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Sump Pump Replacement: It All Comes Down to Size and HorsepowerThe power of gravity enables most sewage systems to move liquids and solids down a line. Sometimes, however, there may be situations when it is not possible to install plumbing devices uphill from a city sewage system or a septic system. In these cases, a sump pump becomes indispensable in moving effluent. If it is malfunctioning, you may need sump pump replacement.

The pump does one job, and one job only – to move liquids and solids between locations, and it has to do this almost constantly. Typically, the pump sits submerged in a sewage basin, which must be in the lowest part of the area needing to be drained. Although the pump mainly handles liquids, there are times when solids need to travel through the system, too. Most residential pumps can handle solids up to 2 inches in diameter.

When the time comes for sump pump replacement, the main criterion for homeowners is to determine what size to buy. Usually, sump pumps are rated in horsepower between 0.5 and 1. The pump size should be based on the amount of sewage and wastewater that needs to be transported. This is typically expressed in g/ph (gallons per hour).

Household sewage pumps are generally capable of moving between 5,500 and 8,000 gallons per hour. Price will also depend on horsepower rating.

If you live in Polk County, Florida, and think you need sump pump replacement or repair, visit us at Lee Kirk & Sons Septic. And if you’ve already hired us for sump pump replacement or other septic services, please hop on over to Google + and leave us a review. We’d love to hear your feedback!