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Sewage Ejector Pumps vs. Above-Floor Plumbing

Dec 11, 2023

By wilgalvez

If you’re thinking of adding a toilet to a below-grade area of your home, you’ll have to install a plumbing system to go along with it. This system will effectively remove wastewater and sewage from your residence, creating a healthy internal environment.

You have a couple of options to choose from. Sewage ejector pumps are a popular choice for below-grade applications, pushing waste against gravity to the main sewer line at the street level. Above-floor plumbing systems are powerful alternative solutions to efficiently pump away liquid gray water and solids. Your choice will depend on your budget and plumbing needs.

How Do Ejector Pumps Work?

Sewage ejector pumps are simple devices that use a float and pump to operate. They require a tank, pump, piping, and a deep basin, so the installation is a considerable one.

These submersible devices kick on once enough wastewater from various fixtures collects in the basin. The water lifts the float switch to turn on the pump. Fluids pump through its pipes until they reach the main sewer line. The process ends when the float returns to its original resting position.

How Are Above-Floor Plumbing Systems Different?

Above-floor plumbing systems simplify the wastewater and solid disposal process. They work similarly to ejector pumps, maintaining the strength to move wastewater from toilets, showers, sinks, washers, and tubs vertically. However, above-floor plumbing systems eliminate any need for gravity drains. Plus, there’s no need to break the ground for an easy installation process.

Above-floor plumbing systems like our Qwik Jon® Upflush Systems are simple to install and use within a few hours. Water flushes into a macerator or grinder to ensure solids are small enough to pass through the piping. The wastewater then flows through a discharge tube to your pipes and out toward the main sewer line.

These devices require minimal space, whether installed as free-standing units or hidden behind a wall. Other benefits of an above-floor system include:

  • Lower upfront costs.
  • Easy access for maintenance.
  • The ability to add a fixture anywhere in your home.

Purchase Your Pumps From Zoeller Pump Company

When you need creative plumbing solutions, turn to Zoeller Pump Company. We are an industry-leading pump manufacturer with over 80 years of experience. We create sewage ejectors and above-floor plumbing systems, and we’re here to help you find the right one for your space and situation.

Use our online tools to find a distributor or locate a contractor near you.