The other day, I went to a site to address the failure of such a system. In this case, the failure caused a backup at a dog grooming and boarding business. They had first called a septic tank pumper who was able to empty the tanks and give them some capacity to continue to use the facilities.
The control panel had a total failure in which it failed to control the pumps. The alarm function also failed due to the failure of the control board power. This device uses a low-voltage transformer with a circuit board that also malfunctioned. Even though there was power to the panel, when I traced it through the board, it did not flow through the transformer.
Because of the age of the panel, a replacement board was not an option. I was able to find a replacement panel for this application through a few sources and as it turned out, my usual supplier had the best price. They always have provided me with top-quality merchandise and this time they had it in stock and immediately shipped it.
Even though the panel enclosure was a little bit larger, mounting it was not too difficult. I did have to modify two of the mounting brackets and shorten the supply conduit length. Within 90 minutes, I had installed and tested it. It worked perfectly. We had nice weather at the end of February. As sometimes necessary we worked on a Saturday, but this time we were rewarded with a quick payment.
If you have or know of someone who has a commercial property with one of these commercial sump pump systems, keep Szuter Treatment Systems in mind next time the red light comes on or you notice a problem with your wastewater flow.