Troubleshooting Septic Tank Pump Problems
The size and usage of your septic tank will determine the size of the septic tank pump. This means that a septic tank with higher volumes of waste going through it requires a bigger and stronger pump for effective disposal of waste. Septic tank pumps will normally have one of two problems, either a mechanical or electrical fault. Being able to establish the class of problem affecting your pump is the first step in trouble shooting. Early detection of problems with your septic tank pump could save you a huge amount in repairs or replacement costs. Here's a look at the common mechanical as well as electrical pump faults and how to detect them.
When it comes to mechanical issues some tell tale signs will tell you that your pump may not be working at 100 percent capacity. Some of these signs are excess vibration, unusual sounds, overheating, leakage, signs of corroded parts, loose fittings, excessive power consumption, and reduced pressure. These conditions indicate that your pump needs a mechanical look up. Once you detect any of these abnormalities with your pump it is recommended that you switch off and call in your supplier. If you attempt to fix the problem yourself, you are likely to loose warranty on your pump. Running a defective pump will most probably aggravate the problem and lead to high repair costs.
Pump electrical problems will mostly be exhibited by the lack of power delivery to your pump. This may be a partial loss where the pump cannot perform at peak potential or complete lack of power where your pump is completely dead. There are several factors that will lead to these situations and several ways of detecting them. First you need to establish that power is being delivered to the pump power input. Another important thing to look out for is insulation of all power transmitting parts and wires. Exposure of these electricity transmitting parts in a humid place will most likely lead to short circuiting.
Most pumps will have a circuit breaker and you could check on this to ensure it has not tripped. It is also important to check that all settings are correctly done. These may include timers and such. If you ever detect a burning smell, make sure to switch off the pump and all other electrical units immediately until you establish the source of the burning smell. It is better to be safe than sorry. As with mechanical problems, it is best to have them attended by your supplier or an authorized agent as your interference on the equipment will cost you any warranty you might have had. Besides this if you are not a qualified professional, you could damage your pump further in your attempt to fix it.
Being able to know or have an idea as to what problem affecting your pump is will go a long way in reducing your repair costs. Most technicians will shy away from exploiting you if they get an idea that you may be familiar with the problem.