Sewage Pump stops with a THUD

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by jdoll42, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. jdoll42

    jdoll42 Computer Systems Engineer

    Apr 4, 2007
    Computer Systems Engineer
    In Illinois near St. Louis, MO
    My sewer line leaves the house well above the basement floor. To compensate for this, there is a small pump in a sealed chamber that takes any water from the floor drain and pumps it up to the main sewer line. I recently had a flow-through humidifier installed. This causes the sewer pump to run several times a day. Everything is great, until the pump kicks off with a really loud THUD.

    Coming out of the sealed sump, there is a check valve immediately followed by a ball valve. Then there is about 6' of vertical pipe before it turns and flows into the main waste line. All of the pipe from the sump to the main waste line is 2" PVC. I'm pretty sure the pounding has to do with the check valve slamming shut. I'm really concerned about damaging the pipes. Does anybody have any suggestions? The slamming is driving my wife nuts...and you know if your wife isn't happy, nobody's happy!

  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
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  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    That A.Y. McDonald valve is your answer!

    Good call cacher chick!
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