Sewage Pump Repair, Replacement, & Installation Indianapolis
Your Indianapolis-area home is your haven, providing you with a place to relax and escape from the world at large. As a result, the last thing you need is wastewater or black water (toilet waste) backing up into your basement or other areas of your home. Thankfully, if your home has a sewage pump, the vast majority of days go by without even a thought of sewage overflow passing through your mind.
However, failure of your sewage pump can cause a homeowner’s worst nightmares to come true. When the worst happens in your home, it’s important to address the issue immediately – and with a local sewage pump expert. Fortunately, the plumbing experts at Plumb Doctor specialize in sewage pump repair, replacement, and installation, and can help you address the issue before extensive damage occurs in your home.
How Does a Sewage Pump Work?
You likely already know that your sewage pump works to eject wastewater and toilet waste out of your home and into the local Indianapolis sewer system or into your septic system if you have one. Usually installed in the basement in a sealed pit, or in a holding tank outside, most modern sewage pumps are housed in plastic or fiberglass – though older models may be placed in a metal pit. In some cases, you may have a backup sewage pump installed that can take over if your initial pump fails.
When wastewater from your home enters the pit, it accumulates to a certain predetermined level, causing a float to rise in the process. When the float reaches a critical level, a float switch activates the pump, forcing the wastewater into the next tank or into a drain, depending on your configuration. In some cases, if your system encounters issues, an alarm will sound.
Common Sewage Pump Issues
If you have an older sewage pump housed in a metal pit, the metal will corrode over time and leak sewage and foul odors into your basement. Another source of sewage odor and backups can be a simple pump failure, which causes wastewater to build up until it leaks onto your floor. In both cases, call for repair or replacement immediately, before the situation worsens.
Other sources of sewage pump failures involve failures in the check valve and float switch. If they activate too frequently, the pump may wear out prematurely; if they fail to activate at all, the system can overflow. Sometimes, if bulky items like feminine hygiene products, masses of toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, and more enter the system, they can clog the discharge pipe or pump or even damage the float.
Choose Plumb Doctor For Your Indianapolis Sewage Pump Repair, Replacement, or Installation
At Plumb Doctor, we’re proud to have a licensed, insured team on hand that can perform the initial installation of a sewage pump for your new Indianapolis-area home or see to your sewage pump repair and replacement needs. When you call on our sewage pump experts, we will arrive on-time and ready to assess your sewage pump situation. We’ll clean your pit, identify the issue, and give you options to remedy the problem with your pump, pipes, or pit as cost-effectively as possible.