• Increased Water Bills, Gurgling Sounds and Other Signs of a Sewer Line Failure

    When you became a homeowner, you quickly learned that that there is plenty of maintenance tasks and unexpected repairs that go along with the American Dream. One of those unexpected problems is a broken sewer line. Fortunately, plumbers can use advanced techniques and technology to your advantage. With trenchless sewer repair, there’s no need to dig up the whole yard to repair the line. If you notice any of the following signs of a sewer line failure, call a plumber right away.

    Unusual Sounds from the Pipes

    Pipes aren’t supposed to make much noise. When they do, it could indicate a problem. When you flush the toilet or while you run water into a drain, pay attention to whether there are any abnormal gurgling sounds. These can be caused by sewer gases that have escaped and traveled upwards, which indicates a sewage backup.

    Spikes in Your Water Bill

    Unless you’ve recently had new sod installed and you’re running the sprinklers every day, you should pay close attention to a sudden increase in your water bill. Keep several months of your most recent water bills to refer to when you receive the new bill. Or, check with the utility company online. Digital statements may be available that show your water usage.

    Foul Odors Outdoors

    Sewer gas has an unmistakable, foul odor. You should never be able to smell it anywhere near your home, either indoors or outdoors. If your sewer line is failing, you might detect this unpleasant smell in the air just outside your home.

    Abnormal Changes in Your Landscape

    A failing sewer line will discharge the contents of the sewer into the ground around your home. This can result in dips or indents in the yard. These occur due to the saturation of the soil. A leaky sewer line can also cause the vegetation to turn unusually lush in one particular area.

    All Plumbing, Inc. has more than four decades of experience handling sewer line repairs for residential and commercial clients. Our plumbers in Arlington, VA, perform video inspections, hydro-jetting, and trenchless sewer repair to minimize the impact on your property. You can reach us at (703) 525-7973.

  • Get the Facts About Plastic Water Heaters

    Conventional hot water heaters consist of a steel tank lined with glass. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll see a plumber demonstrate how the water will corrode the steel components over time, causing the water heater to fail. One alternative is a plastic water heater.

    The plumber featured here discusses the pros and cons of choosing a plastic water heater. Although these are more expensive, they’re thought to last much longer than conventional water heaters. However, plastic water heaters still feature steel elements, which will need to be replaced when they get corroded.

    If you aren’t sure which type of hot water heater is right for your home in Arlington, VA, give All Plumbing, Inc. a call at (703) 525-7973. We also offer emergency plumbing services.

  • How Trenchless Main Line Repairs Prevent Landscaping Damage

    Most drain clogs can be repaired with a plunger or handheld drain snake, or with a solution like baking soda and vinegar. But if the clog is too stubborn for even a plumber’s professional equipment and techniques, then there’s a good chance it’s actually a problem with the main drain line. In years past, repairing the main line was a lengthy process that disrupted the household, tore up landscaping, and even ripped up sidewalks, floors, and driveways. Now, thanks to trenchless repair technology, plumbers can fix the problem with a minimum of fuss.

    Minimally Invasive Inspection

    The conventional method of repairing a main line involves digging a large, deep trench that extends the length of the line. Part of the reason why this was necessary was that the plumbers wouldn’t know exactly where the problem was located until they dug down to it. But trenchless technology uses a video camera inspection. All the plumbers need to do is dig a small access hole at either end of the line. They’ll insert the specialized video camera equipment and thread it through the line to identify the type and extent of the damage, as well as its precise location.

    Effective Hydro-Jetting

    Even after the exact location of the problem is determined, the plumbers don’t need to dig an additional hole to access it. Instead, they’ll use hydro-jetting equipment to flush out the obstruction. Often, the obstruction is a bundle of tree roots.

    Flexible Replacement Pipe

    By this point, you might be wondering how plumbers can fit a replacement pipe inside a small access hole. The answer is the flexible tube that the plumbers will coat with resin. Compressed air is used to blow the “sleeve” into the pipe. After a few hours, the resin hardens and the flexible tube becomes the new, solid liner of the pipe. All of this can be accomplished without digging a large trench through your garden and lawn.

    Trenchless sewer and main line repairs are one of our specialties here at All Plumbing, Inc. We’re proud to provide affordable plumbing services in Arlington, VA, to residential and commercial customers. If you have an emergency plumbing request, you can reach us at (703) 525-7973 any time of the day or night.

  • Tips for Dealing with a Drain Clog

    A plumber can quickly repair a clogged drain, but you can try a few simple tricks at home before you call. First, see if there is a clump of hair, fur, and gunk close to the surface of the drain. Fish it out with a straightened wire coat hanger if possible. Then, flush the drain with hot water. Boiling water works even better for breaking down organic compounds. However, don’t use boiling water if you have PVC pipes, since the hot temperature can weaken the joints.

    If you can’t remove a visible obstruction from the drain, then try the baking soda and vinegar trick. Pour about one-third cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow it with about the same amount of distilled white vinegar. Let it sit for at least an hour or overnight before flushing the drain with plenty of hot water.

    If none of these methods work, you can schedule a clogged drain repair in Arlington, VA, by calling All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. Our expert plumbers provide 24/7 emergency plumbing assistance to homeowners and commercial customers.