Septic water pump issue

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by chunhuach, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. chunhuach

    chunhuach New Member

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    The water pump in my septic system is not working well, two issues:
    1. Sometimes the float just won’t trigger the pump, even if I lifted it, do I need to replace it or should I look into something? Sometimes it will work (magically), should I replace it?
    If I replace do I just replace the head or I replace the wire as well? The one home depot is selling (http://www.*********.com/h_d1/N-5yc...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053) comes with the wire, that’s why I am asking. Replacing the wire is a little troublesome since the wire is buried
    2. Sometimes the float started to work (magically), but the pump will be triggered once a minute or so. The reason is that when the pump stops, water will back flow to fill the tank gradually. I am sure the drain field is still working as most of the water is pumped out, just a small amount of water will flow back every time. I don’t know if it has a one way check valve, should I install one? (I don't know why it wasn't installed originally so wondering if it's OK to install a one way check valve in a septic water pump)
  2. Jerome2877

    Jerome2877 In the Trades

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    Yes you need a new float switch and they come with a new wire. There should be a check valve so if not then yes install one.
  3. chunhuach

    chunhuach New Member

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    Location:
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    I took a picture:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/115164...thkey=Gv1sRgCNmbluDdrcnKywE&feat=embedwebsite

    so should I just cut that PVC then intall a check valve? there isn't much room for me to work on without getting down to the tank. Are there flexible pipes I can use?

    The alarm also not working, if I know how to do it I would replace the whole thing with a panel which contains the alarm. I called a local company they will charge 239 for simple coming to see the issue...
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