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Question DetailsAsked on 1/13/2017

looking for a plumber to replace septic pump in the 46140 area

my tank alarm went off last night went out and checked both tanks one is the solids the other is for liquids and the pump is not draining the liquid to the drain field in the yard.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Plumbing would be what you would think would be your Search the List category - but actually not so much. Many Septic system companies do this, and much more commonly than Plumbers, though some only do pumping so you would have to ask to be sure you getone that does lift pump installs/replacements. When you call be sure to tell the vendor you are talking about a SEPTIC SYSTEM lift pump to the leach field from the tank or septic manifold, NOT an in-house septic lift or grinder pump - many plumbers will not work that sort of septic lift pump job.

And don't run any water or flush toilets until fixed because you will likely back up sewage into the house or overflow the tank, or cause a blockage in the lines leading to or from the tank.

Of course, first thing to check would be if power is getting to the pump - though if the breaker tripped even though it might work again now if you reset it, that would be indicative of it at least needing an inspection of the pump and wiring to eliminate the cause so it does not happen again - breakers or thermal resets VERY rarely trip without good cause - either an overload or water/condensation in the wiring.

Occasionally those pumps will pick up a solid that blocks them and causes a breaker or thermal protector on the motor to trip, but then spits the solid back out when the pump stops under load (tends to turn backwards a bit at that time), but I would not count on that being the case without checking it out - plus solids like that should not be in the lift pump pit - they should be dropping out in the first stage of the septic tank. so it could be indicative of debris getting into the pump chamber or the tank needing pumping.

Oh - BTW - while I guess it is possible and you may know your system well enough to know, but usually there is only one tank with two hatches on modern ones commonly - one hatch into solids and one into liquids side as you say, but almost always just one tank with a baffle or two dividing the two sides or "chambers" to drop out solids and to strip off floating materials in the two parts of the tank respectively. Some tanks also have only one larger hatch that allows access to both chambers of the tank.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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