If it’s time to replace your septic tank pump, getting a good one is vital for the sake of your family’s health. A substandard pump and faulty septic tank can lead to all sorts of nasty health issues. Septic tank pump replacement cost should not be your only deciding factor. The following article offers a quick review of some of the best for both pumping sewage and keeping your septic tank aerated.
This Zoeller Septic Tank Pump is for enhanced flow STEP systems, i.e. when you need to pump sewage uphill. It is ideal for low-pressure pipes and dewatering septic tanks. With a 0.5 hp motor, the model 98 can pump 72 gallons per minute (GPM) with a 5ft head. It can handle waste solids up to ½ inch in diameter and effluent up to a temperature of 130°F.
- Non-clogging vortex impeller
- Powder coated epoxy finish
- Cast iron and stainless steel
- Automatic reset thermal overload protection
- Carbon/ceramic shaft seal
All of Zoeller’s pumps are pressure tested at their factory, and the model 98 comes with a one-year warranty.
Buyers on Amazon have given this pump mixed reviews. An unreliable float operated submersible switch comes in for particular criticism. The biggest plus of the model 98 is its heavy duty and robust build.
At 0.75 hp the CDU980E is the biggest pump in this review. It can move up to 4,600 gallons per hour or 3,500 gph at ten ft of discharge lift.
One of the Wayne Septic Tank Pump’s biggest pluses is the top suction design. This is excellent at filtering out all sorts of debris and minimizes clogging. A rugged submersible pump made of cast iron and stainless steel, the CDU980E will fit 11-inch plus diameter sump pits.
- Reinforced polycarbonate impeller
- Vertical float switch
- Carbon/ceramic shaft seals
- 1-1.5 inch NPT discharge
With an 80-year history, US company Wayne is one of the most reliable brands of water system technology. The CDU980E comes with a five-year warranty.
Amazon buyers report the Wayne moves a lot of water very quickly. It is also extremely quiet. If you buy via Amazon, you can opt to pay extra and get expert installation.
The M267 is ideal for pumping an average to above average amount of sewage. Weighing in at almost 50lbs, it is heavy-duty from top to bottom. The motor housing and base are cast iron and the other parts made from stainless steel. The pump can handle up to 2-inch solids.
- Non-Clogging Vortex Plastic Impeller
- Cast iron and stainless steel build
- Oil-filled motor to prevent overheating
- Carbon/ceramic shaft seal
- Powder coated epoxy exterior
- Watertight and dust tight
The M267’s vortex impeller rarely clogs. With a thermally insulated and oil filled 0.5 HP motor, this pump can handle almost any solids and waste you throw at it. The Zoeller gets the thumbs up from Amazon customers, including licensed plumbers. It comes with a three-year warranty and the option of having it expertly installed if you buy via Amazon.
If you want a pump to aerate your septic tank (or pond for that matter), a Hi Blow Septic Tank Aerator is one of the best around. HiBlow’s parent company, Techno Takatsuki Co, invented the linear diaphragm pump technology for low-pressure air systems used in the HP80. This type of pump is renowned for its energy efficiency and reliability. The 120 Volt HP80 pumps out 80 liters of air per minute.
- Clean oil-free air
- Maximum air flow of 4.2 cfm
- Maximum continuous operating pressure of 3.6 psi.
- Fitting for an alarm connection
The Hi Blow Pond Aerator is one of the best septic air pumps currently on the market.
Amazon customers have overwhelming praised this pump for its performance and longevity. It is also very easy to service. Moreover, if you are a half-decent DIYer it is straightforward to fit on your own. The HiBlow comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.
The ET80 is a very reliable pump for residential septic tank systems with a capacity of around 500 gallons per day. Another diaphragm design with few wearing parts, it offers good power output for relatively low electricity consumption.
- Flow up to 2.83 cubic feet per minute
- Clean, oil-free air
- Weatherproof aluminum casing
- Quiet operation typically at 53dB
Most Amazon buyers say the ET80 is a competitively priced and reliable workhorse. A few report it can run a little hot and be a bit noisy at times. The pump is easy to fit and service and comes with a two-year warranty.
This sewage grade pump is ideal to use in your basement or other below ground site. The RPP50’s 0.5 HP engine can pump up 4680 gallons per hour with 5ft of lift. It can handle solids as large as 2’’ with no problem.
With a mostly cast iron construction, the RPP50 is very durable. This Wayne model also features a switch box outside of the main casing for automatic or manual operation.
- Piggy-back tether float switch
- Epoxy coated cast iron
- High capacity discharge
- Easy installation
You should be able to swap your current sewage pump with a new RPP50 without hiring a plumber. Amazon customers say the pump has lots of power but is still very quiet. The RPP50 comes with a one-year warranty and is relatively cheap compared to other brand similar models.
Keep Septic Waste Safe
When you choose the best pump for your septic system it is vital to consider the amount of waste it will need to handle (i.e. house size), the type of environment it will be used in and its reliability. A pump that doesn’t work properly will not only leave you with a big mess but could also endanger your health.