A sewage system consists of a large tank with pipes that carry the sewage from the property to the main sewers. Normally, these networks of pipes rely on gravity transporting the waste to the main sewer however, this is not the case for buildings that are located in low lying areas.
If the main sewer is situated on higher ground, then the sewage will need to be transported to the main sewer via a different method. This is where the sewage pumping station comes into play.
What is a Sewage Pumping Station and How does it work?
A sewage or foul pumping station is a large tank that acts as a receiver for the sewage and it is then drained into the sewage system. Sewage pumping stations are primarily used where the property is located a substantial distance away from the sewage system.
The sewage sits in the tank and once it reaches a certain level, a float switch is tripped. This causes the pump to start working and provides enough pressure for the sewage to move to the outside of the tank. The sewage moves against the forces of gravity and then progresses toward the main sewer.
Why Do You Need a Pumping Station?
There are a number of important reasons why you may require a sewage pumping station. These are listed below:
- If there is a lack of gravitational flow, for example, if the sewage is situated below the main sewer then it will need to be pumped upwards.
- If the connection to sewers is obstructed by a ridge for example.
- If there is no gravity system in place
- If having groundworks around the building to allow the sewage to flow by gravity is more expensive than the cost of a sewage pumping station.
The Advantages of having Sewage Pumping Station Installed?
There are a few advantages to having a pumping station installed at your property. These are the following:
- Sewage pumping stations are fitted with alarms that notify you if there are any problems with the system. If there are any problems with the system this is when you would need to contact a qualified engineer.
- There are a variety of sizes of pumps that can fit either domestic or commercial properties.
- Sewage pump stations work automatically meaning there is minimal human contact, which reduces the chances of any health issues.
What Size of Sewage Pumping Station Need I Need?
Sewage pumping stations come in a variety of sizes so choosing the right one for installation can be a difficult task. The building regulations state that you should allow for 150 L per day per person. The sizing of one of the smaller sewage pumping stations will measure at around 600 mm by 630mm.
Obviously, there are a lot of dependencies that change for each property. The bigger the house, the bigger chamber you will need to accommodate the amount of people who are living at the property. You are struggling to choose a sewage pumping station then speak to one of our team for advice by calling 0800 0199 9949 or contacting our team online.
Problems with Having a Sewage Pumping Station
The design and installation of a sewage pump station are likely to be expensive as you will want the system to be reliable to prevent problems from happening on a regular basis. While the pumps used in the system are designed to reduce the risk of blockages these can still occur, causing the pumping station to breakdown.
It can prove difficult to try to find the correct parts for the pump to work if it does breakdown. The chances of a breakdown can be significantly reduced through having regular maintenance carried out by our experienced team at The Basement Sump and Pump Company.
Do Sewage Pumping Stations Smell?
Most people think that sewage pumping stations would smell but this is not in fact true. However, if they are not maintained regularly, then this is when bad smells start to arise. An example of this is when there are blockages in the pipes. If there are bad smells coming from your sewage pump station then this needs to be rectified as soon as possible. You will need to contact a qualified pump engineer to provide an inspection on what the problem is and provide guidance on how to rectify the situation.
Are Sewage Pumping Stations Noisy?
Sewage pumping stations can be noisy but there are building regulations in place to ensure that these are kept to a minimum. For most properties, you will not hear any sound coming from the pumping station.
How Much Does a Pumping Station cost?
The cost can vary depending on a variety of factors such as the type of pumping station that needs to be installed. Types of pumps vary from having a single to a large dual pump sewage system.
At the Basement Sump and Pump Company, we can install and provide maintenance for foul pumping stations. We aim to provide a reasonable price for sewage pump installations and servicing for all of our customers.
Contact a Qualified Pump Engineer
We hope this article has provided some useful information about what a sewage pumping station is and how it works. The only real problem with sewage/foul pumping stations is the potential blockages that stop the system from working. The likelihood of blockages can be greatly reduced by having regular maintenance from a qualified engineer. You can get in touch with our team by clicking the link down below: