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

What to Do When Your Toilet Overflows

Monday, January 15th, 2024
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It is so easy to panic when you’re faced with a plumbing emergency. And an overflowing toilet is about as panic-inducing as a plumbing emergency gets! Not only do you have no idea what to do, you’re also vividly aware that germ-infested water is spreading pathogens across your bathroom, and the problem is getting bigger by the second!

Panic can easily make a problem bigger, or make it take longer to come up with a solution. So it’s the last thing you want to do in a challenging situation. How can you avoid panicking when your toilet overflows? By knowing ahead of time what you’ll need to do. Let us arm you with some knowledge.

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Top Signs You’ve Got a Hidden Plumbing Leak

Monday, November 20th, 2023
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If water is spraying out from under your sink, there’s no doubt: you’ve got a plumbing leak. But with so much of your plumbing system out of sight, and with many plumbing leaks starting with a trickle and not a dramatic spray, a problem can be tricky to spot. 

How can you tell there’s a plumbing leak happening in a hidden area? Keep an eye out for these signs so you can get leaks repaired and avoid major water damage.

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Why We Use Trenchless Technology

Monday, September 11th, 2023
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In the past, any problems with the water main leading to a house or the sewer line leading away from a house meant major damage would be inflicted on the lawn. Since it was easy to know that there was a problem but impossible to know exactly where the problem was located, long trenches had to be dug to expose the entirety of the pipe in question.

But those days are over! Today, we use trenchless technology. This means your lawn will remain undisturbed when your sewer line or water main requires repair.

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When to Schedule a Video Inspection for Your Drain

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
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Did you know that it’s not just spies in the movies using tiny cameras on long lines these days? Plumbers are doing it, too! You might hear it referred to as video pipe inspection or video drain inspection. We can even take a look as far down as the sewer line that carries all your wastewater away from your home.

Why do people need their drains inspected with video cameras? What circumstances would indicate that you should have it done?

Here are some details on how to know if video drain inspection is just the thing your plumbing needs.

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3 Signs You Need to Replace Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, April 24th, 2023
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A garbage disposal in your kitchen sink can be such a handy thing to have. It streamlines the process of washing the dishes, and can keep food waste from stinking up your trash can and thus your whole kitchen. But what if your garbage disposal is becoming more trouble than it’s worth? Can it be repaired? Or is it time to have your garbage disposal replaced? Here are some key points to help you figure that out.

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Tips for Inspecting Your Sump Pump

Monday, February 13th, 2023
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If you have a sump pump, it has probably saved your behind—or at least your basement—on multiple occasions. Anyone who has cleaned up after water damage knows just how important it is to avoid having that happen again. Just knowing you have a sump pump at the ready can be extremely reassuring. But like any piece of machinery, sump pumps do encounter problems from time to time.

It might not feel like it, but spring is not too far away, and that’s the time of year when snowmelt and flooding make it most likely that your sump pump will have a lot of work to do. How can you be sure that your sump pump is in good working order and ready for whatever water comes its way?

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How Do Plumbers Locate Hidden Leaks?

Monday, November 21st, 2022
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When you hear the words plumbing leak, you probably imagine something dramatic and obvious, like water spraying from a broken pipe under your kitchen sink.

However, not all plumbing leaks occur in easily visible locations, and they don’t always cause sudden gushes. Sometimes, a leak happens behind your walls, under your floors, or even under the concrete slab of your home’s foundation. This may seem like an impossible situation. But take heart! Plumbers have some high-tech equipment that helps them pinpoint the location of leaks so they can be fixed.

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Hydro Jetting: The Drain-Cleaning Power of Water!

Monday, November 7th, 2022
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Perhaps you’ve heard of hydro jetting and want to know more about it. Maybe you’ve struggled with drain snakes or been tempted to use chemical drain-cleaning solutions because of your home’s slow-draining sinks or clogged pipes. Fear not: your problems can be solved with only the power of water!

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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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