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  • SEWAGE PUMP BUYERS GUIDE - CONTENTS: Septic grinder pumps - where to buy, guide to brands of septic pumps and septic grinder or ejector pumps - buyers' guide
    • Where to buy Septic tank pumps, septic grinder pumps, septic effluent pumps
    • What type of septic pump should you buy?
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Sewage pump or septic pump buyers' guide:

This article offers buying advice for Septic Grinder Pumps, Sewage Pumping Stations, & Septic Pump Alarms. We discuss the types of sewage and sewage grinder pumps available and we provide where-to-buy information for sewage grinder pumps: contact information for sewage pump brands, models, manufacturers, and suppliers.

An Environment One Corporation grinder pump schematic sketch is shown at the top of this article.

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What's the difference between a septic grinder pump, sewage grinder pump & sewage effluent pump?

The general name for these pumps is sewage grinder pumps if they are intended to grind and move black water or sewage. A sewage grinder pump is synonymous with a septic grinder pump.

If the pump is intended only to move clarified effluent, say from a septic tank to a drain field the proper term to use is sewage effluent pumps.

List of well-established & widely-used septic pump & sewage grinder pump brands

Here are the widely-used sewage & septic pump manufacturers and suppliers. Contact information for each of these companies is given further below.

  • ABS pumps
  • Crane (centrifugal grinders) pumps
  • Environment One Corporation
  • Goulds pumps
  • Hydromatic pumps
  • Liberty sewage pumps
  • Little Giant pumps
  • Myers pumps
  • Tsurumi pumps
  • Webtrol sewage pumps
  • Zoeller sewage grinder pumps

Directory of Producers of Septic Pumps, Sewage Pumps, Grinder Pumps, Effluent Pumps: Contact Information

Several sewage pump manufacturers produce a separate line of commercial or municipal sewage grinder pumps from those used in residential application. CONTACT us to add pumps to this list. No fees or costs are involved. has no financial relationship with any company, product, or service discussed at this website.

  • Crane Pumps and Systems, 420 Third Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 Phone: (937) 778-8947 and Crane Pumps and Systems, 83 West Drive, Bramton, Ontario, Canada L6T 2J6, Phone: (905) 457-6223 Fax: (937) 773-7157 Fax: (905) 457-2650 See Weinman submersible sewage ejector pump installation and service manual for an example instructions for the Weinman Series WE and 3WE sewage ejector pumps ranging from .5 to 1 hp.
  • Drain & Sewage Ejector Packages,, Tel: 530-891-6428, 24 hour message phone: 530-891-1556, Email: Sewage Ejector pump types, models, float control switches using Little Giant and Zoeller sewage pumps as examples, web search 08/15/11, original source

  • Environment One Corporation, 2773 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309, Tel 518-346-6161,l website:
    E/One Extreme Series grinder pump stations for indoor and outdoor installations, residential and light commercial applications.
    An Environment One grinder pump schematic sketch is shown at the top of this article. The Environment One Corporation has contributed illustrations to this article series. has no financial nor business relationship with the company nor with any other company or product discussed at our website.

