Is there a difference between a sump pump and an ejector pump? Why, yes there is! Your sump pump manages groundwater in the home, and is essential in helping to avoid flooding during heavy rains. An ejector pump moves wastewater from toilets and appliances in the home to the main sewer line. These pumps are found in pits, typically in the basement of the home, and are covered with lids. It is necessary to keep an air and water tight lid on the ejector pit to reduce the chance of any sewage odor from getting into the home.

It is crucial to keep both pumps in working order to avoid flooding or sewage backups in your home. Typically, submersible pumps like these have a 3-5 year life expectancy. You can check the age of your pumps by reviewing the manufacturer tag on the cord of the pump. If you are not sure your pumps are working correctly, keep an eye out for these signs you may need a new pump:

  1. You are seeing dirty water in your system.
  2. Your pump is making strange sounds.
  3. Your pump is cycling non-stop.
  4. Your pump has difficulties starting or won’t start at all.
  5. Higher levels of standing water in drains.

If you suspect either of your pumps are not working correctly, or may need to be replaced, let us know!