Your grinder pump is responsible for grinding up wastewater and pumping it into the sewer. If this unit fails to work properly, it can prevent the waste from getting where it needs to be. This can cause potential health risks to your property. When your grinder pump needs to be repaired or replaced, call Capital City Septic Services for appointments in Tallahassee, FL. We are family-owned and operated.
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Common Grinder Pump Problems That Need Repairs
Occasionally your grinder pump may need professional repairs. Some common problems your unit might experience are:
- Clotting: This is caused by pieces of debris getting caught in the pump and a build-up of silt. This can damage the pump. You must call a professional to remove the clotting as soon as possible.
- Blockage: Blockages can be formed by debris or dirt. A floater device can sense wastewater in the tank, but this is susceptible to dirt and grease build-up. This can cause the pump to turn on when it’s not needed – or fail to turn on when it is needed. A professional will need to inspect and repair the problem.
How to Properly Maintain Your Grinder Pump
To ensure your grinder pump works when you need it, it’s essential to perform proper maintenance on it. Some tasks you should perform include:
- Inspect the oil level and check for contamination.
- Inspect the pump impeller and body for any clogs or clotting.
- Inspect the pump motor and bearings, and replace as needed.
- Inspect the grinder pump motor seal for wear and possible leaks.
- Inspect the breather vent and clear any debris or clogs.
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Signs You Need To Install a New Grinder Pump
Is it time to replace your aging grinder pump? There are signs you can watch for that can indicate you need to install a new unit. These can include:
- Water pressure is slow: If the water pressure is slow, it can be due to dirt and clogging causing a blockage. This causes your unit to work harder to grind, resulting in a slower pump. This can eventually even back up your sewage system.
- Leaks: If there is water leaking into your home or around your septic system, it can signal the unit is damaged due to buildup and needs to be replaced.
- Older model: If your unit is older and nearing the end of its life expectancy, then the unit should be replaced with a newer system.