Sewer pumps are part of your home or business waste disposal systems, yet they are often overshadowed in the conversation of fixtures! This is due to the fact that they are used in homes or businesses that may require them while others may not. If you’re noticing that there may be an issue in your sewer lines and a sewer pump needs repairs or replacements, don’t hesitate to give Plumbing 360 a call! Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to clarify any questions or concerns you may have regarding different kinds of sewer pumps!
Sewage Grinder Pumps
Sewage grinder pumps are able to handle the same materials as an ejector pump yet have the added ability to pass tougher objects through. This is due to the fact that they have cutting blades that can grind down raw sewage into a slurry before transferring the material into a discharge line. For this reason, this type of pump is not recommended to be used for a residence that is using a septic tank. A sewage grinder will find the materials into such a fine substance that solids won’t be able to separate from the liquid once it gets into the tank and therefore, will not be able to pass into the secondary system from there. If you use a grinder sewer pump with a septic tank, it’s a matter of time before it damages the subsurface leaching field.
Sewer grinder pumps are most commonly referred to as low volume or high-pressure submersible solids handling pumps. They are used for pumping from a residence to a pressurized city sewer main. This occurs when a city sewer main is under lots of pressure from other sewage pumps and needs pumps that can overcome the pressure of pumping liquids to a main. That’s why sewage grinders pump low volumes of sewage in order for the importance of pushing material over long distances with head pressures of 130 feet. Sewage grinders require a minimum of 20-30 feet of head pressure or it will quickly burn up the pump. Be sure to incorporate grinder pump maintenance to your plumbing maintenance routine so you can catch damages before they progress into grinder pump problems!
Sewer Ejector Pumps
If you’re considering sewage ejector pump installations, here is some info! Sewer line ejector pumps work best with main sewer lines that work with gravity. They are usually used for bathrooms in basements or rooms that are lower than the main sewer line. They can also be used for outside bathroom units in garages or home additions so waste can be pushed back to the septic tank and main unit of the house. When a line is below the main one, a sewer ejector pumps actually works against gravity to send waste from your toilet and into a septic tank or the main sewer line whereby it will then join other sewage on its journey to the city’s wastewater treatment facilities. It works by incorporating powerful jets that breakdown solids for easy transfer through the plumbing system or a spinning mechanism that intake the raw sewage from the bottom of the pump and forces it under pressure into the discharge pipe.
These types of pumps are highly recommended over sewage grinder pumps if a septic tank is being used as it does not incorporate the use of a grinder. Since there is no grinder, sewage ejectors are usually designed to only handle up to 2 inches in diameter types of solids. These types of pumps are considered high volume and low-pressure submersible solid handling pumps as they can pump higher volumes of sewage than grinders but are only meant to travel sewage over shorter distances with head pressures of about 75 feet. It is recommended to conduct sewage ejector pump maintenance seasonally or at least once a year in case of any issues arise and to avoid sewage ejector pump problems.
Which Pump is Better For You?
If you’re wondering which pump may be better for your home or business, consider the following. Use a sewage grinder pump if:
- You’ll be pumping sewage over a longer distance such as 750 feet or more.
- You’re pumping sewage into a pressurized mainline.
- You’ll be pumping a higher vertical distance of at least 30 feet.
Use a sewage ejector pump if:
- You’ll be pumping sewage into a septic tank.
- You’re pumping sewage into a gravity sewer main.
- You’ll be pumping sewage over a shorter distance of 750 feet or less.
- You’ll be pumping a shorter vertical distance of under 70 feet.
If you require grinder or ejector pump replacements in reaction to grinder or ejector pump problems, we’ll be happy to conduct initial plumbing inspections to see how we can help! We know that plumbing emergencies happen at inopportune times, if you notice that problems have progressed, we have emergency plumbers available to come out within the hour! Have your sewage system flow smoothly without problems with our experienced and qualified workman! We’ll be happy to guide you through options and answer any questions that you may have regarding your grinder or ejector pump installation!