Grinder pumps are a great alternative to septic tanks as they do not need to be emptied and emit no smell if properly cared for. A new grinder pump goes an average of eight years before needing repair. Whether your grinder pump is brand new or if it was already installed on the property, you may be wondering how to tell when your apparatus needs to be serviced. Here are some situations where a service person may need to called to repair your grinder pump:
For regular maintenance
To keep your grinder pump in top working order, it's imperative to schedule annual maintenance appointments with your service provider. The service person will check the oil levels of the machinery that grind the wastewater, inspect the motor and replace any worn out pieces, and look for potential clogs and leaks. Your service person will also wash out the unit to discourage odors from forming.
The alarm is going off
When an alarm goes off on a grinder pump, one of the components may have failed and there is a risk of a sewage back-up. The alarm may also go off after a power outage because grinder pumps are powered by electricity. You can press the silence button to stop the alarm bells. If the service light is still on after 15 minutes, you should call the service number provided on the pump. Do not run any water until the pump is serviced.
If you have an older grinder pump, you may want to periodically run a test on the alarm to see if is working properly. To run the test: Turn the power switch off on the grinder. Fill up a bathtub with 20 gallons of water then let it drain after the pump is switched off. As the pump fill up with water, the alarm should be triggered because the pump is filling up but not processing the wastewater. It's important to know that the alarm is working properly to avoid a sewage back-up.
When your pump isn't coming on properly or won't stop grinding
If your pump doesn't switch on and off in a normal manner, it is likely to be clogged with a foreign substance. Some likely culprits are cooking grease, feminine sanitary products, kitty litter, or baby wipes. These items should never be flushed down the toilet or washed down the kitchen sink. But accidents do happen or you may have a clueless house guest who didn't realize that these items could not be disposed of via wastewater.
For more information, contact a company like Fernco Pump Service.
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