Sometimes a sewage pump stops working. The causes are usually linked to a blockage in the pump. These blockages can be cleared out with relative ease. Most sewage pump installations allow for a quick un-coupling arrangement. Additionally, most sewage pump stations include redundancy. That means two pumps are available to do the job of one. Should either fail, the stand-by pump will take charge.
Every so often, a pump station will be overwhelmed with a deluge of mud, clay and even bricks. This is usually attributed to infrastructure failure – it is unlikely to originate from some-ones kitchen.
In these instances, severe overwhelming will cause a calamitous pump failure. The consequences are not difficult to imagine – and invariably result in localized flooding.
Manual labour is almost the only solution. It’s a grim business and we have to thank our Municipalities for under taking this messy and dangerous work.