At Tampa Septic, we believe it’s always best to be informed of the workings of your home, even unpleasant aspects like your septic system. All septic systems contain two main components: the tank itself and the drain field. Waste flows into the tank, where it is separated into liquids and solids, and then the liquids flow into the drain field to be released back into the soil, while solids remain in the tank and are broken down by bacteria. In some cases, a septic system needs additional components in order to function correctly. One such case is when a home rests on a slope and the septic tank is higher on the slope than the house—in this case, the waste needs to move uphill, and to do that, you need a lift station.
The way lift stations work is this: sewage is fed into a pit, and once the sewage reaches a certain level, it sets off electrical sensors that activate the lift station pump. When the pump is activated, it moves sewage out of the pit and to its next destination. The majority of lift stations are housed underground due to health risks–sewage can release toxic gasses such as methane and hydrogen sulfide, and you don’t want them to concentrate in a confined area. Due to these health risks, it’s important to have lift stations regularly inspected to ensure that they continue to function correctly. Our team at Tampa Septic can assess your lift station to see if it’s in good working order and make any necessary repairs if it’s not.
If your home has a lift station, you can count on our team at Tampa Septic to make sure it continues to work as it’s supposed to. Call us if you suspect you have a problem or just need us to check in.