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Tips on Replacing Your Septic Air Pump

Posted by SepticWorx LLC on

In our previous blogs, we covered the basics about the parts that make up your septic system. While it is important that you know the theory, it is time we put it into practice. If you are a homeowner, you might realize that your septic system is going to need replacements as time goes on. One of these parts is the septic air pump, which supplies air and pressure to the system. This part, in turn, aids the crucial process of propulsion, which is one of many processes that keeps your septic system running smoothly. In the event you need to replace your air pump, here are a few handy tips and tricks to ensure the safety of you and your septic system.

1. Read the instruction manual

Taking into account your house type, the foundation underneath, and the type of septic system you have, you will soon come to know that each septic air pump has a unique set of specifications; from this, you will want to follow the exact instructions based on the model and type. For example, the specifications for the Hiblow HP 80 will be completely different from the Thomas AP 80, it is a good practice to keep the manuals for each type of air pump just in case.

The instruction manual is often overlooked and sometimes seen as an unnecessary part of the replacement process, since there is a common myth that seems to claim that all air pumps are interchangeable. However, make sure you keep your manual in a safe, dry place and when it comes to replacing the part, you will want to thoroughly read the instruction manual--yes, even the fine print. An important thing to note is that you may not have the entire parts assembly from the same manufacturer, so keeping the manuals that are relevant to the parts you want to replace is the best way to go.

2. Sort parts in order of use

When opening the box of the air pump, sort parts by their usage. There is a specific order for this sorting process. The first step is to make sure all parts for the nozzle align themselves in one corner, and those for the base of the container should go in another corner. Sorting your parts in this way will evenly distribute your resources and ensure that they have a lesser likelihood of getting lost.

3. Research the right replacements

While you might have everything you need for your septic air pump, there will always be room for improvement. At Septic Worx, not only can you see reliable reviews by customers like you, you can also view the eligible replacements you can interchange with your old air pump. If done correctly and carefully, combining elements from different brands can sometimes result in a more efficient pump. Nevertheless, you will want to meticulously research the parts you want to replace and ask for a range of opinions from trusted technicians, or you could end up putting the air flow in your septic system in jeopardy.

4. Unplug the device beforehand

It is a general rule of thumb in the septic world that working on an air pump while it is plugged in will result in electrical and bodily damage, among others. For example, there is a high likelihood that you could short circuit the system or create an incredible amount of tension in the interior of the device. Luckily, this is a simple fix. The best way to prevent a disaster from happening is to unplug the device beforehand to ensure that it is off and no power is running through the system.

5. Store it in a cool environment

Like most machines, it is relatively expected that septic air pumps generally function the best in cooler environments. The lower temperatures helps to enable the concentration of fluids and natural air flow through the corridors. The Hiblow HP 60, for instance, does a remarkable job in keeping itself cool when placed in the appropriate environment. If you happen to live in a warm climate, be sure to move the air pump indoors even if you will be using it outdoors (this helps to preserve functionality until it is ready for use). This is especially crucial during the installation phase when other items around your house are shifting and acclimating.

6. Contact a professional

Learning your way around your septic system and, in particular, your air pump, is an admirable task. More homeowners should know about this aspect of their homes. That being said, when it comes to the replacement of larger and more complex septic air pumps, the best course of action may be to contact a professional. If you are working alone, it could be difficult or nearly impossible to synchronize the intended parts needed for replacement. A professional team will be able to set up the air pump properly and efficiently, and give you advice on the best protocols on how to maintain it.

Septic air pumps can take your septic system to new heights. Nevertheless, it is a good practice to follow the correct procedure for installation for your safety and that of those around you. As you become more aware of the functionality and hazards of each part of the septic system, the process will become smoother in the future.


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