• Common Garbage Disposal Mistakes that Can Cause Clogged Drains

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    Your garbage disposal is a convenience that can make cooking easier, clean-up faster, and can keep kitchen waste odors to a minimum. However, without proper usage and care, a garbage disposal can break and lead to clogged drains and difficult repairs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with proper disposal practices to keep your sink draining smoothly.

    Don’t Dispose of Inorganic Waste
    Your garbage disposal is designed to take care of food; you can dispose of fruits, vegetables, and even small fruit pits or fish bones, but non-food items are a danger to your disposal and sink. Plastics or other non-food material can break the teeth in the disposal or build up in the pipes and cause clogs.

    Don’t Pour Out Your Grease
    Grease and oils should never be poured down your sink. While grease may be liquid after cooking, it solidifies quickly and accumulates in your disposal and drain . Congealed grease can stick to other debris in the system, creating large, solid clogs that are very difficult to dissolve.

    Don’t Grind Expandable Foods
    Although foods like rice and pasta are soft, they absorb water and grow in size. Trying to dispose of these foods with running water leads to gummed up disposal grinders and pipes. Pouring extra pasta down your drain or disposal is one of the quickest ways to cause a clog.

    Don’t Dispose of Coffee Grounds
    Coffee grounds won’t hurt your disposal; they’re already finely ground. But as soon as they make it through the disposal, coffee grounds will sit inside the pipes of your sink, accumulating until they form a clog.

    Oops, you just made a garbage disposal mistake and your sink is clogged. Fortunately, help is just a phone call away! Arlington residents should call All Plumbing, Inc. right away at (571)482-7046. Don’t forget to ask about our water main repair and hydrojetting services to keep your home’s plumbing in tip-top shape.  

  • How to Properly Dispose of Kitchen Grease

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    Many people think their kitchen sink and garbage disposable are unstoppable forces of machinery, but testing them against kitchen grease will quickly reveal their weaknesses. As grease goes down the drain, it starts to cool, solidifying and clinging to any debris already in the pipe until it forms an unmovable solid barrier.

    To avoid a difficult plumbing repair, never dispose of kitchen grease in the sink. You can get rid of grease by putting it in a sealed container and then disposing of it in the garbage. Those with compost bins can add grease to their compost pile for an eco-friendly option. You could also consider asking local restaurants whether you can add your kitchen grease to their grease bin. Grease bin contents are generally collected and recycled into consumer products, preserving both your sink and the planet.

    If your sink is suffering from a grease clog, you may need drain cleaning services from All Plumbing, Inc. We help residents in the Arlington area keep their drains clear, water mains flowing, and plumbing in working order. Call us today at (703) 525-7973 to find out more about our plumbing repair services.  

  • The Constant Threat Roots Pose to Your Sewer Line

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    When most people flush their toilet or run the sink, they are not thinking about their sewer line. However, this easy-to-overlook part of your plumbing system can unexpectedly turn your home into a disaster zone when it becomes clogged with roots. Keep reading to learn more about the damage roots can cause to your sewer line and how to respond to a sewer line backup .

    Why Do Roots Love Sewer Lines?
    Plants need water to survive, and when they discover a pipe full of water, they want to tap into that supply. Generally, roots invade sewer lines where there is already a crack; the plant finds the moist soil around the crack and follows the water into the pipe. Sound sewer lines will not often have root problems, but cracked sewer lines can become overgrown with roots until they are no longer able to drain water and sewage to the main line. You can’t see a root growing into your sewer line, and often won’t know there is a problem until the symptoms become evident above ground. You may notice standing water or unpleasant smells coming from sewer access points on your property. As the clog becomes worse, your toilets may stop working or overflow.

    What Do I Do If My Sewer Line Backs Up?
    When a sewer back-up happens, you need to call a plumber right away. The plumber can insert a camera into the line and identify the location and cause of the clog. He or she can then decide how best to clear the problem. In the case of roots, plumbers often use a plumbing snake to access your sewer line and break apart roots. They may also use hydrojetting to flush clogs out with high-pressured jets of water.

    If your sewer line is backed up, call All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington at (703) 525-7973. We can diagnose and clear your sewer problem, and we can perform sewer line repair and replacement. Customers can also ask us about drain cleaning and home plumbing services. 

  • How to Adjust Your Water Heater Thermostat

    While hot water is a necessity in the modern home, heating that water demands a large amount of energy. You can maximize the efficiency of your water heater by adjusting its heating temperature while you are on vacation or as the ambient temperature throughout the year changes the water temperature.

    Adjusting your water heater is easy. There is a knob near the bottom of the unit that allows you to control the temperature, and many water heaters feature a knob that allows you to set a vacation mode. To see how this is done, watch this short video clip.

    Is your water heater functioning at its best? If you are concerned about your water heater, call Arlington’s All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. We provide residential and commercial plumbing services throughout Arlington , including water main repairs and hydrojetting pipe cleaning.