Lift Stations & Pumps
Get your lift station problems resolved with just one call.
Clearwater Cleanup Company provides every type of service for residential, commercial and municipal lift stations. Whether you need emergency pumping, repairs or maintenance, we have the experience and equipment to handle all sewage and groundwater lift stations, and to reach any job site, including low-clearance garages and remote areas.
We provide comprehensive service for lift stations and pumps:
- Alarm calls
- Emergency pumping
- Flood relief
- Confined space entry
- High-pressure jetting
- Clearing jammed impellers
- Sewer cleaning & camera
- Float maintenance
- Loaner pumps
- Bypass pumping
- Holding tanks
- Pump replacements
- Control panel upgrades
- Maintenance programs
- Electrical checks
- Noise remediation
- Pipe repair or re-routing
- Vessel repair or replacement
- New lift station installations
Homeowners: We service septic tank pumps, sewage pumps, ground water sumps, lift stations and ejector pits. Check out our residential section for more information.
Choose Clearwater to handle your emergencies and maintenance
When the flood waters are rising, Clearwater will bring both quick relief and a solution to the underlying problem. Unlike some contractors, we can do it all: vac out the water, clean the tank and sewer lines, and service the pumps, floats and control panel. Clearwater offers complete lift station service with these advantages:
Experience - Clearwater has been providing relief for sewage and groundwater emergencies since 1994. Our hardworking crews quickly mobilize pumping equipment, assess the situation and proceed with cleaning and repairs. All our technicians are certified in confined space entry and job safety.
Comprehensive Service - When you’re faced with a lift station disaster, you need someone you can count on from start to finish. Clearwater will quickly provide pumping and flood mitigation. After cleaning the lift station vessel, pumps and floats, we will diagnose why the failure occurred. Simple repairs, like unclogging the outlet line or un-jamming a pump impeller, can be done immediately by the same crew.
If your pumps have failed, we won’t just leave you hanging. Clearwater will set up a loaner pump or begin by-pass pumping service. We install high-quality replacement pumps, floats and control panels. If needed we can re-route piping, repair leaky vessels, and upgrade entire systems. Finally, Clearwater offers service contracts for cleaning and preventative pump maintenance.
Proximity - Don’t wait for someone to drive up from the Front Range. Clearwater is already up in the mountains, and equipped to provide quick service year around. We are your local provider for on-going pump maintenance and emergency assistance.
Specialized Equipment - Clearwater has a wide range of versatile equipment. We offer high-capacity pumping, but we also have a line of equipment designed for tight spaces. At 6 ½ ft. tall, our custom-made Junior Jet/Vac can enter the shortest parking garages, where it can work alone or shuttle to larger trucks. We can even go off-road to reach lift stations in remote areas.
Our unique pumping trucks have high-pressure jetters on-board, so we can pressure wash the pumps, floats and vessel at the time of pumping. For more demanding situations, we can mobilize jetters with up to 6000 psi, and 1000 feet of hose. We provide all the water needed for jetting.
While your system is down, Clearwater has many options for keeping the flood waters at bay. We have multiple vac trucks and tanks with a total capacity of 40,000 gallons. If we need to wait for replacement pumps, we can either install a loaner pump, or set up a by-pass pump system. We will monitor and haul away the holding tanks.
Groundwater pumps have special needs.
Clearwater services many groundwater pumps for commercial buildings in Summit and Eagle Counties. These pumps might sit idle for most of the year, and then run 24/7 during the spring. Failure during the high run-off season can be disastrous. Some of the special problems we encounter are dried out pump-seals, and overheated motors caused by mineral build-up. Ground water pumps can be challenging to service, because they are often in deep vessels with a high inflow of very cold water.
If you have a critical ground water lift station, you need an experienced service provider like Clearwater. Don’t wait until spring to find out that your pump has failed. Call us now at 970-453-8875 to schedule preventative cleaning and maintenance.
Residential Lift Stations and Pumps
Clearwater services residential sewer and septic pumps, as well as groundwater (sump) pumps. We also clean the lift station, which means the vessel, chamber, tank or pit that holds your pump.
Pump failure can be catastrophic, causing water or sewage to back up in the lowest level of the house. To reduce the chance of flooding, we recommend annual maintenance for all pumps.
