Many homeowners take their sewer line for granted. Unfortunately, this negligence can lead to disaster and costly repairs. Check out this Angie’s List video for tips on keeping your sewer line in good shape.
Any sewer line over 40 years old is prone to disrepair and should be inspected by a professional. In this video, you’ll learn about common sewer line problems and strategies that you can use to prevent these issues. You also will learn about the process that plumbers use to fix a sewer line.
You can trust All Plumbing, Inc. in Arlington for all of your sewer repair needs. Our technicians are trained in trenchless sewer repair methods that won’t destroy your yard. Call us at (571) 451-2971 for more information about our plumbing service.
A chronically clogged drain can be frustrating for homeowners, and it may be indicative of a different problem entirely. It’s important to understand how to tell the difference between a clogged drain and a clog in your main sewer line . The initial stages of a sewer clog can be almost indistinguishable from a single clogged drain, which is why you should enlist the help of an experienced plumber if you notice the following signs.
Symptoms of Clogged Drains
A single clog typically only affects the drain in question, though a tough clog might affect drains located underneath it in a multi-story home. Once a single clog is cleared , the drain should then flow freely and experience no further problems. A chronic clog may need the attention of a plumber, because it could be caused by the accumulation of household dirt and debris, which doesn’t break down and can cause intermittently slow drainage.
Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line
A clogged sewer line acts differently. In the very early stages, a sewer line clog only affects the lowest drain in your home, the one closest to the sewer main. This can be a bathtub, for example. However, as the clog worsens and pressure builds up, multiple drains in your home will become slow. Slow drainage will continue throughout the home, “climbing” your plumbing system from the lowest point upwards. Unfortunately, you may notice a distinctive odor emanating from any slow or clogged drains, which can help you identify a sewer line clog.
Your home sewer line should be inspected on a regular basis by a qualified plumbing company. These inspections can identify problems in your home’s drains or sewer line. Cleaning your drains and mainline periodically is beneficial—services like hydro-jetting use powerful, high-pressure water delivery to eliminate buildup and greatly increase water flow.
All Plumbing, Inc. has the experience and equipment to provide inspections and high-pressure cleaning of drains and sewer lines. Call us at (571) 451-2971 if you would like to learn how we can improve water flow for your building. You can also visit us online to learn more about our hydro-jetting services for homeowners and business owners in the Arlington area.
Look to the resources below to find out how tankless water heaters can save you money and energy and how to avoid frozen pipes this winter.
- See why sizing your new water heater is so important to overall energy efficiency and hot water delivery by visiting Energy.gov.
- Check out HowStuffWorks.com to get an idea of how tankless water heaters work .
- This article from Weather.com can help you understand how to avoid frozen pipes this winter.
- Find out how much energy you can save by using a tankless water heater on this page from EnergyStar.gov.
All Plumbing, Inc. is ready to answer all of your plumbing questions. Give us a call today at (571) 451-2971.
Keeping your water heater maintained keeps it efficient; in turn, maintenance lowers the cost of your utilities by reducing the energy necessary to heat your water. Ill-maintained water heaters cost more to operate, are more prone to failure, and often need to be replaced prematurely. There are a few ways you can improve the efficiency of your water heater, especially when you seek regular care from your plumbing service . There are also a few habits you can practice every day to maximize the functionality of your hot water system while lowering your costs.
Maintaining Your Water Heater
It is vital for your water heater to be regularly maintained . Many plumbers recommend that water heaters be flushed every one to three years to release sediment and rust deposits. Depending on your location and the mineral content of your water, you may need to flush your water heater more or less often. Another part of water heater maintenance is the sacrificial anode rod located inside the tank. This rod is comprised of metal compounds designed to corrode before the walls of your tank do. This does need to be replaced, otherwise, corrosion can then move on from the depleted rod and damage your tank.
Changing Your Habits
Taking long showers or using lots of hot water at once can put excessive demand on your water heater, costing you more money. Limit your time in the shower and choose a water-saving showerhead so you can enjoy the same temperature of water but use less of it. You may also want to consider lowering the temperature of your water heater to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Many water heaters are set at 140 degrees, which can cause them to cycle more often during the cooler months.
For further tips on increasing the energy efficiency of your water heater and using specialized plumbing fixtures to help you save water and money, contact All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971. We can advise you on the right maintenance for your water heater, help you select a new unit, and give you more tips for saving water and money all year round.
One of the most useful tools a homeowner can have is a plunger. In fact, you should have two: a small plunger intended for your sink and bathtub, and one for your toilet. Toilet plungers have a flange that helps them fit over the aperture at the bottom of the bowl.
Using a sink plunger is relatively easy. Cover the overflow hole located in most sinks with a wet cloth, and then use a sink plunger with firm up-and-down motions to help loosen the clog in the drain. It is important to form a seal around the drain. The same method can be used to unclog a toilet using a toilet plunger. Watch this helpful video to see a demonstration.
For more tips on dealing with tough clogs, contact All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington at (571) 451-2971. We have the right tools and experience to handle even the worst clogs and plumbing problems.
Preventing frozen pipes by keeping your plumbing in good condition this winter will help you avoid disasters that can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Your plumbing needs winterization in order to survive the cold months and the freezing dangers presented by low temperatures. By taking the right steps now, you can be prepared to keep your home safe from burst pipes and water damage.
Analyze Your Plumbing
You need to be aware of the condition of your plumbing in order to determine which measures to take to insulate or otherwise protect it from freezing. If you haven’t had a plumbing inspection performed in the last few years, now is a good time to ask a plumber to take a look at your pipes. Keep in mind that if you’re leaving your home for the winter, you’ll need to undertake more in-depth winterization procedures on which your plumber can advise you.
Insulate Your Pipes
One of the best things you can do to protect your plumbing is to have your pipes insulated, especially those in crawlspaces and other unheated areas of your home. In addition to wrapping your pipes in foam insulation or a similar material, consider having your plumber install heat tape connected to a rheostat. This device automatically activates the heat tape at certain temperatures, which can prevent your pipes from freezing without wasting excess energy. When the heat tape has been installed, you can then wrap your pipes in foam insulation to further increase their protection.
When you do expect freezing weather to arrive, open the taps of your faucets on both the hot and cold sides to a steady drip or a very small trickle. You may want to open outside spigots as well. Movement of water within your plumbing helps prevent freezing. It can also relieve water pressure in the event that freezing does occur.
To learn more about plumbing winterization, or to have All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington install heat tape and other preventative measures, call us at (571) 451-2971. We invite you to visit our website for additional information about winterizing your home’s plumbing system.
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