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austinbirdman 03-18-2007 10:20 AM

Sewer Pump: How to make do?
We are doing a kitchen addition and facing the need to use a sewer pump to get the drain from the new kitchen to the city main. There truly is no way around itówe've learned this pretty definitively now that the plumber has dug to the existing sewer line from our house, and we can see there's not enough drop. (The addition is in the back.) The only non-pump option would be to tap a new sewer line into the city main in the street, but this costs a minimum of $3000 and as much as $8000 according to the city, and we don't want to get into that range.

Does anyone have experience living with sewer pumps or advice on how to make do with one?

The pump could drain only the kitchen (sink, d/w, etc) or, optionally, the kitchen and a second floor bathroom. There's an option to get the second floor bathroom down into one of the existing bathroom plumbing runs.

How can we live best with a sewer pump?

Should we avoid at all costs running the 2nd floor bathroom on the pump, and only do the kitchen, or will it not be much of an issue (the pump being inevitable either way)?

Appreciate any advice.

Darylh 03-18-2007 10:34 AM

they use these up here all the time and have not herd of any bad issues. They seem to run around 400 but this is a pump for the whole house. The last one I seen had a small holding tank so when the waiste runs into this the pump activates and pumps it away to the main.

DannyT 05-04-2011 09:35 PM

we used to put pumps in all the time for laundry in basements. the pump would sit under the laundry tub and the washer emptied into the tub. the ones we used connected right to the drain on the laundry tub. I assume you are on a slab since you say you cant connect into the existing?

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