• How Hydro-Jetting Works

    Compared to problems like clogged toilets and leaky faucets, backed-up sewer lines are fairly rare. Still, the pipes buried deep under a home or woven into its walls can clog, causing unpleasantries and inconveniences for residents and compromising the effectiveness of a home’s plumbing network.

    Fixing the drain

    The best way to unclog a sewer or water main is to use hydro-jetting technology. Using a specially designed hose, hydrojetting uses the force of a remarkably high-pressured stream of water to rid a pipe of accumulated debris. Tree roots, chemicals, and nonbiodegradable waste are just a few of the objects that can be thoroughly eliminated by a drain cleaning expert using hydro-jetting technology.

    With more than 40 years of experience serving the Arlington area, All Plumbing, Inc. is familiar with just about every plumbing device and plumbing service method in existence. If you would like to arrange to have our experienced plumbers clean your sewer or water main using  hydro-jetting technology , call (703) 525-7973 today. 

  • A Look at How Sump Pumps Work

    In general, moisture is not good for the foundation of a home. When the moisture in question comes from a leaky pipe or water that is seeping into a home from the outside, trouble is definitely present. Thankfully, a certain plumbing device exists that can help keep a home flood-free and its foundation dry. To learn more about the sump pump and why it should be an essential part of your home’s plumbing system , continue reading.

    flooded basement of an old house

    The Sump Pump System
    Typically installed in a specially designed pit, a sump pump is a somewhat cylindrical device that pumps water out of a basement or crawl space sump pump to prevent a home from flooding.  A sump pump’s most important parts  are an impeller, pedestal pump, check valve, float, and float activator arm.

    Sensing a Flood
    As water in a sump pit rises, so too does the float activator arm. Designed to sense this pressure, a sump pump will alert a homeowner or automatically kick into gear when water in the sump pit causes the float to reach a certain point.

    Powering the Sump Pump
    Manual sump pumps alert homeowners to flooding issues, but also require their assistance in discharging water. In order to empty a manual sump pit of its water, someone must discharge the water using a pedestal pump. While automatic sump pumps are capable of being handled manually, they are convenient because their operation does not require human direction. An impeller forces water to the sides of a sump pump’s discharge pipe, creating a low-pressure zone that forces water up through the discharge pipe and away from the home.

    In order to reduce the likelihood that your Arlington, Virginia home will flood, install and maintain a sump pump in your basement. If you are looking to have a sump pump professionally installed or you require any other routine or emergency plumbing services, call  All Plumbing, Inc.  at (703) 525-7973. We offer a full range of residential and commercial plumbing services and attend to plumbing emergencies 24/7. 

  • Basic Plumbing Tips for Your Home

    Our pipes, drains, water-intensive appliances, and plumbing fixtures work hard so that we can enjoy the advantages of modern plumbing, and it is important for us to provide them with the maintenance and care they need. For an overview of plumbing systems and the services they most frequently, watch this video.

    In addition to offering some helpful advice on plumbing repairs, master plumber John Wood discusses the importance of hiring a plumber who is licensed, insured, and willing to demonstrate proof of his or her credentials if asked. As well as being fully licensed and insured, All Plumbing, Inc. in Arlington has more than four decades of plumbing service experience . To have one of our skilled and personable plumbers install or repair a plumbing fixture or pipe on your Northern Virginia property, call (703) 525-7973. 

  • Signs of a Hidden Plumbing Leak

    Every year, billions of gallons of water and millions of dollars are wasted as a result of plumbing leaks . Many of these leaks go undetected for several weeks or months because they are minor or are in hard-to-see places, but they are wasteful and potentially damaging all the same. In order to prevent a hidden plumbing leak from stealing your money and wasting precious resources, familiarize yourself with the following warning signs.

    Room ceiling water damaged

    Ceiling Stains
    Ceiling stains bode well in neither one- nor two-story homes. In one-story homes, ceiling stains are a sign of a leaky roof. In two-story homes, they are a sign of a leaking pipe or plumbing fixture upstairs. If you discover moist-looking stains on your ceiling, call a plumber to  detect and repair any plumbing leaks  you may have.

    Damaged Walls or Flooring
    Similarly, warped and stained walls are often indicative of plumbing leaks. Cracked and buckled flooring material is another warning sign, as is a damaged section of wall that is soft to the touch.

    Mold or Mildew
    Household mold growth is spurred by many causes, nearly all of which are linked to an excess of moisture in the home. If you detect mold or mildew in your home, chances are high that you have a plumbing leak. Even if you do not, the presence of mold necessitates a visit from a plumber or mold remediation specialist.

    Musty Smells
    Mold and mildew are not always easy to detect, but musty smells almost always are. If you notice an earthy, musty, or mildew smell that seems to linger in part of your home no matter what, then you may have a plumbing leak.

    Detecting a hidden plumbing leak is something you may be able to do yourself, but repairing the leak and assessing any dangers that the leak poses is a job for a  plumbing professional . If you live in Arlington or elsewhere in Northern Virginia and you suspect there is a hidden plumbing leak in your home, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. With more than 40 years of experience serving the Arlington area. From minor plumbing leaks to massive pipe bursts, no plumbing problem is too small or too large for us to handle. 

  • How Often Should You Schedule Drain Cleaning Services?

    Hair Clogging The Drain

    Drain cleaning service is one of those rare home maintenance measures that is of vital importance yet is required very rarely—in many cases as infrequently as once a decade. The frequency with which you should hire a humber to clean out your drains using hydrojetting technology depends on your home’s history as much as on household habits.

    If you live in an older home or your home’s sewer line is threatened by expanding tree roots, a regularly scheduled cleaning every three or four years may not be a bad idea. For most homeowners, however, it is enough to keep an eye out for signs that a drain is becoming clogged provided that action is taken immediately upon detection of such signs.

    Have you recently experienced water backing up in your home or heard gurgling sounds coming from your home’s sinks or toilets? If you live in Arlington or elsewhere in the Washington, D.C. area, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 to arrange to have a plumbing service professional clean out your home’s drains using advanced hydrojetting technology.