Many people have their laundry appliances in the basements of their homes. However, a potential challenge for some homeowners using this schematic for their laundry is that their washing machine is below their main wastewater line. So how can you get rid of the gray water (wastewater) that is created when you do a load of wash? Install a laundry pump in your Reading home.
When Gravity Can’t Help
Plumbing utilizes gravity in many ways: water flows down from faucets, it flows down drains and flows down into your main sewer or septic line, which is usually a few feet below the surface of your yard. But gravity can also work against you, especially if your main waste line is above some of your plumbing, as it can be with a washing machine. When this happens, you need the help of a pump.
What a Laundry Pump Does
A laundry pump’s job is to push the gray water from your finished wash cycle up to the waste line so that it can be properly disposed of. The way a laundry pump works is that once a cycle is finished, the water is drained into a small holding tank. Most laundry pumps operate automatically using a float to detect the rising water. When the water level reaches a certain pre-set level, the level of the float triggers the pump to operate, and the gray water is pumped from the tank up to the waste line pipe. When the float drops back down to a certain level, the pump shuts off and a valve inside the pipe stops any backflow from occurring. For those pumps that aren’t automatic, you can manually activate the pump with a switch. It isn’t uncommon for items like buttons and coins to wash into the holding tank, so it’s important to check the tank periodically for these items so they can’t cause a clog.
Plumbing installations should always be handled by a professional.
If you are in need of a laundry pump for your Reading home, call the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating today and schedule an appointment.