If you’re thinking about putting a bathroom in your finished basement, you may need a sewage ejection system. In many older homes (without plumbing under the foundation), the plumbing pipes run at the ground level. They run under the main floor and between joists and connecting with other pipes that ensure waste removal and water circulation.
If you were to attempt to connect a basement toilet with a sewer main, you may find that there is not enough drop from the basement toilet level to the municipal sewage system. Essentially there would not be enough boost from gravity to allow for evacuation of sewage at that level of your home.
Installing an ejector system is not difficult. It likely also means that you don’t have to cut into the foundation to lay sewage pipes – saving you time and money.
A sewage pump often uses a single pump and a float device. Some choose to install a backup pump. You can opt for models that contain a sensor if the pump fails and optionally choose one that ‘shreds’ waste upon ejection – this makes it easier to travel through your pipes.
Some systems eject sewage immediately when a toilet is flushed, other systems use a tank that hold a certain amount of sewage prior to ejection. When the pump is activated, sewage moves from the tank (if applicable) and into the plumbing pipes. It travels a short distance where it then meets your sewer main for delivery to the sewage treatment plant.
Whether you are looking for a macerating toilet or a complete sewage ejection system, call Chasles Plumbing Professionals. We’ll help you choose what’s right for your setup and can do all the construction work to make sure your basement plumbing is working flawlessly.