Sump pumps and Ejector pumps can be easily confused because they look similar and are both located in basins in the basement of your home. However, their functions are quite different.
A Sump Pump is used to prevent flooding by removing ground water (usually from excessive rain) and pumping it through a drain line taking the excess water outside the home. Even if your Sump Pump was installed by a professional, it should be replaced every 7-10 years, especially if you see or hear signs of it malfunctioning. Such signs include strange noises coming from your basement, and the pump running non stop even when no water is present. Every Sump Pump owner should also have a backup pump which is discussed further on our blog page in a blog titled, “What’s Up with Sump Pumps?”
In contrast, an Ejector Pump was designed to remove wastewater and grey water from the basement bathroom by pumping it up and out to the main sewer line. An Ejector Pump is necessary for homes that have water consuming appliances located in the lower levels of your home. Since the main sewer line is above these appliances and bathrooms, you cannot rely on gravity to rid your home of the grey water.