What is the Difference Between a Sump Pump and an Ejector Pump

We service thousands of homes throughout Toronto every year, and the majority of the time homeowners don't know what kind of water pump they have installed in their basement.


So here is a breakdown between a sump pump and an ejector pump.


Despite looking very similar and completing the same task, a sump pump and an ejector pump perform the same action very differently. Sump pumps have been used in homes for a long time, while the ejector pump leaves customers with questions.


What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a water pump located in the basement. It is small, submersible, and sits in a sump basin, which is set into the ground. The sump basin is connected to a drain tile system, which collects and transports groundwater.


Groundwater is often collected into the basin and helps to keep your basement dry. If the pump malfunctions or there is a sudden large rush of water, the basement will flood. However it is important to know, there are battery-operated back-up systems often available and used in conjunction to ensure dry conditions.

The sump basin holds the accumulating water until it rises to a certain height; high enough to activate the float switch on the sump pump. It will then pump the water out of the home through strategic piping. Intruding water can be pushed into storm sewers, dry wells, or other dispersal devices. Water redirection locations will be discussed during a site visit.



What is an Ejector Pump?

Due to the similar look and purpose of a sump pump and ejector pump; people often confuse the two and wonder why an ejector pump is needed. Like a sump pump, the ejector pump is installed into a basin; which is set into the ground. That being said, a key difference between the two is that an ejector pump does not utilize the drain tile systems to collect groundwater. Instead, the ejector pump collects water from your floor drains. These are the same drains that collect excess water from washing machines, sinks, or even wastewater from a bathroom (depending on the home and the quality of its systems).


Since an ejector pump is used to handle sewage water, it has a sealed lid on the basin, and a vent pipe to discharge gases. If the ejector pump does not come into contact with wastewater, it will look the same (minus the vent).


An ejector pump is connected to a sanitary sewage line through a discharge pipe, very much like a home’s plumbing systems. If an ejector pump malfunctions, it will flood, but not nearly as heavily as if a sump pump fails. That being said because an ejector pump is tainted sewage water, it can create a health hazard if exposed and improperly cleaned up.


If you would like to locate your home's ejector pump, turn on the tap or flush your lower-level toilets. This should activate the pump creating a "running" noise


jector pumps are often installed by plumbers, while sump pumps are installed by basement waterproofing professionals. Hiring the right waterproofing professionals is very important as they are the ones that are knowledgeable in basement water removal and offer long-lasting pumps that will keep your basement dry.


Remember, the placement and location of a sump pump is a very important part of the interior waterproofing process. If placed at the wrong spot or height, it can reduce or defeat the functionality of your system.


If you live in Toronto or the surrounding GTA and are interested in a sump pump for your basement, feel free to contact us here. We offer a free in-home inspection and estimate for all sump pump installations and repairs.


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