• The Problems With DIY Plumbing Work

    Watch this clip to learn about the problems that taking a DIY-approach to plumbing can cause. You’ll learn about the disasters that may result if you don’t seek plumbing assistance from professionals.

    Plumbing disasters come in all shapes and sizes, and some of them can seem easy to fix. However, when you take it upon yourself to fix your plumbing problems, the result can look like a hurricane passed through your home.

    From bathroom and kitchen upgrades to basements and whole house services, your Arlington plumbing needs should be left to the professionals at All Plumbing, Inc. To learn more about our residential plumbing services , call us today at (571) 451-2971.

  • How Hydro-Jetting Compares to Traditional Drain Cleaning Techniques

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    Clogged pipes are a common problem for homeowners across the country. Debris of all shapes and sizes can come together and form a clog in your drain. There are a number of drain cleaning methods that have been employed to remove clogs, including using a plumbing snake and dumping caustic chemicals down the drain. However, more and more homeowners are gravitating towards hydro-jetting services for drain cleaning . Continue reading to learn why.

    • Traditional Drain Cleaning: Traditional drain cleaning often involves the use of a tool called a plumbing snake. Also referred to as an auger, rooter, or cable machine, these flexible steel cables have cutting heads attached to their ends. They’re inserted into the clogged drain or sewer line, and then an electric motor spins the cable and cutting heads. This enables it to cut through some types of debris. Another common drain cleaning technique that many homeowners employ is the use of drain cleaning chemicals. These chemicals may loosen a clog, but often only end up pushing it deeper into the pipe.
    • Hydro-Jetting: A recent innovation in drain cleaning is hydro-jetting which is rapidly gaining in popularity among plumbers. A hydro-jetting machine uses a high-pressure hose with a special spray head to blast debris of all shapes and sizes out of pipes. This extremely powerful device can cut through anything in its path and leave your pipes looking and performing like new. More and more homeowners are switching over to professional plumbing services that use hydro-jetting cleaning methods, as hydro-jet cleaning is very efficient and can cut through the most stubborn of debris with ease. Its power is unmatched and it leaves drains clean and looking brand-new.

    All-Plumbing, Inc. offers Arlington residents 24-hour plumbing services, including our highly effective hydro-jetting drain cleaning service. To find out more information about our residential plumbing services, give us a call today at (571) 451-2971

  • Protect Your Home from Flood Damage with a Sump Pump

    When storms pass through the Arlington area, your basement is at risk for flooding and water damage. When the power is out and the rain is pouring, your only hope is a sump pump with a battery backup system.

    Sump pump systems help you avoid costly damages by removing water from your basement and redirecting it to dry wells and storm drains. To learn more about sump pumps and how they work, watch this helpful video.

    For quality residential and commercial plumbing services, contact the knowledgeable professionals at All Plumbing, Inc. today. To find out more about our 24-hour emergency plumbing services, reach us at (571) 451-2971.

  • How Much Water Can a Leaking Faucet or Running Toilet Waste?

    Many homeowners often find themselves worrying about high utility bills. One of the worst situations for homeowners is to find an inexplicably high water bill. Oftentimes, homeowners are caught off-guard by how much water a leaking faucet or toilet can waste in a short amount of time. However, a reliable plumbing service in Arlington can remedy the problem quickly and effectively. Take a look at the information below to learn just how much water a leaking faucet or running toilet may be costing you.

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    • Leaking Faucet: Many homeowners seriously underestimate how much water a leaking faucet can waste because of the fact that it’s only dripping. However, these drips can add up substantially. While calculating just how much water a particular leaking faucet wastes is an inexact science, you can get a pretty good idea with the online leaking faucet calculator provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. According to this calculator, one home with three faucets that drip once per minute will waste over 100 gallons of water in a year. If these faucets drip 10 times per minute, the same household will waste over 1,000 gallons of water per year.
    • Running Toilet: Leaking toilets do even greater damage to a homeowner’s wallet and water conservation efforts. A running toilet can waste 25,000 gallons of water each month, which adds up to 300,000 gallons per year. If you do not consult a professional plumbing service immediately to deal with a running toilet, you can wind up paying hundreds or thousands of dollars extra on your upcoming water bills.

    Don’t let your Arlington home become victim to excess water usage and unnecessarily high water bills. You can call the professionals at All Plumbing, Inc. 24 hours a day at (571) 451-2971 for all of your residential plumbing needs.

