How Long Do Septic Tanks And Pumps Last?

In this guide, we’ll be discussing how long septic tanks and pumps last after installation or replacement.

Homeowners with septic systems installed on their property need to be concerned about the lifespan of such systems. Septic systems consist of various key components including tanks and pumps.

These two will form the basis of our discussion as septic systems heavily rely on these components functioning at their very best.

It is of significant benefit for homeowners to know how long a septic tank serves them. The same applies to the pump. Having a breakdown or failure of both can be really damaging to the entire system.

Therefore, it’s never advisable to be taken unawares.

Improving Septic Tank And Pump’s Lifespan

Whether you’re looking at the septic tank or pump, how well the system is maintained has an impact on the lifespan of system components.

In other words, your septic tank and the pump is likely to serve for many more years than they were initially designed to serve with proper maintenance.

Maintenance in this sense refers to what goes into your septic tank and how often you inspect and fix any issues.

Basically, it includes simple tasks like pumping the tank when needed and keeping all septic tank lids tightly closed and secured.

Other maintenance actions include water regulation.

In other words, you’ll need to check the volume of water that goes into the tank. Water conservation practices are essential. The less water the better.

Also, septic tank lids should be easily accessible for emergencies.

  • Pumps

Septic pumps come in varieties. These include sewage effluent pumps, sewage grinder pumps, sewage ejector pumps, and so on. Care for these is quite simple when you follow use instructions accompanying these products.

Most sewage pumps are fitted with alarm systems. These alarms go off when anomalies are detected.

In such situations, it’s best to discontinue water use as well as flushing and call a technician to further inspect and fix any issues arising. It’s also important to turn off appliances like washing machines when issues arise.

Sometimes, sewage pumps could get blocked from all sorts of debris and items disposed into the tank. You can prevent all of this by being conscious of what goes into your tank.

Exclude cat litter, baby wipes, condoms, cigarette butts, cigarettes, ashes, and chemicals.

Other things to exclude from your septic system include rubber gloves, sanitary napkins & tampons, hair, metal scraps & fragments, Q-tips, glass debris & fragments, plastic toys, and cotton swabs.

Also keep out all forms of wipes, combustible liquids, diapers, and cooking oil. With these out of the way, your septic pump and tank will serve for longer periods of time.

How Long Do Sewage Pumps Last?

The points discussed above have provided great detail on how best to maintain and prolong your septic pump’s lifespan. Having said that, how long is a sewage pump initially designed to serve?

Sewage pumps meant for residential purposes normally serve for an average of 5 to 7 years. This is quite different for those used in commercial settings.

Commercial sewage pumps are built to last an average of 5 to 15 years. Of course, not all sewage pumps (residential & commercial) are expected to serve the expected lifespan.

Factors Affecting Sewage Pump Lifespan

When it comes to determining the lifespan of sewage pumps, certain factors come into play.

These factors include the length of time they’re left to run, pump quality, troubleshooting & fixing issues, and electrical supply to the pump.

Let’s briefly take a look at each;

  • The Length of Time Left to Run

There are acceptable run times for sewage pumps.

Depending on the design, certain sewage pumps are made to automatically come on and off. These are safer as the run-time is adhered to.

For older pump models, manual operation is needed. Allowing the pump to run beyond acceptable time limits is likely to cause problems.

  • Troubleshooting & Fixing Issues

Sewage pumps are likely to develop issues along the way. How you respond will determine how long they serve or remain functional.

Common issues include blown fuse, defective float switch, and plugged hole of anti-airlock among others.

You’ll need to know how to respond to keep your pump functional. If you have no idea on what steps to take, consider calling an electrical technician to come to have a look.

  • Pump Quality

Pump quality is an important factor when it comes to determining how long a sewage pump lasts.

Sewage pumps come in varying qualities. Certain brands are considered reputable due to product durability and performance. It’s important to identify and go for such. These will serve you longer.

On the other hand are average brands whose products aren’t as reliable as those from reputable brands. These have a much shorter lifespan.

You’ll need to speak with your septic technician to know which products are the best.

  • Electrical Supply to the Pump

However good your pump maintenance practices are, one area you could have an issue with is the electrical voltage.

Surges may occur at some point that may fry or damage your pumps. Your best bet of preventing this from happening is to install an electrical surge protector.

How Long Do Septic Tanks Last?

Septic tanks are made from a variety of materials.

These range from concrete, plastic, steel, and fiberglass. The type of material a septic tank is made of determines its lifespan.

On average, septic tanks will last anywhere from 15 to 40 years.

In reality, septic tanks may fail before the expected timeframe they’re designed to serve. These system components may also remain functional long past their estimated lifespan. It all depends on how you use your tank.

With proper usage, a tank will remain functional for longer than one being misused. So, what does misuse really mean? It means a lot of things.

First, this has to do with frequent inspection. A yearly inspection of your septic tank detects and solves problems early on before they worsen.

Secondly what you throw or empty into your drains has an impact on how the tank performs. These have been mentioned earlier when discussing pumps. Only bio-degradable items should be flushed down drains.

We’ve seen that the lifespan of a septic tank is directly tied to how you use it and the type of tank. The same applies to a sewage pump.

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