At Snell, we find comfort in knowing our customers are satisfied. We offer in-writing guarantees to ensure our standards meet your expectations. Our Stand-Up Guys are technically trained and certified to perform maintenance on any system. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides trustworthy sump pump repair, replacement, and installation services to residents in Virginia.
We’re dedicated to helping homeowners achieve a water-free basement or crawl space. If your pump isn’t functioning, you can rely on Snell. With over 30 years of experience, we are proud to offer sump pump services near you in areas of Virginia such as Alexandria, Centreville, Arlington, and Reston. Give us a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 or book an appointment online to receive help. Our services come with upfront pricing and lifetime warranties to ensure peace of mind.
Types of Sump Pumps
Basements and crawl spaces are at a higher risk of flooding. By introducing a sump pump, you are adding a layer of protection against flooding. A sump pump automatically collects water in the sump basin located in your basement or crawl space and pumps it outdoors. Two commonly used types of sump pumps include a pedestal sump pump and a submersible sump pump.
Pedestal Sump Pump
Pedestal sump pumps are an upright pump with an impeller at the base. This sump pump sits above the basement floor instead of in a sump pit. Pedestal’s use a submerged hose to pump water out of the basin.
These can be used when dealing with shallow or narrow spaces. With a Pedestal, the motor is located above the pump and is not meant to get wet. Pedestal sump pumps tend to be less expensive compared to submersible sump pumps.
Submersible Sump Pump
A submersible sump pump is installed in a sump pit and is designed to function underwater. Since the submersible sump pump is hidden in the basin they tend to be quieter and have a cleaner appearance. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides submersible sump pump repair and installation services in Centreville and other areas of Virginia.
How to Troubleshoot a Malfunctioning Sump Pump
Unplug and Replug
Locate electrical cords in your basement, crawl space, or mechanical room. Unplug your sump pump’s two cords from the outlet. Plug in only the pump cord to make sure the pump is running properly, followed by the second cord.
Test the Pump
After removing the lid from the sump pump, add a decent amount of water to it. The switch on the pump should immediately turn on and begin flushing the water. The pump should fully remove all water and power itself off. All water should be removed before the pump turns itself off.
Check the Outdoor Pipe
Once you have located the outdoor pipe, observe the pipe’s appearance, focusing on the opening to make sure there is no dirt or debris blocking the pipe. If these troubleshooting steps do not resolve the issue with your system, call a professional at Snell Heating & Air Conditioning to perform a sump pump repair or replacement.
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Sump Pump
Unfortunately, our appliances do not last forever. Just like us, sump pumps also experience old age. The average life expectancy of a sump pump is around 10 years. The Stand-Up Guys at Snell Heating & Air Conditioning will assess your home install a sump pump that meets your needs.
Sump pumps are never going to be silent. That being said, an excessive amount of noise coming from your sump pump may be an indicator that it’s time to contact a professional to perform a sump pump repair or replacement. Hearing any loud noises, such as rattling or grinding can be a clear sign the motor is problematic.
Having water in the pit helps the sump pump function properly. Having a dry pit usually points to a problem with the drainage system.
Continuous running can lead to a full system breakdown the longer this goes unattended.
Turning On and Off
If you notice your sump pump has been switching between on and off, it can be an indicator you have a power issue, a float switch issue, or it is time for a sump pump replacement.
Sump Pump Repair, Replacement, & Installation Services in Virginia
The licensed technicians at Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provide sump pump repair and installation services for both pedestal and submersible systems. Give us a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 or book an appointment on our website to receive help. We provide sump pump replacement and installation services in areas of Virginia such as Centreville, Alexandria, Reston, and Arlington.