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Pump replacement in a septic system can be time-consuming and frustrating if you don’t know where to look, who to call, or what to do in an emergency. This article will give you some tips and tools you can use while evaluating your need for pump replacement.

Pump Replacement: Keeping Things Moving

The most important step to take while handling any septic issue is to understand the type of septic system you have. Different types of septic systems can have multiple pumps, so knowing whether it’s the grinder pump, riser pump, or sump pump that’s having troubles is the first thing you should figure out.

Pump ReplacementNot all pumps are created equal here, as the grinder pump contains an internal mechanism that grinds waste passing through it from your structure. By grinding the waste into smaller pieces, the septic tank and its bacteria can more easily break the waste down. This pump is usually inside the home, connected to the drain pipe that exits the house to the septic system.

Comparatively, a riser pump is used when the drain field is at a higher elevation than the septic tank. As a result, the effluent must be pumped uphill before entering the drain field. Different building and health codes will require different wiring setups, alarm systems, and fail safes for septic systems, so it’s important to know these rules or to work with a professional that has the tools and experience to complete your pump replacement correctly.

At Lee Kirk & Sons Septic, our first mission is to provide our customers with the very best workmanship and customer service for all of their septic needs. Over a half-century of experience in Polk County and the surrounding areas, including Davenport, Lakeland, and Plant City, we’re very familiar with all of the requirements for local septic systems, and can help you to install, replace, or repair your septic system so it better meets your needs.