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A Property Manager’s Guide To Ejector Pump Maintenance

As a property manager, receiving a frantic call from a tenant is never a good thing because it often means there’s some sort of damage. A malfunctioning ejector pump could become a source of panic, especially if the device is leaking or toilets are backing up due to pump failure.

Property managers sometimes overlook ejector pumps, but they remain essential for preventing basement flooding and ensuring proper waste management. This guide will discuss ejector pump maintenance and let you know when to call in professional help to protect your properties from avoidable damage.

Understanding Ejector Pumps

What is an Ejector Pump?

An ejector pump is critical in many buildings, especially those with basements or underground spaces. Its primary function is to manage and move wastewater from lower levels of a property up to the main sewer line or septic tank.

Difference Between an Ejector Pump and a Sump Pump

While both ejector and sump pumps help prevent flooding, they serve different purposes.

An ejector pump deals specifically with wastewater, pushing it upward from basement bathrooms or laundry rooms to the central sewer system.

A sump pump removes groundwater that accumulates in a sump basin, typically found in a basement, to prevent flooding and water damage.

Impacts on Tenant Satisfaction and Property Value

Properly functioning ejector pumps are essential for maintaining a clean and safe environment for tenants. Any failure can result in unpleasant odors, unsanitary conditions, and even structural damage due to flooding.

Regular maintenance of these pumps keeps the property in good condition, boosts tenant satisfaction, and preserves the property’s value. Investing in ejector pump maintenance is, therefore, a proactive step toward ensuring the longevity and desirability of your property.

Routine Maintenance Tasks

Regular Inspection

Regularly inspecting your ejector pump is crucial for preventing issues before they become serious problems.

Start with a visual check for any signs of wear and tear, such as:

  • Cracks
  • Corrosion
  • Loose connections

Next, look for any leakage around the pump and discharge pipe and listen for unusual noises when the pump is running like:

  • Grinding
  • Whining

Cleaning

Keeping your ejector pump clean is essential for its efficient operation.

Begin by ensuring the pump is unplugged and safely disconnected from the power source. Use a mild detergent and a soft brush to clean the exterior and any accessible parts, being careful not to damage any components.

A recommended cleaning schedule is every three to six months, depending on the usage and the environment in which the pump operates.

Testing the Pump

Regularly testing your ejector pump ensures it is functioning correctly.

To test the pump, pour a bucket of water into the basin to trigger the float switch. The pump should activate and begin to remove the water.

Observe the pump during this process to ensure it operates smoothly and shuts off after expelling the water. You should perform this test every three months.

Regular testing helps catch potential issues early, ensuring your ejector pump remains reliable and efficient.

Common Issues and Troubleshooting

Identifying Problems

Recognizing the signs of a malfunctioning ejector pump early can save you from costly repairs and extensive damage. Common indicators of trouble include:

  • Foul odors
  • Frequent cycling
  • Unusual noises

Early detection is crucial. Addressing these signs promptly can prevent minor issues from escalating into significant failures, ensuring the pump remains functional and reliable.

Troubleshooting Tips

You can sometimes get your ejector pump going again by following a few tips. The actions you take depend on the issue at hand.

Clogs

  1. Turn off and unplug the pump
  2. Inspect the inlet and discharge pipes for obstructions
  3. Clear any blockages by using a plumbing snake or a similar tool
  4. Reassemble and test the pump by pouring water into the basin

Power Failures

  1. Check the power source and ensure the pump is plugged in securely
  2. Inspect the circuit breaker and reset it if tripped
  3. Examine the power cord for any signs of damage or wear

If the pump still doesn’t power on, it may require professional repair or replacement.

Float Switch Issues

  1. Ensure the float switch moves freely without obstruction
  2. Clean the float switch and remove any debris hindering movement
  3. Test the switch by manually lifting it to see if the pump activates

While you can address many minor issues with these DIY steps, certain situations warrant professional help. If you encounter persistent problems, electrical issues, or significant mechanical failures, it’s best to call a licensed plumber.

When to Hire a Professional

Certain issues with ejector pumps necessitate professional expertise. Some problems likely requiring an expert include:

  • Frequent clogs that don’t resolve with basic troubleshooting
  • Electrical issues
  • Mechanical failures
  • Failure to operate despite checking power sources and connections
  • Leaks

Choosing the Right Service Provider

Selecting a reliable service provider is crucial for effective maintenance and repairs. As you search, you’ll want to:

  • Look for licensed and insured plumbers or pump specialists with good reviews and a solid reputation
  • Ask for recommendations from fellow property managers and check online reviews
  • Ensure the provider has experience with ejector pumps

Professional Maintenance Options

Having a professional occasionally visit to check the ejector pumps in the units you manage can save significant hassle in the future. An experienced maintenance visit typically includes thoroughly inspecting the pump and its components.

The technician will:

  • Check for wear and tear
  • Test the float switch
  • Inspect the discharge lines for blockages
  • Clean the pump and basin
  • Perform more complex diagnostics and repairs that go beyond the basics

Regular professional maintenance can extend the life of your ejector pump and prevent unexpected failures while ensuring the pump operates efficiently and reliably for your tenants.

Getting the Help You Need

Property managers must maintain ejector pumps to ensure their buildings remain safe and functional. Regular inspections, cleaning, and testing can prevent many common issues, while prompt troubleshooting can address problems before they escalate.

Don’t wait for problems to escalate before getting the professional help you require. Call Antler Pumps at 212-534-2500 for all your ejector pump installation, repair, and maintenance needs.


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