Sewage Ejectors and Sump Pumps both serve the same purpose. Typically installed in a basement, they pump any water and waste up to the drain lines above. The only difference between the two is that a Sump Pump is designed to only pump water, whereas a Sewage Ejector pumps exactly what its name implies. If you are installing an entire bathroom into a basement and the drain lines leave the house overhead, a Sewage Ejector is essential to have.
For a variety of reasons. A thick, soaking rain after a long dry season will always find its way to the lowest point in the area. Depending on your landscape, the lowest point may be your basement. Your aging water heater might develop a catastrophic leak and discharge its gallons all over your new carpet. A rusting pipe may burst unexpectedly. Someone may leave the utility sink faucet running for the week you’re away on vacation.
A flooded basement can destroy flooring, buckle tile, warp baseboards and dissolve wallboard. If not drained and dried out quickly, water damage can lead to the growth of dangerous molds. Some homes have floor drains or French drains that use gravity to siphon water away from the foundation. A sump pump works automatically and mechanically, kicking on when its float rises to suck water from the basement and pump it away into the municipal sewer lines or a dry well.
Almost every homeowner deals with water in the basement at some time or another. A well-maintained, twice-yearly tested sump pump is the best way to protect a finished or newly remodeled basement.
Whether you’re remodeling your basement into a rec room for the teenagers, a guest room for your mother-in-law, or a full-blown man cave, you’re probably going to want to add the convenience of a full bath or at least a powder room.
However, introducing plumbing beneath ground level offers up some engineering challenges. Plumbing in your home is designed to take advantage of gravity, draining wastewater down to ground level where it is then shunted to the municipal sewer lines. The lowest drain pipes in your home likely run through the ceiling of your basement. Since this is above the level of your new basement toilet, a sewage ejector works against gravity to pump the wastewater up into the drain pipes and away from your home.
A sewage ejector is essential. Depending upon the model you choose, some sewage ejectors have sensors that can trigger an alarm in case the pump fails. This allows you to act before the costly disaster of a sewage backup into your newly remodeled basement. If you’re doing a full basement remodel, or have an older home with underground pipes that may be prone to clogging by tree roots and debris, you may want to consider installing a backup ejector as additional insurance to protect your investment.