What is a Septic Lift Station?

As with most aspects of your properties sewer system, the components don’t matter to you until there is a problem. So let’s first understand what a septic lift station is and how it works. Here in Southwest Florida, the area we service is flat. Charlotte County, for example, the wastewater from a house may need to be pumped to a higher level in order for the water to be properly and safely treated. Wastewater from a septic system generally uses gravity and a drain field treat the waste water. When the area is too flat, a pump is used to get this water to a higher area.

These lift pumps need to work at all times or the septic system won’t work. Our expert technicians here at Martin Septic have the ability to install and troubleshoot and replace your lift station pump if needed.

How do Septic Lift Stations Work?

The only different between a septic system which uses a septic lift station one the doesn’t is simply the pumps and controls. When the sewage that is stored in a septic tank reaches a preset level, a sensor is triggered that turns on the pump. Then the wastewater is pumped to the next location or destination depending on how we design your system. You don’t need to know all the details, but we do. We also can help by setting up regularly scheduled maintenance so that you can avoid problems in the future as well. Keep in mind theĀ pumps, electronic controls, and electrical system are all in a constant corrosive environment, so lift stations require maintenance to head off the need for costly repairs.

Proper maintenance includes wet wells being pumped out and cleaned to prevent solids and grease buildup, inspection of the pumps, greasing of the check valves, and inspections and cleaning of the floats to assure proper performance. Also included is an inspection of all electrical motor-control equipment and of the basin, clean-outs, and covers to prevent buildup.

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