Troubleshooting Your Septic System

Sewage Pump And The Need For Replacement

If you have recently moved into a home that has a sewage system set up with a sewage pump, then you may be wondering what this part does. It is a specialized part that not every sewer has installed, and it is extremely important to the general functioning of your sewage system. Its importance is one reason why you will need to replace the pump as soon as you see signs of a malfunction. Keep reading to learn about the pump, its function, and the signs that something may be wrong.

What Is A Sewage Pump?

A sewage pump is similar to the sump pump that sits in your basement. However, unlike the sump pump, the sewer one is capable of pumping solid water away from your home. And, this pumping is necessary if any of the sewer lines in your home are located below the position of the main line. In other words, if you have a bathroom in your basement, then you will likely need a sewer pump to force the solid waste up and out of your home. 

Sewer pumps are made with heavy duty material to ensure they function for long periods of time. They also are capable of moving larger volumes of both fluid and waste. However, unlike a sump pump, the device is meant to run intermittently. Overuse can reduce the lifespan of the device and lead to the need for a replacement. 

Sewage pumps sit in a large sewage pit that is located in your basement. It usually sits close to the bathroom where wastes must be collected, so make sure you are aware of the location of the device. 

Signs That The Pump Needs To Be Replaced

While the sewage pump is made to withstand the flow of solid matter, it may break and require a replacement. There are some signs to look out for like the slow drainage of waste in your basement. Typically, the drainage will be quite a bit slower than it is for other bathrooms in your home. 

You may hear the pump grinding or making other noises as it works and you may also experience sewage backups in your basement. 

If wastes sit in the septic pit for too long, then they will often smell, so if you notice an odor, then there is a good chance that the pump is not doing its job.

If you want to know more about sewage pumps, how they work, and whether or not you need to replace the one in your home, then speak with a sewage professional, such as at Autry's Backhoe & Septic Service.