Advice For Living Next To A Sewage Pumping Station
A sewage pumping station helps to carry waste from a building to the main sewer. The difference between a pumping station and normal sewage systems is that the latter relies on gravity to transport the waste, whereas the former has a more complex system, allowing it to transport waste up a hill instead of down.
Although these pumping stations are extremely useful to have, some people will still choose to not buy a house in close proximity to it, as they are worried it will emit unpleasant odours or a lot of noise. However, when these sewage pumping stations are installed and maintained correctly you shouldn’t be affected by this too much.
Do They Smell Bad?
Surprisingly, sewage pumping stations don’t smell as bad as a lot of people may think. They are designed with the people living nearby in mind, however, when they aren’t maintained properly, problems can still arise like a blockage or a build-up of oils and grease, which is when bad smells can start to appear.
Keeping the drains clean and maintained properly is a shared responsibility between the homeowner and the water company. So, if there is a bad smell at your property you need to let them know and they will come out to you to assess and fix the problem, as soon as possible.
Are They Noisy?
Pumping stations can be noisy, however, while they are being built, there are regulations that are put into place to minimise this. There are rules around how close you can build a pumping station to any habitable buildings so that noise and nuisance are kept to a minimum for people who live close by.
Who Should You Call?
If you aren’t sure which water company is responsible for issues to do with sewage pumping systems then use the postcode checker on the Discover Water website to help you to find out which of the 11 water and sewerage companies covers your area.
However, these companies don’t usually complete regular maintenance on your pumping station and that can be left to you. Here at Pumping Solutions, we can help you with any maintenance you need doing or even repairs. Give us a call on 01775 711960 if you are in need of any help or just some expert advice.
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