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I have a bathroom in my basement that runs into a sump pit and a sewage ejection pump pumps the waste into the sewers. I recently noticed that the pump wasn't coming on. To make a long story short, I searched the web and found that the problem might be a bad switch. I found another site which describes the same problems I'm having. You can view it here http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Plumbing/Plumbing-Repair/fixing-a-sewage-ejection-pump/View-All.

I'm about to try to fix the problem myself but I need a little help getting the cover off of my sump pit and the pipes removed. My main concern is that the threads of the pipes seem to be coated with some sort of substance which I assume is for creating a tight seal. I would imagine that this substance will make it difficult to remove the pipe.

I've attached pictures of the setup to give a clearer picture of what I'm dealing with. I've never done any type of plumbing before so I don't want to screw this up.
 

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First things first----have to tested the pump to see if it works? Do this by unplugging the two cords ---separate them and then plug in the separate plug---

Only the bottom fitting(check valve) has threads---all other are glued (solvent weld) and need to be cut---and reattached using a glued in coupling or a rubber Fernco fitting.

Test the pump and get back to us.
 

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First things first----have to tested the pump to see if it works? Do this by unplugging the two cords ---separate them and then plug in the separate plug---

Only the bottom fitting(check valve) has threads---all other are glued (solvent weld) and need to be cut---and reattached using a glued in coupling or a rubber Fernco fitting.

Test the pump and get back to us.
Thanks for responding to my post.

Initially the pump only worked when I plugged it directly into the socket, bypassing the piggyback blug. However, the pump started working when I plug it into the piggyback plug (I kept messing when it by plugging it in and out and filling the sump pit with water). The problem now is that the pump does not turn off at all when plugged into the piggyback plug. I have to unplug it for it to turn off (obviously). So initially the problem was the pump would not come on. Now the problem is that the pump won't turn off.
 

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You need to get into the tank and check your floats- so disconnect power, close the PVC ball valve and unscrew the union nut on the bottom of the check valve. Now, on the vent pipe, you will need to cut it because it has no union. I would cut the vent pipe between the 2- 90's Now unbolt the lid and lift the pump and lid out as a unit and set it on a plastic tarp. If you're lucky, the vent pipe may be removable at the flange. If so you could rotate the lid to access the pump
 
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