A sewage lift station is an important component of many commercial septic systems. When yours breaks, the consequences can range from unpleasant smells and standing water to serious health violations. If your plumbing relies on a sewage lift station, you need support from the experts. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing of Greater Syracuse is proud to offer complete commercial lift station septic services for businesses in Syracuse, Auburn and beyond — call us first for all your lift station repair needs.
Sewage Lift Station Basics
Understanding what a sewage lift station does and how it works is essential to being able to diagnose lift station problems and knowing when repairs are necessary. You’ll find a sewage lift station in any business where a waste source (such as a toilet, garbage disposal or processing station) is located below the building’s septic tank or sewage drain. Because the system can’t rely on gravity alone to evacuate this waste, a waste lift station is required. Lift stations consist of a receiving well where wastewater is collected, a pump and power source to lift it upward, and a control panel with a high water alarm to oversee pump settings. Unfortunately, in commercial settings where large amounts of wastewater are processed, any of these components can require service.
Sewage Lift Station Problems
- Floats and alarms: Inside your lift station’s receiving well is a float that triggers a high water alarm when the well becomes full. To prevent accidental overflow, testing of the float and alarm system should be part of regular septic lift maintenance.
- Corrosion: Sewage is extremely corrosive and can damage septic lift components over time. Your receiving well and all hardware and fitting should be inspected for signs of corrosion on a regular basis.
- Pump problems: Common pump problems include short or intermittent cycling, worn out motors and problems with the check valve, pressure switch or other components. Listen for excess noise or vibrations, or for changes in the frequency of the pump turning on and off.
- Pipe issues: As with all pipes in a commercial plumbing system, septic lift pipes can wear out, become clogged or suffer from root intrusion.
If you suspect problems with your sewage lift station, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing immediately. An overflowing lift station can lead to serious problems, both with your plumbing and with your facility in general.
The Sewage Lift Station Repair Experts
Count on Mr. Rooter Plumbing for professional service and repairs to lift pumps and other septic system components. We use advanced diagnostic technologies — including video inspections — to pinpoint the nature of the problem without a lot of time-consuming troubleshooting. All repairs are fairly priced and 100% guaranteed — we never charge overtime and always provide a thorough written estimate before beginning repairs.