  • The Sediment in Your Water Heater Is Harming Its Efficiency

    If you’ve ever been about to jump into a shower only to discover that there’s no hot water available, you’re well aware of the misery it can cause. In order to prevent this problem, you’ll periodically need a professional plumbing service to visit your Arlington home and clean the sediment out of your water heater. Continue reading to learn how sediment affects the efficiency of your water heater.

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    • Coats Heating Elements: Sediment is naturally present in the water that flows through your water heater. Over time, this sediment builds up and coats the heating element in your home’s electric unit. When this happens, it becomes more difficult for your water heater to warm up water, causing it to become less efficient. Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that their water heater is a maintenance-free system until they notice increased energy bills.
    • Reduces Hot Water Supply: The most obvious symptom of an ineffective and inefficient water heater is cold water. Oftentimes, this issue causes home owners to turn up the temperature on their water heater, which uses more energy and does not solve the problem. If your shower or sink isn’t getting any hot water or runs out of hot water quickly, there may be a large amount of sediment affecting your water heater’s performance. Water that looks rusty, muddy, or dirty is a definite sign that you should schedule a professional water heater cleaning.

    The experts at All Plumbing, Inc. can flush the sediment from your water heater. If you’re wondering why your old water heater isn’t working the way it once did, turn to All Plumbing, Inc. Call us today at (571) 451-2971 to find out more about our residential water heater services.

  • The Basics of Backflow Prevention

    Water contamination caused by backflow is a serious health risk. Backflow refers to the situation that occurs after a reversal in the flow of water in a distribution system. This unwanted reversal is often the result of a change in hydraulic pressure in a piping system or water distribution system. If backflow occurs in your home or business, contact a qualified plumbing service immediately.

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    • What Backflow Is
      When a reversal in water flow occurs, sewage and other non-potable fluids can become mixed with the drinking water supply. The water supply is at risk for contamination wherever there is any sort of connection between safe drinking water and unsafe drinking water. However, there needs to be a difference in pressure between the potable and non-potable sources of water for contamination to occur. Unfortunately, even high-quality distribution systems experience breaks which can cause backflow.
    • Why Prevention Is Necessary
      Water contamination is the biggest risk we face when it comes to backflow. Drinking contaminated water can result in serious and potentially fatal medical conditions. When a source of pollution is cross-connected with a water supply, backflow may result. While it is unlikely that anybody would purposefully contaminate drinking water by connecting plumbing fixtures to their water supply, it does sometimes occur.
    • What Preventative Measures Are Available
      Regular and consistent maintenance of the distribution system is the best method for preventing backflow. It is also essential that homeowners leave any plumbing installation and repairs to professionals. A plumbing service can install, repair, or replace pipes and check valves to ensure that drinking water is not contaminated.

    If you need plumbing installation, repair, or replacement in your Arlington-area home, you can trust the professionals at All Plumbing, Inc . To find out more information about our 24-hour residential plumbing services, call us at (571) 451-2971.

  • Don’t Get Caught with a Flooded Home! Check Out the Links for More Information

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    Do you know how to properly stop a water leak? Learn how to stop a leak and other plumbing emergencies with the below links. Remember, if you ever have a plumbing question or emergency, contact All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2917.

    • Help prepare for a plumbing emergency using the vital information provided in this article from ThisOldHouse.com.
    • Learn more about reducing indoor humidity and stopping water leaks in your basement on this page from ENERGYSTAR.gov.
    • This article from Better Homes and Gardens details some of the home improvement and repair projects that are better left to professionals, such as plumbing repairs .
    • You can find out more about the important roles concrete slabs play in home construction by reading through this guide from HowStuffWorks.com. 

  • For More Valuable Plumbing Tips And Information, Visit These First-Rate Resources

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    The links below can help you understand more about polybutylene piping, dealing with plumbing emergencies, slab leaks, and moisture in basements. Contact Arlington’s All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971 for additional information on these topics.

    • Get a better idea of why polybutylene is a substandard plumbing pipe that should be replaced if it is found in your building on this page from NACHI.org. 
    • Find out more about the weaknesses of polybutylene piping , as well as information about where it was used, in this article from the University of Arizona.
    • Take a look at this page from DIYNetwork.com to learn more about the emergency supplies and practices that can help homeowners deal with plumbing problems .
    • To learn more about the causes of moisture in basements and some of the solutions, check out this article from UMN.edu.

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