Devices which control the flow of our waste are at work every single day, and when they deteriorate, you can have a sticky situation on your hands. Most often, homes use a system of gravity-powered piping which allow sewage to travel down the flow of pipes and enter a community line. This gravity system only works alone when the bathroom in question is above the elevation of a community line. If your basement or lower floor bathroom is not, then more than likely, you have a sewage ejector pump installed to push it up above the elevation line and allow it to flow by the force of gravity.
When the sewage ejector pump that your home relies on begins to fail or breakdown in such a way that it cannot eliminate the waste your home produces, toilet, sink and shower waste will pool up in the bottom of a drain system until pressure builds up so much that a line bursts and you have massive leakage waste-polluted water in your basement or lower floor. To understand how to maintain and handle your sewage ejector pump, you must consider what it is.
What Is A Sewage Ejector Pump?
A sewage ejector pump is located within a basin where waste collects over use and time. A set of flotation devices are hooked up to a switch which controls the pump. As the basin fills, the floats rise. The floats activate a switch, which then engages the pump until the basin is nearly emptied. The sewage ejector pump is responsible though for breaking down the solidified waste before ejecting. For this purpose, sewage ejector devices are fitted with a grinder which engages, much like a garbage disposal device in a sink, to allow ease of flow for the waste.
As a homeowner, it is important to know where this device is located and what the alarm sounds like. It can vary by device, so make sure your plumbing installation expert informs you. Sometimes people prefer to have a second pump installed for back up to allow leeway and peace of mind that nothing too serious will happen if a problem develops. More importantly, the alternate pump can still be used while the main is being repaired.
Minnesota Sewage Pump Experts
Dan’s Plumbing and Septic has been providing all types of sewer services for 60 years and is experienced with all types of sewer ejector pumps. We’re able to install, inspect, and repair many of the top sewer ejector pump brands including: Everbilt, Liberty Pumps, Bur-Cam, Rigid, Little Giant, Zoeller, Wayne, and many others.
If your sewer ejector pump isn’t functioning properly, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dan’s Plumbing and Septic today by phone at (763) 434-6814. We look forward to earning your business!