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Hey all.

So we're having issues with the septic pump.

Husband broke the seal on it pulling it apart cause we were dealing with it getting plugged once a week.

Long story short when we moved here the guy pumping for us charged us 600 fuggen dollars and everytime after that it was only 135.

Why they had it so high in the beginning I don't know. Anyway we weren't pumping every year because there's no way in hell we could afford it ontop of 800 dollar oil bills and 300 dollar power bills.

So it just caused a build up of fuckery that has now lead to our recent escapades.

Last time husband took it apart it started leaking just a wee bit that allowed enough air in that we had to prime it everytime we had to use it.

he took it apart again to caulk it and now it's completely fucked.

Leaked grey water all over the basement.

What can we do here?

Try again? Different caulking? New pump?

We're running on 0 dollars at the moment so inexpensive suggestions highly appreciated.
 
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And yes, this is a really dumb question.

I am not experienced with pumps whatsoever.
 
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Got some photos of the fuckery?

Is this a pump you use to pump out the septic tank for periodic cleaning?  Or some integral part of the plumbing of the house?  
 
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Yes, photos would be great, and an overall description of your septic system (septic tank, discharge if any, etc.).

Septic backups are no fun. Ask me how I know.
 
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is this a sump pump?

https://www.khhrealtors.com/blog/sump-pump-101/

or a lift pump

https://www.saniflo.com/us/cms/17/lift-station

also known as a macerating pump

or a booster pump at a community (city) cistern?

and is the irreparable fuckery a result of a broken casting? or corrosion, or corroded windings.
Does the motor move, hum, spit sparks?
 
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Bill raises an excellent question in the post above.

The last house I lived in had a septic tank, and the field lines were at a higher elevation than the tank, so there was a pump in it to pump the effluent to the field lines. Is this what you're referring to in your original post?

Interesting thing on septic tanks: they are living biological things, and when they are healthy and full of the good bacteria and enzymes, a septic tank never needs to be emptied by a pump truck. Healthy septic tanks chew through and dissolve the solids. In that last house I lived in, 10 years and I never had it pumped. Growing up in my parents house, 30 years and it was never emptied by a pump truck. There are two keys to achieving a healthy septic tank, and 1) is to not put things down the drain that kill bacteria, like bleach, chemical household cleaners, antimicrobial soaps, etc. 2) dose a septic tank regularly with a septic treatment. I use Bio-safe One septic treatment in my new house I currently reside in, and I did for the ten years in the previous house. I'm not trying to make a sales pitch, just offering the name of what I've been using that has given me reliable and effective results. Hope this helps!!

 
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We found the problem.

When the husband was putting the pump back together, it cracked the metal, so it wasn't the seal of caulking at all.

I'll get some pictures to you folks here as soon as he gets back home with it.

It looks like we're gonna need to weld it.

 
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Also, thank you for all the responses.

This is the only place I can come to and actually get any sort of discourse/answers.

I appreciate you all very very much.
 
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