Avoid Costly Repairs with This Guide to Detecting and Resolving Grinder Pump Issues
One of the most common problems faced by homeowners using a grinder pump is blockages. Grinder pumps are often used with toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, showers and other water-producing devices. In order for the pump to function efficiently, there needs to be a free-flowing environment where all the waste and water is treated and converted into a slurry. Unfortunately, when dirt, grease and other non-soluble items are carelessly flushed into the pipes or when large objects get stuck in the pump, they can jam the grinder pump, resulting in sewage leaking into the yards and homes.
To prevent this from happening, it is best practice to not flush any items that may seem to lead to a jam, including kitty litter, oil, paint and other non-soluble items. In addition, hosing down the pump every now and then helps remove dirt and grease that can buildup on the float triggering the activation of the pump when it is not needed or not turning on at all.
Another problem that grinder pumps often face is the build-up of silt in the pump. As smaller objects pass through the system, they can contribute to the gradual accumulation of silt which then damages the pump. A warning sign of this problem is if the grinder pump makes a whining noise or becomes slower in its functioning. If this is the case, a plumbing expert should be called in to get the silt removed before it causes further damage.
One of the most common problems for grinder pumps in colder climates is plumbing freeze-up. When the temperature drops below freezing, the pump needs to be buried below the frost line so that water waste and slurry slurry remains unfrozen. If the pump is not buried below the frost line, the grinder pump will become jammed and waste will more than likely leak back into the yards and homes. Therefore, homeowners must know the depth of frost in their areas to avoid plumbing freeze-up as much as possible.
The overall maintenance when using a grinder pump is important in order to ensure that it can do its job efficiently and without any problems. Taking the steps of not flushing items that may clog the pipes, hosing down the grinder pump to remove dirt and grease builds up, and making sure that the pump is buried below the frost line in colder climates will help to maintain the pump and avoid costly repair jobs. By doing so, homeowners can be sure that their grinder pump is functioning correctly and safely.