You may not realize just how much you depend on your hot water heater, until yours develops a problem. When you can’t get the hot water you need, it can be surprisingly disruptive to your everyday life, but you can reduce the odds that you’ll get caught unexpectedly by sticking to a careful regime of hot water heater maintenance. Water heater repair and maintenance is something that your plumber can perform periodically, and there are also things you can do between service calls to ensure that your system stays in the best possible condition.
Drain the Tank
Over time, sediment accumulates in your hot water heater tank, thanks to the mineral content of the water it holds. As it builds up, it can decrease the efficiency of your tank, and in some cases, it can lead to poor water quality. Draining your tank periodically will flush out the sediment so that you don’t risk any loss of functioning. Your plumber can handle this task for you during a maintenance appointment.
Tweak Your Temperature Setting
Often, cranking your hot water heater up to the maximum temperature is not the most efficient way to use it. Many people can get the hot water they need by reducing their current temperature by 10 degrees, or even more. Lowering the temperature can lead to serious energy savings, plus, it can extend the life of your hot water heater by not making it work as hard.
Ask About Insulation
New hot water heater tanks have more insulation than ever before, which improves their energy efficiency, but older models can benefit from added insulation. Ask your plumber if you should wrap your water heater tank in an insulated blanket or insulation for the pipes. When used correctly, insulation can help to reduce your energy costs and keep your hot water hot for longer.
All Plumbing, Inc. provides expert water heater repairs and maintenance as well as new water heater insulation. Schedule an appointment with a plumber in Arlington, VA, today for maintenance by calling (703) 525-7973.
Winter weather can be a significant problem for your sewer lines, especially if your pipes are more than 30 years old. Freezing temperatures and cold soil can lead to breaks in pipes and can even cause them to burst, which can be more challenging to fix during winter when the soil may be freezing. The best way to reduce your chances of experiencing problems with your sewer pipes during winter is to have your plumber perform a pre-winter check of your system. Here are some of the reasons you should consider having pre-winter sewer line maintenance.
Find Small Problems in Early Stages
Often, by the time you discover that you have a problem with your sewer line, the damage has become severe enough to require major repairs. With a check of the system, your plumber can identify small issues that aren’t causing any obvious symptoms yet, and repair them before they become disruptive and costly. Regular plumbing maintenance is generally important for this reason. Finding problems with your plumbing early can save you a significant amount of time and money.
It’s common for leaks to develop in pipes during the summer months, since heat makes them expand and crack. Even a very minor crack and leak can cause major problems during the winter months. During winter, cold temperatures make pipes contract. When this occurs, the existing leaks can become dramatically larger, as the contraction of the pipe can cause further damage to the already distressed area and may ultimately cause the pipe to burst. Furthermore, leaks can drive up your water bill and waste a large amount of water.
Perform Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance procedures, including video inspections and hydro-jetting, will help to ensure that your plumbing stays in top condition. As the result of preventative maintenance, your sewer pipes will be ready to handle the pressure of winter weather.
Are your pipes ready for cold weather? Call All Plumbing, Inc. to schedule an appointment for preventive maintenance, and allow our plumbers in Arlington, VA, help you fight winter pipe damage. Talk to one of our team members today by calling (703) 525-7973.
At All Plumbing, Inc., we understand the unique needs of our commercial customers. Our plumbing professionals handle a wide range of repairs, replacements, and installations with the fast service and attention to detail that commercial customers need, so that they can focus on providing service to their own customers. From emergency plumbing service to the planning and construction of new plumbing systems, our team is always on call for your commercial plumbing needs.
We work with a number of different commercial clients with varying requirements, including restaurants, hotels, schools, apartment complexes, and medical offices. We understand the disruption to your business during plumbing repairs can be costly for your business, so we focus on getting the job done right the first time. Discuss your needs with our team to see how we can ensure you always get the plumbing services that are right for your business.
You can find out about affordable commercial plumbing services in Arlington, VA by calling All Plumbing, Inc. Call (703) 525-7973 to talk to a team member today.
