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Old 08-02-2020, 06:06 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend someone who can replace our septic pump on Diamond Island?
Need it done ASAP as we have guests this week from California

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Old 08-02-2020, 06:42 AM   #2
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Hi Doc,

I had Lamprey Septic replace mine last summer. It had to be pumped first, so I had Island Services out of Meredith come pump out with their septic barge first.

https://lampreysepticservices.com/

http://www.islandservicecompany.com/services.htm

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Old 08-02-2020, 07:06 AM   #3
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50% of the time of more, it's the septic tether float switch and not the pump that needs to be replaced. The $300 pumps are very, very, durable and can last for 25+ years. A tether float switch is basically a heavy duty extension cord, about 4' long with a float switch built in that is relatively easy to replace, like an extension cord, and cost about 25-dollars at Lowe's.

The tether float switch turns the pump on and off, as needed. Sometimes the float gets stuck/coated up with septic and will no longer float or something, or it gets dried out on top and cracks inside, over the years, and no longer works.
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:15 AM   #4
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Mine failed a few years ago because a bad connection on the main feed sent 220 v into everything that got turned on, lights, pump, etc. A guest tracked that down; we bailed the cistern into every bucket and wastebasket available. Replaced the pump, and poured the buckets back into the system. This was on a Saturday. The guests were already there, so no time to call a service company.
These pumps last a long, long time, so determining reason for failure before replacing could be important.
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Mine failed a few years ago because a bad connection on the main feed sent 220 v into everything that got turned on, lights, pump, etc. A guest tracked that down; we bailed the cistern into every bucket and wastebasket available. Replaced the pump, and poured the buckets back into the system. This was on a Saturday. The guests were already there, so no time to call a service company.
These pumps last a long, long time, so determining reason for failure before replacing could be important.
If you hire a barge to do pump out, check with neighbors--they may decide to get pumped too and share the cost of the barge.
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Mine failed a few years ago because a bad connection on the main feed sent 220 v into everything that got turned on, lights, pump, etc. A guest tracked that down; we bailed the cistern into every bucket and wastebasket available. Replaced the pump, and poured the buckets back into the system. This was on a Saturday. The guests were already there, so no time to call a service company.
These pumps last a long, long time, so determining reason for failure before replacing could be important.
If you hire a barge to do pump out, check with neighbors--they may decide to get pumped too and share the cost of the barge.
Yes unplugged the float switch cord and pump is working
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Yes unplugged the float switch cord and pump is working
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Good for you. Cheap, easy fix. Wash your hands when you're done.
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