Sump Pumps and Battery Back-Up Systems
Northern Illinois can have some harsh weather conditions. Flash floods, heavy rains, quickly melting snow runoff, all of which can cause sump pumps to work overtime. Having a sump system in good working order is integral to keeping your home safe from water damage. F.J. Bero and company sell and service sump pumps, battery back up systems and ejector pits to keep your home dry.
A mistake that homeowners make with infrequently used systems is to just assume that they are in great working order. Routine maintenance should be completed on your sump pump so that it is kept in prime operating condition. It makes a lot more sense to provide your system with the maintenance that it needs than to roll the dice when it comes time to use it. If you do discover that there is a problem with your sump pump, dial our number right away. We are more than capable of completing the sump pump repairs that your system may demand.
A sewage ejector pump, also called a pump-up ejector system, is used when a bathroom, laundry room or any other type of plumbing fixture is located below the level of the main sewer or septic line flowing from the house. Because the flow of drain-wastewater depends on gravity, plumbing systems in which these fixtures are located below the level of the main sewer line all require some means of elevating the wastewater so it can flow properly.
Most commonly, ejector pumps are used in homes with basement bathrooms or laundry rooms. Not all basements require them, but when the municipal sewer lines running to the street are at a higher level than the fixture, the ejector pump serves to pump both liquids and solids up into the sewer line so it can flow properly. Ejector pumps are also very common in septic drain-field systems, such as are found in rural locations where the septic drainage field or holding tank may be considerably higher than basement plumbing fixtures.
Sewage ejector pumps are meant to sit in a basin that is dug in the ground below grade. This basin collects and holds about 30 gallons of waste, on average, for a moderate-sized home. The drain lines from the various fixtures in the basement area are sloped down into the side of the basin, and when the level of wastewater in the basin reaches a certain height, a moveable float on the sewage ejector pump starts the pump. The wastewater is then pumped out of the basin and up to the level of the sewer or septic line. Once the level in the basin goes down, the float drops back down and turns off the pump until the next time the basin fills.
The principle is similar to how a groundwater sump pump operates, but instead of rainwater seepage being pumped out of the home, it is waste/sewage being lifted up and out into the main sewer lines or septic field.
F.J. Bero can install and maintain ejector pits, sump pumps, and battery backup systems in your home. Call today to schedule an appointment 847-741-6140.