Homes equipped with a grinder pump have an amazing tool. A septic grinder pump can grind and pump waste from water-using household appliances into a septic tank or central sewer system. This can save you lots of time and money in the long run. However, do you know about grinder pump maintenance? In today’s post, we’ll provide you with a maintenance checklist, as well as tell you what you shouldn’t flush down there.
Grinder Pump Maintenance Checklist
Take a look at this simple upkeep checklist. If you want to ensure your grinder pump works optimally for a long time, then you need to follow these steps. Every routine maintenance should include:
- Inspecting the oil level and checking for contamination in the septic grinder pump motor chamber.
- Checking the pump impeller and body for any clogs or clotting.
- Inspecting the pump motor and bearings (replace these as needed).
- Examining the grinder pump motor seal for wear and possible leaks.
- Checking the septic grinder pump breather vent and clearing any debris or clogs.
If you perform all these tasks, you can rest assured you won’t have any major problems.
Grinder Pump Maintenance: What Not to Flush
Let’s review what you should not flush down your grinder pump and why.
- Paper towels – Toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water. Paper towels are designed to hold water. Perhaps the #1 cause of common clogs!
- Cosmetic wipes, baby wipes, or “flushable” wipes – Infamously disastrous on city-wide plumbing, these wipes can cause “fatbergs” as big as a school bus! Believe it or not, few flushable wipes are actually flushable.
- Diapers – Made from materials that expand when in contact with moisture.
- Feminine products – They can easily obstruct pipes.
- Hair or dental floss – These can help form giant balls of waste that can damage plumbing, and the environment.
- Medication or combustible chemicals – These can contaminate the water supply, and present challenges to filter out.
- Paint – A hazardous mixture of pigments, extenders, binders, solvents, and additives.
- Cooking grease and other oils – Fat from these can solidify and do serious damage.
- Cat litter – Litter can contain hazardous bacteria or chemicals that are hard to filter out.
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