Sump Pump Installation and Repair
The last thing you want to deal with is a broken sump pump. This simple yet effective system helps keep your basement or crawlspace dry and free of mold, mildew, and other potentially damaging issues caused by excess moisture. It pumps out the water that accumulates in the pit of your basement or crawlspace and redirects it away from your home. When you spot signs of issues with your sump pump, you need prompt help from a professional before the problem gets worse. Our professional plumbing services in Northern Virginia include comprehensive assistance with sump pumps, including repairs and installation, to prevent flooding during heavy rain or snow.
Checking the float, testing the check valve, and cleaning the sump pit are just a few diagnostic checks we will complete to see if your sump pump needs to be repaired or replaced. We will also typically recommend that you have a backup battery for your sump pump. That way, your sump pump will not fail during an extended power outage.
Leak Detection and Repair
Water leaks can occur from burst pipes, damaged appliances, or sump pump issues, and the damage can be costly if left unattended. Structural damage, mold and mildew growth, fires (caused by short-circuiting electrical elements), and safety hazards are just a few of the potential consequences of ignoring a leak for too long. Our leak detection services include preventative solutions to help catch leaks early so you can avoid serious water damage.
Drain Cleaning and Repair
Clogged drains often indicate that your drains need to be professionally cleaned. If your sinks, tubs, or toilets clog repeatedly, call our team for comprehensive drain cleaning. We use the latest tools and technology that will not harm your plumbing and will keep your tubs, showers, and sinks free from slow drainage.
Our drain cleaning services include:
- Hydro jetting
- Tub and shower drain cleaning
- Toilet unclogging
- Snaking the drain
- Video camera inspection of piping
- Sewer unclogging
- Main drain cleaning
While you may be tempted to try a DIY drain cleaning solution like a chemical drain cleaner, these products tend to cause more problems than they solve. The chemicals contained in these products are often caustic and can corrode metal pipes over time. Chemical drain cleaners can also produce toxic fumes, which are dangerous when inhaled in an enclosed space such as a basement or bathroom without proper ventilation. These fumes can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation and have been linked to respiratory problems. Even worse, these products may not even solve your clogged pipe problem, as they are not effective in addressing certain types of blockages. Avoid these issues by hiring one of our professional plumbers to resolve your clogged drains.
Water Heater Repair
All water heaters need maintenance and the occasional repair to ensure they last and work efficiently. One of the most common issues water heaters may experience is sediment buildup in the water tank, which leads to decreased efficiency and increased energy costs. This occurs when minerals from hard water accumulate at the bottom of the tank, forming a thick layer that affects the tank’s ability to heat properly. This can lead to premature failure of the heater or even catastrophic failure if left unchecked.
Another frequently seen issue is rust appearing inside the tank, which also reduces efficiency and increases energy costs. Rust appears when air enters through cracks or joints in the tank which causes parts like screws or bolts to corrode over time.
Inadequate insulation is another problem that can lead to increased energy consumption and slower recovery times after use. Poor insulation around the outside of the tank traps heat within it and makes it harder for it to reach desired temperatures quickly. Poor insulation also allows cold air from outside sources to enter the tank and cool down its contents, increasing recovery times dramatically.
Our professional plumbing services in Northern Virginia include expert assistance with these and other problems. Our technicians are licensed and experienced with all types of water heaters, including tankless models.
If your home has a private well system, we can take steps to ensure it stays in good shape. If you are dealing with bacterial contamination, mineral buildup, low-pressure delivery, or outright pump failure, we can quickly implement a lasting solution that protects your access to a consistent water source.
Our well system services include:
- Water well line repairs
- Water and sewer line repair and replacement
- Pull and replace well pump
- Well pump installation
M.E. Flow also offers commercial plumbing services. Our technicians have specialized training to service plumbing in commercial facilities, from retail and healthcare to warehouses and industrial factories. We also partner with property management services to ensure consistent and reliable plumbing for commercial housing. It is our privilege to serve our community’s local businesses, and we encourage you to make us your dependable partner for all of your commercial plumbing needs.
