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What You Need To Know About Septic Pumps

For a septic system to remove wastewater, it often takes advantage of gravity by being built on a slope. A septic pump can aid wastewater removal when gravity is not acting in its favor. If you have a septic system that includes a pump or want to have one installed, here’s what you need to know about septic pumping.


In single chamber septic tanks, septic pumps are installed in a pump station outside the tank. Otherwise, they are installed inside the septic tank. Septic pumps work by using a float switch. The switch is triggered when enough effluent in the tank is removed into the drain field. When the float switch is triggered, the pump uses a propeller to force the effluent out of the tank.


Septic tank pumping is a very hands-off task. However,  you should always be mindful of your septic pump. Pay attention if it starts making any unusual noises or activating abnormally. These are early signs that your pump could be failing or clogging. It’s also an excellent idea to equip your pump with an alarm that will trigger when the wastewater level is too high.


Septic pump failure is typically not something to be too worried about, as long as you don’t flush or dump any materials your system isn’t designed for and have regular maintenance done. However, in terms of maintenance, we recommend having your pump serviced once or twice a year to check the filters and alarms and clean and remove any blockage.

Septic pumps aren’t complicated, but they can be intimidating. We’re here to help. For installation, maintenance, and any other San Antonio septic pumping needs, give Busy B Septic a call today.

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