Septic Pump Trouble 101: The Basics


Depending on the slope and layout of your property and your septic system, you may have an effluent pump in your septic tank to help push waste from the tank to the drain field. Like any other type of mechanical part, these pumps are not immune to malfunctions and component failures. Many homeowners don't give their septic pump a second thought until there's a problem, and even then they may not realize the pump is the issue. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to know about your septic system's effluent pump and the malfunctions that can occur.

Signs Of Effluent Pump Failure

The first thing that you need to understand is the signs that your septic pump is failing. Many of the signs of a failing pump are similar to those that indicate that your septic tank needs to be pumped and cleaned. When the pump isn't working as it should, the tank fills up with wastewater that should be flowing to the drain field, but it isn't. 

As a result, you may notice that the ground around your septic tank is wet even when there hasn't been any rainy weather. You may also start to notice a foul odor in your yard. The odor is a result of the waste not being properly pumped and processed through the drain field. As the problem progresses, you'll often also notice that your drains flow slowly or you start experiencing drain backups. 

If you have had your septic tank pumped in the last couple of years and your usage hasn't increased exponentially, these signs are usually an indication that your septic pump isn't doing its job anymore.

Causes Of Effluent Pump Failure

There are many different reasons why your septic system's effluent pump may not be functioning as it should. Start by checking your circuit breakers to be sure that the breaker powering the pump hasn't tripped. If it's not tripped, that means that the pump is getting power. 

The pump itself may be clogged. Sometimes, waste can get stuck in the pump, inhibiting any flow through the system. Your septic pump technician can flush it out to restore its operation. 

You may also find that there's a mechanical or electrical problem in the pump itself. Like any other mechanical component, septic pumps suffer wear and tear. If your pump hasn't been inspected recently, there may be damage that has led to the component's failure.

If you're experiencing trouble with your home's septic system, reach out to a septic system technician right away. They can inspect the pump and determine the source of the problem.


12 July 2021

Fast Facts and Deep Insights: Septic Edition

As you read the articles on this website, you will notice two things. First, they are all about septic services in some ways. Second, some go deep — and others are full of more surface-level facts. This is kind of like your septic system itself! The tank is buried deep, but the drain field is more superficial. You don't have to be an expert on septic systems, but as someone who owns one, you should at least know how to tell when something is wrong with yours so you can call for service. You'll get that level of understanding from this blog — and probably more!