Originally Posted By: rmeyers
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Fairly common in this area. Hopefully you were just hearing the water flow and not seeing it! The ejector system should be a sealed pit, properly vented through the plumbing system it pumps into. If the system was not sealed then there are sanitary issues that need to be addressed.
Usually test the system by running enough water through the system to get the pump to kick on (usually a couple of flushes in addition to running faucets will suffice). And checking the piping and valves.
Recently had a unit without proper seals around the pipe penetrations. In the event of a pump failure, common with these systems, the raw sewage would be flooding the basement or lower level (even quicker than overflowing the fixtures).
I generally suggest back up pumps and alarms for these systems in order to catch mal-functions quickly. They are not typically "fun" things to work on. You might want to educate the end user that certain "marginal items" that might pass through the regular gravity plumbing system can play havoc with ejector pumps and float controls (use your imagination or ask your local plumber). ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif)
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