Sewage pump replacement

What is it?

Usually located at the bottom of the sewage basin or very close to it, sewage pumps are an essential part of the plumbing system. They transport waste from a sewage basin to a septic tank. Different pumps are used in residential, municipal and industrial systems. In residential applications, small submersible pumps can handle solid waste up to 2″ in diameter.

Some of the most important components of the plumbing system are the vent pipe and the drain pipes. The plumbing vent pipe, also known as a plumbing air vent, prevents sewage gasses from entering the household and lets wastewater gasses and smells leave through the plumbing vent stack on your home’s roof, much like drainpipes remove water and waste from your home.

It is the application of sump pumps that determines the difference between them. A sump pump prevents basement flooding under non-extreme rainy weather conditions. 

In comparison, a sewage pump pumps wastewater from bathrooms, kitchens, and other plumbing fixtures into a wastewater collection system through the discharge pipe. The pump specifications will tell you what the range of applications for which they can be used is.

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What does the service include?

When we arrive at the address, we do an inspection. We analyze and test your septic system to determine its condition. 

After we have concluded the examination, our service often includes one or several of the following: 

  • Changing the pump
  • Changing the float switch/switches 
  • Repair/change of the electrical junction box
  • Plumbing

During either type of service, technicians stop the pump’s power and then extract the ejector pump from the tank. At this point, they will investigate the failure’s cause and whether the component at fault can be repaired or replaced. 

Keep in mind that sewage pump replacement is usually the wisest option if the pump is old and requires hard-to-find parts, which in addition to the hourly labor rate of the repair, will increase the cost of the service.

The process is then reversed – the new ejector pump (or the old one we repaired) is connected, placed in the tank, and reconnected if the output line to the tank or field is disconnected. 

When all of those steps are completed, it’s time to turn on the power and perform a test to ensure the sewage system configuration is done correctly and no unexpected issues arise.

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Who provides the service – experience, background, specialty

A professional septic service provider must perform the sewage pump replacement. We do not advise you to do it alone because you risk damaging the pump. Not to mention that sewage is dangerous because it contains many bacteria and viruses, which can affect your health if you are not wearing protective clothing or have not received the necessary qualifications.

In order to pump out a septic tank safely, it is necessary to have specialized equipment and knowledge about septic system maintenance.

Maintaining your septic tank pumping and septic system is our specialty, and we have a team of trained professionals at Fresh N Clean Septic. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Types of sewage systems we serve

After your call and our technicians’ visit to your property, we’ll troubleshoot your sewage system to determine what are the sewage or sump pump issues.

Some of Fresh N Clean Septic’s sewage pump replacement services include: 

  • Sewage pump in sewer ejector tank – Ejector pump systems are used to evacuate sewage and wastewater, which are discharged into the drainage systems of a building. 
  • Septic pumps maintenance in residential, single-family, multi-family and commercial buildings

Related Services – why do we need them?

Regular maintenance of all the systems in your home will help keep everything running smoothly. It also prevents outages or other potentially serious and harmful problems from surprising you when you are least prepared.

Our professionals determine the system’s overall health by evaluating the foam and sludge levels in the septic tank. During a full inspection, Fresh N Clean Septic technicians may notice foam and sludge near the bottom of the tank outlet, which ultimately helps them determine if the tank is ready for its next pump. 

A good rule of thumb is that servicing your septic system must be done every 3-5 years, although this can vary depending on how well you follow good septic tank hygiene practices.

What is the cost of sewage ejector pump replacement or installation?

The cost of replacing or installing a sewage ejector pump depends on your sewage system and whether you plan to install it yourself or hire a professional. A conventional jet pump is the standard choice if you live in a typical detached home.

Full ejector pump installation

If the pump shuts down, installing a brand new ejector pump will be slightly more expensive since you will need to install plumbing and pump wells in your home. Depending on the pump and its performance, prices start from $1500 and rise up to $10 000. Higher horsepower machines can pump more gallons per hour (GPH).

