Contact the 24-hour Trouble Response Center at 703-323-1211, TTY 711, if you experience a problem with a grinder pump.
Low pressure sewer systems use grinder pumps to grind the sewage from your home (much like a garbage disposal in your kitchen) and pump the sewage through small pipes to the Wastewater Collection System. Low pressure systems are sometimes used in areas which cannot be served by gravity pipes.
The grinder pump can handle any wastewater that is normally discharged to the sewer from the kitchen, bathroom or laundry. Some chemicals and materials may cause operating problems or safety hazards.
Never put any of the following materials into sinks, toilets or drains
These materials can damage the grinder pump, cause blockages or may create hazardous conditions in your home.
Glass, metal, wood, seafood shells, diapers, socks, rags or cloth of any kind
Plastic objects (toys, eating utensils, etc.)
Any strong chemicals, toxic, caustic or poisonous substances
Gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil or grease
Antifreeze, lubricating oil or grease
Residents are responsible for the maintenance and operation of sewer ejector and grinder pumps and for any damages caused by the failure of the pump. Fairfax County does not recommend the use of the ejector or grinder pumps and cannot be held responsible for damages caused by the use of the pump.
Upon sale of this property, the future owner shall be made aware of the use of the ejector and/or grinder pump, and of their requirement to provide this office with written acknowledgment of their responsibilities regarding the pump.