Did you know in some parts of the country, they have never even heard of a sump pump? They have no idea what a sump pump is, what it does, and why it’s important to those of us up here in northern Illinois in places such as Huntley, McHenry, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry County, Lake County, Kane County, and Northern Cook County. If you asked some people what the difference between a sump pump and an ejector pump is, they would have no idea. That’s okay, unless the person who can’t answer your question is a plumbing contractor. As fully licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing contractors in the state of Illinois (state plumbing contractor license # 058-128943), we know the difference and understand how important it is to have both of these pumps working within your home and / or business.
Frankly, if you don’t have a basement in your home or business, you may not have a sump pump or ejector pump either. If you’re like a lot of the rest of the folks up here in northern Illinois and Chicago, you do have a basement. With a basement, you get some extra room to your home—perhaps as storage, a workshop, or furnished living space. The sump pumps and ejector pumps help you to protect your building by pushing water out from the below ground level of your house.
The sump pump is designed to recognize the water level encroaching upon your basement. As water begins to rise below the ground, it kicks on automatically, and starts pumping that water out of the basement and back into the surrounding area. These pieces of plumbing work year round, but they work hardest during rains and the spring thaw. When the water level begins to rise faster than the sump pump can push the water out, it will sound an alarm.
Most often sound an alarm if there is any sort of blockage or failure with the motor. A failed sump pump can lead to flooding within the basement, which will weaken the foundation and damage whatever is on that level.
The ejector pump works on the same basic principle as the sump pump, but it is different. The ejector pump is specifically designed to push waste water into sewer lines from the basement level. It pushes the water up through the plumbing to a point where gravity can take over and the waste water can join the rest of the waste water from your home. If the ejector pump in your home or business fails, you’re going to see drains in the basement backing up including utility and wash tubs, washing machines, toilets, and sinks. That’s definitely something no one wants to deal with.
Whether you are a residential, commercial, or industrial customer, we here at Crystal Lake Plumber will deal with it for you. Whether you need a new sump pump or ejector pump, repairs, troubleshoot, or replacement, we are there to help. We offer emergency services, appointments, and advice, so contact us for your plumbing needs today.