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Sewage ejector pump service in Clifton, NJ

And all of Morris County!

Many residential and commercial building basements need sewage ejector pump service in Clifton, NJ.

Main sewage line piping sits higher than basements, either at or closely below ground level. So, since water can’t flow uphill, any basement with a bathroom, utility sink, or laundry room can’t naturally discharge the wastewater. The entire building’s plumbing could have this problem if it’s located at the bottom of a hill.

Contractors typically install ejector pumps in basements, garages, and crawl spaces. Since these pumps are hidden away, most homeowners don’t know they are there until a problem arises.

If your home or business needs help with one of these pumps, Tiger HVAC offers you the necessary skill and knowledge to install, repair, and replace all makes and models.

How to know when your sewage pump has failing

To avoid issues with sewage systems, you must immediately note any odd behavior and contact Tiger HVAC.

Signs that indicate you might need to repair or replace your pump include:

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Dirty water from taps

It’s a sign that your system doesn’t remove waste properly. Not only is that an operational issue, but it is also a significant health issue for your family.

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You detect a sewage odor

Beyond the discomfort this brings, it also indicates an eventual backup of wastewater into your living areas. Also, sewer gas can induce nausea and attract various species of pests.

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You hear odd sounds

While sewage ejector pumps make some sounds while pumping, if you hear new or surprisingly loud noises, something is wrong and needs to be looked at by us right away.

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Cycles on and off often

These pumps are built to turn on to pump waste and then turn off once the job is done. If your seems to be always pumping or cycling on and off, it is malfunctioning and on its way to failure.

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Will not or struggles to start

A sewage ejector pump can only work when it is turned on. If it is silent or sputtering, call us immediately.

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Sewage ejector pump replacement service

Should you notice any of the above problems with your pump, your Tiger HVAC technician can quickly determine the issue and whether it can be repaired or must be replaced.

The most common causes for problems are:

  • Malfunctioning or broken float switch. As other plumbing floats work, a switch activates to start the ejector pump when the water rises to a particular level.
  • Intentional bypassing of the float switch. Some property owners and handymen bypass a broken float switch and connect the pump to direct power. This is fine as a temporary means of getting the pump started, but extended nonstop use will burn out your pump.
  • Ignoring signs of clogging. Partially clogged sewer lines only become worse with time. Extra time spent pumping wastewater around an impeding clog will cause your ejector to struggle and, ultimately, fail.

Our ejector pump replacements are very straightforward.

We first ensure no power is connected. Then we will disconnect the pipe that leads from the pump to the tank. After removing the old pump, we will reverse the process.

So why not just do it yourself?

First, non-experts are far more likely to make a mistake. If you improperly fit or damage the sewage pipe, you’ve got far greater problems than the one you started with, including stench and building damage, and even a serious risk to your and your family’s health.

Failure to follow the correct steps or anticipate in-the-moment issues can produce problems and panic that non-professionals haven’t seen before.

As with all plumbing-related fixes, you don’t want to be the DIY person who says, “uh oh.”

Especially with crawlspaces…do you really want to go in there?

Trust us when we say, leave it to the professionals.

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Sewage ejector pump repair service

The leading cause of our sewer ejector pump repair calls in Clifton is poor initial sewer pipe installation. We attribute this to someone who sized a pipe incorrectly or lacked professional sewer knowledge.

Another common issue is a poorly sized pump for the job requirements. Incorrect sizing of the sewage ejector pump forces the pump to work harder than necessary, shortening the system’s lifespan. If this keeps happening, the sewage ejector pump will burn out and flood the yard or your home.

A third cause is a general neglect or failure to notice signs of your pump’s imminent demise.

It would be wise to schedule a maintenance call with us so we can inspect the above as well as the pump’s valves and replace worn parts.

Sewage ejector pump maintenance

As we’ve covered, maintaining your sewage ejector pump is critical to HVAC systems care. Most manufacturers design these pumps to withstand 7-10 years of service. However, with regular maintenance, your pump can last up to 3d0 years.

Our maintenance visit includes checking:

Manufacturers recommend that your pump be inspected and cleaned regularly, at least every six months. We are happy to set up standing biannual appointments in advance if you would like.

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Tiger HVAC has provided exemplary sewage ejector pump service for over two decades. We have repeat residential and commercial customers in Clifton, NJ, and throughout Morris County.

Complete this form or call contact us today at 973-356-1143 for a free, no-obligation quote. You will experience why we pride ourselves on our work and customer service.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, they do need regular cleaning and maintenance. The most common cause for failure is improper operation due to lack of care.

It would be best if you changed filter screens every month or so. A professional should examine the entire pump-and-pipe system twice a year.

On average, they are built to last 7–10 years. But, with proper maintenance, they can last up to 30 years!