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Caring For Your New Home's Sewer Pump

by Tara Pena

Have you recently purchased a home? Do you know if your new house contains a sewer pump or not? While the concept might seem strange or confusing if you've never heard of it before, sewage pumps or sewage ejector pumps are an important piece of equipment in many homes. If this is the first time that you've heard of the concept, keep reading to find out more about sewer pumps and the needs that they have.

What is a sewer pump? If a home has a basement with a bathroom, it almost certainly has a sewer pump. A sewer pump lifts wastewater up from below, pushing it against gravity, into the sewer line. Should it break down and be in need of a sewer pump repair, your basement would start to flood with sewage. For obvious reasons, this would be be both smelly as well as both hazardous and potentially expensive to clean up. As a result, you'll want to make sure that you take proper care of your sewer pump in order to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

Do sewer pumps need special treatment? A sewer pump can only handle toilet paper and wastewater. The pump typically blends feces, toilet paper, and wastewater together to form a uniform liquid that can be easily pumped into the sewer line. Heavier and more-difficult- or impossible-to-shred materials like paper towels, sanitary napkins, tampons, or condoms can get caught in a sewer pump and cause damage. To avoid unnecessarily having to call out a sewer pump repair technician, make sure not to flush anything down the toilet except for bodily waste products and toilet paper. If you have a child who flushes something like an action figure down the basement toilet, that has the potential to cause enough damage that you'll actually need to completely replace the pump instead of simply repairing it.

What maintenance does a sewer pump need? In general, it's a good idea to have a technician come out to look at your pump at least annually. He or she will be able to tell you if any parts are wearing out and if it looks like the pump will need to be replaced soon. Between visits by the sewer pump repair technician, it may be wise to lubricate the pump. Ask your technician whether or not your model of pump needs to be lubricated every few months and, if so, to show you how to perform the task.

For more information on sewer pump repair, contact a company like Forrest Sewer Pump Service.