• Hassle-Free Tips for Keeping Your Bathroom Mold-Free

    Is your bathroom starting to smell a little musty? Chances are, you have mold and mildew growing there. Molds love a warm, humid environment, which is why they readily grow in bathrooms. Plumbers recommend taking a proactive approach to mold. Once mold starts to grow, it spreads rapidly. By being proactive, you can keep your bathroom mold-free.

     

    Check the CFM on your bathroom fan.

    The cubic feet per minute (CFM) on your bathroom fan is a measurement of how well it will work, given the size of your bathroom. To determine your bathroom’s ideal CFM, multiply its square footage by 1.1 if you have an eight-foot ceiling, or by 1.5 if you have a nine-foot ceiling. Compare this number to the CFM, which should be on a label just underneath the grill. If your bathroom fan is too small, consider upgrading it.

     

    Run your bathroom fan regularly.

    Your fan combats mold growth by reducing moisture from the air. Even if your fan is the right size, it won’t be able to do its job properly unless it’s turned on. Run the fan during your shower or bath, and for a half-hour afterward.

     

    Fix plumbing leaks.

    Leaky fixtures waste water, and they aren’t eco-friendly. They also contribute to mold growth in the bathroom. If you have a leaky sink or bathtub faucet, call a plumber to get it fixed right away.

     

    Use a squeegee.

    Bathroom squeegees are the most effective way to remove water from your bathtub or shower walls. After each shower or bath, take a few minutes to run the squeegee along the walls to let the water drain down. Doing this can reduce the moisture content in your bathroom by as much as 75%! Squeegees only cost a couple of bucks at home improvement or big box supermarket stores. Plus, you can also use yours to clean your bathroom mirror.

     

    Even a perfectly clean bathroom may start to look dingy and outdated. If it’s time to renovate, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. Our affordable plumbing services in Arlington, VA, can help you give your bathroom a much-needed makeover.

  • How to Landscape Without Harming Your Pipes

    Landscaping is a great way to add beauty and value to your property. You’ll love the look of healthy, beautiful trees and shrubs, and they’ll add an inviting element to your home. But before you design your new landscape, it’s important to think about your plumbing system. If you aren’t sure where your pipes are located outside the home, consider talking to a plumber for guidance.

    Identification of Underground Utilities

    Before doing any digging in your yard, you’ll need to know where your underground utilities are. These include cables and pipes. You can call 811, which is the national number that anyone can call before starting a digging project. It only takes a few minutes to let the operator know where you plan to dig and what type of work you intend to do. Call 811 at least a few days before you start landscaping. Any company with utilities affected by the dig will send over a representative to mark the location of underground utilities.

    Use of Heavy Equipment

    It’s possible for underground pipes to sustain damage from excessive pressure. If you plan to use heavy equipment during your landscaping project, keep the equipment away from the location of the pipes. It’s fine to drive a lawnmower or rider lawnmower over the ground that covers the pipes, but equipment or vehicles heavier than this should steer clear.

    Selection of Trees and Shrubs

    One of the major concerns with landscaping is the potential for aggressive root systems to grow into the pipes. This can eventually cause failure of the main line. When you go to a garden center, ask about trees and shrubs that lack aggressive, deep, or widespread root systems. Plumbers recommend avoiding the following species:

    • Willows
    • Maple
    • Poplar
    • Elm

    Spacing of Trees and Shrubs

    Even if you do select plants with non-aggressive root systems, you should still be careful to space them properly. Slow-growing trees and shrubs should be planted at least 10 feet away from all pipes and the foundation. Aggressive growers that require lots of water and nutrients should be planted at least 20 to 30 feet away from all pipes and the foundation.

    All Plumbing, Inc. is your source for reliable residential and commercial plumbing services. You can reach our plumbing company in Arlington, VA, at (703) 525-7973. We also offer emergency service visits.

  • Why Is My Sink Gurgling?

    The noises your plumbing system makes can sometimes be an early warning of future problems. For example, if your sink drain is gurgling, the pipe may be partially blocked. If multiple drains are gurgling, there may be an obstruction in the main sewer line. It’s also possible for gurgling to signal improper ventilation.

     

    You can hear more about this plumbing problem when you watch the accompanying video. These experts explain that gurgling can occur when a drain isn’t vented properly. Keep watching to see a demonstration of this effect using water bottles as an example.

     

    For prompt and professional plumbing services in Arlington, VA, give All Plumbing, Inc. a call at (703) 525-7973. From water main breaks to toilet repairs, our team can handle all of your plumbing issues.

  • How Can a Tankless Water Heater Save Money?

    In recent years, plumbers have been getting a lot of requests to switch customers to tankless water heaters. Just as the name suggests, there is no large tank required. These popular appliances heat water on demand. In contrast, a traditional water heater must keep a large tank full of water heated at all times. This is a huge waste of energy. Tankless water heaters can save homeowners money by reducing their energy costs. Even though the initial upfront investment is typically more than a traditional water heater, tankless appliances can cut costs on a long-term basis.

     

    Tankless water heaters have other financial perks too. They tend to carry a much longer warranty than traditional water heaters, which means homeowners will save money if something breaks. And since there is no tank full of water, there is no need to worry about the house flooding if the appliance leaks. Water damage can lead to significant costs.

     

    Are you ready to make the switch to a tankless water heater for your home in Arlington, VA? Call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 to request our expert plumbing services.