If you're building a new house or remodeling an old one, you're probably focusing on what's on the surface: the walls, windows, floors, and roof. However, what's underground is vital to your home. The pipes are what keep your house livable, particularly the ones that carry waste away from it. Though this is often taken care of by the city, there are four situations when you might need a new sewage pump:
- Living on a Hill. If you live on a downward slope, you probably need a sewage pump to transport your waste uphill. Most pipes use gravity to control the flow of waste, but you can't fight gravity without extra help. Some houses located at the bottom of a hill don't require pumps because their pipes are located on a slightly lower elevation to the house. This isn't possible if you live in a smaller plot of land or near a lake, however, where the pipes are probably located further uphill.
- Basement Bathrooms. Many people remodel their basements to be an extra living area, complete with a bathroom. This type of renovation requires extra plumbing care. You probably already know you'll need a sump pump in case of flooding. A sewage pump is also necessary to get your toilet waste up toward the pipes that are level with the foundation of the house. Adding a sewage pump might not be necessary if there was already plumbing in the basement. Just remember that solid waste is different from water of washing machine or sink, so you may need a different pump that can handle the right sewage.
- Off-Grid Living. More people are choosing to live "off the grid," meaning that they don't rely on city power or sewers. If you're one of these people, you'll need a septic tank, of course. But to get your waste from your house to your septic tank, you'll need a pump. Otherwise, you'll be facing a nauseating mess and backed up toilets. A good sewage pump for your septic tank will turn your waste into a "flurry" to better fill the tank without backups.
- Backed Up Pipes. Often, a backed up pipe is just the sign of a clog. Sometimes, though, it can indicate that your sewage pump is not working. This means you'll need to repair or replace your pump. If you know where your pump is located, you can check it to see if it has power. It will usually make a humming sound if it is powered up. Otherwise, you should call a plumber like Fyle's Honey Wagon to investigate.