Sewer Ejector Pumps: Troubleshooting The Most Common Problems

Posted on: 28 November 2016

While there are many homeowners who rely on sewer ejector pumps, most don't know a great deal about them. These pumps are a part of sewer systems that would otherwise have trouble delivering waste and wastewater to a designated sewer system or septic tank, either because of a steep incline in the drainage lines or some other obstacle. Therefore, these pumps serve a highly valuable service. If you have a sewer ejector pump in place in your septic system, it is a good idea to get to know a few of the problems that can arise so you will know when it is time to reach out to a septic service professional for help. 

Problem: The pump refuses to kick on even the the collection pit is full.

Cause and solution: Make sure your pump is still plugged in securely. If it is, check that the breaker that operates the pump in your electrical panel has not tripped. Most of the time, failure to start is an electrical or power supply issue. If you don't find issues with power supply, check the wiring of the pump to ensure there are no signs of damage that could be causing the problem. If none of this seems to be the problem, there is a chance that the motor of the pump has failed and the pump will need to be replaced. 

Problem: The pump kicks on, but it does not remove any waste from the collection pit.

Cause and Solution: In most cases, this problem is a simple solution. Check to make sure the pump's impeller is not jammed or broken. Because the impeller is responsible for actually pushing the wastewater out, if it is dysfunctional, the pump will not be able to expel the contents of the collection pit as usual.

Problem: The pump runs for a short period, but kicks off well before the collection pit is empty.

Cause and Solution: The sewer ejector pump is designed to kick on when wastewater levels reach a certain level and then shut down once that level is down. So if the pump is not expelling the complete contents of the pit before shutting down it is definitely a sign that there's something wrong. Make sure the pump is not kicking off because it is overheating, which is common with older pumps. If it is overheating, it could mean the motor's impeller is not turning as it should. 


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