Ejector (Sewage) Pumps
Do you want to turn your basement into a livable space by adding a bathroom? You might need an ejector pump! Unlike sump pumps, which are responsible only for carrying water from your home, ejector pumps are designed to pump residential or household sewage backward to a destination such as an elevated septic tank or city sewer. Since the basement is below ground level, there needs to be some way for the water and waste to travel upwards. Also, if the geography of your home prevents the sewer from flowing fast enough on its own, an ejector pump is needed. Whether you need an ejector pump repaired or you need a new one installed in your suburban Chicagoland home, Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help.
How it works
Ejector pumps have the power to pump solids from a sump, pit, or tank up to a sewer. Normally there is a tank or sump buried in the ground on the level of the basement floor which holds waste and is covered with a water-tight lid. Once the waste and liquids reach a certain level, there is usually a waste level sensor that activates the ejector pump when the tank or sump is full. The ejector pump is usually inside of the tank itself. A discharge pipe connects the pump to a main sewer line and usually includes a check valve to prevent waste back-up.
There are various types of ejector pumps with differing levels of installation difficulty. If you want to try and install it yourself, some of the steps included are:
- Removing the old sewage pump (if you have one). Shut off the main power breaker, unplug the sewage pump, and disconnect the discharge line entering it. When you remove the old pump remember to consult your local Chicago codes for safe disposal
- Placing the basin in the new sewage pit. If you don’t already have a sewage pit you will need to create one
- Installing inlet and discharge pipes. Insert the pipe and attach it to the sewage pump
- And finally, installing the sewage pump. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to complete the installation.
However, it is best that the pump is installed by a professional plumber. If you suspect you need an ejector pump installed or would like to have an inspection performed, Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling will visit your home to assess the situation and offer solutions to fit your home and budget. We offer 24/7 service and guarantee our workmanship for life. Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling proudly serves suburban Chicagoland…Is today soon enough?