In nearly all cases, lift stations work properly when regularly maintained by an experienced professional. Even when maintained, problems can arise, and if not dealt with properly and soon enough they can lead to significant and even long term problems. It is always best to contact a professional team for repairs, but some situations definitely warrant a call sooner rather than later. If you are having sewer related problems, it’s best to call in the pros.
1. High Level Alarm
The most obvious sign that there is a problem with your lift station is the high level alarm sounding. High water level alarms produce an audible and visual (flashing light) signal that the water level in the sump is rising. This is usually an indication that the pump is not working at all or that it is not pumping at a high enough rate to keep up with the amount of water coming into the sump. If this happens, you may have a lack of power going to the tank. Check the breakers to determine the power is on. If this does not work, you may need to replace the flat switch for the pump.
2. You Have a Strong Odor
If you have a sewer odor, this is generally coming from the basement or from your sump outdoors and may warrant a call to a professional to determine the underlying problem. Odors from the bathroom should also be taken care of by a professional. Keep in mind these odors can signal problems with drains being blocked.
3. Sewer and Water Backups
Another common reason to call a professional is happens when there is a sewage or water backup. This typically occurs due to a blockage but can also be caused by a pump failure.
4. Drainage Is Slow
In most situations, drains provide an indication there is a problem. Over time, they slow down. This may not be noticeable at first, but it becomes noticeable as the problem worsens. You can troubleshoot here, but it is best to have a professional out instead.
You Need Immediate Help
Troubleshooting doesn’t always work and takes time. For faster results, call a team of professionals instead especially if your system is complex.
Pump Repair Is Necessary
Pump repair and fabrication is often necessary when pump stations fail or become inefficient. Older systems are more commonly in need of a repair sooner. Do not put off such repairs. Instead, call the professionals out to help you immediately to get your pumps working the best they can. At W.P. Law, we can help you immediately.