Most domestic and commercial properties in this country rely on the power of gravity to ensure that sewage flows from the property into the mains sewer. However, this is not always possible, as sometimes homes or businesses lie below the main sewage line.

Here at Gilson Environmental Services, we specialise in pump station installation in Ipswich as well as all across Suffolk and Norfolk. We will show you how these systems work, their pros and cons, and how we can help you to select and install the right one for your home or business.

How They Work

Sewage pumping stations are required when sewage needs to be pumped uphill in order to enter the mains sewage system. These types of pumping stations are most commonly found in homes with ground floor bathrooms or basement properties. They are also needed in more remote villages and farms, and some low-lying urban areas.

But how do they work? Put simply, the sewage from one property or a group of properties flows downhill into a wet well or tank. When the sewage in this tank reaches a certain level, a pump will automatically kick in and pump the waste uphill and into the mains sewer.

The Pros

By far, the biggest make or break decision in most cases is the cost. Installing a sewage pumping station is much cheaper than installing a gravity flow system due to the lengthy pipework that is needed for the latter. For developers building new housing estates in low-lying areas, installing a pumping station can cut costs considerably.

Another benefit of sewage pumping stations is that they operate automatically. Unlike some of the alternatives, such as cesspools, you don’t have to employ a specialist to empty them out regularly, and most models have an in-built alarm system which will tell you when something has gone wrong.

And effective from 2016, responsibility for private pumping stations switched from the homeowner to the sewerage companies (provided the pumping station met certain eligibility criteria) which takes the weight – and some of the expenditure – off householders’ minds.

The Cons

Unlike a gravity flow system, a sewage pumping station requires power to operate the pump. This creates an ongoing additional cost that could be passed on from the water company to the consumer.

Just like with traditional gravity flow systems, there is still the potential for blockages from build-ups of fat, grease and other materials, so householders need to take care what they flush down their toilets or pour down their sinks.

And you will also still need consent from the local planning authority and the water company to have one installed – and there are lots of different makes and models to choose from, to reflect the fact that they are used by residential and commercial properties alike. So you will need expert advice to find which type is best for your property or development, and to install it – which is where Gilson Environmental Services come in.

Pump Station Installation from Gilson Environmental Services

One of the biggest benefits of choosing us is that we are fully independent. Not being tied to any specific companies or products means that you will receive open and honest advice that leads to ordering the sewage pumping station that best fits your needs. We also enjoy excellent relationships with manufacturers, local councils, and the Environment Agency.

As well as sewage pumping stations, we also provide septic tank, sewage treatment system, and cesspool installation to customers in Suffolk and the surrounding areas. You can also call on us for all your general servicing and maintenance, and we also provide emergency call-out cover.

If you would like help choosing the right pumping station for you give us a call on 01473741530 or send us a message.