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Grappling with clogging issues with your lift stations

One of the biggest issues you’ll encounter with wastewater lift stations is clogging. On one hand, this should be expected as clogging is a pretty routine maintenance issue that pops up merely from usage. On the other hand, when it occurs too often – it can increase your management costs, shorten the life of the pump and add a whole swath of additional, unforeseen costs. It’s important to not only stay on top of your maintenance, but also in the event that something bad does happen – you’ll have a quiver of potential solutions handy so that you can move quickly. The first step to revolving clogging issues is to simply ID the source of the problem. More often than not, the problem is associated with inappropriately flushed items like fats, oils, grease and the like. We like to call it FOG. That being said, you’ll see other issues arise as well. Illegal dumping, animal waste, particulate matter… they can all cause issues as well. Once you know what the issue is, you can develop a plan to try to mitigate those issues. The first thing you should always do is consider the simple solutions. If you’re experiencing clogging because of flushable wipes, then make sure there’s a trash basket installed that can encourage people to throw waste items in there, instead of the station itself. You can also use bar screens, weir walls and agitators as well – to help clear out the gunk. If that’s not going to work, then it’s time to move along to the pumps themselves. Pumps are the area of the lift station...