Septic effluent pumps are essential components of non-gravity septic systems. As with all other parts, their lifespan is limited, and they can malfunction, in which case you might want to use professional septic pump replacement services.
What is a septic pump?
Let’s begin with the fact that a septic pump is also referred to as a septic effluent pump, a sump pump or sometimes just an effluent pump. It’s a submersible add-on in complex septic systems with two or more septic tanks or two-compartment tanks.
Typically, an effluent pump is located in a completely separate tank (a pump tank) away from the septic tank. In cases of two-compartment tanks, you can also find a submersible pump located in a separate chamber (also called “the pump chamber”).
Septic effluent pumps are seen in various non-gravity systems. However, we can frequently see them in mound or sand-filter systems built in areas where the drainfield is situated above the septic tank level due to landscape restrictions or high groundwater levels.
What are the different types of pumps?
More often than not, homeowners need to learn that there are a few different types of pumps that can be installed throughout the septic system.
The three main types of pumps are listed below:
- Effluent/sump pump
- Sewage pump
- Grinder pump
Each has a different purpose and function, so it’s essential to differentiate between them.
This pump’s function is to move effluent (liquids and ¾-inch spherical particles only) away from the pump tank, through the pump line and into the drainfield for further purification. This is done due to the absence of gravitational force to move the effluent or to the particular septic system’s functionality.
The term “sewage pump” is used to address the pump used for ejecting sewage from your property to a city sewer main. More specifically, such a pump can transfer 2-inch spherical particles.
The grinder pump is similar to the sewage pump, but instead of transferring larger particles, it grinds raw sewage and waste into smaller pieces before ejecting them.
How can you know your septic pump needs a replacement?
It’s hard to know if your septic pump needs a replacement unless a professional septic system service provider comes to your property for evaluation.
However, two signs require your immediate attention:
- Your septic alarm goes off. When the alarm goes off, it’s an indication that there’s an issue with your septic system. However, it’s not designed to warn you about a specific problem. That’s why it’s vital you call a specialist for an inspection.
- Septic system malfunction. If your system doesn’t have an alarm or the alarm is silenced, you might notice a septic system malfunction. The signs include slow drainage, toilets not flushing, or water pooling around the septic tank lids.
Fresh and Clean Septic’s professional advice is: “Always check if your septic alarm is silenced, as if it is, you might miss a critical warning.”
Why choose Fresh and Clean Septic for your septic pump replacement?
We at Fresh and Clean Septic take pride in the craftsmanship our team provides. Thanks to the knowledge, expertise and experience of our septic system technicians, we can provide one of the most extensive service warranties in the industry.
We understand that in case of a septic system emergency, time is of the essence for preserving your beautiful home and your family’s health. That’s why we strive to provide same-day service calls for on-site evaluation and inspection.
Last but not least, we believe prevention is better than cure. During their visit, our experts would love to answer any questions you may have about taking proper care of your septic system and extending its life for as long as possible.
You can also find additional information on how to improve your septic system’s health in our blog.
Types of septic systems we can replace pumps for
Our knowledgeable technicians at Fresh and Clean Septic septic will be able to assist you with the installation of a new pump for your particular septic system, no matter the type of septic system you have.
Our pump replacement services cover the following system types:
- Pressure distribution (loop-distribution or LPD)
- Sand filter
- Glendon biofilter
- Aerobic treatment units (ATUs)
What does the service include?
After you contact us, we will schedule a site visit at a convenient time and send one of our trained specialists to come and evaluate your septic system. After a company representative has arrived at your property, they will begin troubleshooting your system to determine the cause of the malfunction.
After you contact us, we will schedule a septic system evaluation in a timely manner and send one of our trained technicians to determine the cause of the malfunction.
If our team concludes that there’s a problem with the septic pump, we will provide you with a replacement price quote. The costs may vary based on the pump model, pump size, electrical requirements, etc.,
In case the quote is approved, same-day pump replacement is possible if your septic pump is a common model and we have it in stock. If we don’t have the model in stock, we will need to schedule an additional site visit. We will waive the service fee, so you only pay once for the entire service.
If the customer decides not to approve the quote for one reason or another, Fresh and Clean Septic will charge them only for the service call.
Are there any related services, and why might you need them?
Yes, additional services may be required in some cases. However, that depends on how much time has passed between the alarm signal and scheduling a site visit.
In most cases of a delay, septic tank pumping is required because human waste and liquids accumulate inside the tank, but the pump is not working. That means no effluent can pass through the lines and get to the drainfield, and now pipes and plumbing are submersed in sewage.
It’s possible that other related services, besides septic pumping, may be necessary, but that be determined by our technicians after they arrive at your property and evaluate your system.
Such services may include one or more of the following:
- Float replacement
- Pump line repair
- Drainfield hydro jetting
Fresh and Clean Septic’s professional advice is: “Time is of the essence. Do not wait too long after your septic alarm goes off; immediately search for a service provider in your area.”
How long will a new septic pump last?
Since many factors may determine a septic pump’s lifespan, there’s no exact answer to this question. Such factors include how you use your system, how many people use it, how much water passes through, etc. However, an average lifespan is between 7-10 years, although some last much longer.
Do I need to wait for some time after the septic alarm goes off?
Do not wait for long after your alarm goes off; immediately call a professional company to schedule a service call. The risk of septic system damage increases as time goes by.
How to replace a septic tank pump?
Septic pump replacement requires professional knowledge and specialized equipment. Our Fresh and Clean Septic team advises you to contact a septic service provider in your area and NOT to try and replace a septic pump yourself under any circumstances as you might be exposed to dangerous methane levels.
How much does septic pump replacement cost?
Many variables form the final cost for septic pump replacement, such as pump model and size and electrical and plumbing requirements. However, the average costs are between $1,500 and $3,000 in case no related services are required.
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