Although we never want appliances in our homes to fail, the sewage pump is one part you especially do not want to fail. If the sewage pump goes, you could be left with a terrible mess to deal with that could cause a lot of damage to your home.

The sewage pump is there to move solids and liquids between two locations – from the house and into the sewage basin. The sewage pump goes in the lowest part of the basin.

Now, if that sewage pump failed, you could be left with sewage overflowing the basin and coming back into your home. That is why it is crucial to have a maintenance plan in place to prevent the pump from failing.

Let’s take a look at a maintenance routine to keep your sewage pump in top shape, and what to do to prevent a disaster from occurring.


Common Problems

Unfortunately, one of the most common issues with a sewage pump is when the power goes out. When the power goes out, typically it is out of our control. So, how do you prevent the pump from failing if the power goes out? By installing a backup battery to the pump. Getting a professional to install a battery pack will ensure your sewage pump continues to operate even if the power went out.

Another common issue stems from improper installation. That is why when you are dealing with a sewage pump, it is essential that you have a professional do the work. You need to have a sewage pump that is suitable for the size of your home, and our professionals will ensure you get the right fit.

Maintenance Plan

As with many other appliances within your home, you should have a maintenance plan set in place for your sewage pump too. It would help if you regularly tested your sewage pump to make sure it is still running properly. This is especially important if you have not heard your pump kick in for a while. The easiest way to test it is by pouring water into the sump pit.

Keep tabs on the battery life if you have a backup battery for the pump. You wouldn’t want to find out that the battery died when you need it the most.

Also, ensure you follow any guidelines set out by your installer and make a note of when the pump was installed. After a while, you will need to replace your sewage pump. It’s better to make the investment and replace the pump then to replace it after its damaged your home.


To answer all of your sewage pump questions and to help you set up a maintenance routine for your pump, speak with LN Electric today.

Call (416) 661-5667