A basement bathroom may be in your future plans to make life easier for your growing family. If so, you'll want to talk to a plumber about what's necessary for a bathroom that's below the main plumbing lines. The bathrooms in your upper floors drain by gravity, but since a bathroom in the basement is lower than the main sewer drain, the waste has to be pumped out with a sewage ejector pump. Here are a few things to know.
Chose The Right Pump
Your plumber may help choose the right pump for your household. Pumps come in different sizes, and you need a pump that can handle the amount of use the bathroom will receive. Sewage ejector pumps work with electricity, so backup power is also worth considering for times when the power goes out. You might also want a pump with an alarm, so you'll be notified of a pump malfunction. It should also be noted that the ejector pump is different than the sump pump you might already have in your basement. If you have a sump pump, you'll need a separate ejector pump for your bathroom.
Some ejector pumps simply pump waste up the drain while others have a grinder that breaks down waste before it's pumped out. No matter what kind of ejector pump you have, it's placed in a basin that collects waste until the level gets to a certain height that the pump kicks on. Some pumps are operated manually, but an automatic pump is more convenient.
An Ejector Pump Needs Regular Maintenance
Your basement bathroom relies on the proper operation of the ejector pump, so the pump needs to be maintained properly. This requires regular service from a plumber. The plumber will lubricate the motor, clean the pump, remove clogs, and check the floats and other parts to make sure the pump is working properly and not in danger of failing. An ejector pump that isn't working and that doesn't sound an alarm to let you know can result in a plumbing emergency that you'd rather avoid.
In addition to maintenance from a plumber, you can maintain the pump by only disposing of toilet paper that decomposes quickly. Flushing thick paper, such as paper towels, causes the motor to strain and wear out quicker, which puts you at risk of a plumbing emergency.
A sewage ejector pump is sunk in your basement floor in a basin that collects waste, but the top of the basin has a lid that keeps down on odors. The pump system with its drains won't be out of sight, but you can place it in a closet or another out of the way place as long as a plumber can reach it for easy servicing. The ejector pump won't interfere with your basement finishing plans and instead, it makes it possible to include a bathroom and plumbing in your renovation.