Why Do I Need a Sewage Ejector...


One of my neighbors recently had their house flood from sewer backup.

When you have city sewer backup, all the waste water from your neighbor’s homes backs up into your home. It’s a horrifying experience. You have to hire cleanup crews in hazmat suits, dumpsters full of carpet, furniture, drywall, everything was considered contaminated and had to be disposed of.

You don’t want this to happen to you.

That’s where ejector pumps come in. What are they, what do they do, and how can they prevent sewage backup?

A sewage ejector pump is crucial for getting rid of wastewater from below-ground areas, such as a basement which uses a water supply. Usually, the sewage line is on or above ground, and naturally water flows from high to low, resulting in the line being completely cut off from the basement.

A sewage ejector pump uses heavy duty power to pump up the wastage to the main sewage line, saving you tons on bathroom clogs and messes. Now, a pump isn’t entirely necessary. But if you have a basement bath or laundry room, you will surely want to install one. Not pumping out sewage water from your water closets can result in:

  • Solid and semi-solid wastes clogging the pipelines.
  • Flooding caused by overflowing or burst pipes.
  • Sewage water in sinks and taps.
  • Accumulation of sewage water can lead to the spread of diseases like the flu, food poisoning, and respiratory issues.
  • Sewer gas can create nausea, annoyance, and attract pests.
Why Do I Need a Sewage Ejector Pump?
Let’s talk about types of flooding and the costs involved.
  1. Clean Water – $500-$1,500 – This type of water is basically clear water from a source such as a water heater, a washing machine (clean water line) or even rainwater.
  2. Grey Water – $3,000- $5,000 – This type of water is usually from bathroom sinks, showers, or washing machine discharge lines. It does not contain feces. Grey water could pose a health risk to humans and animals due to some degree of contamination.
  3. Black Water – $10,000+ – Black water is a combination of urine, feces and flush water, full of dangerous bacteria that ordinary clean-up procedures can’t address the hazardous contaminants that may seep into porous structures of your home. The longer the water sits, the more dangerous the problem can be for you and your family.

If there’s one pump you need to test, it is your ejector/sewer backup pump.

With a Basement DefenderTM you can be alerted if something goes wrong, before a storm hits. Basement DefenderTM can test most AC pumps with mechanical float switches.

We have installed many Basement DefenderTM units for both ejector pumps and SBP (Sewer Backup Prevention Systems) systems.

Another thing about Basement DefenderTM– you can have multiple devices on one account, in different homes, or even different states. 

Roy Spencer - President of Basement Defender
Roy is a respected authority in the waterproofing industry, with over 40 years of experience under his belt. His company, Perma-Seal, has earned a reputation as Chicagoland’s premier waterproofing contractor, thanks to Roy’s unwavering commitment to quality, integrity, and customer satisfaction. His latest innovation, the Basement DefenderTM, is a testament to his dedication to providing homeowners with the best possible protection against basement flooding, representing a major leap forward in the industry’s efforts to prevent water damage and save homeowners from costly repairs.