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Is Your Sewer Pump Failing? What To Do Now

Have you been having issues with your home's sewer system? If the sewer pump quits working, things can become very messy very quickly. If you think you sewer pump has stopped working, there are a few things to try to get it pumping the waste water again. Here, you'll find a short list of things to check prior to having the pump replaced.

Check the Breaker

The very first thing to do is to check the breaker panel – the sewer pump should be connected to its own breaker. Do you see anything tripped? Do you know which breaker is connected to the sewer pump? If so, try resetting the breaker to see if a restart could kick the pump back into gear.

Check the Tank

Lift the access lid to see what's going on in your sewer holding tank. Is it completely full of wastewater? If so, you're going to have to call someone to have the tank pumped out before you can gain access to the pump. Call to have your tank emptied before it backs up into your home. If the holding tank is full, there's nowhere left for the wastewater to go. It will back up very soon.

Pull the Pump Float

The sewer pump operates using a float trigger. When the wastewater rises, the float rises. When the float reaches a certain point, the pump is supposed to turn on and pull the water from the tank. Get a long stick or something that allows you to reach down and pull upwards on the float. Sometimes, this is all that it'll take to get the pump working again. If this works, you should probably pull the pump out of the tank and clean it well. The float arm may have debris or corrosion built up around it preventing it from functioning properly.

Call for Professional Repairs

This isn't a problem that you can put off for several weeks with the hopes of it fixing itself. If you don't want, or have the ability, to do the repairs yourself, call in the professional sewer pump repair technicians. You and those you share your home with rely on this system too much to have it fail on a regular basis. Get it fixed right the first time around and you won't have to worry each time you flush.

Hopefully, the tips above will help you get the sewer pump working and your home will be safe from all of that nasty damage. Companies like Forrest Sewer Pump Service can help.