Basement Ejector Pump Maintenance

By: John | Date Posted: October 21, 2022

An ejector pump removes sewage and garbage from your home if your appliances are below the city’s main sewer line. Pumps of this type are typically only seen in homes or apartments where appliances are located in rooms below ground. This is not the same as a sump pump, which removes excess water from your cellar. The sump pump and the ejector pump should be serviced at least once or twice a year.

How to Maintain Your Ejector Pump:

Make sure the pump is clean and ready to use. To prevent the pump from starting while you are working, turn off the circuit breaker and the water supply to the pump. To check for debris, carefully remove the holding tank’s lid and the access panel. If the pump is clogged with bits of food, paper towels, or other debris, put on some rubber gloves and clean it out.

Make sure the oil is up to par. The oil gauge can be found on the pump’s exterior. Open the pump to get to the oil container if it doesn’t have an external gauge. You can check the reading by removing the dipstick from this container. Place a small oil pail beneath the pump if the oil there appears unclean. Drain the oil into the pan by removing the oil plug. You must wait until it is no longer running before replacing the cap and refilling it with oil.

Basement Ejector Pump Maintenance

Examine the impeller of the pump. Within the pump, look for the pump’s impeller and motor body. Clogs are common in these places. Should grease accumulate, clean them thoroughly by wiping them down and breaking up any obstructions.

Connecting parts should be tightened. Make that all the fasteners, belts, and hose brackets that connect the various parts of the vehicle are properly tightened. Tighten them as necessary with a standard or Phillips screwdriver.

Assess the extent to which you’ll be harmed. Inspect the pump’s bearing assembly for damage. Physical damage should be obvious from the outside. The bearing assembly must be disassembled and each bearing replaced. The bearing assembly should be replaced by a trained professional before doing so.

Maintain the integrity of your seals. You can check for obvious breaks or evidence of wear and tear by rubbing your fingers against the sealed regions of your motor, such as the welded sections. Over 10-20 years, these seals are frequently broken. Seals and O-rings need to be replaced or repaired.

Sweep the ductwork. The location of the pump vents varies from model to model, so be sure to check yours out first. Keep an eye on your vents to see if there is any buildup of dirt or other debris. Dispose of them in a garbage bag after breaking them apart with your fingers. Make sure your vents are open to get some fresh air in your home. Finally, remove the pump cover and re-insert the breaker. Avoid flushing rubbish in your sinks and toilets going forward.

Conclusion

A sump pump system’s frequent maintenance is critical. As a rule, you should not wait for a specific problem to arise before taking action. The sooner you fix a minor issue, the less expensive and time-consuming it will be to fix a major one. A sump pump will eventually need to be replaced, so keep this in mind.

1. Professional EZ Travel Collection, Hot Tub, and Swimming Pool Drain Pump with Hose Pond/Flood Pump (Up to 3,700 Gallons per Hour)

 Professional EZ Travel Collection, Hot Tub, and Swimming Pool Drain Pump with Hose Pond/Flood Pump (Up to 3,700 Gallons per Hour)

Specifications

  • Brand: Professional EZ Travel Collection
  • Material: Plastic, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

The Professional EZ Travel Collection Hot Tub and Swimming Pool Drain Pump is a versatile pump you can use to drain ponds, pools, water tanks, hot tubs, and even basements. This kit has everything you need to start, including an extra-long 25-foot electrical cord and a 25-foot hose.

Conclusion

The Professional EZ Travel Collection Hot Tub and Swimming Pool Drain Pump has a 4.4 out of 5-star Amazon rating based on 54 reviews. MikeBinAZ said, “I drained my 25,000-gallon swimming pool in about 24 hours with this guy! Drained it all the way down to about 1-inch of water left.” T.J. Daughtery said, “For the price, it was almost the same cost as renting a pump from the pool supply, but without the hassle.”

Professional EZ Travel Collection, Hot Tub
  • UP TO 3,700 GPH - Submersible and easy to use, this drain pump can go up to 16 feet under water. The automatic shutoff switch eliminates the need to monitor pump...
  • 400 WATT MOTOR - This transfer pump drains a hot tub in minutes. It’s folding bottom feet allow for maximum low level drainage. This powerful and compact drainage...
  • IMPACT-RESISTANT CASTING - Built to last year after year, EZ pumps are made of durable ABS rust-proof plastic housing molds. This EZ Travel Collection submersible...
  • COMPLETE DRAINAGE KIT - This pool drain pump comes with a 20 foot waterproof cord that can be used with just about any standard outdoor water house. Plus, the...

Pros

  • Versatile, 3,700 gallon-per-hour capacity, portable

Cons

  • No filter, outlet hose size is non-standard

2. Superior Pump 92551 1/2 HP Cast Iron Pedestal Pump

Superior Pump 92551 1/2 HP Cast Iron Pedestal Pump

Specifications

  • Brand: Superior Pump
  • Material: Stainless Steel

The Superior has a different design than other pumps on our list. Its motor rests on a pedestal at the top of a tall shaft, not at the bottom of a sump basin like a submersible pump. This keeps the motor far from the water below, which results in a longer-lasting pump design. It qualifies for a five-year warranty because its electrical components have less exposure to water.

Conclusion

The 1/3 hp motor on this pedestal sump pump isn’t as powerful as it would be on a submersible pump, but it has an excellent output of up to 3,000 GPH to keep your basement dry. Since the motor isn’t down in a sump pit, it’s noisier than submersible models, but the noise isn’t a problem if your pump doesn’t run very often.

