• Factors to Consider When Selecting a Replacement Water Heater

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    Conventional, storage-tank water heaters are built to last no more than 10-13 years. After that point, a conventional water heater will start to leak or simply cease to work. If you need to replace your water heater now or in the near future, read this blog entry for important tips that will help you choose the right replacement water heater for your needs.

    Efficiency
    If you want top-notch energy efficiency, buy an Energy-Star Certified model. An Energy-Star Certified water heater could save you up to $700 on your energy bills over the product’s lifetime. If you purchase a storage-tank water heater, make sure that you equip it with an insulator. These are relatively inexpensive devices that will cut back on standby heat loss and reduce your energy bills by up to 10-20 percent.

    Price
    Generally, the more efficient the water heater is, the more you will pay for it. Some highly efficient water heaters, namely tankless models, are liable for tax benefits, so be sure to check with your local plumbing company to see if your model qualifies. Tankless water heaters, though they are more expensive initially, will save you a substantial amount of money on both energy and maintenance costs over the lifetime of the unit.

    Access to Hot Water
    If you have a large family or if you want to maximize your access to hot water, buy a large storage-tank water heater. You can visit EPA.gov for exact sizing recommendations based on the size of your family and the amount of water your home usually uses. Another advantage of buying a tankless water heater is that you will have virtually unlimited access to hot water, as the unit heats water on an as-needed basis.

    For answers to other common questions about water heater replacement , including what fuel type to use, contact All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. We have more than 30 years of experience serving the Arlington area. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services.

  • Your Sewer Line’s Top Four Enemies

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    In addition to potentially causing health problems, sewage leaks can be a pain to repair. To prevent your sewer line from leaking, call your local plumbing company and ask them to inspect and maintain your sewer line regularly. If you don’t, the following four problems are likely to arise.

    Tree Roots
    Did you know that your sewer line serves as a fertilizer to nearby plants and roots? Tree roots are able to penetrate the tiny cracks in your sewer piping, especially if you have clay pipes rather than pipes made out of newer copper or PVC. And tree roots stretch far and wide, so tree roots may be a serious problem for your sewer line even if there aren’t any trees near your property.

    Rust
    Rust is another common cause of leaky pipes. Copper pipes are specifically prone to rust, as copper will oxidize when it is exposed to certain types of soil. If you notice a crack in your wall or floor or a hot spot on the floor, your pipes might be rusted. Call a plumber immediately so that your sewer line can be professionally treated.

    Grease
    Flushing grease down the toilet or the drain may seem harmless—until your sewer line starts to clog. Avoid putting animal grease, oils, or products down the toilet or the drain and you will save yourself the time and money of a sewer line clog.

    Age
    Sewer lines that are older than 50 years will naturally start to decay, calcify, or corrode. If you experience sewer line failure, your plumber can either use a high-pressure water treatment or replace the pipes for you.

    For more advice on how to maintain your sewer line, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. With more than 30 years of experience, our locally owned company offers a variety of residential and commercial plumbing services to the Arlington area. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer, including sewer line repair and replacement, bathroom and kitchen upgrades, and preventative maintenance. Call us anytime—we even offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services .

  • What to Do If You Encounter Mold After a Pipe Burst

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    If you discover a burst water pipe in your Arlington home, it’s not uncommon to also discover mold growth in the form of blue, black, or white spots. Fortunately, you can remove the mold using do-it-yourself remedies.

    First, you need to inspect the entire room for mold, including the insulation, piping, furniture, walls, and windowsills. Then, put a mold mask on your face and apply a store-bought mold remover solution to the floors and walls. Using a fungicide, clean all of the surfaces in the room, even those that don’t appear to have mold growth. For the carpet, you should either tear it out or clean it with a steamer and a mold-remover solution. After it’s all done, use a dehumidifier, and make sure to check regularly for leaks and burst pipes to reduce the chances of having another mold outbreak.

    At All Plumbing, Inc., we offer 24-hour emergency plumbing service for our customers in the Arlington area. If a pipe in your home burst, we can install new pipes for you. Visit our website to see all of the services we offer, and call us at (703) 525-7973 for more information. 

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