Why Do Sewage Pumping Stations Need Maintenance?
Having a sewage pumping station is essential if your property is located at a low level (for example, a basement) or far away from the main sewers.
Due to having regular exposure to fats and oils which can build up, your sewage pump station will need regular servicing and maintenance to keep it working efficiently and effectively.
Even the most efficient sewage pumping station will need regular maintenance to limit the chances of the pumping station from suddenly breaking down.
To ensure that the sewage pumping system is running efficiently you will need a service either every 6 months or annually.
Having regular inspections of the sewage pumping station will not only improve the efficiency of the pumping system but also increase the life span as well.
The Toilet Has Become Blocked
Sewage pumping stations can breakdown or stop working for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is that the toilet can become blocked.
A sewage pumping station is designed to handle foul water, human waste and biodegradable products, however, it is non-biodegradable objects finding their way in to the system that can cause a problem.
Here is a list of items that should not be flushed down your toilet:
- Cleaning wet wipes
- Sanitary towels
- Paper towels – these do not breakdown as easily as toilet paper
- Cotton buds
- Dental floss
You should be aware some of the items in the list above may state that they are biodegradable. These items will more than likely though not breakdown in water, so it is best to dispose of those products safely in the bin.
If any of these items have caused a blockage then the sewage pump station will not work properly. This will normally be accompanied with an unpleasant sewage odour.
If you start to smell a sewage odour, make sure to contact one of our highly qualified engineers to fix the problem.
High Water levels in Sewage Pump System?
If there are high water levels in the sewage pump system, then you will hear your pumping station’s alarm go off.
If your alarm is sounding, then contact a qualified pump engineer to check out the problem and stop the property from becoming flooded.
Pump Is Not Turning Off
If your pump is not switching off, then it is likely to be due to the control float switch getting stuck in the wrong position.
If you see a sudden spike in your electricity bills then this is a likely cause. Having regular maintenance can help ensure that this doesn’t happen.
You can find out more about the problems with sewage pumping stations in our blog.