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Lift Station Pumping: How Does it Work?

A lift station pump is something many people don’t think about unless they start seeing issues with their septic system. So, what is a lift station pump? A lift station is a mechanism that allows wastewater to flow by elevating the water to higher ground. A lift station pump is essential in some areas to keep the wastewater flowing and prevent the water from backing up because in some areas, gravity does not allow the water to flow.

The two key factors that make up a lift station pump are the controls and the wet well. The controls are the mind of the system and the wet well is a basin where the pump is located and the wastewater and sewage flow into.

How does it work? Let’s start from the beginning in the home. When you use water in your home, the dirty water flows to the community sanitary septic system. Once the dirty water is in the community septic system, it flows to the regional collection system. The wastewater will continue to flow downhill until it reaches a low point. At that point, the water needs to be transferred to higher ground so it can continue flowing. This is where the lift station pumping comes into play. Where that low point is located, there will be a lift station pump, and this pump will be submerged into the well, where it will pump the water into higher ground once the water level reaches a certain point in the well.

You can see why lift station pumping is so important as it maintains the flow of the wastewater in an efficient manner. If you have any questions about lift station pumping, please contact us at William Dustin Septic today.