Sale
Superior Pump 92551 1/2 HP Cast Iron Pedestal Pump
  • 1/2 HP Sump pump moves up to 3600-gallons per hour; Will handle liquids up to 180-degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rugged stainless steel and cast iron construction
  • Non-corrosive, solid steel drive shaft, float ball, and impeller; 1-1/2 inch NPT discharge
  • Features: Fully adjustable automatic switch, Metal switch arm for strength and durability, 10-foot power cord, cULus Listed, CSA Certified

Pros

  • Easy to maintain
  • Long warranty
  • Powerful 1/3 hp motor

Cons

  • Noisy operation

3. WAYNE Waterbug 1/6 HP 1350 GPH Submersible Multi-Flo Technology-Water Removal and Transfer Pump, Yellow

WAYNE Waterbug 1/6 HP 1350 GPH Submersible Multi-Flo Technology-Water Removal and Transfer Pump, Yellow

Specifications

  • Brand: Wayne
  • Material: Brass

The Wayne WWB WaterBug Submersible Pump is one of the more versatile sump pumps available, yet it’s still available at a budget price. This pump features a top and a side discharge to select the right option for the job. The top discharge allows the pump to fit in tight spaces, such as laundry tubs and buckets, while the side discharge is useful for open areas such as basements, yards, and roofs.

Conclusion

I used this pump when my barn flooded, and it was easy to operate and did an excellent job of draining water away. It’s compatible with a garden hose, which saves money on expensive sump pump-specific hose kits. While the flow rate is a little low at 1,257 gallons per hour, it quickly drained 8 inches of standing water out of my barn with no problem.

WAYNE Waterbug 1/6 HP 1350 GPH
  • DON’T LET STANDING WATER BUG YOU - The WAYNE WaterBUG is your new ultimate multi-purpose water removal tool. The WWB model is easy to use in tight spaces like...
  • GET RID OF WATER QUICKLY - Multi-Flo technology allows for easy selection of the best water removal option. This WWB water pump will get your basement or yard...
  • REMOVAL OPTIONS - Top discharge is perfect for removing water from small or tight spaces: window wells, buckets, etc. Side discharge is ideal for easy water removal...
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES - Corrosion-resistant plastic discharge outlets, with tethered cap seals, fit any standard garden hose. Multi-ring suction strainer filters...

Pros

  • Versatile side- and top-discharge options remove water down to 1/16 of an inch, connect to a standard garden hose, and are portable.

Cons

  • The hourly capacity is less than other pumps, no automatic-off switch.

4. Basepump HB1000 Water Powered Backup Sump Pump

Basepump HB1000 Water Powered Backup Sump Pump

Specifications

  • Brand: Basepump
  • Material: Polypropylene

A sump pump installed within your basement pit usually works well, promptly removing water and channeling it out of your home. However, many sump pumps fail when the electricity goes out. And if you suffer a long-term power outage during a storm.

Conclusion

a sump pump can be installed into your existing discharge line, which relies on water pressure to power its pumping action. It’s intended to serve as a backup pump for your normal sump pump and installs into your ceiling. This is particularly helpful if you have a narrow sump pit since many other water-powered sump pumps must be installed within the pit. 

Sale
Basepump HB1000 Water Powered Backup Sump Pump
  • Highest pumping rates in the industry
  • No moving parts to break and no maintenance required
  • No battery to maintain; No charger; No electricity
  • Includes battery powered high water ALARM

Pros

  • Installs in the ceiling (ideal for narrow sump pits), no electricity needed.
  • I got this unit installed in time for the wet winter months and was able to test it. It works as advertised.

Cons

  •  Installation takes about 3 hours, pricey.

5. Superior Pump 93501 1/2-Horsepower Cast Iron Sewage Pump with Tethered Float Switch

Superior Pump 93501 1/2-Horsepower Cast Iron Sewage Pump with Tethered Float Switch

Specifications

  • Brand: Superior Pump
  • Material: Cast Iron

Superior Pump builds pumps that are truly Built to Last and are 100 percent factory-tested. Superior Pump uses quality components, including solid copper motor windings, heavy-duty stainless steel jacketed shaft seals, double o-ring seals on a motor plate, and electronically controlled split capacitors. Superior Pump model 93501, 1/2 HP cast iron submersible sewage pump with tethered float switch, will pump up to 4800 gallons per hour. Equipped with a 2-inch NPT discharge, it will handle up to 2-inch solids and features a non-clogging vortex impeller.

Conclusion

1/2 HP Sewage pump moves up to 4,800 gallons per hour; the pump will lift water up to 25′ of vertical height. Rugged cast iron construction; 10′ cord length. Tethered float switch to automatically turn the pump on/off. 2-inch NPT discharge will handle up to 2-inch solids and features a non-clogging vortex impeller. Superior Pumps are Built to Last, engineered with quality components, and 100% factory-tested.

Sale
Superior Pump 93501 1/2-Horsepower Cast Iron Sewage Pump
  • 1/2 HP Sewage pump moves up to 4,800 gallons per hour; pump will lift water up to 25' of vertical height
  • Rugged cast iron construction; 10' cord length
  • Tethered float switch to automatically turn the pump on/off.
  • 2 inch NPT discharge, will handle up to 2 inch solids and features a non-clogging vortex impeller

Pros

  • The low price concerned me, but the reviews were good, and I took a chance and had no regrets.
  • The pump worked wonderfully. We used it to pump out a retaining wall.

Cons

  • Nowhere in the installation instructions does it mention drilling an air hole. 

Basement Ejector Pump Maintenance

Thank you for reading!

John
 

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