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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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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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Can Plumbing Problems Be Prevented?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.Your Ashburn, VA plumbing system is a complex one, snaking beneath your property and behind your walls, mostly hidden from view and linked together by yards of piping. It’s one of those systems that you rely on the most in your daily life, but also one of those that is easy to take for granted and difficult to keep in good shape if you don’t take the proper steps.

There are a number of things you can do to keep your plumbing system in good condition, and therefore prevent plumbing problems. Take a look at our tips below on how you can do this.

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Signs of a Water Heater in Disrepair

Monday, December 11th, 2017

white question mark on blue backgroundAs we creep closer and closer to winter, many homeowners throughout the country are taking steps to prepare their homes. From insulating pipes against colder temperatures to ensuring that your heater is ready for the long winter ahead, you probably feel pretty confident that you are ready.

There is one system, however, that often gets taken for granted and thus forgotten, no matter what time of the year it is. It’s your water heater. Used every day, your water heater is designed to last for many years. However, no system lasts forever, and it’s essential that you be aware of signs that yours might need repairs, or may even be ready for replacement.

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When Is a Plumbing Problem an Emergency?

Monday, September 4th, 2017

female homeowner with rubber gloves inspecting under sink plumbingWhen a plumbing problem occurs, especially if it’s late at night or during the weekend, your first reaction is likely that you’ll need to call for emergency repairs. Sometimes, this does prove necessary. However, in other cases, the issue can actually wait, and therefore you can avoid paying more than you might have had to otherwise.

When assessing the situation with your plumbing in Gainesville, VA and determining if it is, in fact, an emergency, consider this:

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