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​Are you about to move into a new home that has a grinder pump installed? If your previous home did not have one then it’s a good idea to become familiar with how one works so that you are aware of the dos and don’ts of using it.
A grinder pump is a machine used to manage household waste.  It does this by grinding waste into a slurry and pumping it through into a sewer system. This sort of pump is required in a home where the drainage system is at a level that is either below or the same as a public sewer line or septic tank, which means that sewage cannot flow quickly enough through the system on its own.
There are some items you should never put down a drain or toilet if you want to keep a grinder pump well maintained.  These items include toxic or caustic chemicals, plastic, grease (which can build up and affect the tank), diapers or feminine hygiene products, kitty litter and aquarium gravel. 
There are some other things you will also want to be aware of when it comes to taking care of a grinder pump. For example, during a power outage, you should limit the amount of water you use, the reason for this is that a grinder pump needs electricity to operate it so if there is no power the tank will become too full.  If you are going to be away, make sure you run the water long enough so that the pump activates, and that the only water left in the tank is clean.  You must never connect a grinder-pump to a sump pump as it will cost you more in electricity and overwork the pump.
A grinder pump is an important device. If your home requires one, take some time to find out how one works and what you need to do to keep it well maintained.  This way you will avoid some of the more unpleasant problems associated with them.

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