Does anyone know about Grinder pumps for homes?? Is it worth buying a brand new construction with a pump .?

Asked by Tanu, North Brunswick, NJ Thu Mar 26, 2009

The pump is for sewage.

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Emmanuel Sca…, , Collin County, TX
Thu Mar 26, 2009
Hi Tanu,

A mascerating pump is generally used when the home is sitting below the closest public sewage line or when you have a toilet in a basement which is below the main sewage discharge line from the home. It is required naturally to lift the sewage to a higher level where it can then flow into the sewage system. Like any other pump it must be monitored and properly maintained. A failure of a mascerating pump can cause sewage backup into the home. Up North with basements there are a lot of sump pumps in basements. If one of these fail you can have water flooding damage.

Whether it is worth buying a home with a mascerating pump system is completely up to the potential buyer. Most of these pumps are very reliable and require little maintenance but not no maintenance. You would need to be comfortable with this type of pump in your house before you consider buying.

Good luck!

Emmanuel J. Scanlan
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