Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Tips To Prevent Sewer Pump Failure Damage

by Max Wagner

The sewer pump is something that many people don't even think about until things go bad. Whether you have waste water backing up into your basement or have it puddling in your yard, that pump has got your attention now. Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help you prevent sewer pump failure again in the near future.

Watch What You Flush

How many times do you flush something down the toilet that should have been tossed in the trash? Well, all of those non-flushable items probably played a big role in the failure of the sewer pump. What shouldn't you send into the sewer system?

  • No wipes – cleaning, baby or adult wet wipes
  • No trash – feminine hygiene products, baby diapers, floss, Q-tips, cotton balls, dryer sheets, cigarette butts, paper towels
  • No medications
  • No kitty litter
  • No coffee grounds
  • No oil or grease

To keep it simple, nothing should go into the sewer system other than what comes out of your body and toilet paper.

Respond to Alarms

Have you ever ignored an alarm that was sounding from the sewer system? There are alarms to tell you when an element of the system isn't functioning the way that it should. When you silence the alarm and walk away, the problem isn't fixed—you've just stopped the noise.

When an alarm sounds, get outside and check the yard—is there any waste water puddling around the system? If so, do not run any more water into the system. It could end up backing up into the house.

The next thing to do is call a company like Autry's Backhoe & Septic Service for repairs. You might not be able to identify where the problem is, but you know that there's a problem what will not resolve itself—it will only get worse.

If you've suffered from an exterior or interior backup and the alarm didn't sound at all, either there's a blockage preventing the waste water from making it to the pump or the alarms aren't working. One problem that prevents the alarm from sounding is when the pump and the alarm are on the same breaker and the breaker trips. Since there's no power going to either the pump or the alarm, waste water won't be pumped, and you won't be alerted.

Talk with your local sewer pump installation professional for further assistance determining what's going on with your sewer system before you find yourself up to your knees in waste water in the basement.


About Me

Troubleshooting Septic Problems

When we first purchased our home in the mountains, I had no idea what I was up against. Whenever we would visit, I was surprised to see and smell the way that the property had changed. I realized that the vacation home always smelled like sewage, and it was really worrisome. I knew that I needed to do something to make things right, so I started looking into the plumbing system. I discovered that we had a septic tank, and that it needed to be pumped. This blog is all about troubleshooting septic system problems so that you can keep your place clean and sanitary.