At Snell Heating & Air, we offer more than just quality HVAC services. We are experts in all your plumbing repair needs from water heaters to gas and water line leaks. Our team of licensed plumbers provides emergency plumbing repair and installation services to homes in areas of Virginia such as Alexandria, Centreville, Reston, and Arlington. Give us a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 or book an appointment online to receive assistance.
Water Heater Repair & Replacement Services
Trying to diagnose a water heater problem is never simple. There are various reasons why parts start to go bad or break. One major sign to look for are noises coming from your water heater. Here is a list of sounds you may hear and what they could mean:
This is the most common noise you will hear. When this occurs, it typically means your water heater has excess mineral deposits and sediment collecting at the bottom. This is the most problematic when there is hard water in the home. Mineral deposits (mainly lime and calcium), sand, and any debris that might travel through the water supply can stick to the bottom of your water heater.
This noise indicates a restriction in water flow. The most likely cause is the inlet control valve on the water heater. A partially closed valve will prevent water from flowing through the pipes.
If you have a gas-powered water heater, it’s possible there’s condensation on the burner. Although the noise may be annoying, it is not a sign of anything wrong with your water heater. No action required, here.
When there is a leak in your water heater, this could cause a sizzle like sound. When water drips into the burner, it creates this noise. Much like when your coffee drips onto your heating element of a coffee maker.
Water Line Repair & Install Services
Just like anything else, water lines age and create issues as time goes on. Your water lines can become clogged from various minerals and ground movement. Our team provides emergency plumbing and water line repair, installation, and replacement services in Alexandria and other areas of Virginia. You can trust us to make sure everything is flowing smoothly for years to come.
Signs of Broken Water Pipes
There are many ways you can tell there is a leak in your water lines. A large number of leaks may be visible to the eye. If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, contact Snell and we will happily assist you the way we know best.
It is important to inspect all areas around your sink, toilet, and tubs. You should be aware of any discoloration or wet spots to indicate leaks in your plumbing system.
Water In Your Yard
When there are unexplained abnormal wet spots in your yard, it is possible there is a leak or leaks in your pipes that may require a professional plumbing repair. These conditions can pose as significant danger to your children and animals.
Damp drywall and wet rings in your ceiling are clear indicators of leaking pipes in the home. If this problem is left unaddressed, you could experience further permanent damage to the home structure.
Unexplained High Water Bills
When there is unusual activity in the home and the water bill is higher than normal, there could be leaks in your pipes. This is a problem that you definitely want to be fixed immediately to avoid any extra charges.
Low Water Pressure
An ordinary issue in older houses is low water pressure. As the water pipes in your household become older, a large abundance of cracks and leaks can negatively impact the pressure of your water. In addition, the source of insufficient water pressure may be due to a large collection of limescale in your water pipes due to a high concentration of calcium and magnesium in your suburb.
An easy way to determine the cause of low water pressure is to perform an inspection of every sink and fixture on your property. If the water pressure is low throughout the entire household or apartment, this is a sign of a large water pipe leak behind your walls. The two most abundant causes of pipe cracks are deterioration and tree root growth. Give our team a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to receive help with a water leak. We offer water line and plumbing repair services in areas of Virginia such as Centreville, Reston, and Arlington.
Shifting Soil & Land
Most people are unfamiliar with the shifting and settling soil on their property. An average individual will not notice the movement of soil because the shift occurs at a slow rate each year. As the soil beneath your foundation shifts, the water lines will begin to bend. Once the water pipes become twisted, the water in the pipes will not be able to circulate efficiently.
Since the water in the pipes is met with an increase in resistance, the water pressure in your home will be negatively affected. If this issue is not resolved by a licensed plumber, the diameter of your water pipes will continue to shrink due to the movement of soil. The easiest way to eliminate water restriction is to replace the twisted section of the pipe. Give our staff a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to receive emergency support with a water pipe or plumbing repair.
