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When DIY Isn’t the Way to Go

With so much information available online, more and more people are searching for ways to save money on labor by completing projects on their own. You can find free advice on what type of paint to buy, how to build a shelf, when to plant your garden and more.

These DIY activities are great for learning new information and skills and for getting things done on your own time. However, there are a few areas within your home where you shouldn’t attempt to do things yourself unless you are professional, and one of them is plumbing.

There are some things that seem like a harmless, easy fix, like replacing a sink faucet or snaking a shower drain. Others could take weeks of research and involve cutting sections of wall out and turning off the water supply. Either way, you should always consult a professional who is experienced and knows what will be best for your home, and is aware of local building codes.

Having running water and working plumbing is essential for every household, and anyone who has experienced frozen pipes during the winter knows what a hassle it can be to go without it for even a few hours. When you embark on a DIY plumbing job, it is probably going to take longer than it would for a professional to do it, and you also run the risk of making a mistake and extending the project’s time frame. It could also mean making the quick fix and having to go back later and spend extra time and money on something that could have been fixed for longer results the first time.

The experts at RLB Services are dedicated to finding and fixing the problem, while keeping you in the know about what is happening. Our experience, expertise, attention to detail, and positive customer feedback provide exactly what you need to get the job done! Give us a call  today to discuss your needs, and let’s get started!

Buying and Selling: What to Look For

The housing market is still hot, and many homeowners are preparing to sell this spring and summer. If you’ve owned your home for a while, you probably have some renovations to take care of before placing your home on the market to sell. If you’re buying, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for these renovations, assessing the quality and build against the price of the home before making an offer.

For those new to buying and selling, making a mental checklist of the areas that may need work can become overwhelming, especially when it comes to plumbing and fixtures like toilets and sinks. Here is our guide to what you should look out for:

  1. Outdated items: If you’ve been living in your home for a while and it still has the same sinks, toilets and showers as it did when it was first built, it may be time to update them! If you’re a buyer, make a note to look closely at these things as well. Not only might older plumbing require more maintenance, it may also not fit your style and stand out against décor.
  2. Damage: Does the toilet handle need jiggling to get it to stop running? Is the sink faucet missing pieces? These are small annoyances to a homeowner, but a big thing to pay attention to when selling or buying. Not addressing damage will cost you later on when a potential buyer catches it, or will cost a buyer more money later on it they don’t spot it.
  3. Consistency: The last thing a buyer wants is an inconsistent installation or flaws from a bad plumber or rushed DIY job. If you’re replacing your plumbing or appliances, consult a professional for the best possible results!

At RLB, our experience, expertise, attention to detail and positive customer feedback provide exactly what you need to feel confident when selling your home. Give us a call today to discuss your needs, and let’s get started!

Set Up Your Annual Review With RLB Services

Have you taken the time to check out the plumbing in your home lately? We encourage homeowners to be as proactive as possible in maintenance on the front end, so they aren’t faced with costly repairs down the road. It is much less expensive to to pay a few preventative costs than to pay for repairs.

Our first recommendation is to set up an annual review with RLB. We’ll come out and check on your home plumbing items and ensure everything is working properly. When you’re ready to set up your appointment, give us a call at 703-330-0400.

In the meantime take a moment to walk through your home looking for leaks. Are your washing machine, dishwasher, and garbage disposal running properly without leaks or hindrances? Are the areas surrounding these machines free of mildew and smells? The presence of either could indicate a leak, and a slow leak now could suddenly become a big problem.

As always, we’re here to keep the plumbing in your home running as smooth as possible!

Get Your Water Heater Serviced This Month

It’s easy to forget how much comfort in our homes relies on a fully functioning hot water heater….until it stops working. Call RLB services for your annual water heater flush so that you won’t be left in the cold this winter! Read on for a bit more information on this important service:

The first question you may have is “Why do I need this”? A water heater flush is a maintenance tool that ensures your unit is running efficiently, has no sediment and is leak free. Taking the time to flush the system each year can keep debris from finding its way into your pipes, and keep your pressure at the best possible level. You may not realize your water heater isn’t running at full capacity until you’ve had it flushed!

When RLB Services performs a water heater service, we check the pressure relief valve and rods, and replace anything that is, or will become, a problem for you. We’ll flush out any sediment, check insulation and search for leaks. You’ll have another year of peace of mind, and a water heater that heats well, with great pressure!

Give us a call at 703-330-0400 to discuss your needs today!

