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How To Replace A Septic Tank Pump

How To Replace A Septic Tank Pump

Once your septic alarm goes off, you know it’s time for a septic tank repair. There are several pumps for each septic system, and if even one isn’t working as it should be, it will cause problems. If a pump malfunctions, the waste will get backed up into the house. It is important to keep track of your septic tank and be aware of any signs of malfunction. With Septic Connection, you will learn how to replace your septic tank pump once it gives out.

The Septic System

In a septic system, all the waste and water get carried down one sewer pipe into the septic tank. The waste then sits in the septic tank until the wastewater floats to the top and the solids settle down. When the water has reached its maximum height level, the grinder pump breaks down the solid wastes into smaller pieces and the waste and water get carried down a series of pipes to a drain field. the liquids then get drained into the soil and the solids get further broken down by anaerobic bacteria.

If any of the pumps involved in this process get damaged or don’t work properly, it can cause a build up and get backed up into your house or cause greater messes that no one wants. Septic Connection offers septic tank pumping and checkups on your septic tank system.

Pump Installation

Once you’ve figured out you need a septic tank repair, you may get to work by first turning off electrical power to the grinder pump circuit. Take out your broken pump and install the new alarm system. Once you’ve taken out your old pump, connect the new pump to your electrical system. To replace the pump, start by lowering it into the tank by the lift rope. Reattach the union on the assembly and turn on the breaker at the electrical panel once you’ve plugged in the pump. Switch to the "On" setting on your pump tank. Check to make sure the pumping is working by watching the water level drop. If it’s working properly, you’re all set!


To reduce the need of septic tank pumping, you can take certain proactive measures. These will help your septic system and save your worries of any unexpected sewer surprises.

  • Reduce water usage – Utilizing high-productivity, water-saving fixtures can incredibly diminish how much water goes into the septic framework. Fixing breaks and leaks is one more method for lessening the abuse of water that can make the septic tank fill quicker.
  • Solid Blockage – Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. Any other solid particle can cause damage to the pipes and the septic system. Instead of flushing down the toilet, keep a trash can near you so that you can be reminded to throw waste in there instead.
  • Avoid Chemicals – Just like solids, avoid putting chemicals down the drain as well. These chemicals can mess with the bacteria and can harm the septic system. Avoid the chemicals recommended for improving the system as well, unless provided from a professional.

A hard task like septic pump replacement is not something you can usually do on your own. If you are not educated and experienced in the topic, it’s best to leave it for the professionals. Call Septic Connection and ask for your septic repair today.