Types of sewage pumps

Before proceeding with the sewage pump replacement, you should know the types of sewage pumps. This can save you from serious problems when disposing of wastewater from your home or business establishment.  

In the design of any building, sewage is a separate aspect that needs attention as much as any other. Setting up the best scheme to dispose of liquid waste from homes, business buildings and other establishments is one of the biggest challenges nowadays. 

And within this process, using the right equipment to speed up waste disposal, and make it more reliable, is essential.

Therefore, we will introduce you to indispensable machines for the full operation of these systems: sewage pumps. They are also known as booster pumps for sewage, and are present in any sewage treatment plantation.

Here we’ll introduce the 4 main categories of these machines:

  • Submersible sewage pump
  • Centrifugal pump for sewage
  • Pedestal sump pumps
  • Grinder pumps

Knowing additional details about these types of sewage pumps, will help you understand more about the most complicated aspect of drainage.

Submersible sewage pump

This pump is one of the most efficient types used for draining and pumping liquids containing solid particles. The submersible pump is used in sewage systems but can also be used to clean cisterns, water tanks and swimming pools. It is not usually used to transport drinking water.

The submersible pump for sewage is equipped with nozzles at the bottom, which are responsible for suctioning the waste. Some models include filters preventing unwanted debris from passing through the machine.

One of its advantages is that it doesn’t need to be in a fixed position, during operation, for example. This characteristic is excellent for draining areas such as underground parking lots, which are often flooded after heavy rains in some cities. 

From there, the water can be pumped and discarded into the public sewage system or in a tank truck to store the waste for transportation and treatment.

This pump is made from highly resistant materials, preventing corrosion, among other problems. That’s why it can work in direct contact with water.

Centrifugal pump for sewage

Centrifugal pumps can be used in many areas. They are also known as external pumps, due to their inability to function in water. In the specific case of sewage disposal, they are among the most efficient. Those pumps have the power to verticalize or transport waste horizontally.

Of all the types of pumps for sewage, the centrifugal is the one that offers the best cost-benefit ratio, as it consumes less energy while still being productive. 

It can be used to reliably and efficiently provide water supply for:

  • Buildings and homes
  • Irrigation of crops
  • Industrial systems
  • Fire fighting systems

The centrifugal pump for sewage is most commonly positioned at a fixed point, usually in the well where wastewater or rainwater flows. It is very important to place the machine adhering to its limitations and requirements if we want it to operate efficiently and without complications.

Pedestal sump pump 

An affordable option of the submersible pump is the pedestal pump, which is not underwater in your tank but on the floor level reaching down. This unique positioning makes it comfortable for maintenance.

Grinder pump

In essence, a grinder pump works very much like a garbage disposal by grinding wastewater from a home (for example, from a toilet, shower, washing machine) and pumping it into a tank which is buried underground on your property and is connected to the main sewer line.

Different materials

These include:

  • Cast iron pumps
  • Thermoplastic pumps
  • Plastic pumps 

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Why do you need sewage pump replacement?

When your sewage ejector pump breaks, dangerous sewage can overflow, leading to mold growth and exposure to viruses and bacteria – health hazards that, as you no doubt agree, are no joke. Feel free to call a technician because having a properly working sewage system is essential for a household.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sewage pump float switch?

In sewage pumps, float switches automate pump operation by monitoring liquid levels. When the level is high, the switch turns on the pump. The switch turns off the pump when the level drops below a certain point.

What is the difference between a sewage pump and sump pump?

Sewage pumps, unlike sump pumps, can handle solids up to 2 inches thick. For this reason, they are usually installed in a septic tank or a separate pump room.

On the other hand a sump pump is designed to draw water from a cesspool and drain it through the building’s foundation.

What are the costs for sewage ejector pump replacement?

Prices may vary a lot depending on the sewage system problem at hand and the size of the system. Call the Fresh N Clean Septic technicians to schedule an inspection and receive an offer for the necessary service.