Getting Started – Selecting the Right Sewage Pump
An important necessity for homes with basement toilets. Sewage pumps lift flushable waste from the sewage basin up and into the main sewer line.
A sewage pump is specially designed with an impeller that creates a spinning action in the water to keep solids up to 2” in diameter moving freely. Typical installation takes about 30 to 48 minutes and can be done with common household tools. To get started, you’ll need to select a new pump and gather a few essential materials.
Before You Shop…
Begin by looking at what you currently have.
1. What size is your current pump?
When replacing a sewage pump, look on the identification plate to determine the horsepower (HP).
2. What type of discharge pipe do you have?
Sewage lines are 2” or larger in diameter and made of either PVC, ABS, galvanized steel or copper pipe (as per your local code).
Choose a pump with the same HP as the model you currently have. If you want a pump that runs less often and lasts even longer, choose a model that offers more power. However, if choosing a larger pump, only move up to the net larger size to avoid having too much power for the job.
Determine the proper size pump by counting how many drains will be feeding your sewage basin.
1-3 Drains – ½ HP Sewage Pump
4 or more Drains – ¾ HP Sewage Pump
Tip: The farther the distance the waste must be lifted, the more powerful the pumps needs to be. Consult the “performance table” on each pump package to select the proper model for your installation.
To ensure peace of mind for years to come, consider choosing a sump pump made with the finest materials and backed by a strong warranty.