A plumbing riser is a line that connects a tap—whether in your sink or shower—to the main water supply. Your risers have an important role to play in the overall health of your home’s plumbing system. That’s why it’s so important to be alert to any warning signs that your plumbing risers need to be replaced. If you’re seeing discolored water coming out of your tap, or if you’re getting noticeably low water pressure, it could be due to failing plumbing risers. A seasoned plumber can inspect your risers and tell you whether the time has come to replace them with brand-new models.
When you’ve got a home plumbing problem on your hands, All Plumbing Inc. can help. We provide expert plumbing services to residential and commercial customers in Arlington, VA, including main sewer and water line repair and replacement. Want to learn more? Give us a call today at (703) 349-0691.
Water conservation is critically important for everyone around the world. Although water covers the majority of the Earth, most of it is saltwater that’s unfit for consumption. Since clean water is a limited natural resource, it’s important to do your part to conserve it. Installing low-flow showerheads is one step in the right direction. Get in touch with a plumber for help choosing the right fixture.
Performing the Bucket Test
If you’re unsure of whether your current showerhead is a low-flow model, you can do the bucket test. Having another person to help you will make this easier. Use a one-gallon bucket or measure and mark the one-gallon level in a larger bucket. Give your friend a stopwatch. Then, turn on the water and hold the bucket up to the showerhead. Time how long it takes the fixture to fill the bucket to the one-gallon mark. If it takes fewer than 20 seconds, you do not have a low-flow showerhead. It’s time to call the plumbing company to schedule a new showerhead installation.
Understanding the Types of Low-Flow Showerheads
While you’re shopping around for a new showerhead, you’ll notice that there are two main types of low-flow showerheads. Aerating showerheads work by mixing in air with the water. This increases density, while saving water. Many people prefer aerating showerheads because they produce a pleasant, misty flow. The other main type is laminar-flow showerheads. A laminar-flow showerhead works by forcing out dozens of small streams of water. This creates the sensation of having more water fall on your body, while still reducing water usage. Laminar-flow showerheads are popular in humid environments, as they reduce the amount of steam produced.
Checking the Measurements
Before purchasing your new low-flow showerhead, check the math. New regulations stipulate that showerheads cannot have a flow rate that exceeds 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). This means that a low-flow showerhead should have a lower flow rate than 2.5 gpm.
If it’s time to replace your showerhead or faucets with low-flow fixtures, call the team at All Plumbing, Inc. We’ve been providing high-quality plumbing services at competitive rates in northern Virginia since 1970. For plumbing services in Arlington, VA, call (703) 525-7973.
The water main is the primary pipe that delivers clean, usable water to a home from the community water source. Although water mains are fairly durable, they are subjected to significant pressures and corrosive elements, which can cause damage over time. If you’ve noticed problems with your plumbing, such as a possible water main break, call a plumber right away to discuss your options for fixing it.
Anything that’s constantly exposed to moisture will become corroded over time. Older pipes in particular are susceptible to corrosion because these aren’t lined with cement. Because the corrosion of certain materials is inevitable, water mains have a limited lifespan.
Perhaps surprisingly, one of the major causes of water main damage doesn’t have anything to do with the material of the pipe. Soil shifts over time, and this can affect the stability of any structures built on top of it. As an example, an older building is at risk of foundation damage because the shifting soil underneath it will also shift the structure itself. The same is true of pipes placed underground, such as water mains.
You may have already heard that tree roots are a major cause of sewer line failures. Tree roots can also damage water main lines, causing more headaches for homeowners. Trees will naturally send out their roots in search of moisture. Water main lines are a tempting target for them. Roots can wrap around the pipe and eventually work their way inside. Plumbers often find partial and complete obstructions in water mains due to roots.
It isn’t necessary to live in the north to experience frost heaves. During the winter in Virginia, the overnight temperatures often dip below freezing. This is cold enough to create frost heaves. The contraction and expansion of the ground places pressure on the pipes, and eventually, it can cause a rupture.
Water main repairs are just one of the many services you’ll find at All Plumbing, Inc. Our team of highly trained and experienced plumbers in Arlington, VA is committed to delivering excellent customer service with a friendly smile. Give us a call today at (703) 525-7973.
Water is a precious natural resource, and so many people don’t have reliable access to clean water. From the water crisis in Flint, Michigan to longstanding problems in developing countries, you can easily see the crucial importance of clean water in daily life. The accompanying public service announcement urges viewers not to take clean water for granted.
When you watch it, you’ll learn that you could waste up to four gallons of water every time you leave the faucet on while brushing your teeth. It takes almost no effort to turn off the faucet while you’re brushing, so adopt this important habit today. And remember to get all leaky faucets fixed promptly for even greater water savings.
If you have a leaky faucet and need a plumber’s help in Arlington, VA, you can rely on the trusted team at All Plumbing, Inc. Call (703) 525-7973, and we’ll send a plumbing contractor out to your home promptly.
All Plumbing, Inc. is a licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing company located in Arlington, VA. We’re proud to have won multiple local awards for our excellent customer care, and our residential plumbing services are second to none. Our experienced plumbers are available around the clock to respond to plumbing emergencies, such as sewer main clogs, overflowing toilets, and leaky pipes.
Our plumbers are also available to provide routine maintenance and upgrade services. If you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom or kitchen, you can rely on our company to provide recommendations and expert installation of plumbing fixtures. Our plumbers also install and repair water heaters, gas lines, sump pumps, and sewer mains. We invest in the latest technology because offering the best to our customers matters to us. Trenchless pipe repair, video camera inspections, and hydro-jetting are just a few examples of our cutting-edge services.
You can call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 to request a service visit at your home in northern Virginia. We also provide plumbing services to commercial clients.
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.
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.
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