How to Replace the Pump of Your Sewage Ejector

What You'll Need
Teflon tape
Channel lock pliers
Pipe wrench
Adjustable or socket wrench

Your sewage ejector is a very important device as it keeps all of the unwanted, dirty water where it belongs. Every so often, you will need to replace the pump of the sewage ejector. This is not too difficult a task and can be done in just a few short, simple steps.

Step 1 - Unplug

Before you begin, you will need to make sure that everything is completely unplugged. This includes the cords on the electrical outlet, the pump motor and the switch. This is a very important step for safety measures.

Step 2 - Loosen Clamps

Using your socket or adjustable wrench, you will need to go after the clamps that are on the check valve that are attached to the discharge pipe. Once you have done this, you will need to check the valve by hand.

Step 3 - Ejector Pit

You will need to loosen the bolts with your wrench of the ejector pit lid.

Step 4 - Vent Pipe

The vent pipe will need to be disconnected. You do not need your wrench for this. You will usually be able to pull it by hand. If it seems stuck, then you will need to try to twist it. Once you have done this, you will need to get hold onto the discharge pipe and take the old pump out of your ejector pit. You will need to unscrew it from your old pump.

Step 5 - Teflon Tape

Get your Teflon tape and wrap it around the threads of the screw. This is for the discharge pipe to have a stronger seal. After you have done this, you will be able to screw in the discharge pipe into the brand new pump. Then you will need to pick up the new pump. Do this by grabbing the discharge pipe and then put it into your ejector pit.

Step 6 - Alignment

Now it is time to make sure that everything is going to be aligned. The discharge pipe and main pipe need to be aligned so that they can be properly attached to the same fittings that they were previously connected to. Once they are completely aligned, you will be able to reconnect your vent pipe.

Step 7 - Ejector Pit

Your next step involves covering the ejector pit, but not entirely. You will need it uncovered a little so that you will be able to still reach in and get the cords. Pull the cords through the slot after you have lifted the lid from the pump in the pit. At this time, you will need to tighten the lid bolts with your wrench.

Step 8 - Reconnection

Now it’s time to align the clamp after you have reconnected the check valve. You will then need to get the clamps tightened, be sure that you are holding your check valve as you do this. After this is done, plug in your cords back in.