In a typical septic system, the drain field is located downhill of the septic tank, and the system uses gravity to make the waste flow where it needs to go. However, for some properties, the terrain doesn’t allow for this arrangement, and the drain field needs to be placed uphill of the tank. In those situations, lift stations are used to pump the waste from the tank to the drain field above. Our team at Quality Septic Inc. has over 25 years of experience in the industry, meaning we know all about lift stations and the problems that can arise with them. In this article, we’ll go over three common lift station problems so that you can be alert for them and get them taken care of quickly.
- Misalignment- One of the most common lift station problems is misalignment, or the lift station shifting out of proper alignment with the other system components. This often happens as a result of shifting soil, and it can result in some even more serious problems. If you suspect that your lift station is no longer aligned correctly, give our team at Quality Septic Inc. a call to get a professional assessment.
- Leakage- Another example of a lift station problem is leakage. This can happen when the pipes around the lift station’s motor become cracked, causing fluid to leak out. When this happens, it can cause the tank to stop draining correctly and cause backups.
- Faulty Motor- A third type of lift station problem is motor trouble. When the station’s motor fails, it can cause the lift station to stop functioning altogether, meaning that the septic tank is also in for some major trouble. Fortunately, our team at Quality Septic Inc. is here to help you avoid these problems when possible and correct them swiftly when not.