Do You Know About Your Home’s Grinder Pump? It’s Important!

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People don’t really want to think much about the sewage removal system for their homes. Of course not, it’s sort of icky. Hey, as long as it works, you don’t want to spend much time on it.

But you need to give some occasional thought to the different components of your sewage system to make sure that they’re working in the best possible condition. Failure in the sewage system will turn into a nasty problem, and you’ll require the services of a professional plumber in Frederick, MD to fix the problem. But if you call the plumber early to fix problems when they’re small or replace older components, you can keep the sewer system working the way it should so you can go back to giving the sewage system only a thought here and there.

And this brings us to the grinder pump…

Wait, what’s a grinder pump?

A grinder pump is a pump that’s located at the low spot in your house or in your yard. The pump grinds up the wastewater—much like a garbage disposal—and then pumps it up to the nearest municipal sewer line. The wastewater first gathers in a holding tank. When the wastewater reaches a set level, the pump activates to grind the waste and then creates the pressure to push the wastewater uphill to the sewer line.

Why do I need a grinder pump?

You actually may not need one or have one. A grinder pump is designed to aid homes that are located lower than the nearest municipal sewer line. The standard home is built higher than the sewer line so that gravity will draw wastewater from the sewage system. Not all homes are in this position, and for those homes, it’s necessary to have a grinder pump. Otherwise, the wastewater will back up and contaminate the house.

Grinder pumps may be required for some commercial businesses, regardless of where they’re located relative to the sewer line. This is because these commercial businesses (such as restaurants) produce a larger amount of wastewater with solid waste that must be ground down before entering the sewer line.

Grinder pump trouble!

Yes, a grinder pump can fail. For one, it’s electrically powered, and in the case of a power outage, it will stop working. The motors in the grinder pump may also burn out. Early warning signs that this has happened include multiple clogged drains and toilets in the house and foul odors coming from drains. These could also be from other sewer line issues, but no matter what, they need to have a professional plumber look into them right away.

Grinder pump installation

Your home or business may require a new grinder pump, and this is absolutely a job to leave to the professionals. (In the case of a business, proper grinder pump installation is necessary to remain up to code.) Our plumbers handle both residential and commercial grinder pump installation, as well as repair services.

You’ve come to the right people for grinder pump services: Mallick Plumbing & Heating is the service contractor of choice throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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