If you are living in a low water table area and have a basement in your home, then there is a chance of water seeping into the basement areas. You will need a sump pump to remove the water that fills up in your basement and to keep it dry. Similarly, if you have sewage lines that are located on a higher level than the basement of your home, then there is a possibility of issues of unwanted wastewater entering your home and basement. Hence, you will need to have a sturdy pump to remove all this unwanted waste from your house quickly. If you do not get rid of the wastewater as soon as possible, there is a good chance of your home being infected with diseases that might pose serious health threats to the members living in the house. Hence, having an ejector pump in the basement is advised.
When Is A Sewage Pump Used?
If you have a plumbing fixture in your washroom, bathroom or kitchen below the main sewer line in your home, then you will need to install a sewage ejector pump in your home. The flow of the unwanted water and the drain water typically depends on gravity. If the fixtures in the plumbing systems are located lower than the main sewer lines, they will need something that will help in elevating the wastewater so that the water flows out properly and does not cause back-flow or basement flooding. These pumps are a common thing in homes that have basement bathrooms or laundry rooms. If your house is located in an area where the municipal sewer main line is coming into your house at a higher level, then the pump will pump out the solids and the liquid waste into the main sewer line or the septic tank line.
How Do Sewer Ejector Pumps Work?
The sewage ejector pumps are normally placed in a sump pit that is dug deep into the ground depending on the number of people residing in the home and the size of the home. For a medium sized home, the sump basin can be one that can collect up to 30 gallons of water. All the outer drain lines from the various fixtures in your home are sloped down into the sump basin. When the wastewater from all the pipes collect and reach a certain height of the basin, the float on the sewage ejector pump will trip to start the pump. The wastewater will be pumped out of the sump basin to the ground level and then into the septic tank. Once the water level of the basin goes down and is lower than the float, the pump will be turned off.
The sewage ejector pumps are offered in various sizes or horsepower. A standard pump with a ½ to ¾ horsepower motor is enough for a 30-gallon sump basin. It is very important to pick out the right kind of machine with the right specification and features in order to keep the sewage and unwanted water from damming the basement of your home. Call A Better Plumber and we will gladly come take a look at your home and help you chose the right equipment.