Is there a grinder pump installed in your new home? It's important to get to know how a grinder pump works, especially if your previous home did not have one, as this will help you understand the dos and don’ts of using one.
First of all, we should address the question of what is a grinder pump? This is a machine designed to manage household waste which it does by grinding up waste into a slurry and then pumping it through to the sewer system. A grinder pump is generally needed if the home drainage system is either below or at the same level as the public sewer line or septic tank. This means that sewage is unable to flow quickly enough through the system by itself.
Taking care of the grinder pump is important and there are some items that should never be placed down a toilet or drain. Diapers, feminine hygiene products of any kind, aquarium gravel, cat litter, plastic, toxic or caustic chemicals, and grease, which will build up in the tank, are among the items that should not be flushed.
There are some other important reminders when it comes to maintaining a grinder pump. For example, if you are going to be away, it is a good idea to run the water long enough so that you activate the grinder pump leaving only clean water in the tank, this will prevent unpleasant odors. If there is a power outage, try to limit the amount of water you use as the pump requires electricity to operate. No power will also cause the tank to become too full. Do not connect a grinder pump to a sump pump. This will overwork the pump and cost you more money in electricity.
As we can clearly see, if your home needs a grinder-pump, getting to know the dos and don’ts of using it will help prevent any unpleasant issues.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector