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Old 11-11-2007, 07:45 AM
 
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Default What Is The Best Sewage Ejection Pump for a Basement?

What is the best sewage ejection pump for a basement bathroom? I came across a Wayne 1/2 hp sewage ejection pump at Lowe's for $200 and it appeared to be a stout unit.

another question: why does there have to be a separate sump pump pit and sewage ejection pump pit? Everything goes to the same place so I fail to understand the need for two (2) separate pits.
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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another question: why does there have to be a separate sump pump pit and sewage ejection pump pit? Everything goes to the same place so I fail to understand the need for two (2) separate pits.
I'd like to know where you got that from? Never heard of that myself- unless you're talking about two different types- sump and/or mascerator.
My plumber uses the Little Giant (whole system about $600)-
The only problem I ever had with one, was the float stuck from non-use. It was a simple repair- I wish I could say the same about the cleanup. My configurations were pretty much the same- Buried in b'ment slab, vertical lift was no more than 10'.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:42 AM
 
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I'd like to know where you got that from? Never heard of that myself- unless you're talking about two different types- sump and/or mascerator.
My plumber uses the Little Giant (whole system about $600)-
The only problem I ever had with one, was the float stuck from non-use. It was a simple repair- I wish I could say the same about the cleanup. My configurations were pretty much the same- Buried in b'ment slab, vertical lift was no more than 10'.
K'ledgeBldr
I have seen quite a few homes in the Indianapolis area with two (2) separate pits in the basement..one for the sump pump and the other for the sewage ejector pump. Someone said it is a Code requirement.

There's obviously more maintenance with two pits and two different pumps. I would prefer just one pit....'one pit fits all'.

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Old 11-14-2007, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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K'ledgeBldr
I have seen quite a few homes in the Indianapolis area with two (2) separate pits in the basement..one for the sump pump and the other for the sewage ejector pump. Someone said it is a Code requirement.

There's obviously more maintenance with two pits and two different pumps. I would prefer just one pit....'one pit fits all'.
That sounds more like it- I figured you talking about a sump. The reason they require two separate pumps is probably because of the cycle rate- or maybe to eliminate excess ground water into the sewer system (since sumps usually dump somewhere outside the house? Either way it is more money!
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:28 AM
 
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That sounds more like it- I figured you talking about a sump. The reason they require two separate pumps is probably because of the cycle rate- or maybe to eliminate excess ground water into the sewer system (since sumps usually dump somewhere outside the house? Either way it is more money!
yep it's more money and more for an average homeowner to keep an eye on to make sure that both pumps are functioning properly so a disaster doesn't occur.

I am not sure what the avergae life expectancy on a sewage ejection pump is but my guess would be no more than 12 to 14 years. It would be a messy job to pull and change one. Also would have to install a new check valve and maybe something else. A plumber I am not. I have been looking at Zoellers and also Little Giants. Lowe's has a 1/2 hp Wayne for around $200 and it appears to be a decent sewage ejector pump.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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You need two because: One sump goes to your septic tank (Sewage water from your bathrooms) and the other drains the water around your foundation.(surface water)
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:37 PM
 
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i always recommend zoeller and have had great luck with them.

i have used some other of little giants line of pumps and have good luck with them as well.

no experience with the wayne, though.



some people buy a spare pump for emergency situations, depending on the location and condition of the check valve the change out to a new pump is not THAT bad .... a direct replacement of the pump(exact same model) can make a huge difference.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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When shopping for a sewage ejector pump it will be extremely important to be patient and take your time. The more knowledge you are able to gather the better choice you will make when buying the pump.

Even though offline stores are usually the place to go, taking the time to shop online will be helpful as well since you will be able to look at many customer reviews and feed off their experiences with the specific pump you are interested in.

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Old 07-25-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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We have separate pits. The sewage pump goes into the sewer system. The sump pumps empty into the front yard. It is illegal in our area to have a sump pump empty into the sewer system. It is also illegal to have the sewage pump empty into your front yard.

I am pretty sure that our sewage pump is a Zoller. I know that the better sump pump is from Zoller.

You can get a cheapo sewer pump from harbor freight. If you enjoy changing the pump regularly (stinky and messy), you can save money with the cheapo Harbor freight pumps. Personally I would not want to risk the cost and grossness of a pump failure. Just buy a quality metal pump
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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There is a difference between a sump pump and a sewer ejector pump. The sump pump pumps out ground water only. The sewer ejector pump is used when there is "waste" plumbing below the main sewer line. The waste has to be pumped up to meet the sewer line to be dispensed into the sewage system. the only time you would not have a sewer ejector pump for below grade plumbing is when all the plumbing is gravity pulled.
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