Sewage Pumping: Prolonging the Service Life of Your Lift Station

Pumping stations are essential in some commercial, industrial and residential environments. These elements are designed to collect wastewater from your property and facilitate pumping to the main sewer lines in the regions. These sewage lift stations ensure that the waste material produced is handled and disposed of responsibly. If you are planning on constructing a pumping station, you should think about the long-term maintenance of the setup. Without proper upkeep, the system could fail prematurely, resulting in financial losses. Here are some simple guidelines on prolonging the life of your lift station.

Prevent Grease Build-Up

You should prevent the build-up of grease and solids in the lift station. Ideally, the wet wells in the pumping setup should be cleaned up on a regular basis, according to the manufacturer's recommendations and your general usage. You should also ensure that the floats in the station are cleared out and inspected periodically for optimal performance. If grease builds up around the floats, they will not work efficiently.

Check the Pump Impeller

You should inspect the pumping components in the lift stations. The impeller, in particular, can have a negative impact on the entire setup if it is not operating at expected levels. You can schedule an assessment in accordance to the owner's manual. Also, if you notice changes in performance, schedule a check-up. During the examination, ensure that the impeller is clear of debris because this will interfere with normal functionality.

Assess the Amp Readings

The pumping station has a motor which is critical for the operation of the pumping elements. This component is powered by electricity and should operate at specified levels. Unfortunately, over time, the performance of the motor can decline and compromise efficiency. Therefore, you should check the amp readings of the motor periodically. If they do not meet the fabricator's specifications, this could indicate the presence of debris around the impeller or the flow of water into the motor housing.

Inspect the Electrical Components

The electrical components in a sewage pumping station are often overlooked until the system fails. The failure of the lift station will translate into high repair costs and odour problems due to the lack of wastewater movement during the period of malfunction. Therefore, you should have an experienced contractor check the electrical motor control components. The goal is to make sure that the connections, wiring and other elements are operating at optimal levels.

Finally, you should have your pumping station contractors build an access control setup to prevent infiltration and damage by vandals. 

For more information, contact a pump station construction service.