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Septic Pump RepairA septic pump empties excess waste and water from a tank to allow the tank to continue doing its job. Most septic systems have an automatic sewage pump to remove household waste. Many tanks also require pumps to remove water in order to remain eco-friendly. If you don’t have your septic tank cleaned regularly, a myriad of problems can arise, including environmental damage and foul odors.

To help avoid pump repair issues, a septic tank needs to be emptied regularly. Due to the presence of oxygen, biodegradable waste decomposes. Over time, decomposition ceases because the tank gets too full. When waste is taking up more than 35% of the tank’s capacity, that’s when it usually needs to be emptied by a professional septic contractor.

Septic tank systems have internal control and measuring mechanisms, as well. These include control floats, a high-water alarm, and an effluent pump. The floats ensure that the volume of effluent goes to the drain field. When the control float reaches the ‘on’ position and the effluent reaches a certain level, the pump activates and the effluent is pumped out until the float control returns to the ‘off’ level.

When the control float malfunctions, effluent continues to rise in the tank. If this occurs, an audible alarm activates when the tank reaches a certain point. Effluent is then diverted into an emergency storage space. A septic pump repair technician will need to determine the reason for malfunction.

If you are having troubles with your septic system, contact us at Lee Kirk & Sons Septic in Lakeland, FL. Our services include septic pump repair, septic installation, drain field repair, and more.