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6 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Septic Grinder Pump


A septic grinder pump, also commonly referred to as a septic ejector pump or sewage ejector pump, helps break up large chunks of waste in your septic system. This allows the septic pump to push waste out of a septic tank or a sewage system better.


Many factors affect the lifespan of a septic grinder pump, including what the size and model of the pump you purchase are, how frequently the pump is used, and how you care for the pump. On average, a septic grinder pump lasts seven to 10 years, but it can last up to 20 years with proper care. Discover six tips that can help you prolong the lifespan of your septic grinder pump.


1. Inspect and Maintain Your Septic Grinder Pump Regularly


One of the mistakes that homeowners make is only calling in a professional to care for their septic grinder pump when a problem is present. Ideally, have a professional inspect your septic system and septic grinder pump annually.


During annual pump maintenance, a professional inspects the pump to ensure it is functional and remains operational. They will check the oil level in the pump, look for contamination in the motor chamber, inspect the motor and bearings, ensure the impeller is not damaged, check the seals, look for leaks, and check for clogs.


2. Be Mindful of What You Send Through Your Plumbing System


When you send something down a sink or flush it down the toilet, it will go through your pipes and go to the grinder pump. Some items can cause clogs to form, which may damage both the pump and your pipes.


Harsh chemicals can damage your septic system and shorten the life of your septic grinder pump. Avoid pouring chemicals such as paint, solvents, and cleaning agents down your drains. Dispose of these materials properly, according to local regulations.


Grease, fat, hair, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, flushable wipes, cat litter, feminine hygiene products, condoms, dental floss, and diapers can all get stuck in your pipes or your septic grinder pump. Additionally, corrosive products, such as bleach and chemical drain cleaners, can damage parts in your septic grinder pump, so avoid using these.


3. Do Not Block the Drain Line or Vent


If you have a septic drain pump, you should learn where both the drain line and vent are. The drain line typically connects to the unit, while the vent may connect to the pump and exit through a wall in your home or the ground.


The drain line and vent play essential roles in the ability of the septic grinder tank to release water and excess air. If you block these lines, either by placing clutter around the drain line or blocking the vent line with grass or plants, your system may not be able to discharge excess air or fluids, leading to problems.


4. Limit Water Usage


Your septic system has a limited capacity to process and store water. Overusing water can lead to overloading your septic system, resulting in damage to your septic grinder pump. Consider using low-flow fixtures and appliances to help reduce your water usage.


5. Protect the System from Heavy Equipment


Avoid placing heavy equipment, vehicles, or machinery on top of your septic system. The weight can cause damage to your septic grinder pump and other components of your system. Be sure to keep the area around your septic system clear of any heavy equipment.


One way that you can ensure that heavy equipment or vehicles are not resting on top of your septic system is to provide helpful markers or signs that indicate where the septic system begins. This can prevent confusion or accidental damage to your septic system and septic tank grinder pump.


6. Know the Signs That Septic Grinder Pump Needs Repair


If you catch problems early, they can be repaired before extra stress or damage happens. Signs that your septic grinder pump may require a repair include hearing a whining or grinding sound when the unit is on, noticing plumbing back-ups, seeing water leaks from the pump, or hearing the septic grinder pump alarm sound.


The above tips can help to prolong the life of your septic grinder pump. But, eventually, all pumps will fail and need replacing.


When you need to purchase a new septic grinder pump for your septic or sewage system, Abbotts' Construction Services Inc., is here to help. Call us today to learn more and to ask any questions you may have. We take pride in our commitment to your complete satisfaction and the dependability of our skills when it comes to septic tank grinder pumps.


We look forward to helping you select the right septic grinder pump for your needs and property so that you can have a functioning system in your home that is comfortable and long-lasting.


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