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: Sanitary Pump Venting

Sanitary Pump Venting

We found this under a sink last recently. This is a basement kitchen that is below the sewer for the home and they have installed a sanitary pump to push the waste water up to the sewer line. It STUNK, literally! 

It was allowing sewer gases to escape under the kitchen cabinet. These tanks must be vented to work properly. As water enters the pump basin, there must be a way for air to be displaced. A proper installation would have had this vent pipe go up the wall and exiting through the roof. They had a Studor valve sitting next to the pump. These devices are one-way valves that allow air in but do not allow for sewer gas to escape. In this example, it is not good idea, since as the basin fills with waste water, the air must escape, and as the pump empties it, air must enter the basin.

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hmm. I guess the installer had an emergency and left without finishing the job?? I like your insight. Keep up the great blog! Best regards,
Jeremy Butts ~

Posted by Jeremy Butts, Investor (Real Estate Entrepreneur) almost 9 years ago

Eww is about the best word that I can think of for that situation.

Posted by Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate (Fathom Realty) almost 9 years ago

The fact that there are two traps on the sink is a clear sign this whole set-up was installed by a 'Non-professional'.


But hey, when the 'Big-box' says "you can do it, we can help" they didn't say you can do it right!

Posted by Darren Miller (About The House) almost 9 years ago

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