A Homeowner's Guide to Troubleshooting Frequent Sewer Pump Problems

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The sewage system that you have in your home contains many different components that make it a functional element to have around. However, there are few components of the sewage system that are more important than the sewer pump itself. If something goes wrong with the pump, you can pretty much guarantee that the rest of the system is null and void. The sewage coming from your home may flush, but it will not get pumped to the tank, which can create a major nuisance for any homeowner. Here are a few of the most common problems that sewage pumps can have and the possible causes.

Problem: The pump only operates intermittently and seems to shut down during periods of heavy use.

Cause and Solution: In most cases, this is a sign that the sewer pump is failing. However, it can also be related to a lacking power supply. You should check the pump's wiring first to clear that as a possible issue, but if you continue to have problems, the unit may have to be replaced soon.

Problem: The pump is making loud grinding noises when it is running.

Cause and Solution: Most sewer pumps are rather quiet machines in spite of their power. Therefore, if the pump you have starts radiating grinding noises or loud knocks, there is definitely something wrong. It is likely a problem with the impeller of the motor. If the impeller has been warped or damaged, it will rub against the internal housing, which creates a lot of noise. The impeller will have to be removed and repaired or replaced altogether in these situations.

Problem: You detect a sewage odor when the pump is in operation.

Cause and Solution: The sewer pump is designed to prevent odors from radiating back into the home with heavy seals and gaskets. If you start to notice foul odors when the pump is in operation, there is a good chance that one of these seals or gaskets has been compromised. The pump will have to be disassembled and any damaged gaskets or seal replaced.

When you are capable of diagnosing simple problems with the sewer pump that you have in place, it will be much less likely that you face an all-out sewage catastrophe. If you find issues you are unable to track down and handle on your own, never hesitate to call on a professional like Forrest Sewer Pump Service for help with the issue.


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Green Living: A Guide to Saving on Energy Usage

Saving money is important in a home with six children. As they grow, the bills seem to grow with them. After paying a particularly high energy bill, I decided that enough was enough. I researched ways that I could make my home more energy efficient without spending a ton of money. To help other parents in the same boat, I created this blog. Helpful tips, such as replacing your home's windows, can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Hopefully, the information provided here can also help preserve the environment and make it a better place for our children.