How to Keep Your Sump Pump Pumping at Peak Efficiency

How to Keep Your Sump Pump Pumping at Peak Efficiency

According to, your sump pump system has four major parts:

1. A groundwater collection system made up of drain rock and drain tile installed around your home’s foundation.

2. A sump tank (also called a basin tank) into which the drain tile forwards the excess water

3. The sump pump itself, which may include a grinder, and which is buried in the basement floor, and

4. An outlet drain

Sump pumps deal with groundwater, sewage, or both. The pumps that deal with sewage always have a grinder that grinds the sewage into a slurry that can be pumped into the outlet drain leading to the sewer system.

Pumping systems need to be periodically serviced. Servicing extends the life of your pump and guarantees you fewer problems. If your sump pump does need servicing, Casa Mechanical Services personnel are the professionals to call. They know exactly what to check to ensure that your sump pump system keeps on performing.

Heavy Rains Can Cause Major Problems

When it rains heavily for long periods of time, water can enter your basement at an alarming rate, causing your pumping system to run night and day. Water enters the basin tank, causing the float to trigger the switch that engages the sump. It is important for your system to be ready to handle periodic heavy rains.

If you use your basement for storage, you want your possessions to be safe from water damage. You also do not want the mold damage to occur that can happen when there is standing water in your basement. Mold can damage more than your possessions—it can impair breathing also.

Having your system checked periodically can prevent problems before they occur.

Call Casa Mechanical Services Professionals Before Your Pump Acts Up

Our team of “pump doctors” will:

1. Periodically clean the filter trap through which the sump pump draws water

2. Ensure that your sump pump has the proper horsepower for your home’s needs

3. Reduce that clacking or slurping noise a pump sometimes makes by installing a check valve

4. Check the discharge pipe to ensure it is not clogged with leaves and other debris

5. Check to ensure the water pumped out empties downhill so it will not flow back into the house

  1. Clean out any debris in your pump that could inhibit its operating at peak efficiency
  2. Replace any worn parts that might allow water leaks
  3. Check your home’s foundation for cracks that can allow water to seep into your basement in a manner that the system cannot handle.
  4. Prevent problems from having the outlet drain freeze up by installing a device that allows water to drain out even if the pipes are frozen solid.
  5. Install a backup system in case of power failure so that your system keeps operating in stormy times.

Keep Your Pump Pumping

Call Casa Mechanical Services for all your sump pump needs today. We are family-owned and dedicated to quality, excellent service, and energy efficiency.