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If your property sits below the main sewer line, you understand the importance of an efficient sewage ejector pump or septic pump. These devices keep waste from clogging your sewer line or backing out of your drains. When things go wrong, you’ll quickly have a plumbing emergency on your hands!

Fortunately, you have local experts available to get to your home ASAP and resolve any problems. Culpeper Home Services provides professional sewage and septic pump repairs and installations throughout Culpeper County and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia. We will diagnose the issue and let you know if repair or replacement is necessary.

Our solutions are tailored to meet your particular needs and budget. We will go over your options in detail so you have a clear idea of work scope and all costs involved. We’ll never spring surprises on you. Every job is carried out with full transparency.

Give us a call today to discuss your sewage pump needs and start enjoying greater peace of mind!

Are Sewage Pumps the Same as Sump Pumps?

They seem similar, don’t they? Both are located in the basement, in a pit, and almost look the same. However, sewage ejector pumps/septic pumps are not the same as sump pumps. The difference lies in the type of material they carry.

Sump pumps direct excess water (from rain or snow) out from under your property so your home doesn’t flood. These devices are used in homes that sit on a floodplain, or in properties that have experienced flooding in the past. 

Sewage pumps and septic pumps, on the other hand, are designed for waste. They are required in homes that sit below the municipal sewer line. Since there is no way for waste to go uphill, sewage pumps are used to create better flow by directing waste up and into the sewer main.

Homes with basement bathrooms or laundry rooms located beneath the main line will often have a sewage pump installed.

Some homes will have a grinder pump instead of the traditional ejector pump. Sewage grinder pumps have the added benefit of handling larger solids. However, keep in mind that grinder pumps are not necessarily better or more convenient than traditional ejector pumps. Our experts will help you determine if you should make the switch or stick with a traditional system.

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Common Sewage and Septic Pump Problems

Be aware of problems that can affect your sewage pump so you can quickly get the issue resolved and avoid emergency situations.

Common issues we handle include:

Clogged Sewage Pumps

One of the most common problems affecting sewage pumps is clogging. Over time, grease and foreign objects that are flushed down the toilet can block your sewer line and wear down your sewage pump. Switching to a grinder pump may help prevent larger waste from clogging the line, but they are not the right answer for every home.

A more cost effective way to prevent blockages is to have your sewage or septic pump inspected and cleaned by our professionals during routine plumbing maintenance, ideally once a year.

Malfunctioning Float Switch

The float switch monitors waste levels in the septic tank and alerts the pump when it needs to empty out. But when the switch is damaged, worn out, or defective, the pump will fail to work properly; waste will then continue to build up and eventually overflow. We will help you replace damaged float switches to ensure efficient pump operation and keep waste out of your home.

Other sewage pump issues include devices that short cycle, fail to start, or keep running continuously. Our plumbing experts will diagnose the problem and determine the right solution—whether that involves repairing or changing out parts, or replacing your entire system.

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Call us for sewage pump replacement and enjoy a 5-year worry-free warranty. Contact our team today at (540) 845-3653 to discuss your needs.

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1202 S Main St. Culpeper, VA 22701
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