Sump Pumps vs. Sewage Ejectors
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As the name suggests, well pumps are pumps that are used for extracting water from a well. There are two different types of well pumps, depending on where they are located, so homeowners can often choose from:
- Submersible well pumps
- Jet pumps
Jet pumps sit above ground, and can be placed in a crawl space, a pump house, or even inside your house.
There are two different types of jet pumps for homeowners, depending on the depth of your water well:
- Shallow well pumps
- Convertible well pumps
Shallow jet pumps use only one inlet pipe to pump water out of the well, while convertible well pumps use two pipes – pumping water out of one and pushing it through the other. Apart from the depth of your well, you need to consider the well’s size to choose the right water pump for your household.
A typical home of 3 or 4 bedrooms requires a pump of 8-12 GPM (gallons per minute). You should add one GPM for every fixture you have in your home so that you can determine the right size pump for your household.
When installing a sump pump, it’s also wise to install a backup sump pump system. This is because your sump pump won’t turn on during a potential power outage. A backup system will turn on and continue to protect your home from potential flooding.
You can choose from two options for your backup sump pump system:
- A battery-powered backup system
- A water-fed backup system
A battery-powered unit uses a battery during power outages, and you can install it on both a municipal and well water system. A water-fed backup system operates solely on water pressure, and it’s beneficial only if you have a municipal water supply.Backup systems are beneficial during heavy rains as well when your main pump simply can’t pump out all the incoming water. With a backup system in place, not only can you keep your home protected from flooding, but you can also extend the lifespan of your main pump, as you won’t overwork it.
Sump Pump Back Up Systems
In the event of power outages, your sump pump will not turn on. There are a couple of different options when it comes to emergency backup systems for your sump pump. There are battery back-up systems and there are water fed systems. The water fed systems are only beneficial if you are on a municipal water supply, however, the battery systems can be installed on municipal or well water systems. Not only are these systems needed in the event of a power outage but they can also be beneficial if your primary pump can’t keep up during heavy rains.
I don’t need a backup system since I don’t have frequent power outages?
This is certainly a huge benefit if you should lose power to your home, but the backup systems are more frequently used in situations where the pump has a lot running to the pit or in heavy rains, when the primary pump can’t keep up with the input. Most backup systems can only handle half or less of what the primary pump can output, but more recently backup systems are being designed with pumps that can output about as much as the primary pumps can. This is highly beneficial not only for usage, but for the overall lifespan of your system since two pumps are working as opposed to one primary pump being overworked even occasionally.
Sewage Ejector Pumps
Sewage ejector pumps are pumps that can pump out water and waste from the basement level through the plumbing system and into the sewer or septic system. Your plumbing system uses gravity, for the most part, to effectively remove waste and water. However, if you have a basement, you need to install a sewage ejector pump that will ensure proper water and waste removal.
This is because your plumbing pipes are located in the basement’s ceiling, and a sewage ejector pump will work against gravity. This type of pump is, at its core, a sump pump, but also comes with an internal grinder for ensuring solids can easily travel through the pipes and into your main sewer or septic system.
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