Fort Wayne, IN Pump Repair – J & S Liquid Waste Service Inc.
Complete pump repair and installation:
- LIFT STATION AND PUMP REPAIR
- DOSE PUMP (SEPTIC PUMP)
- GRINDER STATION
- SUMP PUMPS
Pump Station Services
Properly operating pump stations are the key to keeping sanitary sewer systems operational. J & S has been providing quality care for pump stations since 1980. We offer contracted maintenance, emergency and scheduled repairs and installation. Contact us today to learn more about our services in the Allen County area and all of Northeastern Indiana.
Pump Station Repair
If your pump station has failed and is in need of emergency repairs, call our 24-hour emergency number (260) 489-6021 (Yes, that is our office number! Your call is important, a live person will answer your call 24/7)
There are many reasons that pump stations fail. The problem could be an electronic control component a pump or motor failure, a clogged pump, a stuck valve, or a host of other problems. At J & S, we have the experience to diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs whether they are mechanical or electrical. We work on all types of pumps, including residential, commercial, industrial and municipal.
Pump Station Maintenance
The best way to prevent sanitary sewer overflow from a pump station breakdown is regular scheduled maintenance. It is very uncommon for both pumps to fail simultaneously. Typically, one pump fails long before the second. With proper maintenance, the failure is found and corrected long before the second pump fails. This prevents emergency service and a possible subsequent sewage spill.
Our maintenance service provides weekly and annual inspections to monitor the performance of your pumps, electrical controls and monitoring systems. Routine inspection will often allow us to spot a problem and schedule a repair before the pump station is in danger of total failure. Learn more about our contracted maintenance service and call us to get started keeping better care of your lift station equipment.
What is a Lift Station / Pump Station
Sewage lift/pump stations are used for pumping waste water or sewage from a lower to higher elevation, particularly where the elevation of the source is not sufficient for gravity flow and/or when the use of gravity conveyance will result in excessive excavation and higher construction costs.
Key elements of lift/pump stations include a waste water treatment receiving well (wet-well), equipped with lift pumps and piping with valves, a junction box, and an equipment control panel with alarm system.
The submersible pump can be utilized on many types of installations. Types of pumps are available for this application include grinder pumps, shredder pumps, no clog ejector pumps, progressive cavity pumps.
A properly designed wet well is essential for efficient and trouble-free operation of the lift/pump station. The purpose of a wet well is to provide a means of allowing automatic operation of the lift station with a simple control. The wet well should be as small as possible in order to minimize detention time of the sewage. Should the waste water remain too long in the wet well, septic action may occur. Although, the wet well should be large enough so excessive starting and stopping of the lift station pump will not take place.
Advantages of submersible lift/pump stations are that they typically cost less than dry-well stations and operate without frequent pump maintenance. Submersible lift/pump stations do not usually include large above ground structures and tend to blend in with their surrounding environment.
Sewage Lift Stations are, by their very nature, a harsh environment, and the equipment in this type of pumping station takes quite a beating with time. The general nature of sanitary raw sewage is both corrosive and abrasive to all the equipment contained within. Therefore, periodic repair and replacement of equipment is needed.
A service call is usually brought about by the failure of a pump. That is when you find that the equipment may be old and worn out. To accomplish repairs or standard maintenance there are many factors to consider and guidelines to follow.
One point about entering a lift station to do repairs – a lift station is considered a CONFINED SPACE, which requires that confined space safety rules be used. OSHA laws govern confined space entry, and dictate the required safety equipment at the site, number of workers and their roles, and procedures during entry. In confined space, there must be at least three men to do the job – an authorized entrant, authorized attendant, and stand-by safety personnel.
Not every repair requires a confined space entry, however we have included some information to alert you of the dangers associated with this type of work and that confined space entry is not a do-it-yourself activity. Call J & S to protect yourself from both the physical hazards and the legal ramifications of a non-permitted confined space entry.
Sewage Lift station work involves a combination of plumbing skills, electrical skills, controls experience, structural know-how and a good knowledge of safety practices and rules.
What is a Dosing tank or a Dosing pump?
While not a “kind of septic system”, a dosing tank (or pump tank) is a part of any pumped septic system like a mound system or flood dose system. It is a tank, built like a septic tank, that typically contains one effluent or sewage pump, controls, etc. Float switches inside tank turn the pump on and off. The pump delivers a “dose” of water to the absorption field. Dosing tanks usually require a high water alarm to notify the owner in the case of a pump failure. Electrical connection should be made outside of the dosing tank and riser in a weather proof box.
Some septic system (i.e. mound type systems) require smaller doses of effluent while flood dose systems can accept larger doses.
The most basic form of demand dosing is a float-operated, motor-rated switch into which the pump is wired.
Because a single float has limited range of motion, the more common setup in systems today uses two separate floats for turning the pump on and off. These floats are attached to a float tree to make them easier to remove and to allow removal without taking out the pump at the same time. When two floats are used, the pump starts when the effluent rises to the “on” float elevation, pumps down to the “off” float elevation, and turns off.
Many float switches are wired separately from the pump and can be replaced independently. We do replace many floats independently, however when a pump is replaced it is always a good idea and company policy to replace the float controls.
Sump pumps discharge water to the home’s yard and should not be hooked up to the sanitary sewer, septic system or discharge into a sink or other drain.
Sump pumps often sit for months without use and it is a good idea to do some simple maintenance.
One such item that you can do yourself is to dump a bucket of water into the sump pit and ensure that the float rises, turns on the pump and the water is discharged in a minute or less. This quick and easy check should be preformed every 3-6 months.