Obvious Signs That Indicate Your Sewage Pump Needs Repair

Your sewage system is your first line of defense in removing wastewater from your home or workplace. When you neglect this system, you’re left with a mess when you don’t take care of the problem. This is why it’s essential for you to understand how you can spot an issue with your sewage system so you won’t have to deal with bigger problems in the future.

Continue reading this article to find out the obvious signs that your sewage system needs a repair or a replacement.

Clear Signs of Sewage System Problems

In order to minimise any damages from your sewage system, you need to identify what’s causing the problem.

Check your ejector pump and see if it’s properly working as it plays a crucial part in eliminating your wastes at home. Now, to check if your sewage system needs repair or replacement, here is the list of signs you should watch out for.

Bad Sewage Odour

If you smell any odour in your sewage, this can be an obvious sign that your ejector pump is not properly working and by that, not eliminating the wastes from your home into the main sewer line. So instead of pumping waste, it’s collecting waste in the drain, which causes the bad odour in your sewage. 

Dirty Water

If you see that dirty water is running through your sewage system, then it’s another sign that your pump is not removing as much waste as it is supposed to be. This means that consuming dirty water from your taps can cause significant health problems for you and your family.

Failure to Start the Pump

If your pump won’t start at all or has trouble starting, you may need to hire a professional plumbing company to check what’s wrong with your system so it can start running smoothly in no time.

Unusual Loud Sounds

Have you been hearing loud noises or unusual sounds? Maybe it’s your sewage system. Normally, all pumps make sounds as they pump wastewaters out of your home and into the main sewer. But if you hear loud noises, then that might be something you should take care of. You need to call a professional plumbing company right away so they can check the pump and make sure that there are no major concerns that can affect your system.

But why does your sewage system fail to pump? Here are some of the reasons why.

  1. The float switch is broken. Ejector pump works using a float switch so it knows when to pump and when to cycle. The float switch works by floating into the water to check if a specific water level is achieved. If it’s broken, then your pump wouldn’t know when to switch to pumping or cycling.
  2. You ignore partially clogged drainage lines. If clogs occur in your septic system, then it would be impossible to transport waste out of your home. Your partially clogged drainage lines will get worse if ignored, so it’s best that you address the problem right away.
  3. You bypass the float switch with direct power. When your float switch is damaged and you bypass the switch and directly provide power into the pump, then it can potentially burn out your pump when you do this for an extended period of time because direct power can cause the motor to stop working.


Doing preventative maintenance on your sewage system can save you more money by keeping all the issues from turning into bigger problems. When you already notice these obvious signs, then you may immediately take the necessary steps to have the system repaired or replaced.

DTB Pumps produces high-quality engineered pump and water management systems for commercial, civic and domestic building infrastructure projects. We specialise in sewage pump system. Call us now and let our pump pit specialist take care of your sewage system problems. 

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