If you have ever run out of hot water in the middle of a shower, then you know about the limits of traditional, tank-based water heaters. If you are frequently running out of hot water, your plumber may recommend that you switch to a tankless water heater instead.
Watch this video to learn about how tankless water heaters work. They provide hot water on demand, rather than heating a specific amount and storing it in a tank. As a result, they can alleviate any worries you have about insufficient hot water supplies.
If you’re considering getting a tankless water heater in Arlington, VA, call All Plumbing, Inc. to see if going tankless is right for your home. Talk to one of our plumbers today by calling (703) 525-7973.
Damaged sewer mains are a serious headache for homeowners. Fortunately, fixing them is no longer as disruptive and costly as it used to be, thanks to video camera inspections and trenchless sewer repairs. Using these techniques, your plumber can locate the source of the problem with your sewer main and repair or replace it without digging up your lawn and driveway. What causes damage to sewer lines in the first place? Here is a look at some common causes.
Roots are frequently the culprits when sewer mains fail. Over time, roots can grow into the sewer main, causing cracks in the pipes. They can even breach pipes and grow through them completely. The older the trees are on your property, the more likely this is to happen, as root structures can grow many times wider than spread the of tree branch structure. When you are planting new trees on your property, make sure you plant them far enough away from your sewer main that they are unlikely to cause issues.
Eventually, all sewer main lines will need to be replaced. As pipes age, they start to crack and become weak, causing them to leak. How long your pipes last depends on what they are made of and whether they were installed correctly. The typical life expectancy of sewer lines is between 50 to 100 years, but lines can fail much sooner. Many plumbers replace sewer lines with PVC pipes today, which are expected to last for more than 100 years.
Offsets occur when the joints where two pieces of pipes meet are no longer properly aligned. Offsets allow debris in the pipe to build up and eventually cause a blockage. There are many different things that can cause an offset, including the settling of soil around the pipe.
If you are noticing any warning signs that your sewer main could be failing, call All Plumbing, Inc. Our plumbers can use camera inspections to pinpoint the cause and trenchless technology to make repairs. To schedule a service call with a plumber in Arlington, VA, call (703) 525-7973.
If your water or sewer main line needs to be repaired, you will be relieved to know that the process is much easier—and less expensive—than it used to be. In the past, plumbers had to dig up your lawn, driveway, sidewalk, or any other part of your exterior space that housed your pipes. Once the main line was repaired, you would then be left with the expense of restoring things to normal. Fortunately, trenchless repairs have changed things for homeowners. Here is a look at how trenchless repairs are saving homeowners money.
With trenchless repairs, instead of digging up your yard or busting the concrete or asphalt of your driveway to expose the entire mainline, your plumber only needs to dig one to two access holes. This strategy can save homeowners thousands of dollars. After repairs are made, there will be no need to have your lawn re-landscaped, new grass planted, or driveway or sidewalk repairs performed. Removing this expense is a game changer for homeowners who no longer have to put off having repairs made because they can’t afford to restore their property to normal afterwards.
Trenchless mainline repairs can be performed much faster than the old way of digging up pipes. Your plumbers will have less labor to perform when you get trenchless repairs, so the overall cost of the job is much lower. With trenchless repairs, jobs that would have required weeks of labor in the past can be completed in a just a few days. Small jobs can often be done in a single day.
The pipe material used in trenchless repairs is cured in place and free of joints, allowing it to outlast other kinds of materials used for main lines. As a result, you will have fewer problems with your pipes that require repairs and your pipes can last significantly longer before they need to be replaced.
All Plumbing, Inc. uses trenchless main repair to make the process easy and affordable for our customers. You can learn more about all of our affordable plumbing services in Arlington, VA by calling (703) 525-7973.
If you want to reduce your water consumption, one thing you may consider is asking your plumber to install a low-flow showerhead, but is it really possible to save a meaningful amount of water simply by reducing the flow from your showerhead?
This video offers an eye-opening look at the dramatic reduction in water consumption you can get from lowering your water flow. If your plumber installs a low-flow showerhead, you could save nine gallons of water in just 12 minutes. Over the course of multiple showers, that reduction is significant.
