• How to Properly Dispose of Cooking Grease

    Fat, oils, and grease that are rinsed down the drain can cause plumbing backups and serious issues for the home and environment.

    Warm grease poured down the drain immediately cools and hardens when it reaches ground temperature. This affects pipes in the home and can impact plumbing all the way to the city’s main line. To avoid this, pour liquid grease into a heat-resistant container. Once it hardens, scrape as much as you can into the trash can. Watch this video for more information.

    In the event of clogged pipes or any other home plumbing issue, contact All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington. Our services include drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, water main repair, and much more. Visit our website or call (703) 525-7973 to learn more about us. 

  • Household Items that Should Never Be Poured Down the Drain

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    Almost half of all above-ground water sources are contaminated by improperly disposed-of materials. This includes things people rinse down the  drains  in their homes. Read on to learn about the items that should never be poured down the drain.

    Grease and Oil
    Avoid pouring cooking grease down the sink drain.  Grease can back up the drains  in your home and those throughout the neighborhood. When grease hardens as it cools, it can clog up sewage pipes, which may force sewage back up into homes. Rather than pouring grease down the sink, keep a container to collect it. When the container is full, take it to a recycling center and keep drains clog-free. Also avoid pouring motor oil down storm drains. When motor oil is poured there, it goes directly to local waterways. One gallon of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of water. Take motor oil to a recycling center as well.

    Fertilizers and Pesticides
    Excess nutrients from fertilizer can also contaminate water. When too much fertilizer is used in a yard, the excess is picked up in storm water runoff and deposited into waterways. The abundance of nutrients causes algae growth, which sucks the oxygen out of the water. As a result, water creatures that help improve water quality are killed. To avoid this damage, use the proper amount of lawn chemicals and restrict its use to where you truly need it.

    Medicine and Pet Waste
    When medicine reaches its expiration date, don’t flush it down the toilet unless the bottle indicates to do so. A better way to dispose of medicine is to place it in a sealed bag with coffee grounds and throw it in the trash. Another option is to find a trusted medicine disposal company. Also, keep the water in storm drains safe by picking up after your pet. Pet waste is considered raw sewage, as it contains parasites and harmful microorganisms that can make humans sick. When it rains, parasites and bacteria from the waste can be washed into the storm drain and contaminate the water.

    All Plumbing, Inc. has been serving the Arlington area for over 30 years. We provide a wide range of plumbing services, including drain cleaning and hydro-jetting. If you have any plumbing needs, visit our website or  contact us  at (703) 525-7973. 

  • Safely Disposing of Your Cooking Grease This Thanksgiving

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    Grease, fats, and oils from cooking turkey or other meats this holiday season can collect in and clog your drains. Not only is this a problem for your home, but it can also be harmful to the environment. Dispose of grease responsibly to avoid any plumbing or environmental issues.

    Pour leftover grease into a plastic or glass container with a tight lid. Then, once the grease is cool, throw the container into the trash. Another option is to mix the grease with sawdust, sand, or kitty litter to solidify it. This can also be disposed of in the trash. If you have excess amounts of grease to get rid of, recycle it at your community’s recycling center. If you have excess bacon grease, consider using it in another recipe, like salad dressing or pasta sauce.

    All Plumbing, Inc. can  solve any plumbing issue in your home . Located in Arlington, we offer a range of plumbing services to both residential and commercial customers. Call (703) 525-7973 or visit our website to learn more about our locally owned business. 

  • Avoiding the Most Common Home Plumbing Mistakes

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    Regardless of the plumbing job at hand, if it is done improperly, it can lead to disaster. Whether you are fixing a leaky shower head or installing new fixtures, it is important to be aware of common plumbing mistakes so you can be sure to avoid them. Here are a few of the most common mistakes to watch out for.

    Rushing through a Task
    Be sure to give yourself plenty of time when scheduling a plumbing repair or installation. Avoid attempting a project hours before guests arrive or in a pinch. This can lead to mistakes , as you will be more likely to make compromises, guess about what parts may be needed, and allow old parts to stay when they should really be replaced.

    Repairing without the Proper Materials
    If you have a plumbing emergency, you can do some minor repairs to prevent further damage until the professionals arrive. However, you should make sure you have the right materials on hand. To ensure that a plumbing fixture is drip-proof until the professional repair, seal it with Teflon tape. This tape can be used on fixtures, kitchen faucets, and shower plumbing. Avoid using mismatched piping materials unless you install a fitting between them.

    Allowing Sloppy Plumbing Installation
    If you are installing a bathroom in your home, avoid routing the pipes where it is simply easy to do so. Instead, ensure that pipes are installed in the best possible areas for everyday life. For example, bathroom flushing from above can be quite noisy, so you should avoid routing plumbing over living areas in the home.

    If you are in need of plumbing services, look to All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington . Our services include water main repair, plumbing installation, and drain cleaning. We can help you with any home project or plumbing issue, so call us at (703) 525-7973 to schedule a plumbing appointment.