A sump pump usually stands in a sump pit – (a hole with a base about 2-3 feet deep and 18 inches wide) – it is dug in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. As the pit fills with ground and storm water, the pump turns on and moves the water out of the pit through pipes that run away from your home to a spot where the water can drain away from your foundation. The pipe usually has a one-way valve called a check valve at the pump end to keep the water from flowing back into the pit.
A sump pump is a very crucial component in your home. When and if a sump pump does fail, you need to know why and what to do. Sump pumps have many reasons of failing. They are but are not limited to: Electrical power burning out, sump pump not being able to handle the amount of water coming into the pit (Recommend installing secondary or emergency pump), no check valve was installed on the discharge line, a stuck float switch on the pump, lack of maintenance, improper installation, and most commonly old age. If you experience any of these issues with your pump, be sure to take immediate action as a faulty sump pump can cause thousands of dollars of damage in your home. Be sure to call Done With Pride for installation, replacement, and maintenance on your pumps.
An ejector pump often times looks like a sump pump and is also installed below the ground. Rather than collecting ground and storm water, an ejector pump collects waste and “grey water” from washing machines, utility sinks, and bathrooms that you may have in your basement. These pumps will usually have sealed lids to block any dangerous sewer gas smells that may arise. This type of pump discharges the waste water through the pipe to the main sanitary sewer.
Ejector pumps are as well a very crucial component to your home. An ejector pump can fail due to: Lack of maintenance, improper installation, electrical malfunction, improper check valve installation, stuck float, and most commonly old age. If and when an ejector pump does fail, you may experience some foul sewer smells and flooding around the ejector pump area. Call a professional at Done With Pride immediately when you experience this as being exposed to sewer smells is a health hazard.
When you need help with your sump pump or ejector pump emergency and regular maintenance, call Done With Pride Plumbing right away at (224) 676-0127. We give you a free estimate and schedule service same day.