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.
Human wastes which flow down the sewer lines of a home must always be mixed with the community sewer so that the waste is traveling at an appropriate speed. If this doesn’t happen, then waste will clump together, cause clogs and even burst main drains.
Most often, homes use a system of gravity-powered piping which allow for 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 then flow by the force of gravity.
This is all fine and dandy, until the sewage ejector pumps your home relies on begin to fail or break down such that they cannot eliminate the waste your home produces. When this happens, toilet, sink and shower wastes 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 have to consider what it actually is.
Sewage ejector pumps are not too complicated. In general, they are made of up of a basin where waste collects over use and time. Located in this basin are a set of flotation devices hooked up to a switch which controls a pump. As the basin fills, the floats rise and after a certain threshold is passed, the switch is flipped, the pumps are engaged and the basin is nearly emptied. Before the liquid can just be pumped, however, the sewage ejector system must break apart the clumped up solidified waste that has been housed there. 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.
Most of the time sewage ejector systems are equipped with a water level alarm which will engage when the holding tank’s water level reaches above another threshold. This will be a sign that either something is wrong with the pumping mechanism or something is stopping the sewage from flowing. 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 whole the main is being repaired.
Not every Brooklyn plumbing company knows how to install, repair or maintain these sewage ejector pumps. For this reason, you need to trust a Brooklyn, NY sewage, plumbing and residential plumbing expert like Petri Plumbing. We offer comprehensive inspections, tune-ups maintenance to keep the system running and new installations to replace older devices. Give us a call today!