Winter Plumbing Problems And How To Prevent Them

While winters can be unpredictable in our area, you can count on at least a few weeks of freezing temps and the plumbing troubles they bring. Here are some tips to get your home winter-ready before the temperatures drop:

Let’s start with the outside pipes. If you haven’t already, now is the time to disconnect any hoses that may be attached to outdoor faucets. Leaving a hose attached with even a small amount of water inside can lead to freezing, and burst pipes. Taking this simple step now can save a lot of trouble in the future. Take it a step further by purchasing outdoor faucet covers for added insulation.

Next you’ll want to consider the indoor pipes. Do you have pipes in areas of your home the heat doesn’t reach easily? Take steps to insulate these now. You can find materials for this simple process at your local hardware store, or call RLB for assistance.

When an evening arises where the temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, you’ll want to turn faucets to a slow drip. Open all cabinets below sinks in order to allow heat to reach the pipes there. Both measures can help prevent you from waking up to a frozen or busted pipe! We also want to remind you to take these precautions if you’ll be leaving your home for an extended period of time during the winter months.

Lastly, consider your water heater. If you find your water heater isn’t heating the way it should, there are a couple of things you can check. Is the cold finding its way in through cracks in windows, doors or walls? Fixing a draft may be a simple solution. You should also check to see that the water heater temperature is correct. If it isn’t, it might be time to give RLB Services a call.

Preventing damage to your home is our goal, but if you find yourself with a plumbing emergency this winter, or need assistance with winterizing your home, be sure and give us a call. We want your home to be warm AND dry all winter long!

What’s On Your Wish List?

It’s a great time of year to take inventory of your home and see what can be marked off that mental checklist we all tend to keep. The list in the back of our mind of things we would change if we could. Here are some common “wish list” items we’ve been able to provide for customers time and time again. See if any of them are on YOUR list, and give us a call!

I Wish The Sink Didn’t Drip And The Pipes Didn’t Leak
It can be tempting to ignore drips or leaks, but in the long run this could cost you. You’ll want to get the drip or leak fixed in order to save on water costs, as well as to prevent any sort of water damage (especially in the case of a leaky pipe). The fix could be as simple as tightening a few things up, or it could require complete replacement, but we’re happy to come out, assess the situation, and make appropriate recommendations!

I Wish My Toilet Didn’t Keep Running
A toilet that won’t stop running can be frustrating. If it’s not uncommon around your home to hear someone yell “Jiggle the handle!” then you might need to give us a call. Take a look in the tank to be sure the chain isn’t tangled or obstructed, and if that doesn’t seem to be the issue, give us a call.  You’ll save money on your water bill by making the fix now. Not to mention peace of mind!

I wish My Bathtub and Shower Could Be Replaced With A Spa
The value and the beauty that a redesigned bathroom can bring to a home is pretty significant. Not to mention the joy the change can bring. Let RLB Services handle your bathroom remodeling or plumbing project this year!

I Wish We Could Add a Gas Fireplace In Our Bedroom
A gas fireplace can offer both ambience and warmth, while saving on energy costs. A lot of thought and work goes into installing one correctly, so you’ll want to do your homework before starting this process. Bob Beckwith is a certified gas fireplace installer and has knowledge and skills to get the job done correctly.

If you’re looking to improve your home with any of these ideas, give us a call at 703-330-0400. You can also visit our website to see all of the services we offer. You might be surprised what problems RLB can take care of for you!

Take The Scare Out Of Hiring A Plumber

Finding a great plumber you can trust can be a tricky process, but we’re here to make it easier for you. With over 40 years of experience, you can bet we’ve seen it ALL, and are more than equipped to handle whatever needs may arise. Here are some things to look for when hiring a plumber- and rest assured, we pass each test with flying colors.

Years Of Experience
Hiring RLB Services, means hiring Bob’s years of continued education and experience to the job at hand. It means hiring a team of professionals who have continuously applied the same level of attention and service to customer projects over the years.

A company who has been around for a while is likely reputable. Time equals reliability in the home improvement industry. Unfortunately, it’s not difficult for a contractor to rebrand themselves in order to outrun a bad reputation, so be sure and check how long they’ve been in business.

Fully Licensed and Insured
Using an insured plumber is incredibly important as it protects both customer and contractor. The hope is always that a job will be seamless, but hiring a licensed AND insured plumber will save a lot of heartache in the event something goes wrong.

Bob Beckwith is licensed and certified as a Master Plumber, Master HVAC Specialist, Master Hot Water Heating Specialist, NFI Certified Gas Fireplace Specialist and Master Gas Fitter, with over forty years in the industry.

A+ Better Business Bureau Rating
What more can we say about this one? We have the highest rating, and that goes a long way! An A+ rating means our business has met all accreditation requirements, and is known for offering the highest level of service.

