A sewage pump is a component of a septic system that moves waste to the septic tank. There are different types of pumps that you can buy, which vary in size. Most pumps can handle solid waste for up to two inches in diameter. These pumps are specifically designed to transport human waste and toilet paper. If you are experiencing waste backup frequently, it may be time to replace your septic system’s sewage pump.

Grinder Pumps

Waste from home appliances that use water such as showers, toilets, and sinks flows hrough your home plumbing and into the grinder pump tank. There is a limit to how much wastewater the tank can hold. A grinder pump in your system knows when the tank is filled to capacity. Once it reaches this level, the pump activates and grinds the waste into smaller pieces before moving it to your septic tank. Grinder pumps work similarly a garbage disposal as they both grind up material that is sent through it. However, keep in mind that just like a garbage disposal, a grinder pump is made to only handle human waste and toilet paper.

Submersible Pumps

Submersible pumps are beneficial for homes that have basements, are on a split-level, or are located in a low-lying area. These pumps are automatic and quickly drain water to prevent flooding. If you have a high-pressure sewer system, a quality submersible pump can be beneficial. Such a pump uses less power and performs more quietly than other pump options. Submersible pumps are usually installed in what is known as a “sump pit”. A sump pit is a hole in the ground that collects water. It is where pumps can be installed in your septic system.

Effluent Pumps

Effluent pumps are known to be dependable and long-lasting. Effluent pumps are similar to the other options as they are also able to pump sewage waste solids. However, effluent pumps are not able to handle as much as other sewage pumps. Typically, these pumps handle solids ¾” or less in diameter. The water that is drained by an effluent pump is known as “greywater” as it is neither clean water or sewage water. Greywater refers to any water that comes out of the drains of bathtubs, sinks, washing machines, and showers.

If you are looking to keep your sewage pumps in tip top shape, consider trying Maxx’s Products Premium Products for proper maintenance for a healthy septic system. Our environmentally-friendly products help to replenish essential bacteria. Contact us online or give us a call at 800-397-2384 to speak with one of our septic system professionals.

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