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Installing a Septic System Sump Pump

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In areas where city sewer is not an option, septic system installation works to keep the sewage away from the home or business. Typically, the system consists of a tank, drain field and necessary pipes. A sump pump may be needed if the septic tank is built above the building or to the drain field is above the septic tank.


Septic systems handle solid waste and wastewater while sump pumps are mainly used as water management systems. The sump pump helps move the wastewater uphill when gravity works against the system. The sump pump needs its own separate electrical line preferably with a waterproof outlet.


There are two main types of sump pumps depending on the needs of the homeowner and the septic system. Submersible pumps usually sit below the home’s waterline and are the most common. Beyond pumping waste to the septic system, they also protect the home from moisture and water. A pedestal pump usually above the floor of the basement with a connected shaft sitting below the waterline. Ensure the electric motor has ample air supply to prevent overheating.


Installing an alarm as part of the septic system installation can warn homeowners and businessowners of when the water reaches a certain point in the tank to avoid potential problems. A separate electrical wire from the pump should be used for the alarm to avoid both being tripped at the same time. Many sewer codes from local municipalities require an alarm to be used.


Whether or not you need a sump pump as part of your septic system installation is dependent on where the system is located in relation to the building. Inspectors can ensure that the system is installed properly so there is less hassle down the road. Whichever sump pump you decide to add as part of your septic system, weigh the pros and cons of each type to find the right one for you.