Think something may have gone wrong with your pumping station?
It’s certainly possible. Although designed to be robust and long-lasting, issues can (and do!) arise – particularly if the system hasn’t been serviced or cared for correctly. Some sewage pumping station problems are worse than others, and as such, warrant a call to our professionals sooner rather than later.
Here we list some of the main tell-tale signs that your system requires our help.
1. Sounding alarm
This is one of the most obvious signs that something isn’t working as it should be.
Alarms typically produce an audible or visual (i.e. flashing light) signal, to indicate that a problem has been detected within the sewage pumping station. This could be anything from a high water level to a serious pump malfunction. Therefore, if you do notice the alarm sounding, we recommend contacting our team of experts and getting the system checked out as soon as possible.
2. Pump not coming on
The pump may fail to come on for several reasons. For example:
- the impeller could be jammed with debris
- the pump might not be getting enough electricity
- a blockage may have caused the electrics to trip
- the pump itself could be broken
Some of these issues are easier to fix than others. But – whatever the cause – if your pump is refusing to switch on, the sewage pumping station can’t do its job and will need to be repaired.
3. High electricity bills
Noticed an unusual spike in your electricity bills?
Of course, this could be due to many different factors (i.e. time of year, number of people living in the household). But it can also be a sign that your pump isn’t turning itself off.
Pumps usually fail to turn off due to an issue with the motor or float switch. For example, the switch can sometimes get stuck in the wrong position – causing the pump to stay on at all times. If this is the case, you’re likely to need a professional engineer to fix the problem for you.
4. Slow drainage
Pumping stations can very easily become clogged with fats, oils, and grease (FOGs).
Over time, these FOGs can lead to serious damage – potentially jamming the switches and floats and bringing the system to a halt. The first sign of this problem is often slow drainage. So, if you happen to notice this issue, it’s a good idea to seek the help of an expert as soon as possible.
5. Odours and back-ups
The system may be designed in such a way to minimise the risk of blockages. But that doesn’t mean they can’t occur. In fact, blockages are one of the most common sewage pumping station problems. You need to be careful about what you flush down the drain, as non-biodegradable items will block the pumping chambers and lead to serious faults.
If a blockage has occurred, you may start to smell a strong odour or see a back-up of water in the toilets. The best thing to do is to call a professional immediately and nip the issue in the bud.
Lastly, noise is another big red flag to look out for.
Sewage pumping stations are typically very quiet. The pumps are submerged below the liquid level and are virtually silent during operation. Therefore, if your system starts to make odd and unusually loud noises, it’s a good indication that something has gone wrong and you may need to take action.
Spotted one of the warning signs?
If any of the above issues sound familiar, be sure to get in touch with our team of experienced engineers. Ignoring the problem often makes it worse, leading to lasting damage or more expensive repairs. It’s important to act fast – and we’re always on hand and happy to help.
Here at JT Pumps, we respond efficiently to emergency call-outs and will attend your site as soon as possible. Our experts are amongst the best in the industry. Not only will they spot and fix your sewage pumping station problems, they will also offer tailored advice on how to care for the system properly and avoid similar issues in the future. To arrange an unscheduled appointment, either give us a call on 0844 414 5800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.