In the last week or so, daisy_knotwise
and I have noticed a sound
when standing in the downstairs bath. Yesterday, life slowed down enough for us to go the basement and try to figure out what was wrong.
It turns out that the pump in the ejector pit has been running continuously. Now this does
beat the heck out of "not running at all", but it's just not a good thing, especially when you put your hand on the PVC pipe leading to the sewer and note that it's distinctly warm.
Gretchen called the plumber that we most recently used to clean out the pipes leading from the kitchen sink to the street. It turns out that it's $600 to replace the switch assembly on the pump which would then probably
continue to work for some unspecified time or $1000 to replace the whole pump.
I've voted to replace the whole pump. It's nearly eleven years old and I really
prefer to have it working. And I really
prefer not to be dealing with the ejector pit myself, given that I know
what's getting ejected.