Can I upgrade my septic pump?

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Making upgrades to your septic system pumps has never been easier!

When you purchase a home that includes a septic system, you’ll probably ask yourself a lot of questions. These might include some of the following. 

  1. Where is my septic tank located and how do I access it?
  2. How old is my septic tank?
  3. What are the different parts of my septic system?
  4. Where can I go for septic system maintenance and repair? 
  5. Who does septic tank maintenance?
  6. How often do I need to have a septic tank inspection?
  7. Can I upgrade or replace parts of my septic system?

The answers for all of the above are simple – you just need to know where to look – and what to look for. 

Upgrading septic tank pumps is easy

Like with other home systems that include many parts, changing and replacing internal portions of your septic tank doesn’t need to be complicated. One of the parts that often needs repair are septic pumps. These are tasked with facilitating the movement of water through the home’s septic system and into the drain field, as well as introducing more oxygen into the contained water. 

Since they are made with moving parts and are constantly in use, they tend to wear down. Replacing them is one thing – but upgrading septic tank pumps is another. 

Many people choose to upgrade their systems and install larger or more powerful pumps. This helps your septic tank become more efficient, and reduces the strain put on each individual pump. Think of it this way: the more powerful the pump, the less it will struggle to keep up with increased water flow. If you have a small pump in your septic tank, it will need to do more work – and likely lead to it breaking down sooner. 

Answering those other septic tank questions

You might be new to septic tank maintenance, but septic tank service professionals are not. These people are capable of performing tasks like septic tank inspections, parts replacement, pumping and even installations and removals. Basically, they can do it all – and all you’ll need to worry about is choosing the right company. 

If you’re not ready to reach out to a septic service pros yet, do some research of your own. In many cases, the deed to your home as well as property information blueprints include information about the location, age, size and other specifications of your septic tank. Since a septic tank inspection must be done before selling a home, this information is also often available in your home inspection report. This is how buyers are able to avoid surprises with damaged tanks after they buy their dream home. 

For more information on septic tank parts, services and general knowledge, visit This site puts a wealth of information at the tips of your fingers – and is a great place to start! 

The more you know about your septic system, the better prepared to maintain it you will be. It’s not a home system that needs constant attention, but being sure to follow the suggested maintenance schedule for inspections and pumping goes a long way.

Where in the septic system do the septic system pumps go?

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Septic systems typically include a pipe running from your home, a large tank with 2 or more chambers, and a drain field.  Under certain circumstances, septic system pumps or a septic aerator may also be necessary.

Some systems require septic system pumps

To understand why septic tank pumps are sometimes necessary, you first need to know how a septic system works.  When you have a septic system, all wastewater flows from your house and into the septic tank.  In the first chamber of the tank, the wastewater settles into 3 layers: oils, liquids, and solids.  The middle layer (the liquid) then flows into another chamber where it can settle further. Bacteria work to breakdown solids and the water eventually is sent to a drain field.  In some septic systems, the water flows out of the tank naturally, but sometimes a septic tank pump is needed. The pump can be submerged (usually in the last chamber of the tank) and pumps water to the drain field.  

Whether or not you need septic pumps can depend on the conditions in your yard and the amount of water that needs to flow through your septic system.  For example, if the box that distributes water to the drain field is at a higher elevation than your septic tank, gravity will not cause the water to flow that way so you will need a septic tank pump.  Your septic system installers and service providers can help you determine which septic tank pumps are best for you based on the elevation of your system components and the amount of water that will flow through the system to maximize efficiency.  Your septic service providers will need to ensure that the pump can handle the amount of water discharged from large appliances (such as dishwashers and washing machines) but that it also gives the water time to flow through the drain field.

Septic tank aerators

Another component that is sometimes included in a septic system is a septic tank aerator.  In a typical septic system, the bacteria that help breakdown waste in the septic tank are anaerobic – meaning they work with little to no oxygen.  A septic tank aerator draws air from outside the tank and distributes it in the tank through tubes so aerobic bacteria can help breakdown waste. A septic tank with an aerator usually has 3 chambers and the septic aerator is located in the second chamber.  

The advantage to a system with a septic aerator is that the aerobic bacteria are usually faster and more effective.  The effluent that flows from a septic system with a septic aerator is usually cleaner than effluent from a system without an aerator.  Visit to learn more about septic tank pumps and septic aerators.