Pumping Stations Service, Repair & Maintenance

Pump stations are vital in transferring large volumes of waste or surface water from one point to another. When a pump station becomes overwhelmed with waste or gets blocked, it can cause flooding of foul waste that can cause damage to property, surrounding areas and also lead to serious health risks.

A pump maintenance schedule can help keep your pump running efficiently, prevent failures and keep your premises free from disruption. When you have an efficient working pump system in place, it can be easy to become complacent and ignore maintenance checks, however, we recommend you have your station checked at least twice a year.

In some domestic and commercial environments, wastewater needs to be elevated to reach the main sewer line, this is where a pump comes in.

A pump provides the pressure needed to move fluids up to the main sewer lines but if they fail or become blocked wastewater can begin to overflow out of the pump station. Not only could this cause a loss of revenue to your business or home through damage and site closures it could become costly to repair.

For this reason, it is important to carry out regular pump maintenance checks and servicing to keep your pumps running efficiently.


Maintenance Service Plan

Creating a routine pump maintenance service plan will ensure regular cleaning and checks are taking place at a time that suits you and minimises disturbance to your business or home. These regular services can help prevent unexpected costs from emergency repairs and gives you confidence in knowing your wastewater is taken care of.

Typically, a service is recommended every 3-6 months depending on the size of the pump and the frequency of use. When creating a plan, our specialist pump engineers will get to know your business to ensure the timings and details of the plan are tailored to your requirements.


What’s Included in a Pump Maintenance Service

During a maintenance check, our engineers will examine the pump to ensure there are no leaks, check the oil levels, check the condition of the control panel, clean and check all floats to confirm they activate the pump correctly and also assess the access covers and manholes. This maintenance prevents any blockages and identifies any causes for concern before they become a problem and cause you disruption.


Expert Pump Maintenance

At SES we have a team of nationwide engineers available 24/7, 365 days a year.

We aim to not only deliver a high-quality service but fully understand your business to provide you with long-lasting solutions which keep your business’ drainage and pump systems running in optimal condition.

All our pump engineers are trained to the highest industry standards to ensure not only their safety but the safety of our customers.

Pump stations are vital in transferring large volumes of waste or surface water from one point to another. When a pump station becomes overwhelmed with waste or gets blocked, it can cause flooding of foul waste that can cause damage to property, surrounding areas and also lead to serious health risks.

SES’s drainage engineers are fully trained and qualified to carry out all aspects of our pump station services of any type of pump stations such as from large scale sewers to sump pumps and storage tanks. Our services pump station services include (but not limited to):

  • Pump station emptying
  • Pump station cleaning
  • Pump station de-greasing
  • Pump station maintenance
  • Pump station repair


Pumping stations are also called lift stations, they contain pressure pumps and equipment that are designed to pump sewage and water to overcome resistance from one place to another. The pump station is generally positioned lower than the sewer system, meaning the pump is required to move the waste to the sewer.

If the pump fails, the process will cease, which can potentially cause floods, blockages and even an entire system breakdown on larger sites.

Pumps, like all forms of electro-mechanical appliances, require careful maintenance to make sure that they are always working. Regular servicing and maintenance ensures that there are no emergencies or disasters (such as floods) which could prove to be both costly and extremely disruptive compared to regular maintenance.

SES regularly work in partnership with; Housing Associations and Trusts. We also carry out various work within locations such as tunnels, sewage treatment works, hospitals, schools and commercial premises.


Pump Station Maintenance Legislation

In July 2011, new legislation changes were passed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for the Private sewer transfer regulations: this was a two part process;

  1. Sewerage companies would become responsible for private sewers/drains from 1 October 2011
  2. Sewerage companies will become responsible for private pumping stations from 1 October 2016, which meet the eligibility criteria.

Further to the passed law, all newly built private pumping stations would need to abide and adopt SES Ltd or any relevant sewerage company to have responsibility of their pump stations’ accumulated waste.

If you own a private pumping station and notice this transfer regulation after 1 October 2016, please contact us now and we will be able to develop it into a potentially eligible.

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CompEX (hazardous area) installation and maintenance using approved certified staff


Hold CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate for Safety) card accreditation


Are trained on utility site-specific passports


Hold 18th edition electrical certification to BS7671


We are confined space entry trained


Are IOSH and NEBOSH qualified


Are Approved Registered Persons (NPORS) to BS7121 for crane lifting exercises


Hold EUSR national water hygiene cards

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The National Water Hygiene (‘Blue Card’) scheme plays a vital part in ensuring the protection of public health and promoting safe drinking water practices. Originally developed in 2006, this scheme replaced the many different water company specific hygiene training programmes and courses, removing the need for individuals to undergo separate testing, health screening and the carrying of multiple cards.

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