Five Signs Sewer Lift Stations Need to Be Refurbished

by | Jul 28, 2016 | Plumbing

Sewer Lift Stations are used in both residential and commercial applications to move sewage from one area to another. Once it becomes full, a switch signals it to pump the sewage from one line to another. These applications are sometimes less expensive for homeowner’s and businesses where trenches cannot be placed. It is important people are able to recognize the signs of problems with their lift station so they will know when to call in a plumber for repairs or replacement.

These five signs should alert to problems with a lift station.

  • Older lift stations typically have outdated impellers that can become clogged with solid debris like rags and sanitary products. If a pump is consistently getting clogged, it may be time to have it replaced, or at least updated, so these items do not continue to cause blockages.
  • When a pump seems to be running all the time, it is no longer handling the sewage load efficiently. This not only increases energy costs but can also cause greater wear and tear on the lift station and the eventual need for replacement.
  • Should a lift station consistently cause blown fuses or electrical breaker trips, it is important a person calls a plumber to thoroughly inspect their Sewer Lift Stations to see if they can be repaired or need to be rehabilitated.
  • When the concrete base around the lift station is becoming cracked and damaged, this is a sign the station is not being properly maintained. When this form of damage is present, an owner should have their system looked at to see if it is performing properly.
  • One of the most common signs of problems with a lift station is rusty valves. If one sees rust on the outer valves, they can be assured the inner workings are most likely corroded as well. This issue can cause leaks and inefficient operation.

If your lift station is exhibiting any of these problems, it may be time for repairs or replacement. A professional plumber can inspect the system and advise a homeowner on what steps need to be taken to ensure their lift is working properly. Call All Pro Plumbing for more information. You can follow them on Twitter.

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