Bug & Animal Infestations
Bugs and animals are attracted to moist and humid environments on your property. If you notice a large number of ants, spiders, or rats in your backyard or inside your house, this is a sign of a main water leak. The excess moisture from a broken underground pipe may start to collect near the foundation of your house.
On the other hand, the water may start to gain access to areas of your house such as your basement, utility room, or kitchen. A spider or rat infestation is not always a signal of a main water pipe leak. To confirm the source of the bugs and spiders on your property, call a certified technician on your team to perform an emergency plumbing inspection or service.
Dangerous metals, dirt, and contaminants are able to infiltrate the water in your pipes through hairline cracks and holes. If the sink in your bathroom or kitchen is releasing brown or discolored water, this is a signal of a damaged water line beneath your floors or behind the walls. Do not drink tap water that has a foul odor or taste. The ingestion of metals and other types of contaminants may cause health problems.
Prior to calling a licensed technician, perform an inspection of every sink, shower, and fixture in your household. If the water discoloration is limited to a single sink, this is an indicator of an issue with the fixture. If you notice black or discolored water in each area of your house, this is a sign of a damaged water pipe.
Age of Pipes
A reliable way to pinpoint a water leak in your home is to review the original home inspection paperwork you received prior to purchasing your house, condominium, or townhome. An ordinary type of piping material that can be found on residential properties is copper. The life cycle of copper pipes will vary from 70 to 80 years depending on the amount of calcium and magnesium in your water. As copper pipes reach the end of their life cycle, you may start to notice deterioration.
It’s important to replace old copper pipes to ensure metal does not enter your drinking water. If you live in a house that was built in the 1950’s, it is not uncommon to discover galvanized steel pipes behind walls and ceilings. The lifespan of galvanized pipes ranges from 80 – 100 years. This type of piping material is assembled with a durable zinc coating that is designed to stop deterioration. Unfortunately, galvanized steel pipes are no longer popular due to rust and deterioration issues.
The original Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes that were introduced to the market were engineered to last for 30 to 40 years. On the other hand, the latest PVC pipes that are for sale on the market are designed with a life cycle of 70 years or higher. PVC pipes are extremely popular in new houses because they do not rust or deteriorate. Households that were built between 1970 and 1990 may include polybutylene.
Polybutylene pipes were popular in the 1990’s because of their low upfront cost and ease of installation. However, it was discovered that this type of piping starts to deteriorate after 10 to 20 years. If you discover polybutylene pipe behind your walls, it’s important to replace them before they begin to leak. Give our team of contractors a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to receive help with a water line or plumbing replacement, installation, or repair.
Gas Line Repair & Replacement Services
Gas lines that are leaking can affect more than just one appliance in the home. If a leak occurs, this could affect your water heater, your stove, your dryer, your fireplace and much more! At Snell, our professionals work non stop to provide the best quality gas line and plumbing repair or installation services.
A moderate to severe gas line leak can be deadly if it goes undetected. To protect the health of you and your family, we have outlined various signs you may notice around your home if you have a gas leak. In addition, we have developed a list of the most common symptoms of gas poisoning.
- A hissing or whistling sound near a gas line
- A white cloud or dust cloud near a gas line
- Bubbles in water
- A damaged gas pipe
- Dead houseplants
- The smell of sulfur or rotten eggs
Symptoms of Gas Poisoning
- Breathing difficulties
- Flu-like symptoms
- Irritation to eyes and throat
- Pains in the chest
- Reduced appetite
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, immediately evacuate your house and call a licensed plumber at Snell Heating & Air Conditioning to receive assistance with a gas leak. We provide emergency plumbing installation and repair services to residents in Virginia.
Faucet & Sink Installation & Repair
Don’t put off repairs or replacements of your faucet, sink or fixtures any longer! Our professionals at Snell are working non-stop to provide you with excellent plumbing repair services to avoid any overdue problems in the home.
