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Prevent These Common Plumbing Emergencies for a Stress-Free Home

prevent-common-plumbing-emergenciesNobody wants to deal with a plumbing emergency in their home. And hopefully, you will never have to. So long as you keep on top of plumbing maintenance on a routine basis, and repairs as needed, your plumbing system should serve you well now and for the years to come.

Should you find yourself needing professional plumbing repairs in your Sterling, VA home anyway, however, we are the team to call for prompt service. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about how to prevent some of the most common plumbing emergencies we receive service calls for.

Clogged Drains

Some of the most common causes for drain cleaning in your bathroom are hair, soap scum build up, and even the use of chemical drain cleaners. That’s right, chemical-based store-bought drain cleaners can actually be creating clogs in your plumbing as it builds up along the pipe walls after every use—not to mention they can corrode the pipes over time.

In the kitchen, clogs can be created by potato peels, fibrous vegetables (think celery) that your garbage disposal couldn’t quite break down, and FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease). The best thing you can do to prevent kitchen drain clogs is to be mindful of what you’re putting down them.

Backed-Up Toilet

If you have children, or have guests over with children, then you may already know how susceptible your toilet bowl is to small objects being flushed down it. Not only that, but something as simple as flushing too much toilet paper or even “flushable” wet wipes are enough to back up your toilet. If you question what you’re putting in the toilet, it’s best to put it in the garbage, instead.

Broken Pipes/Flooding

The best way to prevent home flooding from broken pipes is to invest in routine plumbing maintenance. Doing so will allow our team to fully inspect your pipes and make sure they are in good working condition. You should also be mindful of what you put down your drain, as some chemicals have the ability to break down metal and subsequently cause pipe corrosion.

Malfunctioning Well Pump

There are a few different reasons that a well pump can fail. It may be working too hard to do its job, which can happen after years of use but neglected maintenance. Another possible reason is that the components of the well pump are rusty due to the constant exposure to water. While there is nothing you can do to prevent water exposure, you may be able to prevent this problem by having your well pump checked at least once a year.

Overworked Sump Pump

A sump pump is a mechanical device responsible for ridding your basement of excess water to prevent flooding. If you experience consistently heavy rain, however, your sump pump can become overworked and be unable to perform its job. In addition to ensuring you have proper sump pump maintenance done, it’s important that you replace your device if it’s over a decade old.

No Hot Water

Unfortunately, we all know what this means: a failed water heater! This can be the result of some sort of failure with the heating elements, or it could simply be that your demand for hot water has outgrown your current storage tank water heater and it’s time for an upgrade. No matter what your water heater needs are, we can take care of you!

To schedule your plumbing repair and maintenance services with a local business that you can rely on, contact AllTech Services, Inc. today!

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