Naperville Plumbing

Plumbing in Naperville IL

Sump Pump Information

What is the difference between a sump pump and ejector pump?

An ejector pump is used for sewage, and it has a grinder which grinds up solids before pumping sewage into the sewer line. A sump pump is for gray water. Gray water is used water from your laundry, sinks, dishwasher and tub/shower.

Why do sump pumps bang when they start running?

To some people  it is a comforting sound…”when the rain starts in the middle of the night – you know your pump has kicked on by the familiar bang”. Others are irritated by the bang and luckily there is a solution to this issue now. A new check valve has been developed so there is no bang (which is actually cased by the large burst of water hitting the valve). The valve is in place so that the water being pumped out does not flow back into the sump pit. Ask your plumber to install one for you if this sound is a problem.

What is the difference between Sanitary Sewer and Storm Drains?

Sanitary Sewer carries sewage and possibly industrial waste water to the local water treatment plant. They are operated separately from storm drains which carry the runoff of rain and water that wash into city streets. Storm Drains usually dump into local streams and rivers. This is why it is important not to put pesticides, car oil, or other poisons into the sewers in the street –they end up where your kids go fishing! In older cities sewers carrying both sewage and storm water are one in the same. They are called combined sewers and all this water must go to the water treatment plant.