If you are looking for a change in your faucet style, there are many finishes to consider. We are ready and able to install any of your home improvements! Here are some finish styles to look at when deciding on a new look:
Drain Cleaning Services
All of the drains in your home are connected through a complicated plumbing system. When one area is clogged, whether it be with grease, hair, or tree roots, your whole home can be affected.
Thankfully, our fully licensed and certified plumbers can use modern, state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and quickly remove the unwanted debris that is clogging up your plumbing system. If it is a more serious and urgent situation, we also offer emergency plumbing repairs to help you get back to life as normal as quickly as possible.
Items To Never Put Down Your Drain
Flushable Kitty Litter
Although it does say “flushable”, the use of that word is extremely inaccurate when it comes to your plumbing system. Even flushable kitty litter has been proven to clog drains and cause huge problems in septic systems.
Eggshells themselves may seem harmless, but when you send them down the drain, the garbage disposal grinds them up into small bits and then they get stuck in grease and fat and other oily substances to create a thick mess that can easily clog your pipes.
Grease, Fats, and Oils
These three substances are combined because they seem to be the trifecta of emergency kitchen plumbing problems. These substances account for over 47% of all sewer overflows that happen in the US each year. Although cooking with these three are the most common in the kitchen, they create small globs that coat your pipes. This issue may cause a small to large drain clog.
Cotton Balls and Paper Towels
Just because paper towels and cotton balls are biodegradable doesn’t mean they’ll dissolve instantly. They’re designed to be absorbent, which actually makes them the perfect culprit to clog pipes.
Household fluids include things such as household cleaners and car fluids. While these don’t necessarily cause clogs in your pipes, these chemicals can be harmful when they are mixed into the water supply. If you’re washing them down the drain, they will make it into the water
It may be last on our list, but this is one of the most serious issues we could address. Washing paint down the drain is a major problem. In fact, most localities have rules and regulations about the disposal of paints — both water- and oil-based ones. The issue isn’t so much with the condition of your pipes themselves. The big issue is the number of toxins and chemicals from the paint that can end up in the water supply.
Sewer Line Services
At Snell, we want to keep things in line for you. Our certified experts are here to help you during a time of unwanted mess. Repiping and replacing corroded galvanized pipes, recalled polybutylene piping, or other defective piping systems can significantly improve your home’s water supply.
Give our team a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to receive assistance with a sewer line repair project. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides emergency plumbing repair and installation services to homes in Virginia.
Severe Pipe Damage
When sewer pipes are broken or ruptured, the sewage won’t be able to properly drain through the system—leading to immediate and frequent backups. Common causes of sewer pipe damage include:
- Sewer pipe rupture due to shifting soil, settling, increased traffic on the ground above, or use of heavy construction equipment above ground.
- Corrosion of an older pipe, causing the pipe to break or collapse.
- Leaking joints where the seals between sections of pipe have broken, allowing water and sewage to escape.
A Sagging Sewer Line
Although this is completely out of the homeowners control, sagging sewer lines happen over time. The low spot in the line will begin to collect paper and waste—resulting in repeat blockages.
Older sewer lines were sometimes constructed out of clay or other porous materials. In addition, the connections between the pipe sections weren’t as tight as today’s PVC pipes. As tree and shrub roots grow, they search for sources of water. If they latch onto a sewer pipe, they will grow into the pipe in order to reach the water inside. As the roots expand over time, it can cause the line to break.
Well Pumps Repair & Installation
A water well pump is a pump that is used in extracting water from a water well. Well pump problems surface, and the solution is either a well pump repair or a new well pump installation. No two well pump problems are ever the same. The right team, parts, and workmanship can provide the solution your home or business needs. Well pumps are always out of sight and out of mind until a unit stops working properly.
Emergency Plumbing Repair Services Near You in Virginia
Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides dependable emergency plumbing repair, tune-up, replacement, and installation services to homes in Virginia. We provide emergency services to homeowners in areas such as Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, and Centreville. Give our team a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 or schedule an appointment online to receive assistance.