In case of emergency, stop using water and call Clearwater Cleanup Company at 970-453-8875. For septic tank alarms, see “What to do if your alarm goes off” below.
Clearwater provides comprehensive care for your lift stations:
- Pump-out service- Unlike electricians or most plumbers, we can pump out the water or sewage in the lift station and piping. This is usually needed before the pump can be serviced.
- Sump pump testing- We perform annual testing for ground water pumps. This is recommended if flooding from pump failure would damage your home or furnishings.
- Safe entry- Clearwater uses “confined space entry” equipment and 2 certified techs as required by OSHA for entering a lift station vessel.
- Lift station maintenance- we pump out the vessel, and pressure-wash the interior, the pump(s) and the floats. This removes mineral build-up, grease and other debris that could block or damage your pump. We test the pump and float action, and check the pump seal and wiring. Finally we take electrical readings which can indicate when a pump beginning to fail.
- Alarm calls- We will provide prompt attention if your lift station alarm goes on. In addition to trouble-shooting, we can follow through with any necessary repairs.
- Electrical repairs- We often find pump wiring severely corroded due to its damp location under the lift station lid. We can move your electrical connections to a safe, dry location outside the lift station. We also install alarm systems and control panels.
- Pump replacement- Clearwater installs only the highest quality pumps that are the correct style and size for your application. This is the best way to avoid future problems.
- Upgrades- We can place your pump on a slide rail with a Quick Dis-Connect (QDC) so that maintenance can be done from the surface. This will eliminate the cost of “confined space entry” and encourage frequent maintenance for longer pump life. Other available upgrades include “pump-savers”, which protect your motor in case of power surges, and high-water alarms. For the best protection and peace of mind, we recommend a secondary back-up pump.
- Lift station installation and vessel repairs- We install new vessels and pumps, and also repair leaking vessels or settled piping.
Did you know?
A sump pump removes the ground water that seeps into your basement or crawl space.
A sewage pump lifts liquid and solid wastes up to a higher sewer line. This could be from your basement up to your main floor sewer line, or from your house line up to a city sewer.
Septic tank pumps are needed if your leach field is higher than your septic tank. They should only pump effluent water, with no solids.
A lift station is a vessel, chamber, tank or pit with a pump to lift water or waste.
Ejector pit is another name for lift station
How long can you expect your pump to last? Like any appliance, pumps have a limited life-span. Depending on the quality of pump, the size of the vessel and how hard the pump has to work, it can last anywhere from 2 to 15 years. However, pumps can fail prematurely for several reasons:
- Wrong style or size of pump was installed
- Pumps or floats were installed improperly
- Undersized vessel causes pump to run too often
- Pump becomes jammed with debris
- Outlet pipe becomes clogged
- Lightening or electrical surges
Clearwater can solve almost any lift station problem. Call us to learn about maintenance and upgrade options.
What to do if your lift station alarm sounds.
Your lift station alarm will sound if the water in the chamber has risen too high. This could be caused by an electrical outage, a problem with the floats or pump or a blockage in the discharge line or drain field. The alarm gives you some time to take action before sewage begins backing up in your house.
- Push the “Silence” button, but remember that this does not solve the real problem.
- Check your household electrical breaker box.
- Find the circuit breaker for the lift station pump. Re-set it by flipping it from “on” to “off” and back “on”.
- If the breaker was tripped and successfully re-set, the pump should come on and pump the water down. The red light on the alarm box should go out in about 10 minutes. Put the alarm silence button back to normal.
- If the problem was not the circuit, or if it trips again and the alarm light is still on, it means something is wrong with the lift station pump.
- Call Clearwater at 970-453-8875 to schedule service
For sewage and septic lift stations, if there is a problem with your pump you can avoid flooding by reducing the inflow of water:
- Immediately stop large-volume water use. Don’t do any laundry, drain the bathtub or run the dishwasher.
- Reduce all other water use. Flush as little as possible. You might be able to take a quick shower. How long you have before flooding occurs depends on your water usage and the capacity of your lift station.
- Keep a close eye on the lowest drain, toilet, sink, tub or shower in your house. If you see any water or sewage coming up, stop using any water anywhere in the house.
For ground water lift stations, there is no way to reduce the inflow of water during an emergency.