The Ejector Pump (What They’re for and Why They’re Important)
OK so you’ve bought a new house and you have two pits in the basement. The first goes off frequently especially when it rains so you know that one is your sump pump. But what about the other one? It’s got two pipes coming out of the lid, the lid looks like is sealed and it’s probably rarely ever cycles. Thats your ejector pit and pump and it is there to pump away any liquids other than ground water or solids. For example, most of us with basements have a floor drain. If you have a furnace/air conditioner it’s likely you have a condensate drain that is piped to the floor drain. The discharge water is supposed to be piped to a gas tight ejector pit.
Basement Bathrooms Need Ejectors
Unless you have a gravity sewer installed underneath your basement floor you likely have no way to get sewage from your basement into the house sewer. If you have ever considered adding a bathroom or kitchen into your basement living space you’ll need an Ejector Pump. Unlike sump pumps, which discharge clear ground water from your home, an ejector pump is designed to pump residential or household sewage to either your city sewer and/or septic or mechanical system. Wastes from the new or existing bathroom flow into a vented pit with a gas tight lid. Once the waste and liquids reach a certain level, a sensor activates the ejector pump forcing the sewage up through a discharge pipe and check valve, preventing the waste from coming back into your home.
If any of you out there have ever come home to a basement where the ejector failed, it isn’t pretty. It’s usually not just water you have to deal with – get it?
Call us at Expert Plumbing Service and put your mind at ease.