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Sewage Pump FAQs

Can I plug my sewage pump into an extension cord ?

We recommend that a sewage pump be hard wired directly back to a dedicated and properly sized breaker in the panel box or to a dedicated outlet that is wired back to the panel box protected by a circuit breaker.

Can I use a sewage pump for my waterfall or koi pond ?

No. Sewage pumps are designed to cycle and not run continuously. Running a sewage pump for long periods of time can cause the pump to overheat. The pump is oil filled and if it overheats the seal can leak and discharge oil into the pond killing both plants and fish. In addition using a sewage pump in applications other than for pumping sewage will void any warrantee on the pump.

What is the difference between a sewage pump and an effluent pump ?

Most sewage pumps can accept waste solids up to 2 inch in diameter, which are normally discharged into the sanitary sewer system via a water closet. Effluent pumps on the other hand are only capable of passing grey water with solids up to 3/4 inch in diameter, which is normally discharged into the drain line via sinks, tubs, showers and washing machines.  

What size solids will my sewage pump handle?

A pump desiginated as a "sewage pump" can pass up to 2 inch solids through it as opposed to an "effluent pump", which can handle up to 3/4 inch solids.

What type of solids will pass through a sewage pump?

Normally wastewater solids with a maximum diameter of 2 inches that can easily be broken down by the sewage pumps impeller. Hard objects or synthetic products will either get caught up in the pump or may cause damage to the impeller.

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