Pump Up the Grind!

Do you have issues with your septic tank or sewage line backing up? If so, you may want to consider a Grinder Pump for your system.

What is a grinder pump?

A grinder pump station contains the pump, the tank, and an alarm panel. A cutting mechanism macerates waste and grinds any items that might get flushed down the toilet. Included in the pump housing or as an external device are level sensors to alert the pump when to activate. If the sensors or pump malfunction, there should be an alarm buzzer and an indicator light to alert the property owner of the problem.

The tank is generally made from fiberglass, high-density polyethylene, or fiberglass-reinforced polyester. It has an inlet opening and a discharge opening. Pipes from the building are connected to the inlet; the pipe that leads to the sewer main is connected to the discharge. Often more than one building or restroom can be connected to a grinder station. In this case, more than one inlet can be installed. It is always good to consult the manufacturer first. There is a lid on the tank that is made from heavy-duty plastic or metal and is bolted or padlocked shut to prevent unauthorized entry.

What type of Preventative Maintenance is needed for a Grinder Pump?

Generally, grinder pumps do not require preventive maintenance. However, if the tank utilizes a float switch, grease build-up on the float may cause it not to make contact, therefore, not turning the pump on. For this reason, grinder pumps may need to be hosed down occasionally.

What can I grind?

Property owners are generally not limited by what they can or cannot pour down their drains because they have a grinder pump. However, certain things should never be flushed or poured down any drain, whether it has a grinder pump connected or not. Some of the items include diapers, feminine hygiene products, kitty litter, paint, or any kind of oil.
Disposable wipes used for personal use or cleaning, etc., are causing problems in areas all around the United States. They cause problems with clogs, as well as with grinder pumps, lift stations, and sewage treatment plants. Some wipes say they are safe for sewers, some say to flush one at a time, or sometimes they say not for pump systems. Consumer Reports recommend that all wipes should be put in a garbage can.

My Grinder Pump isn’t working! Who do I call?

If you are having any type of sewage or septic tank issues, please trust a professional commercial plumber.

Hardy Services is here to help with all of your Plumbing and HVAC needs. Let Hardy Services “Pump UP the Grind” and solve your plumbing issues. We promise not to dance!.. at least while someone is looking.