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June 06, 2019
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SUMP PUMP AND AN EJECTOR PUMP?
You may have noticed that these two pumps look the same. In fact, most of the time sump pump and ejector pump installation happens such that they are right next to each other. And yet you shouldn’t confuse the two because they do very different jobs.
To be sure, both pumps are highly technical and any work done on them, such as sump pump or ejector pump replacement, should be handled by an expert. All the same, it is a good idea for the homeowner to know what the difference between the pumps is in case an issue develops. Don’t worry about solving the problem. Your sump pump or ejector pump repair and replacement can be handled by Narwhal plumbing. However, it is important that you have some basic knowledge so you know when there is a problem in the first place.
The Functions of each Pump
You will commonly find sump pumps in crawl spaces or in basements. They are there to make sure that excess water does not accumulate in these spaces whenever there has been excess precipitation, such as excess snow or rain. They are particularly very useful for cases of flooding. The sump pump ejects the water to stop it from accumulating.
An ejector pump, on the other hand, has a very different job. It is there specifically to handle waste water that arises in your basement. That includes any sewage that’s coming from the bathrooms in your basement.
You might be wondering if flood water or rain water doesn’t count as waste water. Well, a sump pump is there to protect your basement from water flowing in. An ejector pump, on the other hand, is there to pump water from uses inside the basement out. So if you go to the bathroom or wash your hands in the sink or anything like that, the waste water is pumped by the ejector pump to the outside.
A sump pump will have no more than a drain pipe that directs the water outside. The ejector pump, on the other hand, will have a direct line to the septic tank or the sewer and also a vent pipe that expels sewer gases to the outside.
That makes the ejector pump much more sensitive than the sump pump. Because it manages raw sewage, it can be more dangerous to deal with than a sump pump, especially if a leakage occurs.
Why do you need these Pumps?
A sump pump is useful for removing flood water from your basement or crawl spaces. If you don’t have a sump pump, then the water will collect in these spaces and just sit there until it finally evaporates. It will damage your floor and develop such things as mildew and mold, which are dangerous for your health.
An ejector pump is also very important. Without one, you won’t be able to remove waste water or gray water from the basement to the septic tank or sewer.
These pumps are both crucial to the proper functioning of your house. That’s why you should get a licensed plumber to handle the installation, repair, and replacement of these pumps.
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