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Beware These Signs of a Plumbing Leak

Monday, November 26th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationChances are at some time or another you’ve had to deal with a plumbing problem of some kind. One of the most common of those is the ever formidable leak. But what makes them so scary?

Well, there’re a few things. First of all, even if a leak seems “minor,” like a dripping faucet or the like, it can create gallons of wasted water over the course of a year. A “minor” plumbing problem can trick you into thinking it’s not that big of a deal. That is, until you notice the cost of your water usage starting to rise.

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Are Your Pipes Prepared for Winter Weather?

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWhile our temperatures certainly haven’t dropped to the point of freezing yet, we all know how hard winter can hit and the weather can take a turn. If you’re putting off any winter preparation for your home until we progress a bit more into fall, we urge you to reconsider. Particularly when it comes to your Reston, VA plumbing system.

Plumbing systems are not something a whole lot of homeowners think about on a routine basis. This is especially true for plumbing problems, such as frozen pipes. However, frozen pipes occur in enough homes for it to be worth preparing your pipes. Remember, even just a couple consecutive days of below 30°F weather can result in frozen pipes, which leads to burst pipes. Can you avoid this?

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Suspect a Leak? Here’s What to Do

Monday, August 20th, 2018

homeowner on phone inspecting leak underneath sinkA leak is quite easily one of the biggest enemies to plumbing systems everywhere. But what makes a leak such a feared antagonist? Well, there are a number of factors at play here. First off, even those leaks you may consider “minor,” like dripping faucets, can waste gallons of water throughout the months. These small leaks trick you into thinking they aren’t a big deal, and then the cost of your water use starts to add up.

Bigger leaks waste water too, of course, and can also do extensive damage to your property. These leaks can happen behind walls or even beneath your flooring. In fact, most leaks are hidden, so they can do a lot of damage before you even notice them. Since so much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and since leaks can happen anywhere there is a pipe, it is essential you know how to spot trouble. Once you suspect a leak, you’ll want to get in touch with a professional plumber. But, how do you check?

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How to Avoid Plumbing Catastrophes

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.The plumbing system within your home is vast and complex, connecting a number of different appliances via yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems that you rely on daily, but probably don’t think very much about.

As such, it can be hard to keep in good shape! However, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your plumbing system serves you as best as it can for the years to come. Read on for some tips from our professional Fairfax, VA plumbers on how to take great care of your plumbing system, and ultimately reduce your risk of facing a plumbing catastrophe.

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Are You Treating Your Kitchen Plumbing Well?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.When it comes to the various systems and components of your home, your plumbing system is probably not one you think about a whole lot—that is, until something goes wrong. Our Sterling, VA plumbers would like to help you avoid that altogether. We can do this by performing routine maintenance for your plumbing system (once a year is best), but there are other things you can do to make sure you’re treating your plumbing system well and helping it last longer without the need for costly repairs.

Today, we’re going to talk about your kitchen plumbing. In particular, the sink. You might be one of those fortunate homeowners who have a garbage disposal system installed with their kitchen sink. This means you don’t have to deal with the stinky pile-up that can accumulate in your trash can, as most of your food scraps can go right down the drain. But, can anything go down your kitchen sink drain?

Well, no.

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How to Help Your Plumbing System Last Longer

Monday, May 28th, 2018

plumber working on plumbing system under sinkThe plumbing system of your home is an expansive and complex network of appliances and fixtures, all linked up with yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems that you probably take for granted, but you definitely notice when something goes wrong with it, (Drain clog, anyone?)

There are, however, a variety of things you can do to ensure that your plumbing system serves you well for the years to come. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your plumbing system in good condition for as long as possible.

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Follow These Tips to Prevent Plumbing Problems

Monday, April 30th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around itIt can be difficult to keep your plumbing system in good shape over the years. After all, it’s mostly hidden from view, and most of the problems that can develop with your plumbing system won’t give off any warning signs unless they’ve been around for a while already.

Your pipes won’t last forever, even under the best circumstances. If you follow the tips below, however, you can at least ensure that they will last as long as possible. And remember, when you do need assistance, you needn’t look any further than our team to find a highly trained, professional plumber in Fairfax, VA.

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No, Your Pipes Shouldn’t Be Knocking

Monday, March 5th, 2018

two copper pipes running parallel to each otherHave you ever been drifting off to sleep only to have the quiet interrupted by a soft but persistent knocking sound that seems to be coming from your walls? Don’t worry—your house isn’t haunted … probably. But that doesn’t mean this is a problem to be ignored, though it may seem easy to do so at first. The thing is, this noise will grow with each night until it will eventually start keeping you awake. At least, this is the case with knocking pipes.

If you suspect you have knocking pipes, it’s important to get a Waterford, VA plumber in to do a thorough check of your plumbing system. Addressing problems as soon as they arise is essential to preventing larger emergencies later on down the line. But why would your pipes experience this phenomenon in the first place?

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Why Do You Need a Plumbing Pro to Install Gas Lines?

Monday, February 19th, 2018

female homeowner greeting plumber at front doorWe’re betting that when you hear the term “professional plumber” you probably don’t imagine someone who can install and service gas lines. After all, plumbers are those who work with piping that carries water and sewage right? Services include things like repairing faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, and installing new Sterling, VA plumbing fixtures.

That’s all true, but yes, plumbing professionals also install and service gas lines. In fact, this is a very important part of our job, and one you should only trust to highly trained and experienced plumbers such as our team. You can rely on us to handle any gas piping job, big or small.

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Hydro-Jetting: The Answer to Stubborn Clogs

Monday, February 5th, 2018

woman showing plumber what's wrong with her drain pipeWe want to start this off by saying, even if your drain clog isn’t “stubborn,” it’s never a good idea to use store-bought liquid drain cleaners to resolve the issue. Sure, you’ve probably used it in the past and had “success,” but that success may have meant relieving the clog for a few months until it came back again—and you had to buy more drain cleaner!

In fact, some of these store-bought solutions even state in the instructions that you may have to use them again. That’s because they don’t actually remove the clog. They break through it so water flow gets back to an acceptable level for a while. But then the clog builds back up. What’s worse, these solutions contain corrosive chemicals, and persistent use is going to lead to Sterling, VA plumbing problems down the line.

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