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Pump-up Septic Systems

A pump-up system is necessary when the elevation of the disposal area or “leachfield” is higher than the elevation of the septic tank. Which means the addition of a pumping station or pump chamber is required to move the wastewater up to the disposal area. This type of system is very common in New Hampshire.

Pump-up Septic System
  • Septic designer dictates all plan specifications
  • Installer must follow all design specifications
  • All plans must be filed for state approval
  • NHDES is the governing state agency
  • Pump-up systems require pumping stations
  • Pumping stations are not septic tanks
  • Pumping stations require cleaning due to sludge
  • Pump-up systems also require alarms/tank alert
  • All pumps go bad and need replacing eventually
  • Statistical life of a pump is 7 to 10 years
  • Replacement cost is $1,000 or more
  • Inspectors assess pump at time of inspection
  • Inspectors do not identify pump size or age
  • Inspectors can not predict pump problems
  • Inspectors identify system type and location
  • Inspectors identify materials used
  • Inspectors assess condition at time of inspection
  • Inspectors are not code enforcement officials and have no municipal authority

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