If you’re interested in a low-flow showerhead, contact All Plumbing, Inc. Our plumbers in Arlington, VA, offer a long list of plumbing services, from shower repairs to drain cleaning. Schedule a service call today by dialing (703) 525-7973.
If you suspect that you could have a problem with your sewer line, it’s important to call your plumber right away. With new techniques for sewer line repairs, it is possible to inspect and fix your line with much less expense and disruption than in the past, and ignoring the problem could allow costly damage to occur.
If you ignore the signs of problems with your sewer line, then you could experience wastewater backing up into your toilet and backups in other plumbing fixtures, such as your tubs and sinks. A damaged sewer line can also allow wastewater to spill into your yard, creating a toxic mess that will be very expensive to clean. If your plumber detects a problem, he or she can perform trenchless sewer line repair to restore your plumbing to normal before it can cause damage to your home or landscaping.
When you’re experiencing potential sewer line problems, schedule an appointment with All Plumbing, Inc. for an inspection. To learn more about sewer line repairs in Arlington, VA, please call (703) 525-7973.
Water line failures can cause flooding in your home and yard, and they can even destroy the foundation of your house. Before water lines actually fail, call your plumber if you notice any signs of problems. If your plumber can perform water line repairs before a complete failure happens, you could avoid more costly damage. What exactly makes lines fail in the first place? Here is what you need to know.
Tree roots are notorious for damaging water lines. Over time, roots grow and spread, and they can easily enter the spaces where your water and sewer lines are laid. Initially, the roots may put pressure on the line and restrict water flow, but eventually, they can completely puncture the pipe, causing it to burst. Water lines are especially vulnerable to damage from tree roots when they are old and beginning to deteriorate from wear and tear.
You may think that your water lines are safe from pests because they are underground, but in reality, rodents and other pests are responsible for a large number of water line failures. Gophers, moles, rats, and beavers have all been known to damage water lines, so if you notice you have any of these invaders on your property, call a pest control company to protect your pipes.
The soil around your home can shift in response to a number of different factors, including erosion and changes to your landscaping. These shifts can put additional pressure on your water lines that can weaken them and eventually cause them to fail. Keep an eye out for erosion around your house.
Don’t let a water line failure put your property in jeopardy. All Plumbing, Inc. offers water line repair services in Arlington, VA, using hydro-jetting technology to repair your pipes while preserving your landscaping. If you’re concerned about the state of your water lines or need other plumbing services, please call (703) 525-7973.
Sometimes, your plumber can clear clogged drains and pipes with a snake, but in other cases, the clog is simply too hard to reach. With hydro-jetting , your plumber can clean these stubborn drains without the need for digging up your pipes to access the problem area. This effective solution can prevent the damage associated with untreated clogs without the additional costs of extensive excavation of your lawn. If your plumber recommends hydro-jetting for your repair needs, here is a look at what you can expect.
In most cases, hydro-jetting starts with a visual inspection of your pipes using a video camera. Your plumber will use a camera that is attached to a hose and feed it into an entry spot on the pipe. He or she will use the hose to snake the camera deeper into the pipe until he or she locates the location of the clog. This video inspection lets your plumber see exactly what is causing the blockage and determine if there are any parts of your pipe that may need special attention. For instance, your plumber may notice a point at which your pipe has a crack that should be avoided during hydro-jetting.
At this point, the hydro-jetting can begin. Your plumber will feed the hydro-jet into your clogged pipes, usually through the access pipe outside your home. He or she will then blast water through the pipe at high pressure to dislodge any clogs and buildup that is present. The pressure of the water is powerful enough to dislodge nearly all clogs that are causing slow draining in your home.
If necessary, once the main water line has been treated, each drain in your home may be hydro-jetted at a lower pressure to clear any residual buildup that is present. This should remove any debris that made its way to your drains during the water line cleaning and allow water to flow smoothly.
To learn more about how hydro-jetting can help keep your plumbing in top condition, call All Plumbing, Inc. We offer a wide range of plumbing services in Arlington, VA , from hydro-jetting to emergency plumbing. Talk to one of our team members today by calling (703) 525-7973.