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Answering Your Questions About Commercial Ejector Pumps


We offer a full range of commercial plumbing services to our clients across Chicagoland. One of these services is installing, repairing, replacing, and maintaining ejector pumps. An ejector pump in Chicago, IL can play a critical role in allowing many types of facilities to operate within local codes. 

We often get questions regarding ejector pumps. In this post, we’ll provide the answers you need to know as a business owner. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions or wish to schedule service for an ejector pump.

What does a commercial ejector pump do?

It’s a pump that’s used to move wastewater in the plumbing system from a building against gravity. If the lower levels of a commercial building are below the municipal sewer line, the pump is responsible for pushing the waste up to the sewer line’s level. To do this, an ejector pump uses both water and air pressure. This is a cost-effective way to remove the waste and keep a building up to local health and safety codes. 

Do commercial ejector pumps require maintenance?

Yes they do, as does any part of the sewage removal system of a commercial property. How often an individual pump requires maintenance depends on its type and how much work it does. Commercial plumbing professionals can find out the right schedule for maintenance. During maintenance, our technicians will carefully inspect the pump, clean the pump and the discharge line, and test the pump’s controls.

Can a commercial ejector pump handle solid waste?

As long as the pump is properly sized and matched to the needs of its facility, it can handle solid waste. Make sure when you have an ejector pump installed or replaced that you only rely on experienced professionals who will take the time to ensure you have the right size and type of ejector pump.

How long can I expect my ejector pump to last?

There’s no single answer to this, as it depends on the frequency of maintenance and how often the pump must operate. As an estimate, most pumps will last from 7 to 10 years, but it’s possible for well-cared for pumps to go for years longer.

If my commercial ejector pump breaks, can it be repaired or must it be replaced?

If the pump is extremely old, it’s usually best to replace it in case of a malfunction. For younger pumps, our commercial plumbing pros can usually do a cost-effective repair and keep the pump going for several more years. However, there are exceptions in case of catastrophic damage.

Can a commercial ejector pump handle multiple floors?

Yes, but it must be sized specifically for that job. Your installer will make sure to ask you important questions about how the pump needs to function.

Do commercial ejector pumps have safety concerns?

Any powerful commercial device can create safety issues, especially if it was poorly installed and hasn’t received regular maintenance. Our technicians will ensure your ejector pump is properly grounded and kept in the best shape so it will not leak hazardous materials. These are important steps in making sure a pump is up to code.

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