Toilet clogs - sewege ejector pump water level above the toilet drain

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by rgamett, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. rgamett

    rgamett New Member

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    One of our toilet clogs, unless the sewege ejector pump is running. The water level in the pump drum is above the toilet drain. We tried to set it lower, but the flapper in the drump got stuck repeatedly. The toilet is right by the sewege ejector pump. Would it help to install toilet with more powerful flush. Right now the toilet has one of those water saving tanks...does not flush a lot of water.
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    The problem is with the sewerage pump. The pump must come on before the water level is above the inlet to the tank. The float switch must be adjusted accordingly.

    John
  3. rgamett

    rgamett New Member

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    We got the water level adjusted lower, but the flabber was getting stuck with the toiletpaper,waste, ect, because of (then) the low water level in the sewege tank. The inlet to tank is pretty low. Is there anyway around this - would one of those toilets with more powerful flush help?
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I don't think any toilet will work properly until you resolve the sewage ejector tank problems. If the slope of the pipe to the tank is not correct, or if the tank is so full it cannot take the entire contents of the flush before it is, it will likely continue to have the same problems.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    What "flapper" in the tank is getting stuck? There should not be any flapper in the tank. NO TOILET will flush if the pipe under it is full of water.
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    The ejector pump system will likely have a check valve in it, but that is to prevent much of what you pump out from rushing back into the pit when the pump turns off. There normally isn't any obstruction on the way into the pit from the drainage sources. And, if that path is full, no toilet will work properly. The inlet to the pit should be near the top to allow it to fall into the pit and not interfere with the float and have a chance of the pit having enough room to accept the waste.
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