Maintaining your Lift Station

Maintaining your Lift Station

Updated January 05 2018 | Published January 05 2018

Lift stations are not something an apartment or business owner thinks about until something goes wrong. A lift station is used to pump wastewater or sewage from a low level to a higher level. When gravity does not work to your benefit, lift stations can help move sewage from the collection area to a distant septic system or sewer.

There are two main elements to a lift station: the wet well and the controls. The wet well is a basin into which the inflow is discharged and where the pumps sit. The control panel is the brain of the lift station.

So, how do lift stations work?

Sewage is stored and fed into a pit, once this sewage reaches a certain level, electrical instruments recognize the pit is full and activate the pump. The pump then pumps the sewage out to its next destination. Lift stations are housed underground to prevent health risks in a confined area since the sewage can release poisonous gases. Therefore, it is essential that owners of existing lift stations consult a professional to ensure the pump is still working sufficiently.

A professional can also ensure proper maintenance of your lift stations. The pumps, electronic controls, and electrical system are all in a constant corrosive environment, so lift stations require maintenance to head off the need for costly repairs.

Proper maintenance

Lift stations should be cleaned regularly to prevent any buildup. Inspection of the pumps, greasing of the check valves, and inspections and cleaning of the floats can assure proper performance.

Call us today to get started on your monthly lift station maintenance!

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