How To Tell If Your Lift Station Needs Pumping And Cleaning

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When you have a sewer system at your home or business, it’s important to take good care of it. This means you need to properly maintain it to avoid costly and inconvenient problems that can cause potential health hazards, such as sewage-spread diseases.

According to the Atlantic, American sewage is a public health crisis. If diseases like salmonella, gastroenteritis, hepatitis A, and beyond don’t scare you, the bill you have to foot to replace and repair a sewage line should. Sewer problems come in all shapes and sizes, from blockages to damage and beyond, and they can be caused by many different factors.

It’s more important than ever to make sure your sewer system is in top condition. When making sure to maintain your system, you don’t want to forget about your lift station. Are you making sure to get this important piece of the puzzle pumped and cleaned when it needs it?

What Is A Lift Station?

To put it simply, a lift or a pump station is a big concrete hole in the ground that serves a very important function. Waste drains from your property into this hole. It then provides the function of removing any type of wastewater from your home or business and pumping it into the city’s sewer line to go to a waste processing center.

The reason why you may have never paid attention to your lift station is, and the function it serves is that once it’s built, it requires very little upkeep, especially when only sanitary waste goes into it. Many times, people aren’t even aware of them until they stop working.

Lift or pump stations last between 15 and 20 years, and when properly maintained, they can function well for 20 years and beyond. In some cases, they can start collecting grease from cooking, dishwashing, and beyond, which is when it becomes important to clean and pump them.

When It’s Time For Pumping & Cleaning

Grease can cause major problems for lift stations, and seeing grease is a big sign that it’s time for pumping and cleaning. If you start to see grease collecting on the walls, or if you start to see grease floating on top of the waste in the lift, it’s time to pump and clean.

If you allow grease to continue to buildup over a long period of time, you can experience costly problems in the future. Since lift stations are very complex systems, it’s important to contact your trusted septic or sewer professional for emergency or routine maintenance.

What Happens When A Lift Station Isn’t Maintained

If you aren’t keeping your lift/pump station properly maintained, you can run into a whole host of problems, including a sewage backup, leaking fluids, broken pipes, wiring issues, motor malfunction, and beyond. Sometimes, a few of these problems come in collaboration with one another, such as a bad motor causing a backup.

If you suspect that any of these things have happened, it’s important to turn it off immediately and call for professional help.

If your lift station is clogged, you may hear a buzzing sound while it’s pumping, or you may not hear any noise at all. You may also experience flooding or an odor, which can be caused by wiring errors. Sometimes, your system’s alarm or flashing light may alert you of a problem, in which case you’ll also want to contact a professional immediately.

If you don’t have an alarm or flashing light installed already, they are great tools that are helpful in case of issues, helping you steer clear from more problems, large bills, and health hazards.

Contact All Septic & Sewer For Maintenance

The best way to avoid getting into trouble with lift station or sewage issues is by getting your system routinely maintained. Whether you see the signs that your lift station needs to be pumped and cleaned or you want to avoid costly damage in the future, All Septic & Sewer is here to help.

All Septic & Sewer provides comprehensive sewer and septic system inspection services for both routine maintenance and emergency service in King County, Pierce County, and Thurston County. Whether you’re in a home or a business, we’d love to partner with you to keep your system up and running for many years to come.

Have a question or want to schedule an appointment? Contact us or call 888-541-6680 to talk to one of our knowledgeable team members today! Be sure to also keep in touch with All Septic & Sewer on social media by liking us on Facebook.

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