Choosing The Best Sewage Pump For Your Home

You might not even know it’s there, but if you have a private septic system in your yard there’s a good chance a sewer pump plays an integral part.

A sewage pump is a vital tool used in transferring sewage liquids as well as solids from the septic tank to the leech field. It is quite common in residential use.

Like anything mechanical, sewage pumps have moving parts and bearings that wear out over time, causing the pump impeller or motor to go bad and require replacement.

Unlike septic aerator pumps which only pump air, effluent pumps need to be more robust. In some cases septic systems also require septic grinder pumps to add another step to the sewage treatment process.

Top Quality Sewage Pumps Have The Following:

  • Powerful electric motors of 1/2 HP or more.
  • Ball bearing motor shaft support.
  • Flexible pump impeller blades that will not easily break.
  • Easy to install instructions
  • A warranty covering the motor and pump components.

Buying a top rated sewage pump is a wise choice because they can be a pain to replace and it’s not something the average home owner wants to have to replace every 2-3 years. A good quality septic pump should last 7-8 years with some of the best septic pumps lasting even longer than that.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite septic pumps that we have had good luck with for residential and light commercial use:

Zoeller 267-0001 M267 Waste-Mate Sewage Pump, 1/2 Horsepower, 115V

1. Zoeller 267-0001 M267

The Zoeller is a ½ HP submersible sewage pump. Besides being an automatic model, this product comes with an integral float switch. Usually, it assures you of a 2-inch NPT discharge as well as 2-inch spherical solids to pass wastes.

Pros 

  • Comes with a 10-feet cord, making it easier to use
  • Enhanced performance, with 128 GPM at 5-feet.
  • Durable

Cons 

  • Could be relatively less affordable to some people

Our Rating: (5/5)

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Hallmark Industries MA0387X-9 Sewage Pump, Stainless Steel, 1hp, 115V, with Float Switch, 7250 GPH/49' Lift, 20' Cable, Heavy Duty, Maximum Flow Rate, Stainless Steel

2. Hallmark Industries MA0387x-9

This 220V product comes with a 2-inch FNPT discharge,  20-feet power cable, electric plug, and a float switch. It is made of cast iron, which, besides guaranteeing longevity, will be essential in crushing hard solids.

Pros

  • Its thermal protection assures you of no overheating
  • High-efficiency levels
  • Guarantees you high flow and lift

Cons 

  • Not ideal for pits that are not large
  • The intake hole could be a bit small

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

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XtremepowerUS 1.0HP Submersible Pump Electric Pump Garden Sewage Pump Sump Pump Float Switch

3. XtremepowerUS 1.0HP Submersible

If you are looking for the right sewage for a flooded area, this would be the best choice. This product assures you of a 120V/60Hz, 1HP, and 900W in performance. It features a higher base plate that is critical in making sure that there is no debris collection in the sump pit.

Pros 

  • Its design makes it easier to handle
  • Lesser noise due to high-quality bearings
  • Durable

Cons 

  • Might not suck all the water out

Our Rating: (5/5)

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WaterAce WA50RSWM Sewage Pump, Black

4.WaterAce WA50RSWM

This product is a product of heavy-duty cast iron as well as thermoplastic construction. This way, it assures you of enhanced strength and durability. Its 20-feet power cord will come in handy in improving installation flexibility.

Pros

  • Relatively less noisy
  • Easier installation
  • Comes with a comprehensive user manual and guide

Cons

  • Relatively less affordable

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

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ECO-FLO Products RSE50W Cast Iron Sewage Pump with Wide Angle Switch, 1/2 HP, 5,700 GPH

5. Eco-Flo Products Electric Sewage Pump

This sewage pump will come in handy if you want to drain a slurry with about 2” solid waste. It is a submersible product and will only be ideal for residential purposes. It comes in different ranges, from 4/10 to 2HP.

Pros

  • Enhanced durability
  • Remarkable efficiency levels
  • 20’ cord allows for improved flexibility and more comfortable handling

Cons 

  • Not well suited for commercial use but fine for residential

Our Rating: (5/5)

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Barnes SEV412 Submersible Cast Iron Sewage Pump - 1/2-HP, 4,260 GPH, 20' Cord, Manual For Sewage Use

6. Barnes SEV412 Sewage Pump

This product prides itself on a reliable split capacitor motor. It guarantees you of improved torque and performance. It comes with a robust design, highlighting a stainless steel shaft and even hardware.

Pros 

  • It is both heavy-duty and durable
  • Guarantees you of reliability, efficiency, and flexibility

Cons

  • Could be quite costly

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

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Pentair Flotec FPSE3200A Thermoplastic Sewage Pump 4/10 HP

7. Pentair Flotec Effluent Pump

Are you looking for a sewage pump that has a max pumping capacity of 5250 gallons/hr? This product comes with a 4/10 HP and would be ideal for laundry facilities, basement installation, and underground parking.

Pros 

  • Its thermoplastic construction guarantees resistance against corrosion
  • Its cord is not only long but also able to offer flexibility

Cons

  •  Pricey

Our Rating: (4/5)

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Superior Pump 93501 1/2 HP Cast Iron Sewage Pump with Tethered Float Switch

8. Superior Pump 93501

This 1/2HP sewage pump is capable of pumping up to 4800 gallons/hour. As such, it will lift to 25 feet vertically. It is a product of rugged cast iron construction and features a 10’ cord.

Pros 

  • With its quality components, you are sure of their longevity
  • Easy to handle whenever dealing with 2” solids

Cons

  •  You need to understand how to handle the airlock

Our Rating: (5/5)

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Acquaer 1/2 HP Durable Cast iron Sewage Pump with 10ft. power cord+Piggy back switch.

9. Acquaer Sewage Pump

This product comes with a 10’ power cord as well as a tethered piggy-back float switch. You will also be sure of getting a 24-month warranty.

Pros

  • Relatively less noisy
  • Its durability is guaranteed

Cons

  • Some people complain this is difficult to install but we have had no issues.

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

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Trupow 1HP 110v Submersible Sewage Drain Flood Stainless Steel Clean/Dirty Water Sump Transfer Pond Garden Pump

10. Trupow 1.5HP Septic Pump

One of the most reliable submersible sewage pumps would always be the Trupow 1.5. It assures you of a flow rate of 4250G/hr, and a height delivery of about 32.8’. Its cord length is 25ft, and a voltage of 115V.

Pros

  • Build to last
  • Relatively more affordable

Cons 

  • Cannot fit into the top opening of some IBC totes

Our Rating: (5/5)

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Conclusion 
As a general rule of thumb skimping on septic products is never a wise choice. There’s just too much grief involved if something goes wrong with a septic system and a clog or nasty backflow occurs. Spend a little extra cash and go with a top-rated sewage pump that will last longer and cause less headaches.

Frequently Asked Questions About Septic Pumps

What is the best septic tank pump?

Top rated septic tank pumps have 1/2 hp or more motors with steel ball bearings supporting both the pump motor drive shaft and pump impeller. Two piece units are the best choice allowing the motor or pump unit to be replaced indivdually and saving money on repairs.

What kind of pump do I need for my septic tank?

Your septic tank may need an aerobic air pump, an effluent pump, and/or a septic grinder pump depending on the size, type, and installation of your septic system. It’s best to ask a plumber if you are uncertain what type of pump you need for your septic tank.

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