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ri7425ck 03-29-2008 12:00 PM

Sump Pump for bathroom
My sump pump stopped working last week, I discovered that the float switch stopped working and I will replace it. While taking it apart I found several things that disturb me. The sump is metal lined with an iron cover (rusted all to hell, the cover). It is 30" deep with a diameter of 18". The cover has 4 bolts that were doing nothing other then resting in the holes. On opening the cover, I found that the sealant around the cover to be broken and would account for the occasional sewer smell. Neither the vent pipe nor the sewage pipe (both PVC) were sealed where they exited the cover. It seems obvious to me that the last person who worked on this sump did a lousy job. What I need to know is the proper way to seal this sump when I close it up. Thank you for any info!

plumber Jim 03-29-2008 08:05 PM

Sounds like you are talking about a Sewage Ejector pump. How old is it? If the pump body is that bad just put in a new pump. I would suggest a zoeller. as for the lid I think Home Depot or lowes may sell new lids. they should come with bolts and a gasket.

ri7425ck 03-30-2008 11:31 AM

Thanks For the replys
I googled NextPump and found nothing.
I will try Lowes and HD for a cover. The pump that is in there now is a FE Myers mod. MW50-1 and according to the label was installed in Sept. 1999. I tried the pump by plugging it in momentarily and it worked. I examined the impeller (heavy plastic) and it looked fine, I saw no cracks or evidence of damage. Now I have no idea how long these pumps are supposed to last, but if the life expentancy isnt much longer I would rather change it now than have to go through taking this thing apart any time soon! One other thing after I pulled the pump out I found That it was covered in a layer of heavy black, what appeared to be grease. Is this normal? An attempt to prolong the life of the pump? Can you tell me what type of grease I should use replace it with. Thanks again for your advice!

plumber Jim 03-30-2008 11:42 AM

The black grease like stuff is just buildup, It wasn't there when it was installed. If the pump is 9 years old i would just replace it. then you won't have to mess with it again for many years. Just be sure its a sewage ejector pump with a 2 inch discharge.

ri7425ck 03-30-2008 11:52 AM

Thanks for that quick response!
I believe that I will take your advice, Thanks again

Double A 03-30-2008 12:49 PM

Yes this sounds like an ejector pump and sump setup. I would definitely look at replacing the entire rig with new. This will allow you to get a proper seal on the thing and not have offensive odors.


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