What’s The Difference?
While they may physically look very similar, Sump and Ejector pumps have very different functions.
Sump pumps are common in most basements or crawl spaces. A sump pump expels excess water as a result of rain or other types of flooding. Sump pumps use a simple drain pipe to move water from the inside to the outside of your home.
A sump pump is your home‘s first line of defense when it comes to preventing basement flooding. High water levels should trigger your sump pump to begin working to remove water.
Sump pumps can also be equipped with a battery backup, to ensure they remove water, even during a power outage.
Sump pumps will eventually fail over time, and will require repair or replacement. If your sump pump is aged, or you suspect it is malfunctioning, immediately call Plumbing One to avoid potential flooding and water damage.
If you’re worried about your sump pump failing, you might consider having Plumbing One install a battery backup. We recommend a battery backup for your sump pump if your basement or lower levels have been converted to finished living spaces. Concerned about losing valuable possessions in the event of a sump pump failure? A battery backup will give you peace of mind. These units do require the homeowner to do periodic testing and maintenance, but this small amount of work is well worth it to ensure your basement will always be dry.
An ejector pump handles the wastewater, including sewage, from your basement bathroom. An ejector pump is connected directly to your sewer or septic line and include a vent pipe that manages the removal of sewer gasses.
Because ejector pumps can manage the removal of raw sewage, they can be more hazardous to deal with in the case of leakage.
The most common ejector pump problems are caused by pumps that are too small, or improperly installed. If you‘re remodeling your basement and adding a bathroom, or if your ejector pump fails and needs repaired or replaced call Plumbing One immediately.
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