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Can You Prevent Plumbing Problems?

Monday, April 27th, 2020

closeup-of-sink-p-trap-with-leakWhen it comes to home comfort problems, there are a few that you’re more likely to experience, with plumbing issues being at the top of that list. Yes, they’re inconvenient, and yes, they’re very common. This is particularly true if you live in an older home with as equally old pipes.

Fortunately, however, there are some steps you can follow to prevent plumbing problems. Investing in routine video pipe inspection, for instance, allows our plumbers to get a close look inside your pipes and make sure that there are no buildups that could lead to obstructions, pinhole leaks, or in the case of your sewer line, even tree root infiltration. Read on as we uncover a few of the most common plumbing problems we get called for, as well as some tips on how to avoid them.

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How NOT to Treat Your Plumbing

Monday, April 13th, 2020

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itDid you know that the #1 plumbing problem plumbers get called for is drain clogs? Just about every homeowner, at some point, has dealt with a clogged up or slow-moving drain. Our professionals manage to unclog drains in homes all the time!

We know it’s tempting to reach for a bottle of store-bought, chemical drain cleaner when this happens. That’s the easiest and quickest solution after all, right? Well—let us give you a different perspective.

Chemical drain cleaners are caustic! Sure, this means they may eat away at your clog enough to restore water flow. But it will be temporary at best and will eat away at and corrode your plumbing at worst. This is exactly how not to treat your plumbing—and down below we’ve shared some other “don’ts” when it comes to how you’re treating those pipes.

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Signs Your Plumbing System Needs Help

Monday, March 30th, 2020

plumber-working-on-pipe-under-sinkThere’s something tricky about plumbing leaks and other problems. They tend to hide really well! They usually happen behind walls and sometimes even under the foundation of your home, in the form of a slab leak. Therefore, they’re pretty undetectable.

Sure, some plumbing issues are obvious, such as a clogged drain or a leaking faucet. You don’t really need to know any “signs” of these since they’ll be apparent.

But for your hidden pipes, a leak or issue can occur and go unnoticed for a long period of time and do some damage in the meantime if you’re not attentive to your plumbing system. For these issues, there are signs you can watch out for. Read on as we uncover some of them.

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Do You Need to Worry about Frozen Pipes?

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

pipe-with-iciclesTo give a quick answer to this question—yes, you should worry about frozen pipes. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it!

Let’s face it: when winter hits, you get consumed with staying warm during the chilly weather we get in our area. As a result, you likely don’t give much thought to your plumbing or how prepared your pipes are for that chilly weather. Unfortunately, as a result, your pipes can freeze, leading eventually to burst pipes—which is where the real problem lies.

Don’t let your plumbing become victim to the cold. Follow these simple tips to keep your plumbing system in great shape this winter.

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Can Treating Hard Water Extend the Life of Your Plumbing System?

Monday, May 13th, 2019

family-standing-over-kitchen-sinkThe short answer to this is, “yes,” but please allow us to explain….

The truth is, there are many water quality problems that can impact not only your plumbing system but your health, too. One of the most common water quality issues we have around here is hard water, though most homeowners aren’t even aware they have a problem!

It’s important, though, that you be aware of what hard water is, what its symptoms are, and what to do about it. Whether hard water is your culprit or some other water quality problem is impacting your home, our team can help you choose and install the right water treatment system for the job.

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“Why Is My Water Heater Knocking?”

Monday, March 18th, 2019

water-heater-tankSometimes, a noise might come from an appliance in your home that makes it obvious there’s a problem—like a screeching sound coming from your AC or heating system. Other times, though a noise can be so faint that you may think you’re imagining it, or think it’s so minor it doesn’t deserve your attention. One of these noises is knocking, coming from your water heater. Also described by some homeowners as a “popping” sound, this isn’t one to be ignored.

A knocking or popping sound coming from your water heater may indicate problems that can accelerate the longer you let them continue. Keep reading to learn more about what this noise might be, and what you should do about it.

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Signs Your Home Needs Repiping

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Clogged drain pipes Smaller pipes. Originally shot for a copper pipe replacing company, but never used. These clogged pipes came out of an old apartment building that was having water drainage issues.Your plumbing system is expansive, making its way through your home to your bathrooms, kitchen, garage, and more. Most of the pipes snaking through your property are hidden from view. Of course, this means that when you have a plumbing problem, it can be hard to detect. If you suspect you have a plumbing issue, you can call on a professional Waterford, VA plumber, such as one of the members of our team.

But to know that you have a problem, you first need to know what to look and listen for. There are a number of signs that indicate you may need pipe repair, or even repiping. Sometimes just a partial repiping is needed, but in other cases—and especially in older homes—a whole-house repiping may be recommended. Keep reading to learn more.

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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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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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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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