everything you need to know about your home septic system

everything you need to know about your home septic system

Sewer Pumps: Do You Need One In Your Remodeled Basement?

by Suzanne Wilson

If you recently turned your basement into a small apartment, laundry room, or family break room, consider installing a sewer pump in the space. A sewer pump can prevent unforeseen sewer backups in your basement or home's plumbing pipes. Even small sewer backups can cause tremendous stress on your finances and plumbing system over time. Learn more about sewer pumps and why you should install one below.

What's a Sewer Pump?

Although a sewer pump looks like a sump pump, it doesn't serve the same purposes of a sump pump. A sump pump removes water from your basement's floor during certain times of the year, such as during hurricanes and heavy floods. However, a sewer pump only removes or pumps wastewater from the toilets, sinks, and other appliances you have inside your basement. The plumbing pipes attached to the appliances might not be set high enough in the ground to safely transport water to the main sewer line beneath your house.

If wastewater can't leave the basement properly, it can back up and potentially flood your space. Flooding wastewater can damage your remodeled basement beyond repair. Unless you dry out your basement right away, it can weaken your home's foundation, including the footings, basement walls, and beams. 

The best way to protect your basement and prevent issues with your appliances is to install a sewer pump in it.

How Do You Install a Sewer Pump?

Sewer pump installation isn't as difficult or painful as you might think. The first thing you might do is contact a sewer pump installation company such as Autry's Backhoe & Septic Service for help. A septic company can help you obtain any or all of the building permits you need to complete your sewer pump installation. 

After a company helps you obtain your permits, the contractors will construct or dig a small sump pit inside your basement's floor to hold the sewer pump. The contractors may also need to place your appliances' plumbing lines inside the pit during the installation. The entire process may take some time to complete. If you have questions about your installation or the time it takes to complete the project, speak to your service provider immediately. 

Once a septic company completes the work inside your basement, they may also place a special drainage system outside your home. The system can prevent rain and floodwater from entering your basement and overflowing your sewer pump during unexpected storms.

For more information about installing a sewer pump in your basement, consult a septic company today.


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