Difference Between a Sump and an Ejector Pump for Your Basement

If you own a home with a basement, there is a good change you have heard of both sump and ejector pumps, but you may not know the difference. While both are used in homes with basements to pump water up out of the lower level of the home, they do have different functions. Here is a breakdown of what each pump is used for to determine if you need either for your home.

Sump Pump Functions

Most people that have a sump pump for their home do so remove excess water from around their home’s foundation. This accumulated water can seep into the home and slowly deteriorate the foundation. The sump pump automatically turns on and removes this excess water once it reaches a certain level, protecting the home from water damage.

Another function of sump pumps is for air conditioning systems that cannot use a gravity drain system to remove condensation away from the building. This removes the moisture and places it safely away from your home.

Ejector Pump Functions

An ejector pump also removes water from the basement area, but it is from inside the basement. If you have a bathroom, laundry room or other water appliances in your basement, an ejector pump is needed to jet the wastewater up to the sewer line level. Anytime plumbing is installed below the sewer line, there is a good chance an ejector pump will be needed to facilitate wastewater removal.

Both sump and ejector pumps should be professionally installed by a plumbing and sewer expert to prevent expensive plumbing and water damage problems down the road.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

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