Does your tub, shower, or sink drain too slowly? Slow drains can eventually lead to a complete clog. And if you’ve ever had a sudden plumbing problem occur in your home, you know how unpleasant they can be … especially when they happen at the worst possible time, like a holiday weekend, or when you have houseguests. The best way to keep your pipes draining properly and avoid the need for emergency measures is to have your drains cleaned regularly by trustworthy northern Virginia plumbing professionals.
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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.
If there’s anything in your home that probably gets taken for granted, it’s the plumbing system. You rely on it every day: the sinks to give you drinking water, the water heater for hot showers and washing clothes, the kitchen sink to wash dishes, the bathrooms for hygiene, etc. But you don’t really think about the water heater until something goes wrong with it, right?
Fortunately, if something does go wrong with your plumbing system, you needn’t look far for help. We’ll be there ASAP! It’s also important to know that there are steps you can take to prevent plumbing system problems by treating it the right way.
There are some things that are staples in American homes that household members hope they’ll never need—but when they do need them, they’re grateful they have them. Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, whole-house generators, fire extinguishers … these are just a few! And up there at the top of the list is the sump pump, essential in preventing water damage due to flooding that can come from stormy weather or even a plumbing mishap.
Of course, even though you hope you’ll never need it, this doesn’t mean you can ignore the sump pump. A sump pump should be tested at least once a season, and ideally after every time it gets used. Standing water within a crawlspace or basement is a major problem. It can severely damage the foundation of your home, rotting away wood and creating other hazards. For instance, it can raise the humidity level and encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
So testing the sump pump to make sure it’s always ready is essential to protecting your property. But how do you do this? Read on!
Sump pumps are a staple item in our area during the stormy season. They help prevent water infiltration into homes due to flooding or a plumbing pipe burst, working automatically as they gather excess water in a pit (the sump) and pump it out into either your wastewater system or a well.
Homes throughout Ashburn and beyond often have crawlspaces and basements. And when these areas suffer from flooding, it can lead to severe property damage and unhealthy mold and bacteria growth. The last thing you need to worry about is replacing drywall and wood support beams or even replacing appliances you keep down in the basement when you have poor weather. We recommend not only having a sump pump, but keeping it in good shape, too. How? By testing it to make sure it works.
Without the right equipment and know-how, it can be hard to detect a plumbing problem. Most of your plumbing system, after all, is hidden from view, and the problems that occur start off subtly. This is a huge part of the reason we recommend scheduling preventing maintenance at least once a year.
It’s also a good idea for homeowners to familiarize themselves with the warning signs that their plumbing system is showing signs that something is amiss. This way, if a problem happens between maintenance sessions, you can spot it and call for professional repairs right away. Keep reading to learn more about these signs.
Okay, so Fall just started—why are we already talking about winter? Well, because this subject is important, and the further ahead you can plan, the better! Once temperatures drop to a point where they can easily reach below freezing, your pipes are susceptible to problems. Sure, this doesn’t seem like a problem right now, but if you’re in the middle of January and all of the sudden find yourself with a plumbing disaster by way of a burst pipe, it would be unfortunate that you could have taken precautionary measures.
And that’s what are post is for today. To help you take measures to ensure that frozen and subsequently burst pipes won’t become a problem in your home. We’d like to warn you now so that it won’t even be a concern later when winter comes. So, what can you do to protect your pipes?
The title of this blog post might surprise you… since traditionally a plumber is someone people think of as working on pipes that carry water and sewage. A professional plumber is someone who does installation and repair work on faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, sewer lines, and anything else that has to do with your home’s water supply, right?
Well, yes—but installing gas pipes is another very important part of professional plumbing services (though, not all plumbers are licensed for such work!)
While 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?
A 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?