• Tips for Getting Your Plumbing Ready for Winter Temperatures

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    Winter temperatures can cause plumbing problems in your home if you aren’t properly prepared. In addition to being inconvenient, frozen pipes can cause serious damage to your home and yard. Winterizing your plumbing system will help you avoid plumbing issues. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for cold weather.

    Fix Leaks and Insulate Pipes
    Even a small water leak can create a big problem in cold weather. Before winter hits, check all exposed pipes, both indoor and outdoor, for leaks. If the pipes are insulated, feel for moisture from a hidden leak that could have soaked into the insulation. Insulating pipes is a preventative measure that can ensure exposed pipes are protected . If you can see the pipe, it needs to be wrapped in insulation foam. In addition to protecting your pipes, this can also save you money on heating costs.

    Winterize Swamp Cooler and Pump House
    A swamp cooler, or evaporative cooler, is a source of water that should be drained before winter. To winterize a swamp cooler, turn off the water and power flowing into it. Next, drain the water from the cooler and the water supply line. Lastly, cover the swamp cooler with a tarp to keep it dry throughout the winter. If your water comes from a well, it is important to properly insulate the pump house to keep pipes from freezing. You should also insulate any exposed pipes in the pump house for added protection.

    Protect Outdoor Hose Bibs
    It is very important to protect hose bibs and pipes from the cold. Remove any garden hoses that are connected to outdoor faucets. This ensures that water doesn’t stay trapped in the hose bib. Drain any water in hoses before storing them in a garage or shed for the winter. After the hoses are disconnected, you can insulate the hose bibs.

    All Plumbing, Inc. is a family-owned business that can meet all of your plumbing needs. Located in Arlington, we use the most up-to-date equipment and tools to repair pipes, clean drains, repair water mains, provide hydrojetting services, and more. Visit our website or call us at (703) 525-7973 to learn more about our residential plumbing services. 

  • Preventing Toilet Backup Problems

    A simple rule to follow to prevent toilet backups is to avoid putting anything down your toilet but toilet paper and waste. This means you shouldn’t flush paper towels, feminine napkins, rags, or other similar products.

    This video provides additional information about preventing toilet clogs. If a minor clog does form, it can generally be removed with a plunger. A more serious clog should be removed rather than pushed further down the line. If it isn’t removed, the clog could require extensive measures, such as excavation.

    All Plumbing, Inc. can assist you in the event of a serious clog or any other plumbing issue. Located in Arlington, we service clients with drain cleaning, hydrojetting, water main repair, and more. Visit our website or call (703) 525-7973 for more information. 

  • The Tale Behind Your Tank: Plumbing History


    It’s true that many people don’t take much time to consider the past of their plumbing, but plumbing actually has a long and storied history. Early plumbing can be traced all the way back to Egypt, when people buried rudimentary toilets with the dead because they believed they would be needed during the afterlife. Rome built one of the world’s most impressive plumbing marvels—and it may have been the empire’s undoing. You can trace the history of plumbing in this infographic from All Plumbing, Inc . When you need decidedly modern service, you can rely on our Arlington, VA plumbing company for help. Please consider sharing this fascinating walk through history with your family and friends. 

  • Why Chemical Drain Agents Don’t Work on All Plumbing Problems

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    If you read the label on a bottle of drain cleaner, you might see the warning against using it in toilet drains. There are good reasons for this, as some chemical drain agents don’t work for all plumbing issues. In fact, it can be harmful to use them improperly. Toilet drains are designed differently than sink, tub, and shower drains. Chemical agents can’t sink down them, so they will never reach the clog. Chemical agents are also designed to eat away at clogs consisting of hair, oils, food, or soap scum. Therefore, they aren’t useful for clogs found in toilets. For really tough clogs, you might need to call in a professional.

    An expert plumber can help you with any plumbing problems around your home. All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington provides drain cleaning, hydrojetting, water main repair, and many other services. Visit our website or call (703) 525-7973 to learn more about our services.