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Old 07-10-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Bad septic pump?

Two days ago, I noticed my breaker for the septic tank pump on my sand mound system had tripped. I reset it and went outside to see what was going on. The pump had not kicked on, and the water level was approximately 3' from the top and the entire pump was submerged. I've gone out to check it each of the last two days and the water level is always maybe 1" to 2" up or down of where it was the 1st day. I have a family of 5 so it's obvious the water is still moving into the sand mound.

My question is, would it be possible that the water is seeping into the sand mound, or is it more likely the pump intermittently kicking on intermittently when I am not watching? Also if it is seeping in, do I need to replace the pump? As stated before the level has barely changed in each of the past 3 days.

Any advice would be much appreciated!!


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Old 07-11-2012, 07:43 AM   #2
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What is the water level in the pump chamber supposed to be?

Or rather, is the pump supposed to pump out a measured quantity of water every day?

Can you activate the pump manually such as by pulling on a float and watching it go through a cycle?

Has the breaker tripped often?


The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.

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