View Full Version : Ejector Pump Float Adjustment

07-14-2005, 08:16 PM
I have added a shower, toilet and sink to my basement which all feeds into a 3" PVC drain pipe that I have routed into the pit that already had on drain pipe that was servicing the laundry tub and florr drain. I have replaced the pump with a sewage ejector pump and now find that the water level rises very high vefore the Flotec pump kicks in. But the real question I have is this....
Since the level comes up very high now where it did not before, the water is rising above the inlet pipes and draining out of the pit through the space around the polyethylene pit drain pipe entry holes. These holes were not cut any closer than a snug fit around the 3" Pvc pipe. I didn't think the water level would be rising that high. I know this is not good because the water could cause problems under the floor with erosion and whatnot. Is there a different pump I should use that would be adjustable? Or should I just find a way to seal the drain inlets where they enter the pit? Maybe some kind of epoxy or watrproofing sealer putty is what I would guess would work. Any ideas or suggestions?
Any help is appreciated.. Thanx

master plumber mark
07-14-2005, 08:30 PM
Was this a sewage pit that was used here???

It sounds like the pit is shallow if the pump wont kick in

quick enough.....

did they install some sort of sump pump pit and then
install a toilet to it???

theonly thing you can do is get a pump like a Zoeller that you can

adjust the lever on it so it comes on quickly...

or if you already got a pump with two wires
comming off the pump for both switch and pump,
just go out and buy an adjustable switch and set it on low

07-15-2005, 07:44 PM
Thanx for the reply Master Mark.
The pit is about 18"X30" deep and was before my starting this project, only used for the floor drain near the furnace, water heater and water softener and the laundry tub. All of these drained into the pit on one drain line. I have added a 3" PVC drain line that also drains into this pit for the bathroom I'm adding.
Hmmm... Your solutions are interesting. A Zoeller pump. Where is a good place to buy them? I used a Flotec $299 sewage pumpo from Home Depot, I wonder if they'll take it back still.

Yes, there are two cords coming off the unit; one is from the float switch and the other plugs into that one at the receptacle. So I can but and adjustable float for the pump pand just use that instead? I didn't know I could. Any brand recommendations for that? That sounds like the best idea to me. I guess the less p**p in the pit the better, so I definitely want the pump to keep the water level as low as possible, certainmly under the inlet pipes.
Thanx Again, Mark

master plumber mark
07-17-2005, 01:50 PM
they make verticle switches for sump pumps
that would work ok for what you got going on

they tie onto the pipe with a SS clamp

but a question for you

Is this a sealed system or does this pit
also pump out surface water from around the foundation???

If it pumps out foundation water too , you have
got a big problem...

at leaset in the mid west you are suppposed to have a
separate pit for sewage water going to the sewer
and a separate pit for
normal rainwater around the foundation being pumped out
into the yard..

what you have in therory will work, untill someday
you try to sell the house ....

If an inspector catches it
they can make you separate the two types of water
cause you arent supposed to put surface water into the sewer system

every time it rains , \ surface water usually
overwhelms the city sewers processing center..

that can turn into a big, big problem
if you are ever going to sell the house.

if you are set up that way, you are in trouble
and you will eventually have to do something about it