Designing Commercial Sewage Lift Stations Part 7: Elevator Pits

By Chris Edmondson

Sump pumps aren’t just for plumbing applications.  Did you know that most elevator pits also require sump pumps?  ASME 17.1 – 2007 states that any elevator that is provided with Firefighters’ Emergency Operation

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Commercial Sewage Lift Stations Part 4 - Pump Types and Control Requirements

 Pumps used in commercial sewage lift stations come in a variety of types (effluents, grinders, etc.)  To determine which type is right for your application you must answer two questions:

  1. What size solids will have to be pumped?
  2. What is the size of the discharge pipe?
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Designing Commercial Sewage Lift Stations Part 2: How to Design A Basin

By Chris Edmondson

 Section 712 of the International Plumbing Code (IPC), Section 712, places a burden on the shoulders of engineers.  You have to design the sewage pit or basin that collects the sewage and houses the pump(s).  To do that properly, you need to address the following questions:

 How big should the basin be? According to Section 712.3.2, “The sump pit shall be no less than 18

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“What Pressure Do I Pre-charge My Hydropneumatic Tank To?”

 In our last blog we talked about how to properly size a hydropneumatic tank – but the engineer’s work doesn’t end there.  He or she also needs to specify the appropriate pre-charge on the drawings.  Otherwise the tank will not be set properly at start-up and will not provide the intended energy savings.
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