Sewage pumps are critical when it comes to keeping your property safe and clean. It also helps to create a healthy environment for living in. In this article, we explain what a sewage pump is, the benefits and how to make sure they are working properly throughout their life.
What is a sewage pump, and why do I need one?
A sewage pump transfers sewage (including liquids and solids) out of the property and into a sewer system or a septic tank. There are various types of sewage pumps including effluent, solid handling and grinder pumps.
Effluent pumps are designed to pump effluent and since they don’t really pump any sewage or solids, they are more efficient, and the liquid they pump out tends to be relatively clear. For this reason, they are often referred to as Grey Water Pumps.
A Grey Water submersible pump will pump wastewater away from many different sources including washing machines, kitchen sinks, washing machines and dishwashers.
While solid handling pumps carry raw sewage, grinder pumps have rotating blades that grind up the sewage into smaller bits.
Understanding the different types of sewage pumps and what’s best for your property can be confusing, and quite often it’s best to talk to a professional about what type of pump you should use.
Since the sewage pump is submerged for most of the time, it is also known as a submersible sewage pump and should always be installed at the lowest point of the sewage basin.
Sewage pumps are the perfect solution for homes and businesses and there is a range of pumps available to suit your needs.
At London Basement pumps, we can help install and maintain sewage pumps for use in a basement or cellar.
Benefits of Sewage Pumps
The operation of a sewage pump is relatively simple, but its installation can be complicated. That’s why it’s recommended to contact us for help.
Here the major benefits of having a sewage pump:
- Prevent flooding damage
- Reduce the risk of mould and mildew from continual dampness inside a basement
- Reduce the risk of fire, as leaking or low lying water can short-circuit any appliances that are in the basement
- Avoid structural damage to the building from water
- Avoid the risk of an unhealthy environment from stagnant, dirty water
Servicing and maintenance of sewage pumps
It’s important to check your sewage pump regularly to make sure that it is working correctly. London Basement Pumps offer regular sewage pump services as well as emergency breakdown support. If your sewage pump breaks down, call us immediately for help. Call Us Free: 0800 009 21 20
You can also perform basic maintenance checks yourself, and remove any blockages that there are. Here are some quick tips to follow:
- Check that the electrics are working properly. Press the Test button on the unit
- Check the air gap in between the interior and exterior discharge pipes. This should be open and clear of any debris. If there is debris, remove it
- Make sure that the pump is positioned so that the float is not obstructed by the walls of the sump, discharge piping or any other objects
- Check the drain line from the pump for any signs of corrosion or damage
- Inspect the pit of the pump for any silt or debris that might block either the float or the pump impeller
If you have ongoing issues with the pump then it might be that the pump has a major fault, or it has come to the end of its natural life. If this is the case, then it might be time to invest in a new sewage pump.
Need emergency breakdown support for your sewage pumps?
If your sewage pump has broken down or needs repairing then don’t leave it too long before it’s repaired. This risks causing damage to the structure of the building and to any valuables that you might have in your cellar or basement.
At London Basement Pumps, we offer advice on installing submersible sewage pumps, as well as installation and support services to make sure that your basement is in the best condition possible. If you have any questions, get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you. Call Us Free: 0800 009 21 20