• Signs of a Sewage Pipe Leak

    A sewage pipe leak poses structural problems and health hazards to occupants of the home or business affected by a leak. By detecting a leak as early as possible and contacting a plumbing service professional in a timely manner, you can mitigate these problems, sparing yourself considerable time and hassle. To familiarize yourself with the common signs of a leaky sewage pipe so that you can spot problems early on, keep reading.


    Unpleasant Smells
    The most prominent sign of a  sewage pipe leak  is the sudden presence of unpleasant smells coming from one or more of your plumbing fixtures. In addition to having an unpalatable smell, sewer gas can induce nausea and poses other health risks. Contact a plumber at the first sign that your home is being infiltrated with sewer gas.

    Rocking Toilet
    If your toilet rocks from side to side when you sit down on it, it is possible that leakage is taking place around from underneath the toilet bowl. Water pooling up around the base is a sure sign of leakage, especially if it is accompanied by foul smells.

    Water Collecting Under Sink
    If you hear water leaking in the cabinet below a sink or smell the stench of raw sewage coming from somewhere in your bathroom or kitchen, carefully check for a plumbing leak. A broken P-trap indicates that contaminated wastewater and sewer gas are leaking into your home.

    Due to freezes and more intensive use of water heating systems, sewage pipe leaks are fairly common in the winter and early spring. If foul smells or mystery puddles have warned you that your home’s sewage infrastructure is cracked and leaking, contact an  experienced plumbing professional  in your area. For efficient and satisfactory service from a reputable plumber serving home and business owners throughout Arlington and the vicinity, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 or visit us on the Web. 

  • What You Need to Know About Sewer Gas

    As waste decays, it emits gases and chemicals as part of the natural decomposition process. Modern plumbing systems are designed to trap these gases in the annals of the system to prevent exposing building occupants to them. Since these systems fail from time to time, it is wise for consumers to educate themselves about the nature and perils of sewer gas.

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    The Composition of Sewer Gas
    Some of the most common components of sewer gas that are formed as waste decays include ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen sulfide, and nitrous oxide. As industrial solvents, chlorine bleach, and other caustic cleaners also find their way into home drains, additional toxic gases are sometimes added to the mix.

    Common Forms of Exposure
    Sewer gas can enter a home through blocked plumbing roof vents, cracks in waste lines, sink drains, and floor drains. Dysfunctional grease traps and other examples of faulty plumbing are often to blame. Exposure almost always occurs as a result of inhalation, but can occur through skin and eye contact as well.

    Risks and Hazards
    Ammonia and hydrogen sulfide are two of the most toxic gases present in sewage arteries, posing dangers to those exposed when sewage gas is a problem in a home. Adverse effects of exposure to these gases include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and irritability. A high concentration of sewage gas in an enclosed space can lead to suffocation and death. Before sewer gas can become this dangerous, you will certainly notice its putrid smell.

    Avoiding Exposure
    You can  reduce the likelihood that you will be exposed to sewer gas  by taking care to maintain your home’s plumbing and septic system. Add water to floor and sink drains that you do not frequently use to prevent the pipes from drying out and cracking. Contact a plumbing professional if you notice unpleasant smells coming from your plumbing fixtures.

    At All Plumbing, Inc. in Arlington, our plumbing professionals understand the intricacies of an effective and sanitary plumbing system. If you are concerned that you are being exposed to harmful sewer gas in your D.C. area home or business, call (703) 525-7973 to arrange to have an experienced plumber  inspect your plumbing infrastructure  and make any necessary repairs. 

  • How Leaky Gas Pipes Can Cost Consumers Money

    Although its global price has been on the rise recently, natural gas is an inexpensive and relatively eco-friendly way to heat a home. Just as faucets and other home fixtures and appliances can leak, however, natural gas appliances and the pipes that transport natural gas from one place to another are also susceptible to leaking.

    To understand the economic impact of natural gas leaks, the cost of which is ultimately borne by consumers in the form of price increases, watch this brief news clip. Referencing a Massachusetts study, a journalist explains how gas pipe leaks have recently cost consumers in Massachusetts $1.5 billion.

    Leaky pipes are wasteful, expensive, and can be hazardous. If you suspect that a pipe is leaking on your Arlington property and you are seeking the most effective service you can find, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973.

  • Determining How Far to Plant a Tree from Your Home Sewer Lines

    Sewer lines are built into the earth in order to keep sewage and waste materials away from humans. However, sewer lines also offer trees nutrients, oxygen, and moisture. Since tree roots grow towards nutrients, they may grow into the sewer, which can cause a serious plumbing problem. Read on for help in determining how far to plant a tree from your home sewer lines.

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    Type of Tree
    Different types of trees may be planted at different distances from sewer lines. A good way to get an idea of a tree’s root system is to look at the tree itself. The size of the tree is comparable to the size of its root system. Trees that grow quickly and absorb a significant amount of water should not be planted within 25 feet of sewer lines. Trees that grow more slowly may still grow very large in size, and their roots are still a threat to sewer lines. Thus, the best type of tree to plant is one that grows slowly and stays small. Trees should never be planted within 10 feet of a sewer line.

    Type of Pipe
    The potential for tree roots to grow into sewer lines certainly depends on the tree, but it also depends on the type of pipe. Newer homes and communities have sewer pipes that are made of PVC, which are durable and may not be affected by tree roots. Many other areas use clay pipes for their sewer lines. Unfortunately, these pipes are more prone to cracking and breaking, which lets tree roots intrude through the pipeline.

    Potential Problems
    When tree roots grow through sewer lines, they can cause major  plumbing  issues. They can cause sewage to backup or even flood, which is difficult and expensive to clean. If sewage backup and flooding occurs in a highly populated area, people who come into contact with the sewage may fall ill.

    All Plumbing, Inc. is a locally owned plumbing service that operates on a 24-hour schedule. We handle drain cleaning, water main repair, and hydrojetting as well as various other plumbing services. If you live in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Mclean, or Fairfax, come in and see us. For more information about our residential and commercial plumbing services,  visit our website  or call (703) 525-7973.