Constructing A New Sewer System? Tips On Maintaining A Lift Station

If you are opening a new sewer business, you will need a lift station. If you have never used one before below is some information about what a lift station is. You will also find tips on how to take proper care of the lift station so it will last you a long time.

Learn What a Lift Station Is

A lift station, also called a sewage pump station, is used to pump sewage or wastewater from lower ground to higher ground when there is no gravity system in place. This is common because gravity systems can be very expensive. For this reason, installing a lift station can save you a lot of money as they are less expensive.

There are different parts to a lift station, such as a wet well, which is also known as a wastewater receiving well. This well is generally equipped with a grinding or a screen to prevent course materials from getting into the well.  Other parts of the lift station are the piping and pump, ventilation system, power supply, alarm system, and odor control system.

Perform Lift Station Maintenance

It is important that you maintain your lift station on a regular basis. This will ensure it works properly and will extend its life. One of the most important things you can do is to keep the lift station clean and inspected. To clean it and keep it clean you need to pump the wells. A septic service company can tell you how often you should do this. This will prevent waste from backing up and sludge from building up on the well walls. Both things would cause a lot of damage to the septic system.

The float also need to be cleaned periodically, as well as the cover. You can use a pressure washer to clean each of these. When cleaning the lift station make sure you purchase cleaners that are specifically made for that purpose. This will help you prevent damaging the lift station accidentally.

You also need to check the insulation resistance on a regular basis. This test will ensure the motor winding is correct. The pump flow rate should also be tested. Your lift system should have a flow meter to monitor this.

If you want to ensure your lift station is properly cleaned and maintained, hire a professional septic service like Grease Bugs to do this job for you. If you would like to do it on your own this service can explain the information above in more detail, as well as tell you the best cleaners to purchase.