Great Reviews
We love working to solve your problems, and the positive feedback from customers is always incredibly rewarding. Check out one of our more recent reviews from John T. (and more at our Yelp page):

“Expert and Efficient Service.  We got great service from RLB on the installation of a hot water heater.  You wouldn’t be able to do better for plumbing or gas fitting.”

Hiring a plumber doesn’t have to be scary! Our experience, expertise, attention to detail, and positive customer feedback provide exactly what you need to make an informed decision you can feel confident about! Give Bob a call today to discuss your needs, and let’s get started! 

Family, Friends, and Hot Water  

With fall on its way, we can’t think of a better time to invest in a tankless water heater.  You’ll be grateful you made the switch as we head into colder months (and family and friends start stopping in for the holidays). Imagine not having to worry about running out of hot water, or waiting for it to get to the right temperature! That can be enough to make the investment worth it, but if you’re still unsure, here are some more benefits of a tankless water heater, installed by RLB services:

Tankless water heaters have a 20 year life expectancy with a 12-15 year limited warranty on the heat exchanger. You can’t beat the peace of mind that comes with longevity.  In addition, tankless systems only heat water when necessary, giving you improved efficiency.

Tankless water heaters are also great at multitasking. In a world where you may need to wash a load of clothes at the same time you’re running the dishwasher or bathing, a machine that can keep up becomes essential.

Tankless water heaters are also great at saving space. A traditional water heater can take up to 15 square feet of space, and can be an eyesore, but tankless is much more aesthetically pleasing while saving you valuable space.

As always, If you have an older system that needs maintenance, we can certainly take care of that for you, and if you’re ready to make the switch to tankless, Bob Beckwith of RLB Services can get you set up. Bob is highly trained in all things tankless water heaters, so put his years of experience and attention to detail to work for you today!

 

Now’s The Time To Consider A Gas Fireplace

As we move out of summer and into the cooler months, it’s a good time to think about gas fireplace installation. It may seem odd to think about fireplaces while the days are still long and the weather’s still hot. However, getting fireplace projects started now means you can have your fireplace finished and ready to go when cold weather arrives. Aside from looking great, and adding value to your home, here are some benefits you can expect from your new fireplace:

Convenience and Savings
It’s a great feeling to push a button for an immediate fire (with a temperature you can control), without needing to carry firewood or clean out a hearth. And on top of that, the heat from this fire will be constant, require very little supervision, and save on energy costs. Gas fireplaces come in a variety of styles and functions, from wall-switch activation to fully customized remote controlled units.

Safety
One of the biggest benefits of a gas fireplace is safety. These are much safer for children and pets, and for homes overall with no sparks to worry about. Additionally there’s no concern of particles or harmful fumes being released into your home. Say goodbye to the smell of woodsmoke on your upholstery and clothing.

As you begin planning for your gas fireplace, it’s important to have a NFI certified gas specialist, such as Bob Beckwith of RLB Services, handle the installation – both for safety and efficiency. Bob has passed rigorous exams to demonstrate expert knowledge in the installation (and repair) of gas fireplaces, so you know the job will be done right. In fact, other companies turn to RLB when they need fireplace expertise.

Call today 703.330.0400 to start the conversation about your new gas fireplace installation.

Call The Experts At RLB Services

Are you having a problem with your plumbing that is driving you crazy? Have you reached out to plumbing professionals only to get the run around – and a plumbing issue that never gets repaired. When you call RLB Services owner, Bob Beckwith, you won’t get the run around.

“I just wanted to tell you how wonderful it has been working with RLB Services over the years. It’s nice to know that when plumbing work is required, it will be done quickly and professionally!” – Tod T.

Bob has been taking care of plumbing issues in homes and in commercial properties for over four decades. This experience and ongoing learning of the new technologies that he embraces, have set RLB Services as the leader in true plumbing repair and installation.  The solution is always within reach, and the customer’s safety and satisfaction is the goal of every job that is trusted to the team at RLB Services.

If you are looking for not only answers to your issue, but also would like to learn more about the how and why this problem may have occurred, Bob Beckwith is the plumbing professional for you. Contact Bob today to learn more about how he can help you.

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RLB Services, Inc.

703-330-0400

7699 Sawmill Ct.

Manassas, VA 20111

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Board for Contractors Tradesmen License #2710 018062

Proudly serving Northern Virginia: Manassas, Prince William County, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas Park, Centreville, Lake Ridge, Fairfax, Burke, Dale City, Oakton, Lorton, Woodbridge, Springfield, Dulles, Vienna, Herndon, Reston and surrounding areas