Ejector, Sump, Battery Backup Pumps
There are several brands of pumps out there. We service and install Zoeller, Hydromatic and the Pro Series Pumps. Some people have questions about what the differences are between an ejector pump, sump pump and a battery backup pump. Below should help clear things up.
The Ejector pump is a pump that is used in basements where the sewer does not flow below the basement floor (overhead sewer).A ny drains in the basement must be pumped up into the sewer system. In most cases an ejector pump will be a 2" discharge sewerage pump to handle any solids that may enter the pump pit. These pits are also sealed to prevent any sewer odors from getting into the building.
The Sump pump is designed to handle any seepage water from around the home. There are usually drain tiles under the footing of the home that drain into a pump pit. The pump which is normally 1 1/2 inch discharge pumps the water back outside. These sump pump pits are not normally sealed since their is no sewerage entering this pit. Most codes do not allow sump pumps to discharge into the sanitary sewer system.
Battery Backup Pumps are used inside a sump pump pit. They are not designed to pass any solids so they can not be used in an ejector pump pit. The purpose of having a battery back up system is in case the primary (A/C powered) pump can not keep up, fails, the circuit breaker pops, or the power goes out. The backup pump will turn on and handle the emergency for you. A good back up system will have alarms alerting you to an emergency situation. We like the Pro Series 2400 unit which has alarms for power outages, battery issues, pump issues, and maintenance needs. The Pro Series 2400 backup pump also has a provision to hook up to an alarm system or an auto phone dialer to alert you to an emergency situation in case you are not home.
Commercial and Grinder Pumps there are many manufactures of these types of pumps. If you have a need for one to be serviced please call use with a make and model number. If you do now know these do not worry, we can come out and identify what you have installed. We are able to get repair parts for most of these systems, and if they are beyond repair we can recommend a good replacement.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us with them.