Sewage Pumps

Understanding Sewage Pumps- Function, Faults, and the Importance of Maintenance

Understanding Sewage Pumps Function, Faults, and the Importance of Maintenance- NT Cloke expain

Sewage pumps are crucial components in managing wastewater in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. These pumps are designed to handle and transport sewage from a building to a septic tank or a sewer system. Proper understanding and maintenance of these pumps are vital to prevent unpleasant and costly issues.

What Do Sewage Pumps Do?

Sewage pumps are used to move sewage liquids and solids between locations. Typically located at the lowest point of a sewage basin, they ensure that sewage moves through pipes to higher elevation sewage systems or septic tanks without relying on gravity. This is essential in basement installations or buildings where the bathroom is below the main sewer line or septic tank.

Common Faults in Sewage Pumps

  1. Clogs and Blockages:

    • Sewage pumps can become clogged with un-flushable debris (such as wipes, hygiene products, or excessive toilet paper) or build-up of grease and other waste products.
  2. Pump Burnout:

    • Occurs when the pump operates for an extended period under high stress due to clogs or overuse.
  3. Float Switch Issues:

    • The float switch activates the pump when wastewater reaches a certain level. A malfunction can cause the pump to fail to activate, leading to backups.
  4. Wear and Tear:

    • Regular wear can degrade a pump’s components over time, particularly if the pump handles harsh chemicals or very high volumes of waste.

The Importance of Maintenance

Proper maintenance of sewage pumps is essential for several reasons:

  • Prevents Backups: Regular servicing helps avoid blockages that can lead to sewage backing up into the property.
  • Minimises Odours: Effective and regularly serviced pumps reduce the risk of sewage odours permeating the property.
  • Extends Pump Lifespan: Routine checks and maintenance extend the operational life of sewage pumps, saving money on premature replacements.
  • Ensures Hygiene and Safety: Properly functioning sewage systems maintain sanitary conditions, crucial in residential and commercial settings.

Why Regular Servicing and Maintenance Matter

Neglecting sewage pump maintenance can lead to severe issues:

  • Health Risks: Sewage backups can pose significant health risks, exposing residents or workers to harmful pathogens.
  • Property Damage: Overflows and backups can cause extensive water damage to a property.
  • Increased Costs: Emergency repairs or replacing a failed sewage pump can be costly.

NT Cloke Pumps & Water: Your Partner in Sewage Pump Management

At NT Cloke Pumps & Water, we provide comprehensive services to ensure your sewage pumps are in optimal condition:

  • Routine Inspections and Servicing: We schedule regular check-ups to ensure your pumps are functioning correctly.
  • Emergency Repairs: Our team is ready to respond to any immediate issues to prevent further damage.
  • Installation and Upgrades: We offer installation services for new pumps and can upgrade existing systems to handle increased demand or improve efficiency.


Understanding and maintaining your sewage pump system is crucial for smooth operation. Regular servicing not only prevents problems but also ensures that your environment remains clean and safe. Let NT Cloke Pumps & Water help you manage and maintain your sewage systems effectively.

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Stay proactive about your sewage pump maintenance with NT Cloke, your reliable partner in efficient wastewater management.