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Old 04-10-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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Can any of you folks living at SJP give me information on the grinder pumps that are required at SJP for sewage?

I understand these have to go in the backyard and am wondering if they cause maintenance problems and what these might be. Are the maintenance costs covered in the HOA dues or are they the responsibility of the individual homeowner?

This system is a new concept to us and any information would be appreciated....thanks.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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This system is a new concept to us and any information would be appreciated....thanks.
It is new to me also. I undertand that SJP is hooked to a public sewer system, but maybe the homeowner's pump is needed to help.

We have a grinder pump in our yard, but we have a private septic tank. We are very careful not to put large amounts of food or paper down the drain. This article says they are not supposed to need maintenance: Grinder pump - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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A: Yes they are required for all new homes in St James.... they are also required by several other plantations in the area.... they tell me that it will become a standard item soon. It eases strain on the sewer system by more or less "liquifying" all waste going from your property into the sewer system.

B: They are provided and installed by the County of Brunswick and the county is responsible for the maintenance of the unit. There is a light that flashes on a box mounted on the side of your house and visible from the street, if it were to malfunction you call the county to service the unit.

C: It is not installed in the rear yard, it is in the front yard at the front corner of the house so as to provide easy access for servicing.

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Old 04-10-2013, 02:23 PM
 
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A: Yes they are required for all new homes in St James.... they are also required by several other plantations in the area.... they tell me that it will become a standard item soon. It eases strain on the sewer system by more or less "liquifying" all waste going from your property into the sewer system.

B: They are provided and installed by the County of Brunswick and the county is responsible for the maintenance of the unit. There is a light that flashes on a box mounted on the side of your house and visible from the street, if it were to malfunction you call the county to service the unit.

C: It is not installed in the rear yard, it is in the front yard at the front corner of the house so as to provide easy access for servicing.
Thank you. Do you mind answering a few more questions?
How far down do they bury the pump?
Do they have an outside float sensor or is the sensor inside the unit?
Do you recall the cost to the homeowner for the unit and its installation by the county in addition to the sewer hook up fee and any maintenance and service fees from the county?
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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It is new to me also. I undertand that SJP is hooked to a public sewer system, but maybe the homeowner's pump is needed to help.

We have a grinder pump in our yard, but we have a private septic tank. We are very careful not to put large amounts of food or paper down the drain. This article says they are not supposed to need maintenance: Grinder pump - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
We researched a community in Tenn. last year that was also on a public sewer sytem and also required grinder pumps at each individual home. We were told that the reason for both was that this community was located a distance from the main sewage hook up which might also be the case with SJP.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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The "unit" is in it's own container a few feet in the ground.

I have no idea about the sensor and it matters not to me.... the way it is is the way it is.... provided by the county.

For the cost... see letter B above.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:33 PM
 
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The "unit" is in it's own container a few feet in the ground.

I have no idea about the sensor and it matters not to me.... the way it is is the way it is.... provided by the county.

For the cost... see letter B above.
I hope you didn't think I was being critical in any way. I asked for the information because we are considering a "look/see" trip to SJP. I asked about the type of sensor because from what I understand, if it is an outside float system, these can become clogged and the unit can overflow.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:13 AM
 
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Nope, not at all.... I'm simply stating that it doesn't matter, at least to me, what kind of float or sensor the units have, they are provided by the county and there is no choice in the matter. The building codes in different geographical locations require other things that people may or may not be familiar with ( or like ) but nevertheless they are required. These units are being used on thousands of homes and will be on thousands more and seem to be working fine.... might as well be concerned over somehing else over which you may have some control.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:43 AM
 
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Nope, not at all.... I'm simply stating that it doesn't matter, at least to me, what kind of float or sensor the units have, they are provided by the county and there is no choice in the matter. The building codes in different geographical locations require other things that people may or may not be familiar with ( or like ) but nevertheless they are required. These units are being used on thousands of homes and will be on thousands more and seem to be working fine.... might as well be concerned over somehing else over which you may have some control.
Oh good, didn't want you to feel that I was being critical because that certainly wasn't my intent.

Everyone searches for and researches a new home location in different ways. We, be it good or bad, look into everything we can before we sign on the dotted line. I just recently found out that SJP requires grinder pumps and posted for info.

Fortunately, I do have control and that is to do my own due diligence when purchasing property. Once I get all the information on something that could potentially be problematical, I can exercise my control and back away from something about the property that doesn't fit for me.

I'm sure SJP relationship to sea level prevents a complete public sewage system which is a gravity system and as a result, requires the grinder pumps. I've also just recently learned that the sewer service capital recovery fee for SJP is $4000 and that every homeowner is required to pay for an individual grinder pump installed by the county, but paid for by the homeowner for an additional $4000 plus the charge from the county for maintenance and/or service charges.

We'll take this into account with our decision making, but am glad that we found out about it well in advance. Thanks for your help.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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southeastlady,
I was interested in this discussion as well and googled this info:
Specific costs were not provided in this pdf, but mentioned were monthly electricity costs. In addition, there are maintenance and care that individual homeowners are responsible for.
http://www.brunsco.net/Portals/0/bcf...r_brochure.pdf
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