is to dig a hole in a corner of your basement in which the sump pit will rest. Typically, French drains will be installed around the perimeter of the pit to divert water around your basement and into the pump. After the drains and pit are installed, the sump pump is inserted and connected to a drainage pipe, which carries water out of the home. The entire process may take a few days, but it will essentially eliminate basement flooding forever.
How can I Get a Sump Pump?
Getting a sump pump is easy: Simply call All Plumbing, Inc. , Arlington’s premier plumbing and waterproofing service. We provide plumbing and waterproofing services for residential and commercial clients. Call (571) 451-2971 to schedule an appointment today.
If located and treated early on, simple plumbing leaks may not do much damage to your home. However, leaks that persist for weeks or months unnoticed can cause a number of serious problems. Recognizing the signs of a hidden plumbing leak help protect your property from water damage, high utility bills, and other problems associated with leaking. Here are three signs of a hidden plumbing leak in your home:
- Mold Growth: Mold tends to grow in dark, damp places in the home, but requires very little more than moisture and a food source to survive. Leaks behind walls, under showers and tubs, or even along your basement walls, can lead to rapid mold growth. Make sure you call an Arlington area plumber at the very first sign of mold growth—the sooner your leaky plumbing is repaired, the easier it’ll be to stymie further growth.
- Warped Flooring: If you have wood, vinyl, or linoleum flooring, you may notice curling or swelling in certain areas of the floor. These typical signs of water infiltration may be the result of damaged plumbing above or below the floor. Prolonged exposure to moisture can render your flooring and subfloor unstable and unsafe, leading to extensive plumbing and flooring repairs.
- Sagging Drywall: The most common sign of leaking plumbing is damage to drywalls surrounding hidden pipes. Your walls hide dozens of pipes that carry water to different appliances and fixtures throughout the home. A leak in one of these pipes can cause your walls to swell or sag. If your walls feel soft to the touch or seem droopy and discolored, a plumbing leak is most likely to blame.
To learn more about identifying hidden leaks throughout the home, or if you think you’ve found a hidden leak, contact All Plumbing, Inc . We provide high-quality plumbing services throughout the Arlington area. Call (571) 451-2971.
If you’d like to learn more about water heaters, plumbing maintenance, or other plumbing topics, visit the helpful links below. If you still have questions or need a professional to help fix your plumbing problem, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971 to schedule plumbing services at your home or business.
- Are you noticing sings of water damage in your home? Here are some indicators that you may have a serious leak from State Farm.
- If your water heater is about to fail, consider the many benefits of upgrading to a tankless water heater . Here’s a video from our recent blog post.
- Are you going out of town for a winter vacation? Here are some helpful long-term winterizing tips to help protect your home’s plumbing.
- For more home winterizing tips, visit Ask the Builder .
If your water heater is up for replacement, don’t simply install another identical replacement. Instead, consider replacing it with a highly efficient tankless water heater to save energy and money.
Check out the video below to learn four benefits to installing a tankless water heater. You’ll learn how tankless water heaters can enhance home comfort, lower energy costs, and give you much greater return on investment than most water heaters with tanks.
To learn more about tankless water heaters, contact Arlington’s premier plumbing service, All Plumbing, Inc. Visit us online or call (571) 451-2971 to learn more today.
Whether you’re planning a trip away from the Arlington area or are enjoying the winter weather locally, preparing your home for winter is absolutely essential. One of the most important components of your home to winterize is your plumbing system, which can become vulnerable as temperatures drop. Here are a few tips to help you better winterize your plumbing:
Insulate Your Plumbing
The most basic step to winterizing your home’s plumbing is to insulate your pipes. Exposed water and drain pipes throughout your home should be covered in plumbing insulation or tape to prevent them from freezing. Pay special attention to exposed plumbing near outside walls, as these are more likely to freeze than plumbing closer to the center of your home.
Drain Outdoor Plumbing
Another basic step in plumbing winterization is to drain all the water from your outdoor plumbing. Spigots and irrigation systems should be professionally drained and winterized by a local Arlington plumber to prevent freezing and bursting as temperatures dip. Plumbing attachments, like hoses and nozzles, should be removed, cleaned, and stored to prevent damage.
Flush Your Water Heater
Because your home’s demand for hot water will probably be higher during the winter, preparing your water heater for several months of heavy use is important. Flush your water heater as soon as possible to get rid of all sediment that has built up over the past few months. This ensures more efficient water heater use and the lowest energy costs.
Have your Plumbing Inspected
Finally, have your home plumbing system inspected by a plumbing professional. Plumbers will be able to proactively identify plumbing issues and provide preventative maintenance services to ensure safe and problem-fee plumbing throughout the winter.
For professional plumbing services in the Arlington area, contact All Plumbing, Inc. We provide high-quality general plumbing services, including drain and water main repair, hydrojetting, and more. Call (571) 451-2971 to schedule an appointment.
Water in your basement is potentially dangerous for several reasons. In addition to ruining an otherwise useable space, damp basements can lead to serious health risks like mold growth. Here are some great tips on how to keep your basement dry with basic plumbing tools.
- The most effective way to keep your basement dry is by using a sump pump . Many people experience basement flooding or moisture because of groundwater seeping in through the foundation of their home and into their basement. Sump pumps suck up this ground water through the basement floor and release it outside of the home so that it doesn’t collect under the basement floor, or worse, in the basement itself. Sump pumps are extremely common, so if you still experience water problems in your basement, make sure your sump pump is working correctly.
- Other plumbing adjustments you can make in your basement can also prevent excess moisture. For example, leaky pipes can release hundreds perhaps even thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year. Making sure that your pipes are not leaking is a great way to keep excess water out of your basement.
- Properly insulating water lines is also extremely important. Exposed cold water pipes can cause condensation to form, which means you’ll have puddles all over your basement. Pipe insulation will prevent warm air from making contact with cold pipes, ensuring that your basement stays nice and dry!
For more information on how proper plumbing tools and techniques can keep your basement from turning into a swamp, call the plumbing experts at All Plumbing Inc. We specialize in all types of plumbing from sewer line repair, water main repair, and drain cleaning to hydro-jetting and basement plumbing maintenance. For more information on our services, give us a call at (571) 451-2971 today!
At All Plumbing Inc we know accidents happen. One of the most common sink accidents is dropping a ring or other valuable item down the drain. If this happens to you, try not to panic! Turn off the water immediately and follow the simple instructions from the video below to retrieve your lost valuable.
If you aren’t able to rescue your valuable, or if you have another plumbing need, give All Plumbing a call at (571) 451-2971 or contact us online. We’re here to help!
Plumbing issues sometimes call for simple do-it-yourself work; however calling on a professional plumber will ensure that the repairs or installations are done thoroughly and correctly-saving you money and time in the long run. If you have a plumbing repair or installation need, give All Plumbing Inc. a call at (571) 451-2971 today!
Below are some additional, helpful resources:
- Visit This Old House to learn some of the important basics of plumbing .
- It’s much easier to prevent your pipes’ freezing and bursting than you might think.
- Read about the dangers of trying to fix your frozen pipes yourself.
- Here is another list of important Do’s and Don’ts for avoiding frozen pipes this winter.
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