A sewage lift pump is used to transfer sewage liquids and solids from one place to another. Usually, in residential applications, sewage includes soft solids up to 2″ in diameter is pumped from a sewage basin to a sewer system or a septic tank. A sewage lift pump in Muskegon, Whitehall, Holland, Grand Haven, Allendale, Twin Lake, and Coopersville is installed at the lowest point of the sewage basin. Since the pump is submerged most of the time, it is also referred to as a submersible sewage pump. Sewage lift pump can be automatic, manual or dual mode. A dual-mode pump contains a piggyback plug, which allows the pump to be used as either manual, wherein the pump bypasses the switch and is plugged in directly into the socket or as automatic, wherein the pump is plugged in through the floating switch and works only when the switch is activated. Due to a possibility of sewage overflow, it is generally not advised to use a manual sewage pump inside of a sewage basin.
Sewage lift pumps are centrifugal pumps, with special design enabling solids to pass without clogging the pump. When the pump is turned on, the motor starts to rotate the impeller, creating the pressure that pushes water into the impeller and goes into the discharge pipe. The sewage pump is powered through a 10-25 ft. electric cord. Depending on the model, the voltage can be 115, 230, 460, or 575 volts. The pump housing, which contains a motor and an impeller, is made with cast iron and is built for long term use.
Benefits of Sewage Pumps
The sewage lift pump is designed to remove water build-up from basements and crawlspaces and safely deposit it through the wastewater system of a house. The operation of a sump pump is relatively simple, although their installation and maintenance is more complicated.
Here the major benefits of having a sewage pump:
- Prevent flooding damage – When heavy rains trigger a flood of water into your basement, you can quickly have 15 inches of floodwater covering the floor and damaging almost everything inside, which can be especially devastating if you store valuable items in the basement. With a working sump pump, this disaster can be averted easily.
- Reduce the threat of mold and mildew – Continual dampness inside a basement from water in stagnant pools will contribute to the growth of mold and mildew. Not only are these both damaging to building material, but they are health problems as well.
- Reduce the risk of fire – The water will short-circuit the appliances in the basement, such as laundry machines, water heaters, and heating systems. So, aside from ruining these valuable appliances, water can also create a fire danger. A sump pump will keep the water from threatening equipment that could trigger household fires.
If you have a problem with your sewage pump system, we will remedy the situation in the most cost-effective means possible. We can clean out the pit and determine what repair your pump, pit or pipes may need or replace the pump if it has failed. West Michigan Septic Sewer and Drain Services typically do sewage lift pump repair in Michigan. Call today!