Installing a Septic Pump to Your House

Do you live in a location where the municipal sewage system is weak or non-existent?  If that is the case, then you may need to install a septic tank pump to help with your sewage disposal.  This type of pump will not only assists in the treatment and disposal of waste matter, but can also be very useful in the maintenance of your septic system.  Although the installation process is better left to the experts, it is necessary to understand the scope of work that has to be done.

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What is a Septic Pump?

Before we go any further, do you have an idea what a septic pump is?  Sometimes known as a lift station pump or a sewage grinder lift pump, its primary purpose is to move sewage from its lowest point to the highest level to make sure that it is properly discharged.

Usually this device is found only in public sewage systems because of the high maintenance requirements, however, most full-basement homes or those with a basement bathroom can benefit from its installation.

How much will it cost to have one installed?  Usually you would have to dole out around $1,000 to $1,600 for a quality pump.  You also have to shoulder the installation cost of $1,000 to $2,500, which includes the digging of the pit.  This amount can vary based on the length of the piping you need as well as the electrical runs.

If you want something that is more durable and less messy, get a pedestal type instead of a submersible model.  A unit that has a multi-story line power and battery backup would be a great choice.  To get the best reliability, make sure that the septic pump is commercially rated.  This should be paired with an oversized pit and low fluid level setting.

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Do you Need One?

Even if you do not have basement bathroom or you are not in a low lying area, having a septic tank pump may be necessary depending on the elevation of your home.  The septic pump will make the movement of waste to the distribution tank of your septic chamber a lot easier; resulting in a very functional septic system.

Although septic systems are usually designed to be gravity-assisted, problems can arise when the distance or the terrain of your home can impede the smooth flow of waste matter.  Considering to install a septic pump will help prevent potential plumbing problems that may be costly and damaging.  Adding the pump is a bit of diversion from the usual septic tank setup.

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Septic Pump installation

When installing the septic pump, the drain leading to the distribution box must be dug up from the back of the tank.  The typical depth should be between 12 to 16 inches and with as few sharp bends and turns as possible.  It would be ideal to have a straight line.  This contributes to the life expectancy and reduction of work pressure of the pump.

The outlet chamber of the septic tank must have a submersible pump to ensure efficient operation.  The first take will usually contain the sludge while the second chamber would normally contain mostly water.  The purpose of the pump is to move the water and not the solid waste.  So even if you have a septic pump you must continue to regularly clean the first chamber.

The outlet port of the septic pump must be securely connected to the trench line.  This makes repair work in case the tank becomes full a bit easier.  It is always advisable to follow the manufacturer’s recommended setting when using the septic pump to limit potential problems and possible damage to the unit.

The power for the motor should go through a dedicated breaker as an added protection.  There must be ample grounding to ensure that issues like short circuiting or electrical shocks can be avoided.  When testing the pump, make sure that there is enough water to allow the unit to self-activate based on your defined depth level.  This should confirm that the installation was properly done.

When keeping your home safe from possible plumbing problems, it is always good to take all necessary precautions.  Consider installing a septic tank pump, call rancho santa margarita plumbing service today, your professional plumber.