Pets bring countless hours of joy to their families, but they can also be a handful. Before you bring any new pet home, make sure your home is safe for him or her. Puppies in particular can get into things that they aren’t supposed to, so take some time to puppy-proof the home. Pet-proofing your home is similar to childproofing it. Pay particular attention to the plumbing fixtures and the cabinets under the sink.
Rinse off muddy dogs outdoors.
If your dog has been rolling around in a muddy yard, your first instinct might be to carry him or her straight to the bathtub. But as long as it’s not cold outdoors, it’s a good idea to rinse off your dog outside instead. This will keep mud and fur clumps from going down the drain. Add a sprayer head to your hose and set it on a gentle shower for your pet’s comfort.
Use a drain strainer for pet baths.
When your pet requires a full bath as opposed to a quick rinse-off, make sure the drain is covered by a strainer. Pets will shed a great deal during a bath, and unless you protect the drain, all that clumped fur will go straight down your pipes. It’s an easy way to get a clogged drain. If the clog is bad enough, you may even need to call a plumber to snake the drain.
Keep chemical cleaners out of reach.
Every household stores cleaning products under the bathroom and kitchen sinks. Unfortunately, some pets are too curious for their own good. Chemical cleaners can be toxic to your dog or cat, so either store these products out of reach or place a childproof latch on these cabinets.
Keep the lid down.
No one likes to see their beloved pooch slurping water out of the toilet bowl, but it does happen occasionally. This can be harmful to your pet. Always keep the toilet lid down, and always make sure your pet has constant, unlimited access to clean, fresh water.
If your pet does get into plumbing-related mischief, All Plumbing, Inc. has the solution. Our team of courteous plumbers serves homes in Arlington, VA and the nearby areas. Call (703) 525-7973 to have a plumbing contractor visit your home.
Basement flooding is a common problem. In fact, more than half of all American homes experience some degree of flooding or below-ground wetness, particularly in low-lying areas and during the spring. If your home doesn’t already feature a sump pump, it’s time to talk to a plumber about installing one. This simple device can potentially save thousands of dollars, and it may even support the wellness of the household. Keep reading to find out how.
Flooding will damage your home and possessions.
Plumbers place submersible sump pumps inside a sump pit, which is located at the lowest point of the basement or crawlspace. When water enters the pit, it activates the sump pump. The water gets pumped out of the sump pit into pipes that carry it away from your home. This prevents your basement from getting flooded from snow melt or heavy rains. Although the installation of a sump pump does require an initial investment, it will pay off in the long run. Flooding in the basement will damage any items you store down there. Water damage can also affect the structure of the home, leading to costly repairs.
Damp conditions encourage mold growth.
Sump pumps are essential for keeping basements dry, and this can support your family’s wellness. A damp basement is the perfect environment for breeding mold. Chronic exposure to mold can cause the following symptoms:
- Coughing or wheezing
- Nasal stuffiness
- Throat irritation
- Eye irritation
People with allergies to mold will suffer worsening symptoms, and people with asthma may suffer more frequent asthma attacks. Individuals with diseases that compromise the immune system, and those with chronic lung conditions may develop serious infections due to mold exposure.
A sump pump can increase your home’s value and marketability.
Home buyers looking for move-in ready homes appreciate features like sump pumps that will make their lives easier. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home any time soon, a sump pump is a smart investment. It may increase your home’s value.
Here at All Plumbing, Inc., we pride ourselves on our professional and courteous services. Our plumbers in Arlington, VA, are highly responsive to the needs of our commercial and residential customers. Call (703) 525-7973 to discuss sump pump installation or our other services, including garbage disposal installation, sewer line repair, or water heater installation.
Plumbers strongly recommend that homeowners avoid planting trees or shrubs with deep roots on or near the sewer line. Trees like to send their roots toward the sewer line because it provides them with water and nutrients. Over time, the tree roots can sneak through cracks in the pipe. As the roots grow into the pipe itself, the flow of water can be partially or completely obstructed.
You can see for yourself how tree roots invade sewer lines when you watch this video. This plumbing expert shows viewers a section of clay pipe that was completely obstructed by tree roots.
For emergency plumbing visits, camera inspections, and hydro-jetting, you can turn to All Plumbing, Inc. Call a plumbing contractor in Arlington, VA, at (703) 525-7973 for complete trenchless sewer repair services.
Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s important for homeowners and home renters to be prepared. Although a plumber can fix any water-related problem that arises, you may need to take certain steps to prevent further damage to your home while awaiting the plumber’s arrival. If a pipe springs a major leak, for example, the home can quickly become flooded. Make sure every mature member of the family knows where the main water shut-off valve is located.
The shut-off valve will always be on the perimeter of the house, in the basement or on the ground level. The valve is usually found near the water meter. If your water meter is located outside, go inside to the basement or ground floor and find the point where the pipe enters the home. You should see the valve there. On some properties, the main shut-off valve is located outside the home, right next to the water meter.
Complete plumbing services in Arlington, VA, are available from the expert team at All Plumbing, Inc. You can request help from a plumbing contractor by calling a friendly staff member at (703) 525-7973.
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