Sewage Pumps

Sewage pumps are an ideal solution if you are in need of moving sewage wastewater or solids where there is no gravitational flow.

Here at The Basement Sump and Pump Company, we provide installations, servicing and maintenance for all types of sewage pumps.

What Is a Sewage Pump?

Simply put, a sewage pump is a mechanism designed to transfer solid and liquid waste from one place to another – usually from your property into the proper available sewage system.

They are an ideal solution when gravity will not be able to carry your waste into the sewage system itself, like if you have a bathroom in a below ground structure like a basement, or if your property sits lower than the sewage system itself.

The sewage pump collects the sewage generated in a property, and then a trigger turns the pump on to move all of the waste into the sewer system, or a septic tank that is located above, or uphill, of the sewage pump.

You will find sewage pumps available to be used in one of three different modes. These modes are manual, automatic, and dual mode.

An automatic sewage pump is reliant on a float switch. This means that the pump will only work when the float switch is activated, emptying the sewage pumps collection tank once it reaches a certain level.

A manual switch is one that is plugged directly into a power socket, and needs to be turned on by the owner by hand. It’s never recommended to rely on a manual sewage pump alone, as there is a chance that it might overflow if you aren’t regular with its emptying.

Then you have dual mode sewage pumps. These pumps can run in either a manual, or automatic mode.

How Does a Sewage Pumps Work?

With the sewage pumps main function being to facilitate the movement of actual, raw sewage, it’s important that a sewage pump allows for solids to pass through its internal system without clogs occurring.

This happens thanks to the sewage pumps impeller. Once the pump is turned on, the motor rotates the impeller which creates centrifugal force. This force forces the wastewater into the impeller, breaking up the waste before ultimately discharging the waste into the sewer system, or a connected septic tank.

The Different Types of Sewage Pumps

You will be able to find three different types of sewage pumps that can be use in your property. These are effluent pumps, grinder pumps, and small handling pumps (also known as sewage ejector pumps).

Wondering what all these pumps do? Well, outlined below you can find the differences between the main three types of sewage pumps

Effluent Pumps:

This is the most commonly used sewage pumps in smaller properties and buildings, with the effluent pump not allowing solid waste to pass through.

Instead, the effluent pump tends to pump clearer liquids and waste due to the solids being broken down in the septic tank its connected to.

Because the effluent pump is not designed to break down solids, instead just pumping them, the effluent pump is much more efficient at pumping high levels of waste than other sewage pump systems.

Grinder Pumps:

Unlike the effluent pump, a grinder pump is equipped to grind and break down solid sewage. This sewage can then be pumped into the local sewer system safely and easily, without having to rely on a septic tank to further break down the waste.

A grinder pump acts a lot like a waste disposal grinder. The pump will cut and grind up solids within the sewage, before they are pumped away further into the sewage system.

Solid Handling Pumps:

Solid handling pumps, or sewage ejector pumps can pump away solid sewage without the need for grinding up the sewage first.

These pumps are fully capable of processing and pumping raw sewage to a connected sewer system or septic tank without grinding them up, and as a result do not have grinding mechanisms that could potentially break down.

sewage pump that has been serviced

What is the Difference Between a Sewage Pump and a Sump Pump?

Plenty of people have made the very easy mistake of confusing a sewage pump with a sump pump in the past, but the truth is that each of these pumps have a different and very specific purpose.

A sewage pump, as we have described above, deals with wastewater and solid waste – raw sewage generally. Sump pumps however are designed to collect and safely channel away floodwater in a basement that has been collected by a basement waterproofing system.

This is the main difference between the two pumps, but there are other, smaller ones as well.

For example, the sewage pump as we mentioned is powered by a power socket alone, whereas a sum pump can be powered by the mains, a battery, or a combination of both to avoid breakdown in the event of a power cut.

You can read more about the differences between sewage pumps and sump pumps in our blog.

How Long Do Sewage Pumps Last?

How long a sewage pump lasts depends on a few different factors. These include the type of pump, how its maintained, the quality of the installation, the level of use, and of course if its being used properly.

By being used properly, we are of course referring to property owners flushing objects into their sewage system that should instead be binned. Items like tampons and wet wipes for example can have a devastating effect on a sewage pumps internal mechanisms.

However, as long as the sewage pump installation has been completed by an accredited professional, and followed up with regular expert maintenance, you might find that a sewage pump can last anywhere up to thirty years.

Ensuring that your installation and maintenance is carried out by a team qualified and experienced in the usage of sewage pumps is vital, not just for their everyday usage, but also to extend their lifespan and avoid sudden breakdowns.

Maintenance and Repairs

If you want to be certain that your sewage pump is in perfect working order, and to avoid unexpected breakdowns, we recommend that you have an ongoing service appointment with our team.

We can attend your property and check your sewage pump is working just as it should be, and also make sure that there are no potential future issues in your sewage pump that could cause an unexpected breakdown in the future.

If we do happen to find a fault, then our team can carry out sewage pump repairs to ensure that you suffer from minimal disruption.

To ensure that your sewage pump does not become blocked on a regular basis we would recommend that you have an ongoing service to identify any potential issues.

There is also the possibility the sewage pump can breakdown and our team at the Basement Sump and Pump can provide sewage pump repairs to make sure there is as little disruption to you and your property as possible.

Book a Sewage Pump Repair, Maintenance, Installation Service

At The Basement Sump and Pump Company, we are well known for providing installations, repairs and servicing for sewage pumps.

We will know exactly what type and size of waste pump will be needed for your property if you don’t have one already.

If you need maintenance for your pumps, we provide this service for all types of domestic and commercial sewage pumps as well as sewage pumping stations. To contact our team of fully qualified engineers please call 0800 019 9949 or contacting us online.