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Sterling & Alexandria Sump Pump Repair, Replacement & Installation

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If your home was built in an area that has poor natural drainage, you may need a sump pump to help keep your basement dry during heavy rainfalls. When a sump pump is in place, the water is pumped away before it has a chance to cause property damage. There is a pit in the basement, and when the water reaches a predetermined level, the pump switches on and the water is pumped away.
Don’t let sump pump trouble create further problems in your home. Get fast, reliable help from the experts at Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc., serving Sterling, Alexandria, Gainesville, and surrounding areas.
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Which Type Do You Need?

There are two basic types of sump pump to choose from: a submersible pump and a pedestal pump. Submersible pumps are placed under the water inside the sump pit or basin and pedestal pumps have the pump motor outside the water. Pedestal pumps are good if you have a smaller pit or basin, but many homeowners prefer the submersible type. To figure out which type will work best for your home, talk it over with your plumber to get all the facts and details.

Keeping It Properly Maintained

Just like any plumbing appliance or piece of equipment, regular maintenance will keep your sump pump running smoothly when you need it. If your pump happens to break down and you get a big rainstorm that day, you may be faced with water damage that could have been avoided if the pump was properly maintained. A broken pump may also result in damage to your foundation from hydrostatic pressure that can build behind the walls. Regular maintenance will keep your pump clean and fix any minor issues before they have a chance to get worse.

Call Quickly For Service

The key to keeping your sump pump working and your basement dry is to act quickly when problems start. Putting it off until later will only end up with water in your basement and a hefty cleanup bill. As soon as you see signs of trouble, call your plumber and explain what is happening. You may get some tips on how to get the pump running again, but at the very least the experts will know what’s going on and the process will be underway.

Sump Pump Repair

Water that flows down to the lowest spot in your home (usually the basement) collects in a sump basin. If that’s how your plumbing is set up, it means that you will also have a sump pump. The sump pump gets rid of this collected water and ensures that your plumbing all works like it should. While it’s a fairly straightforward system, the sump pump is susceptible to all types of damage. For instance, the sump pump switch may have issues or the sump pump itself may accumulate grime or silt and become clogged. If any of this happens, you need reliable and efficient sump pump repair. Plumbers in northern Virginia usually have a system for taking care of this issue. At Cardinal, our team of expert plumbers can repair your sump pump. When you hire us for the job, we won’t just do the bare minimum but will make sure we address the root cause of sump pump issues so you don’t experience basement flooding or other major problems.
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Sump Pump Replacement

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Sometimes, your sump pump is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. You may have a cheap sump pump, an old sump pump or just a broken sump pump. Issues with jammed switches or ineffective function may mean that you need a sump pump replacement. This is easy to schedule and can save you a ton of money in damage, electricity waste or the risk of ongoing repairs. Schedule an assessment today to see if you need a sump pump replacement!

Sump Pump Installation

When you do need to replace a sump pump, you should hire a plumber for sump pump installation. While the sump pump performs a basic function, it may not be a simple swap. Integrated as it is with the rest of your home plumbing, you don’t want to risk messing up any other system or causing a flood in the basement. A sump pump is located in a hole, surrounded by gravel, must be weighted specifically and must also be connected correctly (with adapters, valves and hoses) to the rest of your plumbing system. This in itself is an intricate task to untangle. Even if you understand the “how,” an experienced plumber is the best person to tackle the job. Installing a sump pump isn’t complete until everything is fully connected, calibrated and sealed. It’s important that every step is completed correctly. If you suspect that your sump pump wasn’t installed correctly or you experience ongoing issues with it, give us a call for that. Cardinal has plumbers to install new sump pumps and teach you how to check on and even maintain them. If you need us, we’re here to help!
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Frequently Asked Questions

The most common reason for sump pump failure is a power outage. When you have bad weather, your sump pump probably kicks into gear. But it can’t work if there’s no power to it. All too often, bad weather knocks out the power and renders a sump pump useless. The only way to keep this from occurring is to have a backup generator. When the power fails, the generator kicks in, and your sump pump can work.
If you don’t already have a generator, you should consider asking your plumber about one. Most people need their sump pump the most when the weather gets bad. There’s a good chance you will lose power when you need your sump pump, so why not protect yourself? With the help of an experienced plumber, you can have a backup generator that allows your sump pump to work in the worst of weather incidents. You can call us to learn more.

Contrary to popular belief, sump pumps need routine maintenance. Most people don’t realize this because they don’t spend much time thinking about their sump pump. You might have it hidden away in your basement, and only give thought to your pump when it begins to rain or flood. Unfortunately, this is why your sump pump might fail you.
Every year, you should have a professional inspect your sump pump. If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, you might need more frequent maintenance of the pump. During the maintenance, a professional checks all of the components of the sump pump. They look into the pit, check the electrical connections, and examine the discharge location. If there are any potential problems, a professional addresses them before they can become an issue for you. By receiving routine maintenance, you can make sure your sump pump is ready to protect your home from flooding.

Approximately every seven to ten years, you should replace your sump pump. You can call a plumber to have them inspect your sump pump and tell you the remaining lifespan of the equipment. However, you should avoid waiting for the pump to fail on its own. The whole point of having a sump pump is to have protection against flooding. If you don’t replace your sump pump soon enough, it could fail you during a big storm.
You may also need a sump pump replacement sooner than seven years. If you don’t provide your pump with annual maintenance, it might stop working after only a few years. This is also a possibility if you fail to hire an experienced plumber to install your sump pump. A poor or improper installation could cause your sump pump to fail early on in its lifespan. If you have questions about the life of your sump pump, reach out to us.

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