How to eliminate problems with your sewage ejector system – Home Improvement Blogs

(BPT) – If you’ve experienced issues with your existing sewage ejector, you know how troublesome it can be. You can end up with bad smells and clogs that mean frequent calls to your plumber — as well as costly repairs.

Sewage ejector systems are crucial to help manage waste in many homes and smaller commercial buildings, but the frequent performance and repair issues they can experience often lead to high maintenance costs, messy repairs and frequent nasty clogs that can disrupt your daily life. On top of that, maintaining, repairing or replacing these systems can take considerable time and effort.

What causes sewage ejector pump issues?

One major factor can be its age. “Typically, pumps last between six to ten years,” said experienced plumber Dominick Rudd of Bush Plumbing, near Indianapolis, Indiana. “At that point, the age of the pump can simply cause it to stop working or make it perform poorly.”

Other factors can negatively affect these systems, Rudd explained, including pumps that are used far less often, such as in basement bathrooms. “Pumps that sit idle can rust or experience damage due to underuse or misuse.”

On the other hand, overuse can also create problems, especially when oversized or foreign objects are flushed down the toilet. Anything from paper towels, feminine products, so-called “flushable” wipes and excessive toilet paper, among other things, can cause the pump mechanism to fail. Homeowners are advised to educate all family members about what can and cannot be flushed down their toilets.

Some models may suffer from float mechanism failures because they have satellite floats with a small metal ball that needs to make contact with two points to allow power to flow through. The unreliable performance of these types of systems can lead to potential hazards such as backed-up sewage and unpleasant odors — compromising your family’s comfort and well-being.

An innovative solution to sewage ejector problems

If you’re looking for a mess-free replacement for your current sewage ejector system, the Sanipit 24GR from SFA Saniflo could be the answer. This pre-assembled heavy-duty retrofit insert easily fits 24-inch basins, providing a fast and easy replacement that is equally easy to service.

One key differentiator of the Sanipit 24GR is its ability to create a dry cavity within the pit. Unlike other pumping systems that sit directly in sewage, SFA Saniflo’s design keeps the components and motor separate, ensuring a hassle-free experience for plumbing installers and service technicians due to easy access to all major internal components, including the motor, grinder blade and pressure switches.

Even better, its powerful 1 HP motor is equipped with a clog-resistant, stainless steel grinder blade meant for residential and light-commercial applications and can pump up to 25 feet (maximum shut-off head: 33 feet). The Sanipit 24GR is rated IP68, with an external control panel and visual/audible alarm system, plus a fail-proof air pressure switch system with triple redundancy that minimizes the chances of a system shut-down before a plumber can arrive to repair it.

Plumbers appreciate the Sanipit 24GR retrofit pump kit’s ability to easily overcome challenges encountered with sewage ejectors. Rudd commends the product’s versatility and compatibility, and how it seamlessly fits into existing 24-inch basins from leading manufacturers such as Liberty Pumps, Zoeller and Myers — eliminating the need for extensive plumbing modifications.

“By keeping the current basin in place and adapting the retrofit cover, the installation process is simplified and time-efficient,” Rudd said. “I can simply drop the Sanipit in, bolt it down, and connect the necessary components from the top.”

Sanipit’s easy access points allow a plumber to inspect and maintain major internal components without difficulty, reducing downtime and increasing efficiency. Best of all, the durability of the Sanipit 24GR should require minimal maintenance over its long lifespan.

If you’re looking for peace of mind and reduced long-term hassles and costs, you may want to consider installing a Sanipit 24GR in your home.

You can watch this video to see how they are installed, and visit to learn more.


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