Pardon my ignorance...what is this?

Discussion in 'General Plumbing Help' started by Btseagle98, Sep 14, 2018.

Help Support Plumbing Forums by donating using the link above.
  1. Sep 14, 2018 #1

    Btseagle98

    Btseagle98

    Btseagle98

    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2018
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Just bought a new home. I came from a ranch on a slab and did not have this contraption.

    This is located in my basement utility room next to my hot water heater, and I have no idea what it is. Any thoughts?
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Sep 14, 2018 #2

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2017
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    ,
    Bathroom in the basement? If so, that's a sewage ejector.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2018 #3

    Btseagle98

    Btseagle98

    Btseagle98

    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2018
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Not in the basement bathroom, but in a small utility room right beside the bathroom.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2018 #4

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2017
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    ,
    Yeah, it's for the downstairs bathroom. It carries water from the pit up to the sewer line. It's a pump for your downstairs bathroom.
     
  5. Sep 14, 2018 #5

    Btseagle98

    Btseagle98

    Btseagle98

    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2018
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Thanks! Had no clue.
     
  6. Sep 14, 2018 #6

    PlumbGate

    PlumbGate

    PlumbGate

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2018
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Maryland
    It just looks to me like a regular sump pump next to a radon pipe. I have an exact setup like that in my utility room.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2018 #7

    chiraldude

    chiraldude

    chiraldude

    Hardcore DYI-er

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2013
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Assuming it is sewer ejection from the basement bathroom but it could just be a sump for the basement foundation drainage. Either way, you need to know about it and how it works because if the pump inside there fails, bad stuff will happen. If it is a sewage ejector, you need to be very careful about what goes into the basement toilet. Nothing but you know what an TP, no exceptions!
    Your inspector and/or seller agent should have explained this to you.
     
  8. Sep 15, 2018 #8

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2017
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    ,
    I'm not saying this to be rude to anyone. It has a vent line coming off, with no obvious signs of being a radon line. Most radon lines have a detector on them, directly on them. This is exactly what I said, a sewage ejector. Don't make it more complicated than it is.
     
    TomFOhio likes this.
  9. Sep 15, 2018 #9

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2017
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    ,
    If you see some sort of red looping thermometer deal on any part of that line, yes, that's radon. If not, ignore anything to do with radon and it's a sewage ejector.
     
  10. Sep 15, 2018 #10

    PlumbGate

    PlumbGate

    PlumbGate

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2018
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Maryland
    I've seen sewer ejector mechanisms and I really don't think that is it. I have never seen a sewer ejector mechanism that is not directly attached to the toilette. Here is my below near identical setup for both sump and radon.

    I have seen many RADON setups and never even once seen one with any sort of detector or any other sign that it is RADON other than some simple writing on the pipe.

    [​IMG]

    This pipe says "RADON".
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  11. Sep 15, 2018 #11

    fixitron

    fixitron

    fixitron

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Warren, VT
    That 2" pipe is too small to be for radon mitigation. It is more likely a vent pipe. A radon pipe should have a U-tube manometer to show that the fan is actually pulling a suction. It is NOT a radon detector.
     
  12. Sep 15, 2018 #12

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    justin_dewan90

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2017
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    ,
    There is a rubber plug on the top where the cord comes through. Pull it up, turn on a faucet in the bathroom and see if either the pump kicks on or you hear water coming in. If so, it's a sewage ejector.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2018 #13

    PlumbGate

    PlumbGate

    PlumbGate

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2018
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Maryland
    All a radon pipe is is a vent pipe. It vents gasses from below your house above it to the atmosphere. While you could have a fan it is not required. Mine does not have a fan.
     
  14. Sep 15, 2018 #14

    mike fiore

    mike fiore

    mike fiore

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2018
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    exeter rhode Island
    it is a sewage or sump pump. there is a check valve on outlet. that is to stop water that has been pumped out from coming back into pit.the bigger pipe is a vent to keep pump from vapor lock.
     
  15. Sep 16, 2018 #15

    TomFOhio

    TomFOhio

    TomFOhio

    Professional Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2018
    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    127
    Location:
    Mansfield,, Ohio
    Does your main drain from upstairs go out above the basement floor. It probably does. The bathroom in the basement
    will drain into the black pit and then get pumped out to the main drain. Just like Justin said.
     
    mike fiore likes this.

Share This Page