If you live in an area prone to heavy snow or rapid downpours you may be familiar with a sump pump.

If not, let us explain. In areas where flooding is probable, most modern homes will have what is known as a sump pump or submersible utility pump to prevent water from flooding your basement or crawlspace.

How does a sump pump work?

Commonly found in a basement or crawlspace, a sump pump is installed underground to catch and distribute rising water to avoid flooding. The sump pump contains an electrically generated pump and a float mechanism to detect rising water. Once the water reaches the float, the pump is activated pulling the water from the pit and depositing through a drain pipe, keeping your basement dry and clear of water.

Sump Pump Installation & Maintenance

At Castle Pump & Electric LLC we are experts in sump pump installation and repair! If you are in need of a new sump pump installation, sump pump replacement, or experience a power outage we are the people to call! We can install a new sump pump, on site, and offer a backup water system as a precautionary measure. In the event of a flood, we are trained to pump out excess water and regain control of your water system.

To prolong the lifespan of your sump pump it's important to perform regular maintenance.

Start by filling your sump pit with water to completely cover the sump pump.
When the float is triggered by the rising water this should activate the pump, begin pumping out excess water, and turn off when the water returns to a normal level.
If the float does not move freely, the pump will not activate. Check around the float to ensure it is properly positioned and not blocked by any debris.

Cleaning out the sump pit is also essential.

Periodically check your sump pit and clean out any dirt, gravel/stones, or any other debris to ensure the pump will work efficiently.
Next, check your drain pipes and connecting lines to look for any debris or obstruction that may hinder water flow.

For assistance with sump pump maintenance, call the experts at Castle Pump & Electric. We will come to your home, test your sump pump and remove any obstructions! Call us today to schedule your sump pump installation or to get more information about proper sump pump maintenance.