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    My house is about 25 years old and the basement has a bathroom with a sewage ejector pump in the basement slab about 4 feet below the waste line going out into the septic tank. About a month ago while taking a shower in that bathroom, water started coming up where the toilet bowl meets the floor. There was a flood but nothing serious. Called a plumber but by the time he got there (several hours later) the pump started working again. He told us to make sure nothing but Scott tissue was used in that bathroom (or other "septic-safe" toilet paper) and we should have no problem. Well, we've been very careful but the problem has come back and the pump has stopped working (fortunately only a minor flood this time) Before I call a plumber are there some common-sense methods I should try to free up the pump? Will simply waiting a week or so maybe solve the problem?

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    Is the float stuck or something? Also, install an alarm float so you know you have a problem before you actually have a problem.

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    How do I determine if the float is stuck?

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    Does the system use the double plug type float switch where the pump plugs into the float switch plug then plugs into the recept?


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    I'm not sure. There's one wire sticking out of the top that plugs into an outlet. I don't see a double plug like the one pictured.

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    Then it does not...
    The only way is to open the cover and get all stanky dirty!

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    So how much will this job set me back? Is is possible the pump is just clogged or stuck?

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    It depends on where you are.
    Prices vary widely across this country.
    It also depends on whether or not the pump has failed.

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    My rule is, If I pull it, I replace it. Same goes for submersible water pumps.

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