Pump Chambers

Sewage Pump Chamber Installation & Repair

Sometimes a septic tank or treatment plant isn’t a viable option. In these situations, the preferable options is usually a sewage pumping station, which will pump your sewage and wastewater to the nearest mains sewer. We are experts at installing sewage pump chambers for households and businesses across the south of England.

What is a pump chamber?

A sewage pump station or pump chamber is used when gravity alone will not allow sufficient drainage to happen.  Wastewater is collected in an underground pump chamber, where it is then pumped to the main sewer.

Sewage pump stations or pump chambers can be used for both foul water (sewage) and surface water applications.

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Understand the regulations

Prior to starting work on a pump chamber you will need to check the requirements of Local Building Regulations.

Building Regulations state that “Where foul water drainage from a building is to be pumped, the effluent receiving chamber should be sized to contain 24-hour inflow to allow for disruption to service. The minimum daily discharge of foul drainage should be taken as 150 litres per head per day for domestic use. For other types of building, the capacity of the receiving chamber should be based on the calculated daily demand of the water intake for the building. Where only a proportion of foul sewage is to be pumped, then the capacity should be based pro-rata. In all pumped systems the controls should be so arranged to optimise pump operation.”

Pump chamber Maintenance

A private sewage pump station/pump chamber requires regular servicing, or you run the risk of your drains being backed up or blocked. SaS drainage & Groundworks can inspect, service and repair almost any brand of pump stations. We can provide replacement pumps within a short time frame to get you go up and running again.

To keep your pump station working properly and efficiently, we can provide scheduled service maintenance contracts. This regular service takes the worry out of any potential pump failure, and gives you piece of mind that someone is at hand to respond quickly to any mechanical breakdown.

Pump Chamber Maintenence

Frequently asked questions

What happens if the main pump fails?

In the unlikely event that one of the pumps develops a fault then an alarm is triggered and the second pump operates to ensure that system doesn’t stop running. If for any reason the water level within the pump chamber reaches the ‘high level alarm’ float, then both pumps are put into operation and the alarm is triggered. Once the water level drops sufficiently the alarm will turn off.

What are the disadvantages of a pump chamber?
  • The design and installation of the pump chamber need to be done expertly to ensure that the system is reliable and fit for purpose. 
  • Although the pump systems generally don’t use much power, there is still a cost to the electricity over using a gravity system.
  • It can be difficult to source parts for your pump.
  • The buildup of fat and grease can affect reliability.
  • Although pumps are selected to minimise the risk of blockages, there is still potential for blockages to occur.
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Want to know more about pump chambers?

Would you like more information about the installation or maintenance of  pump chamber?  Get in touch with our team of drain specialists today to find out more. We look forward to chatting with you and helping you with your pump chamber requirements.

Areas Covered

Our specialist drain repair team cover all of Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire. No matter where you are we will be happy to give you any drainage advice free of charge over the phone.

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