How to tell if your lift station needs rehabilitation

How to tell if your lift station needs rehabilitation

Nothing drives town and municipal staff like reoccurring issues with specific equipment – and particularly when it comes to sewage and lift stations. And to be honest – we feel their pain! It gets old, quick.

It seems like every time you head out to clear a plug, you’re burning fuel and manpower hours that could be spent somewhere else. And in an economy and time when communities are more cash strapped than ever – being inefficient is just something no one wants to deal with.

Sometimes the reality is – your lift station needs a rehab job and that minor fixes just aren’t getting the job done. Here are some of the signs you should be looking for that might mean it’s time to get serious not just about buying a new lift station – but perhaps even investing in a digital control panel to help monitor and keep an eye on it.

Let’s jump right in.

Plugged pumps

If pumps are consistently gumming up your lit station than it’s probably because the wastewater is changing composition. Rags, sanitary products and other unsavory things that end up down the drain can’t pass through older impellers and they’ll clog up. If this is happening frequently, then it’s likely that your system is either outdated or simply overburdened.

Longer runtimes 

Does it seem like your pump never stops running? I t could be because they’re simply worn out. Over time, clearances open up and impellers and casings both wear. When this happens, your lift station becomes hydraulically less efficient and your flow will be poor.

This can also cause another issue with regards to solids decomposition. Yes, it’s gross, but these settle in your system and further hinder the proper water flow through the station and pump itself.

Bad electrical

Most community lift stations are pretty old and are tracked through personal records and other paper documents. Many of these stations have old style relays and controllers that might not only be inefficient, but simply malfunctioning due to wear and tear over the years. With digital control panels in vogue today – it might make sense for you to invest in a total overhaul in technology so that your lift station works more efficiently.

Rust, cracks and other issues

If your lift station has rusty valves, cracked concrete or is built from older materials you should strongly consider a lift station re-do. Many of these parts are hard to order and even at that – if one problem exists in these stations – that very problem has likely caused another problem somewhere else in the system.

Are you or your municipality looking at replacing a lift station? Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation. Good luck!

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