Pumping stations are capable of handling sewage, surface water and waste water. Private pumping stations are sometimes used to connect remote properties to the main sewer network. The station is there to pump fluids from your property (or properties, if it is designed to serve more than one) to the main network.
As with everything else in life, pumping stations can sometimes fail. If it only happens very occasionally the problem can often be resolved quite easily. However if you find your pumping station is continually failing you should consider what the problem might be.
Over time one or more of the pipes in the station can become partially or completely blocked. If you are continually experiencing leaks or flooding it is very likely a blockage could be the culprit. The blockage should be located and removed in order to get the system up and running reliably again.
Build Up of Grease
This is another common issue – more so if you have a habit of washing fat and grease down your sink instead of finding another method of disposal. This grease builds up in the pumping station and forms a thick layer that sits on top of the water. Not only does it cause blockages, it also puts a lot of stress on the pump and can cause it to fail faster. Intensive cleaning is the solution here.
Sump Needs Emptying
The fat deposits mentioned above can collect in the sump, along with other items flushed down sinks and toilets. Regular cleaning and emptying of the sump is best done when your pumping station is serviced, so it is not allowed to build up to a point where it could cause the station to fail. Cleaning should include a proper jet wash annually, making sure the float switch and the pump are both included.
Storm Water Flooding the System
Every pumping station has an alarm fitted to alert householders to high levels in the system. If storm water enters the system and floods it, it can set off this alarm.
Ideally the alarm should never sound. If it does it means the system is unable to cope with the amount of fluid pouring into it. This is more likely during storms and flash flooding, but it can also indicate blockages and other problems as mentioned above.
Pump Is Too Small
The size of the pump must be appropriate for your particular pumping station. If the pump is too small it will not be able to cope with the flow of water entering the system. This will cause it to fail.
The solution here would be to have a larger pump installed; this should stop the problem from occurring in the first place.
As you can see it is best to seek out the source of a problem as soon as it occurs. Regular maintenance will minimise the odds of experiencing a problem in the first place, making life easier for you in the long run.