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The Sump and The Sewage, a Guide to Pumps

This may come as a bit of a shock, but there’s actually a couple types of pumps your home is equipped with. As in all things to do with home maintenance you’re going to have to be educated on the different kinds of upkeep options for each one of your pumps. Since we sell sump pumps and sewage pumps, here at Fura International, we realize it’s probably our duty to educate you about some of the equipment we offer.  

The Basics

You’re going to find the location for either of these systems down in your basement. As you’ve probably gathered, these are both indoor septic tank systems. They both contain a holding tank, and you’ll find that holding tank around five feet beneath the floor, paired with a separate pump—oftentimes found above ground. They bridge the drainage through the force of the pump when the basement is below the city sewage line and storm drain and therefore cannot be drained by relying on gravity. These pumps are powered by your average electrical outlet, some even have a backup battery in case that electricity goes out. 

Sumps

These are different than the pump that deals with sewage, or dare we say, solids. This pump is designed to pump out waters that could potentially damage the foundation of your house, so naturally occurring waters like flood waters would be handled by a sump pump. They are often needed when there is a high water table, poor drainage, and no city storm drain and/or when gravity won't be able to pull that water away from your house. If this water is accrued and not pumped away it will lead to major damages to the structure and finish of a house and cause potentially huge repair costs to the homeowner. It’s easier to purchase one and have one installed than suffer for something that was completely preventable.

You’ll find two kinds of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal. Your pedestal system can be somewhat more economical because the motor uses less voltage but is not practical unless you have quite a lot of space allotted to this branch of your sewage system. You’ll find they’re equipped with a shaft that delves into the ground and the water below to turn the impeller, that will move the water. This is also the noisiest option you can choose, the submersible counterpart is much quieter and for that reason, much more convenient. The submersible pump is a sealed, waterproof pump that will remain in the sump pit, where you’ll be collecting all of that extra water.

Be careful to ensure that you get a backup battery with either kind of sump pump, as well as an alarm to let you know if the water level is rising too high or that the unit has stopped working. It should also be noted that it’s important, in order to avoid extra repair costs, to keep these systems up to date. They require maintenance and the occasional check up to be sure they haven’t broken down, they’ll often test it by adding water to the pit to see it get pumped out, and test the backup battery to be sure of its reliability.

Sewage Pumps

Sometimes you’ll see these referred to as septic systems, these will not tie into city plumbing, they’ll work like a closed tank system instead. This is a common form of sewage management in areas that aren’t easily accessed by the main sewage lines provided by local governments or private companies. Though, other components like pumps, alarms, and disposal methods are often controlled by municipalities and companies.

These systems are specifically equipped to handle both water and solid wastes and items that could be flushed down the toilet, like that goldfish you knew your kid would kill. These septic systems are made in both rectangular and cylindrical designs that will be placed below you waste water pipes, which will be attached to drain field. This tank is pretty big and is going to take up a considerable amount of space in your underground property, though we don’t know what else you were planning to put under there. The in-flow from the house's plumbing will be pumped into the tank where the solids will sink to the bottom and the remaining waste will flow through and get pumped into the drain field. When properly maintained these will last around 30 years, inversely if they are not properly maintained these tanks will cause serious damage to your home. If you’re having doubts about getting maintenance done on your septic pump, just think about what it’s holding onto, and why you’d like that to stay safely inside it.

Maintenance 

As an aside, a great way to keep your septic tanks health up to par on your own is to use enzymes that will help eat those solids floating around the bottom of your tank. These same enzymes will make sure your plumbing doesn't get clogged or corroded by what those pipes are holding onto.

Here at Fura International, we believe that an educated customer is a happy customer which is why we’ll be updating you on the recent innovations, and events to do with sump pumps, flooding and other things related to our merchandise. If you have any questions regarding our products feel free to contact us. Better yet, if after reading this article you’ve suddenly found yourself enlightened and in sore need of a fresh submersible pump, motor or basin, then please feel free to browse our catalog. We’re happy to serve you, and your family and friends nationally for all of your pump needs.