AllTech Services, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Proper Care for Your New Garbage Disposal

Monday, September 12th, 2022
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Perhaps you’ve had a garbage disposal in the past, or perhaps this is the first time you’ve gotten acquainted with one. Either way, now that you have one, it’s the perfect time to learn about how they work, how to keep yours in good shape, and what to do in the event that something does go wrong. 

If you are considering a garbage disposal but haven’t gotten one yet, we’re happy to help with all your garbage disposal installation questions in Northern Virginia.

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What Are the Worst Ways to Use My Plumbing System?

Monday, July 18th, 2022
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In our last blog post, we talked about some of the best things you can do for your plumbing system. While this is often an easy part of your home to take for granted, taking steps such as scheduling plumbing maintenance, treating your garbage disposal the right way, and knowing the signs of drain clogs or leaks will keep your fixtures and appliances in good shape.

If anything goes wrong with your plumbing system, we aren’t very far away—contact us for all your plumbing necessities! In the meantime, read on as we share some of the worst ways to use your plumbing system. Avoiding these will help further keep those pipes in great shape.

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What Are the Best Ways to Use My Plumbing System?

Monday, July 4th, 2022
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If there’s anything in your home that probably gets taken for granted, it’s the plumbing system. You rely on it every day: the sinks to give you drinking water, the water heater for hot showers and washing clothes, the kitchen sink to wash dishes, the bathrooms for hygiene, etc. But you don’t really think about the water heater until something goes wrong with it, right?

Fortunately, if something does go wrong with your plumbing system, you needn’t look far for help. We’ll be there ASAP! It’s also important to know that there are steps you can take to prevent plumbing system problems by treating it the right way.

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What Kind of Service Professional Do I Need for My Gas Lines?

Monday, April 25th, 2022
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If you are in need of any kind of service or repair for your gas lines, you will need to contact a professional. But what kind of service professional should you contact for gas line work? If you answered plumber, you’d be correct.

When you think of a plumber, you may think of someone who works with water pipes to fix sinks, toilets, and other water or sewage-related systems. But the reality is that a plumber is any professional who works on piping systems—and these piping systems include gas lines as well. While gas lines may not be what most people think of when they think of plumbers, a professional plumber is exactly who you need to contact for gas line work. 

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5 Reasons You Might Want to Call an Emergency Plumber

Monday, October 11th, 2021

woman-on-phone-looking-at-leaky-pipe-under-sinkIt might seem like no matter what type of plumbing problem you have, it warrants a call to an emergency plumber. This isn’t always the case, though. Of course we are here for you if you do have a plumbing emergency, but we also know that plumbing problems never happen at a convenient time, and you’d probably like to schedule repairs so you know when to expect a technician at your home. So if you’re looking at something like a leaky faucet or a dripping pipe underneath a sink, then you may want to just turn the water shut-off valve for that particular fixture for now.

Of course, there are other times that you really do have an emergency on your hands. We have five examples of those plumbing problems below. If any of these describe your scenario, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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How to Test Your Sump Pump

Monday, September 27th, 2021

sump-pump-pitThere are some things that are staples in American homes that household members hope they’ll never need—but when they do need them, they’re grateful they have them. Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, whole-house generators, fire extinguishers … these are just a few! And up there at the top of the list is the sump pump, essential in preventing water damage due to flooding that can come from stormy weather or even a plumbing mishap.

Of course, even though you hope you’ll never need it, this doesn’t mean you can ignore the sump pump. A sump pump should be tested at least once a season, and ideally after every time it gets used. Standing water within a crawlspace or basement is a major problem. It can severely damage the foundation of your home, rotting away wood and creating other hazards. For instance, it can raise the humidity level and encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

So testing the sump pump to make sure it’s always ready is essential to protecting your property. But how do you do this? Read on!

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Subtle Signs You May Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, June 21st, 2021

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-itAs a homeowner, we are sure that you must have faced some kind of plumbing issue over the years. When you think of the most expensive plumbing problems, things like burst pipes or other major faults might come to your mind. You would be surprised to learn that “minor leaks” could be some of the most formidable problems you can face.

Minor leaks can make you feel like they are not that big an issue. However, these minor leaks can result in expensive repairs, a substantial increase in water bills, and more. Unfortunately, it is difficult to notice the signs of these leaks until they have already done significant damage.

We have written this post to help you detect the subtle signs you may have a plumbing leak so you can call a plumber in Leesburg, VA, to come in and make the repairs without delay.

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When Is It Time to Call a Plumber?

Monday, April 26th, 2021

pipe-leaking-water-and-homeowner-looking-at-it-while-on-phoneIt can be difficult to determine if your plumbing system is in good shape at any given moment. Most homeowners don’t even think about their plumbing systems much at all, as long as the pipes keep working for them the way they always do. After all, “out of sight, out of mind”! Unfortunately, this is not a great attitude to have with your plumbing system.

At one time or another, your pipes are likely to develop some type of problem, whether it’s a minor leak or clog or something worse. When this does inevitably happen, it’s important that you have it managed quickly, so you can avoid the worst of the damage. Read on to learn about some of the warning signs that your system is in trouble and it’s time to give our team a call.

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Clogged Drains? Here’s When to Call a Plumber

Monday, March 15th, 2021

sink-drain-with-water-flowing-downIf we had to guess, we’d imagine that you don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about the drains in your home, or the rest of your plumbing system for that matter. That is, you don’t think about them until something goes wrong—like a clogged drain.

Sometimes it’s possible to resolve clogged drains on your own. No, we aren’t talking about reaching for that bottle of store-bought chemical drain cleaner you keep under the sink—that’s bad news (more on that in a bit). We’re talking about superficial drain clogs you can relieve with a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease.” Another step you can take if your drain clog results in a smelly drain is to wash a little baking soda and vinegar down with hot water to help alleviate it.

If you’re still experiencing problems after these steps, that’s when it’s time to call us for professional drain cleaning.

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Do You Have a Plumbing Leak? Here’s How to Check

Monday, December 21st, 2020

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIt kind of goes without saying that if you have a leaky pipe in your home that’s in a spot you can’t see or access, it’s a problem. Some plumbing issues do make themselves known fairly quickly, such as a clogged toilet or a dripping faucet. But the pipes tucked away in your home—in your basement, under the sinks, behind the walls—are far less noticeable.

A problem can occur with these pipes and go unnoticed for quite a while, causing problems all that time. If you aren’t attentive, then you could wind up wasting a lot of water, spending extra money, and winding up with property damage. So, how can you tell if you do have a hidden plumbing leak like this? By looking for the following signs:

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