How Frequently Does My Home Need Plumbing Maintenance?
Plumbing maintenance is an important part of home ownership. Investing in regular maintenance helps keep pipes, fixtures, and appliances in good working order and prevent larger, more costly problems from arising. Most plumbing systems should be inspected and maintained on an annual basis, though older piping and fixtures may need more frequent attention. During an inspection, our professional plumbers can check for any signs of leaks or blockages in your pipes, examine your water heater to make sure it is performing optimally, and inspect other components like faucets and showers to ensure proper functionality.
What Is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?
A plumbing emergency describes any problem with your plumbing system that poses a risk to your health and safety and/or requires immediate repairs to prevent further damage. Common examples of plumbing emergencies include burst pipes, sewage backups, overflowing toilets, flooding from broken sump pumps, gas leaks, or a lack of hot water.
If you suspect you may have a plumbing emergency on your hands, it is in your best interest to act fast and request our professional plumbing services in Northern Virginia. We offer same-day service and weekend appointments, so we will be ready when you need us.
Is Low Water Pressure a Sign of a Larger Plumbing Problem?
In addition to being a major inconvenience, low water pressure can often signal more serious plumbing issues, such as mineral buildup in pipes or tanks, problems with the water main, leaky pipes, or even pump failure. Mineral buildup occurs when hard water collects in the pipes and forms a thick layer which affects the flow of water to fixtures. This is especially common in older homes with aging galvanized steel pipes.
Problems with the water main can also affect water pressure, as it is responsible for supplying water to all fixtures in a home. Any breaks or blockages will reduce flow rates. Leaky pipes are another source of low pressure because they allow some water to escape before it reaches its intended destination, decreasing the overall flow rate throughout the home.
Pump failure is an issue that is especially common with private well systems, as inadequate maintenance over time can lead to component deterioration which affects its ability to draw up enough water from underground sources. Low pressure can also be caused by other issues, such as air pockets trapped in plumbing lines or malfunctioning valves on appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.
You should not ignore low water pressure or assume the issue will resolve itself. After inspecting your system, our professional plumbers can diagnose and address the root cause of your problem quickly and safely.
How Do I Know If My Pipes Are Leaking?
In some scenarios, a leaking pipe or fixture will be very apparent. In other cases, however, a pipe may be hidden behind your walls and consequently be more difficult to detect. If you notice lower water pressure than normal or observe areas in your home where moisture is accumulating, it could be a sign of a leak in the piping. Other signs include hot spots on floors or walls, discoloration on ceilings and walls, puddles forming near fixtures such as toilets and sinks, mold growth inside or outside of your home, an increase in water bills due to higher consumption than usual, and strange noises coming from pipes when other appliances are not running. We can locate the source of the leak, determine what caused it, and implement a lasting solution.
Why Is My Water Bill Suddenly High?
Your water bill could be unexpectedly high because of a leaky faucet or toilet tank, a running toilet, an appliance such as a washing machine that is not using water efficiently, or some other issue with your plumbing system. Leaks alone can waste hundreds of gallons of water each month which will almost certainly cause a substantial increase in your bill. Our plumbing experts can inspect your home to identify and repair any problems that may be contributing to these increased utility costs. Regular maintenance of your plumbing system can help you prevent costly repairs and surprise increases in your next water bill.
What Can I Do to Prevent Clogged Drains?
Clogged drains can be the result of one of several factors, but there are certain things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a blockage forming. start by avoiding putting grease, food scraps, and other materials down the drain. Coffee grounds, pasta, rice, and eggshells can also easily accumulate in your pipes and eventually cause a blockage. You should also have one of our experienced plumbers inspect your plumbing system on a regular basis to check for potential problems. This can help catch issues before they become disruptive emergencies and save you money in the long run.
Does Your Plumbing Company Offer Financing?
Yes. We believe everyone deserves professional plumbing services in Northern Virginia, which is why we are happy to offer financing options for installations, repairs, replacements, and maintenance. Our plumbing company also offers free estimates, so you will always receive a transparent assessment of what our solutions will cost.