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Old 04-23-2011, 02:41 AM   #1
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Lookin for advice. Bought a new (5 year old) house 3 months ago, had to replace grey water pump from tank that my septic drains into-then pumps into my leach field. Already burned out the pump, 4/10 horse hardwired. My retired union master plumber uncle recommended installing a pump with cord this time and setting up an outlet instead of hardwiring and basically crossing my fingers.

Also wondering is there any way to eliminate or reduce the chance of a large object fouling the pump----or maybe shielding the pump somehow.

Thanks in advance for advice.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:09 AM   #2
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Try the diy forums Your in the wrong part o town
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Just not real experienced with pumps.
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Just install a decent pump, and it should last a while. www.expresspump.com
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I'm a licensed plumber in california. I'm just kinda green on septic systems, I'm from suburban area and just relocated my family to more rural area with a septic tank and lift station to my leach field. I did buy a good pump my first time replacing, and today I replaced all wire and the only real change was instead of hardwiring from pump to j-box I went with a corded pump and wired in a waterproof outlet box inside the tank.

The advice I'm looking for(luckily isn't manners) is regarding pump protection, under a house I would use a barrel with holes or something for a sump to keep dirt and rocks out, but inside this tank that I can't get into...just not sure if there's a way to keep solid object from fouling the impellar.

The ejection tank has a outer ring lower reservoir(kinda like an old coke bottle) I assume the pump should be located on the "hump" in the middle but the pipe configuration doesn't allow that. Unless I repipe, which involves removing the check valve holding my leach line water---not my idea of a good time.
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Try the dark side. Ridgidforum. They have a septic system discussion. They are actually knowledgable. Lol. Breed..........
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Talking dont take of fthe check valve

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The ejection tank has a outer ring lower reservoir(kinda like an old coke bottle) I assume the pump should be located on the "hump" in the middle but the pipe configuration doesn't allow that. Unless I repipe, which involves removing the check valve holding my leach line water---not my idea of a good time.[/QUOTE]

I just had that kind of good time last tuesday evening... changed out a sewage pump in a finished basement and come to find out that the septic system was overwelmend with water.....

I tried to change the check valve and it almost flooded me out... it was very close to a disaster and it got pretty ugly....

if you have to repalce the whole line might I suggest that you install a few 2 inch PVC BALL VALVEs. on the outgoing line way up stream as it enters the property so the next poor dumbass that comes along does not get a bath..... and so everything can be held back for service down the road......

if the pvc pipe hanging over head would have cracked or broke while we were fooling with it , this would have been very bad indeed..

presently the customer told me that he is pumping his grey water to a gutter and out to a creek near by because the septic is literally full of surface water to the grass line.....
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