Ejector pump burnout can happen when baby wipes, makeup wipes, and similar materials are tossed into the toilet bowl. This is most risky if you have a basement level bathroom and there is an ejector pump in use. Those wipes do not break down sufficiently to make it through the propellers inside the pump machine.
Baby wipes, makeup wipes, and similar materials are not safe to throw into the toilet.
Your home’s plumbing and septic system depend on gravity for the most part. Sometimes, as is the case with a basement bathroom or laundry room, a sewage ejector pump is needed to help propel waste products through the drain system. This is because the septic or sewer drain line enters the house at a higher level and the waste must be propelled upward.
Typically, the ejector pump sits below the ground level floor in a pit called a sump basin. The drain lines from the household fixtures empty into this area and when the wastewater reaches a certain depth, a float on the sewage ejector pump is triggered and starts up the pump. waste products are pushed out to the sewer lines or into the septic tank. When the water level in the basin goes down again, the float on the pump goes down and turns off.
Many models of sewage pumps come with a sensor that turns on an alarm if the pump should fail to alert the homeowner. In this case, hand wipes that were flushed down the toilet had accumulated and clogged the moving parts of the pump, causing it to seize.
Wipes can accumulate in the drain pipes of a septic system. These wipes were caught in the propeller of the pump. This pump did not have an alarm and it burned out. We replaced the pump, put in a new float, and installed a new high level alarm. had a
This home had a fernco in place, a flexible pipe coupling that acts like a rubber adapter with stainless steel clamps to tighten everything down. This works as a temporary fix, but should not be used in situations where there’s pressure. We recommended something glued or with compression – a check valve from Zoeller. These changes will make the pump accessible for future service.
At this point, the sewage ejector pump has been replaced. A compression type check flow (unicheck valve) has been installed, as well as a high-level alarm. The new pump is shown as it cycles and now, if anything fails, the homeowners will be immediately alerted to the problem.
The newly installed sewage ejector pump is working and Mark from Saviour Septic demonstrates how the alarm works to protect your home septic system.
Remember, if you experience a backup of waste materials (effluent) that looks like black sludge in your bath tub, sinks or other plumbing fixture, call Saviour Septic for immediate 24-hour service to repair your residential or commercial building septic system anywhere in Connecticut.