What is the difference between a sewage pump and a sump pump?
Which do you have or need: a sewage pump or sump pump? What is the difference, or is there a difference? Yes, there is a difference and what you’re needing to achieve will make a difference in which one you need. We use a sewage pump for removing water and waste that is then sent to a septic tank or sewage system. If there is a bathroom, there is a sewage pump. They design a sump pump to get rid of water after flooding has occurred, usually in a basement where there may be a washing machine. It will also pump out water that has flooded into the basement after heavy rain.
- A sewage pump is for controlled water and waste
- A sump pump gets rid of unexpected water
We use both a sewage pump and a sump pump in homes or other structures and have a holding tank and the pump. A sewage pump with a grinder has an extra-alarm that sounds when the waste has reached a certain level. That waste is then ground up and carried into the sewer system.
How do you know when your sewage pump not working?
An important part of the plumbing system in your home is the sewage pump or sewer ejector pump. We locate it in a covered receptacle or in the basement. As we’ve covered earlier, the job of a sewage pump is to remove waste and water out of your home’s sewer lines and send it into the main sewer pipe. From there it goes to the public sewer system. A failed sewage pump will back up and spill sewage in the yard, under the house, and possibly in the house. IF you have ever been downwind of a sewage plant, you know that is not something you want in or under your home, or even in the yard.
Therefore, you should know the warning signs that something with your sewage pump needs attention. The three warning signs are:
- The Smell:
- If you walk into your basement, or walking around outside your home and smell sewage, there is a possibility that your sewage pump is not totally emptying when it is on. It could also indicate that there is a sewage pipe leak, which you can fix yourself. Otherwise, if the sewage pipe is the problem or you can’t find where the smell is coming from, you need to call a professional plumber.
- Sewage Pump Runs Continuously:
- The sewage pump turns on when something is present, to pump into the sewer lines, and then turn off once it empties the pit. If your sewage pump is continuously running, it is most like the sensor has gone out. Call your trusted plumbing contractor so they can get your home back in working order.
- Fluid Isn’t Ejecting:
- If the sewage pump is running, but the pit isn’t emptying, it could be a clogged sewage pump. Or it could be the suction of the pump is weak. You can live with this for a brief time by cutting back on how much water and waste goes into the sewage system but call your plumber as soon as possible.
What does a sewage ejector pump look like?
An ejector pump looks like a sump pump and is installed in a basin that is built into the floor. It accumulates ‘grey water’ from floor drains and has a sealed lid. If it is collecting wastewater, there will be a vent pipe in the lid to let sewer gases escape.
How do you check a sewer pump?
Sewage ejection pumps normally will have two cords. One is the power cord for the motor and the other for the float switch. The power cord will look like a regular plug and the float switch cord has a female end on one side and male end on the other. The power cord plug is injected into the female end of the float switch plug and the male end is going to an electrical outlet.
When the water level trips the float, the plug opens up to power to the motor’s power cord. To do a manual test of the pump, locate the outlet where the cords are in and unplug the motor’s power plug from the float’s power cord. Then, bypassing the float, plug it directly into the outlet. When you feel certain all works properly, plug the motor power cord back in the float plug, and re-insert it back in the outlet.
How long do sewage pumps last?
Several factors can affect a sewage pump’s life expectancy. The pump quality, how much it runs, and the electrical supply. The average life of a residential sewage pump is between five and seven years.
How do you fix a sewage pump?
When the ejection pump fails, don’t call the plumber right away! You can check it to see if the switch is bad by following the steps we listed above. If needed, you can replace the switch yourself for a lot less than the plumber will charge. Next, check the circuit breaker, GFCI outlet and if all is in working order, unplug it from the piggyback plug and directly plug it into the GFCI outlet. If the pump turns on, you have a bad switch and if it doesn’t turn on, then you have a bad pump.
You should also check for an air bleed hole close to the waste pipe bottom. If there isn’t a whole, you can make one by drilling a 1/16-inch diameter hole two inches from the pump’s entrance. The sewage pump in your home is an important part of your home’s daily function. Check it from time to time to make sure all is in working order. If there is an area that looks like you may have trouble later, then make the repair or a call to a professional plumber. Getting minor things fixed will save you from having to replace the sewage pump. Have a sewage pump issue in Cabrillo, CA? Call Echo Plumbing, Inc. today at 888-387-0674!