Sources Of Septic Pump Failures

30 October 2020
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The pump that moves water from your septic tank to the drain field is one of the most important components of your home's plumbing system. When this pump fails, it can lead to the home's drains becoming backed up. In particular, there are several problems that can be especially likely to cause problems for septic pumps.

Excessive Mechanical Wear

A septic pump will experience substantial usage over the course of time, and this can lead to it suffering fairly major wear and tear. Eventually, this wear will become severe enough to cause the septic pump to fail. While routine maintenance of this unit can help to limit this damage, it is an inevitability that the pump will eventually have to be replaced. While some mechanical issues will result in the pump immediately failing, most will result in decreased performance for some time before it causes the unit to fail. This can allow observant homeowners to schedule repairs at the first sign of these damages occurring.

Clogs In The Pump

Large pieces of debris getting in the pump can cause a serious clog that could result in the pump immediately failing. Once this problem has developed, emergency repairs will need to be scheduled. Unfortunately, it can be possible for these clogs to cause structural damage to the pump, and if this occurs, the entire unit may have to be replaced. A professional septic pump repair contractor will be able to use a small camera to inspect the clog to determine whether this damage has occurred and whether the clog can be easily freed. You can help to reduce the risk of these clogs forming by having the septic tank periodically cleaned, as this will remove the larger substances and materials that could potentially cause clogs to develop.

Electrical Damage

A septic pump will require intense amounts of power in order to function. As a result, damage occurring to the electrical system of the pump can have major performance impacts on it. In some cases, it may even cause the pump to completely lose power. Furthermore, modern septic pumps may incorporate computerized controls to maximize performance, and these systems can behave in unexpected ways if electrical issues start to develop. Power surges can be one of the most common reasons for these damages to occur. Protecting the septic pump system with a surge suppression attachment can be important for preventing this type of damage from forcing you to completely replace your home's septic pump.

For more information about septic pumps, contact a local septic service.