A sewer ejector pump is installed in homes that have plumbing located below the main sewer line or septic tank pipe. For example, if you have a laundry room or bathrooms in your basement, your home will most likely be outfitted with a sewer ejector pump to move waste into the sewer system or septic tank. In most cases, sewer ejector pumps work very efficiently, and they do a good job of moving waste from the lower levels of a home to where it is supposed to go. However, just like any other mechanical device, sewer ejector pumps can wear down over time and experience issues. Some of the common signs that your home's sewer ejector pump is in need of repair include the following.

Foul Odors

When a sewer ejector pump is in good working condition, it will move waste quickly and you will not experience any bad smells in the lower level of your home. If your pump is unable to work at full capacity or if it becomes clogged, you may begin to smell very foul odors. This is because the waste generated in the lower level of your home is not being transported to the sewer or septic tank by the pump. Never ignore foul odors in the lower levels of your home, as it is a major red flag that your sewer pump needs to be repaired.

Constantly Cycling

In most cases, a sewer ejector pump does not have to run all of the time in order to move waste. But, when there is something wrong with the pump, it may begin to cycle on and off over and over. If you have a sewer pump in your home, it is important to check on it on a regular basis. Continually cycling is a symptom of a big problem with the pump, but usually, it can be repaired.

Strange Sounds

While a sewer ejector pump does not run silently, it won't make a great deal of noise when it is in good working condition. Pay attention to the sounds the pump makes when it is operating. Screeching, grinding, or whining sounds, no matter how minor, indicate that there is something wrong with the pump. Strange sounds from your sewer pump usually mean that an internal component has worn down and needs to be replaced. Luckily, this type of sewer ejector pump repair is usually quite affordable and can be completed in a timely manner. 

For more information, contact a company like Forrest Sewer Pump Service.