In most homes, sewage pipes are laid out such that the sewage travels downhill, through sewer pipes and into the public sewer. This happens automatically, thanks to the work of gravity. There are cases, however, in which you may need an extra appliance called a sewer ejection pump to propel the sewage down the sewer line and into the public system. Here are some reasons why you may need to include a sewage ejection pump in your building plans for a new home.
Your home is downhill from the street.
There's a reason why builders often build up the soil before putting a home in a sloped area. If your home is downhill from the street, sewage won't drain towards the street-level -- it will run backwards! In this case, you need a sewage ejection pump to counteract gravity and push the sewage out towards the street. You may also need an ejection pump if your land is perfectly level, and for some reason, your builders are not able to create more of a slope between your home and the street.
You have a bathroom in the basement.
Having a bathroom in the basement is definitely convenient. It can be a great place to clean up after you come in all muddy -- you won't mess up your main-floor or master bathroom. The problem with bathrooms in the basement level, however, is that they result in sewer pipes placed further beneath the home. Placing a bathroom in the basement may negate any slope that there could have been in your sewer line, making an ejection pump necessary.
Your local building codes may require it.
In some places, building codes do require sewage ejection pumps, regardless of the slope of the land around the home. This tends to be true in planned communities, such as those governed by an HOA. It may seem silly to include a pump if the land is properly sloped between the street, but here's the spirit behind such regulations: they want to prevent dangerous situations. Ejection pumps greatly reduce the risk of a sewage leak if something clogs your sewer line or causes it to collapse. Since sewage leaks can expose you to dangerous bacteria, preventing them with an ejection pump is a smart choice for public health.
To learn more about sewage ejection pipes and the various models available, talk to a sewage company like Autry's Backhoe & Septic Service today.
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