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      Avatar photoMasterPlumbers

        I am looking at a nice lot in a great location of a great neighborhood. Almost all the houses are above $200k. One catch, the lot won’t perk to the point it can support a septic tank. The lot is cerified to build on, but requires a septic pump system that pumps the sewage to a remote location. Other houses in the area are using the pump system. Can anyone give me some insight on using the pump system? Is this okay or should I forget this lot and move on? Thanks in advance for input provided.

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        Avatar photoRetired plbg1

          Most of these are grinder pumps and they use them all over the only thing I got against them is if el. goes out and if pump goes bad your plbg. is shut down.

        • #300182
          Avatar photooscar

            If a person considered all the ifs ,the world would be in a heck of a shape.If my aunt would have had testicles,she would have been my uncle.dtdpirate if ,see another if.if you like the lot go for it.No one can predict whats in store.You could get a backup pump”just in case” the primary one went bad.Also check into backup pwer in case the electricity does go out.

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            Avatar photoJohn Aldrich1


              Question 1:
              Can anyone give me some insight on using the pump system?

              I have successfully designed and installed many Septic Tank Effluent Pump (STEP) Systems in my 27 years in the septic system business. This type of system is highly reliable. Locate the septic tank so that the raw sewage flows by gravity to the tank for primary treatment and separation of the solids from the liquids. Only the septic tank effluent is pumped to the leach field site. In my view, this is a better approach than using a grinder pump.

              Typically, I do not design duplex pump systems. My experience has been that if one uses a high quality effluent pump, the service life is between 15 and 20 years, and a replacement pump is readily available. I design the systems so that it is a simple procedure to replace the pump when it does eventually fail. I also provide a detailed operation manual, that is specific to a particular system, which describes the procedure for replacing the pump, and describes the other maintenance requirements of the system.

              If the electrical distribution system in the area in which you are interested has a history of being very reliable, then a battery operated back-up system is also not necessary in my opinion. It is especially not necessary if the home is served by an onsite well. If the electricity is interrupted, the well pump and/or pressure pump will not be functional, and therefor no sewage will be generated.

              Question 2:
              Is this okay or should I forget this lot and move on?

              I agree with Oscar on one point, if you like the lot, go for it.

              John Aldrich (Septic Tank Yank)
              Septic System Consultant
              Timnath, Colorado USA

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