What You Should Know About Your Residential Grinder Pump

10 April 2015
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Sewage grinder pumps are increasingly used to process effluent either before it hits your septic tank, or in concert with a municipal wastewater system. Many municipal systems are increasingly demanding that residents switch septic systems to sewage lines through the use of a grinder pump, especially where rural locations require the use of one to process waste into the main line. So if you're a homeowner that's scheduled to switch to a grinder pump (such as those offered by Fyle's Honey Wagon) for your sewage line installations, there are a few things that you should know.

It Has A Small Footprint

Grinder pumps are composed of a pump, a holding tank, and an alarm panel, which are all included in a central unit. Sewage grinder pumps are smaller than you may have envisioned, with caps that reach diameters of a couple of feet across, often buried inconspicuously in your yard or located in the basement of your home. If you haven't had one installed yet, and are considering the best place to install one, you'll need to keep lines buried below the frost line (if located outside), and you'll want to keep it close to an electricity source.

There's Minimal Maintenance

Once a grinder pump is installed, you won't have to maintain it, unless you have a model that uses a float in the holding tank. This model requires that you sometimes remove the cap and hose off some of the effluent from the float that can stick to the side of the holding tank, causing a false alarm. Beyond this, most models of grinder pumps are installed and work with only the help of an electricity source. If your pump stops working and it's owned by the city, municipal workers will be obligated to work on it for free. If you have one installed yourself, most include warranties that will cover problems and defective parts, but you'll still have to either attempt repairs yourself or hire a plumber. Generally though, if you flush only toilet paper and wastewater into your pump, your pump will grind and get rid of the effluent without any maintenance on your part.

Highly Efficient Processing

Grinder pumps for residential applications range from 1-2 horsepower, which all work to grind your your effluent into a fine slurry that is then pumped into a municipal line. The line that connects either your house or septic tank to the grinder pump is 3 inches in diameter or less, with another line of the same diameter that proceeds from the pump to the municipal line. So the grinding action of the pump is highly efficient at processing your home's effluent for removal. Storage in the holding tank happens until capacity is reached and the pumping unit is activated to send your effluent into the main line.