A grinder pump is an electric pump that helps move wastewater from your home to the sewer system. Because it is powered by electricity, it can be affected by a power outage, so it’s important to monitor the status of your pump. Often, grinder pumps come with an alert system so that you’ll know if they’re malfunctioning. They also have floats or sensors that monitor the effluent level. If you see a buildup of grease or sludge, the pump may be too full to do its job.
Some areas require restaurants to have a grinder pump because of the solid waste they produce. Sewage from a restaurant is typically more solid than the wastewater from a home, and it must be ground before it can be pumped to the main line. A grinder pump is ideal for this purpose, because it can handle a wide range of solids. However, there are still some solids that can get trapped in the pipes and cause blockages. These include degreasing solvents and cooking fats.
The distance that a grinder pump can lift will vary depending on the specific pump and installation. In a residential installation, a grinder pump will typically be able to push up to 25 feet of sewage. However, if you want to move a lot of sewage, a higher head pump may be needed.
While there are benefits to using a grinder pump, they’re not appropriate for septic tanks, which are designed to move a large volume of sewage over long distances. Instead, grinder pumps can push a low volume of sewage to a pressurized sewer line.
A grinder pump may be the best option for a small-scale residential installation. While it’s not the best option in all situations, it does offer a number of advantages over an ejector pump. First, it’s less expensive. Second, it’s usually more reliable and lasts longer.
A grinder pump is more effective when solids are too large to be removed by gravity. Its motors can pump up to 10,000 gallons of sewage per hour. It can also pump sewage from a basement bathroom to the main floor. The distance it can move depends on how large the sludge is. The pump is typically sold in a pre-assembled duplex or simplex system. The duplex version is easier to install and lasts longer. It is also less expensive than the grinder pump.
Another option is the sewage ejector pump. It’s basically a beefed-up sump pump. These pumps can push large volumes of sewage quickly and without a lot of pressure. Sewage ejector pumps can handle up to two inches of solids.