  • Float Switches for Pumps,, Sewage Ejector pump types, models, float control switches using Little Giant and Zoeller sewage pumps as examples, web search 08/15/11, original source
  • Flotec 800-365-6832, Flotec produces a wide range of effluent pumps, grinder pumps, sewage pumps, sump pumps
  • Franklin Miller 60 Okner Parkway, Livingston, NJ 07039 USA Tel: 973-535-9200, Wastewater Sewage Grinders,
  • Gorman-Rupp, P.O. Box 1217, Mansfield, Ohio 44901-1217, Tel: (419) 755-1011 Fax (419) 755-1263. Gorman produces a very wide range of pumps including septic pumps, sewage pumps, effluent pumps, grinder pumps, submersible shredder pumps, IPT
  • Grundfos Pumps Corporation, 2555 Clovis Ave., Clovis CA 93612, Tel: 800-333-1366, web search 8/9/11, original source
  • Hydromatic Pentair Water, 740 East 9th Street, Ashland, OH 44805, Phone: 1-888-957-8677, Web Site:
  • JWC Environmental, NWCE North American Headquarters, North American Headquarters 290 Paularino Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA Phone: (949) 833-3888 Toll Free: (800) 331-2277 Fax: (949) 833-8858, Muffin Monster - Model 3000, inline municipal sewage pump
  • Little Giant, Tel: 877-869-0200, Email:, Little Giant produces a wide range of pumping equipment including sewage and wastewater pumps
  • Liberty Pumps, Liberty Pumps, 7000 Apple Tree Avenue, Bergen, NY 14416, Tel: 1-800-543-2550 Fax: 1-585-494-1839, Email: Submersible pumps, sewage pumps, effluent pumps, grinder pumps. Submersible sewage pumps include the LE series line ranging from 4/10 hp up to 2 hp. LIberty also provides simplex and duplex pump systems and engineered septic and sewage pump systems.
  • Myers, Myers Applied Wastewater Systems - 1101 Myers Parkway Ashland, OH 44805, Phone: 419-289-1144, Fax: 419-289-6658, or in Canada: Myers, 269 Trillium Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 4W5 Tel: 519-748-5470 Fax 519-748-2553Myers produces a wide range of pumps including sump pumps, sewage pumps, effluent pumps
  • Pit-Viper Add-A-JOhn low-profile sewage systems (integrated plastic tank, pump, toilet mounting base)
  • Superior 2805 Fairview Ave. N Roseville, MN 55113, Tel: 800-495-9278Tel: 651-487-0378. Superior produces sewage pumps (float operated submersibles)
  • Tsurumi Pumps, Tsurumi (America), Inc. 1625 Fullerton Court, Glendale Heights, IL 60139, tel: 630-793-0127, fax: 630-793-0146, toll free: 888-TSURUMI (878-7864), info@tsurumiamerica.comTsurumi Pump produces sewer pumps and submersible pumps, categorized as wastewater pumps, sewage pumps, and centrifugal pumps including portable equipment.
  • Wayne , Wayne Pumps, 101 Production Drive, Harrison OH 45030, Tel: 800-237-0987. Wayne produces a range of sewage pumps and water pumps including cast iron submersible pumps
  • Weinman sewer pumps - see Crane above.
  • Zoeller Pump Company, 3649 Cane Run Rd., Louisville, KY 40211, Phone: 1-800-928-7867, 502-778-2731 Fax: 502-774-3624. Technical support and/or quote related emails: Zoeller produces just about every kind of septic, sewage, effluent, grinder, and sump pump. Homeowners who need a sewage pump are asked to contact their local representative or retail sales outlet. Zoeller classes their pumps into these categories:
    • Grinder pumps, such as Zoeller's 810/815 Turnkey Grinder Systems, 800-series Grinder Pumps, Cold-Climate grinder pumps, Simplex prepackaged grinder pump systems, and Simplex and Duplex (two pumps) grinder systems including four outdoor use.
    • Utility, pedestal, & gas engine pumps. These are portable gas-engine powered pumps used typically in construction, service, or emergencies
    • Sewage & Dewatering pumps, such as certain Aqua-Mate Models and Waste-Mate models, and Sewage-Waste 600-series pumps
    • Sump, Effluent, Dewatering pumps, such as Water Ridd'r , Mighty-Mate, Aqua-Mate, Flow-Mate, and High Head Flow-Mate pumps - of certain models - be sure to read the manufacturer's intended use for a pump model before purchasing it

What Type of Septic Pump or Sewage Pump Should I Buy?

Sewage pumpThe type of sewage pump you need depends on how it will be used. The pumps at left may have been a misapplication for this municipal lift station ,which may explain why we found these discarded units on the site. Septic pump systems vary by these parameters:

  • Grinder vs. ejector pump: in how they treat the waste
  • Lift capacity or "head": by how many feet of elevation does the waste need to be raised to reach the build. "Head" is the term used to describe the height in feet that a column of wastewater needs to be raised, and is expressed in feet of lift. A "ten foot head" means that the pump has to be powerful enough to lift the column of waste water ten feet vertical distance.
  • Total wastewater system capacity: how many toilets and other fixtures is the pump serving. A basement bath including a shower, sink, and toilet, uses a small pre-packaged low-capacity septic grinder pump that may be just 1/3 hp. while in a home where all of the wastewater needs to be moved from a common pumping point to a higher-elevation sewer line, an higher capacity multi-horsepower pump needs to be used (and probably should be installed duplexed with a pair of pumps.)
  • Size of solids that need to be removed: larger solids are handled by larger grinder pumps. A pump with a four-inch impeller housing and impeller will typically be able to handle solids up to 3" in diameter without clogging.
  • Water temperature: most sewage pumps are designed to operate at a maximum temperature of 180 deg F. So if a restaurant were installing a pumping station that had to handle near-boiling water, say from a commercial dishwasher or an asian fast-food cooking line, special equipment may be needed.
  • Duty cycle: a community pumping station or a sewage pumping system serving a multi-family home needs to be able to run more frequently to handle the much higher wastewater load than that from a single family home.
  • Duplex septic pump installationReliability requirements: while single-pump systems are often installed to support an extra basement bathroom, where a sewage pump is handling an entire home or larger facility, duplex septic pumping systems (shown in the photo at left) are preferable for their greater reliability.

    Remember that in a power outage your pump system will not work unless you've provided backup power.

  • Vertically-suspended sewage grinder pumps and closely-coupled submersible sewage grinder pumps are further distinguished and described in more detail at SEPTIC PUMPING STATIONS.

Septic pump manufacturers provide a pump selection and sizing table that is used to guide the installer in selecting the proper pump. We've seen sewage handling systems where the wrong type or wrong capacity of pump was installed, sometimes as an attempt to "save money."

Two types of sewage pumps are used in residential applications, sewage grinder pumps or sewage ejectors pumps, and non-clogging sewage ejector pumps. We describe these next at Septic Pump Duplex System Designs or select a topic from the More Reading links shown below.

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