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In cases where the installation of a WC is deemed impossible due to limited space or the site's proximity to the soil pipe, a Saniflo unit provides the ideal solution. Boasting a powerful pump, this unit can efficiently transport solid waste up to 150 feet horizontally or 15 feet vertically with minimal pressure loss. If a situation arises where installation of a new Saniflo bathroom seems impossible, it is advisable to research the potential of how and where to install it.

This will eliminate the need for costly and space-consuming alterations to existing plumbing systems. Consulting a professional would also provide more information to help you make informed decisions.

Saniflo appliances

When it comes to dealing with a clogged toilet can be an unpleasant task, especially when the WC has been installed some distance from the soil stack. However, modern Saniflo technology has made things easier. With its ability to crush and liquefy waste, Saniflo makes pumping waste through pipes much simpler, helping to prevent blockages. These macerators are particularly useful in basement extensions or when an additional bathroom/toilet has been installed some distance away from the main soil pipe.

Consequently, if you're fed up with clogged toilets, a Saniflo macerator might be the solution you're looking for.

Why do you install Saniflo?

The installation of a new Saniflo macerator offers an efficient and cost-effective solution to creating additional toilet facilities in your home. With the ability to function without gravity drainage and the need for major construction work, a Saniflo requires only a water inlet, a water outlet, and a fused spur outlet to be installed. The maceration system allows waste to be carried out in small-diameter pipework, resulting in a neat installation. This system is beneficial in arranging additional bathrooms and gaining privacy when hosting visitors. Installing a Saniflo macerator under the stairs on the ground floor can also greatly help people with disabilities.

Furthermore, adding extra toilet facilities is known to increase the value of your property. With the Saniflo, you have the freedom to create a bathroom in your loft, a toilet under the stairs, or transform your basement without worrying about the hassle and cost of a traditional plumbing system.

Common Saniflo problems

Not switching off causing a ghost flush.
Remembering this is important that a macerator is not invincible. While it can handle a lot, there are limits to what it can process. If you're experiencing the unpleasant issue of flushed debris returning, it's possible that a foreign object may block the waste output pipe and need to take repair action. This could prevent them from being properly pumped into the soil pipe. In order to maintain the work function of your macerator, it's best to be mindful of what you're flushing down the toilet. Stick to appropriate materials and dispose of anything else properly. If you have an issue with your macerator, don't hesitate to get professional help/ tips to diagnose and fix the issue.

If the micro switch malfunctions, you must manually clear the water tank and restart the pump. This happens because the switch is convinced the tank is full and continues flushing. It could also get to start randomly for the same reasons.

However, it's important to utilize the macerator properly in order to ensure its safety and longevity. To achieve this, it's crucial to understand what items should not be put into the macerator.
The list includes cotton buds, dental floss, sanitary products such as tampons and condoms, baby wipes, food debris, and excessive amounts of toilet paper. Disposing of these items in the macerator can lead to clogs and costly repairs. By following these guidelines, you'll be able to keep your macerator functioning properly for an extended period.

Any simple blockages can be removed manually, but first, isolate the unit from the socket.
Remove the lid of the Saniflo and use a pair of pliers (or similar) to remove any visible items lodged inside the return valve causing the blockage.

Another possibility is a broken return valve, which will need replacing.

System is running, but not pumping during winter.
If the Saniflo unit is running but not pumping out the waste, it's likely to be a frozen pipe. This is a common issue during colder months, akin to frozen pipes in household plumbing.

Once you have located where the frozen section is, take some hot towels or a hairdryer and warm the frozen pipe section. This should make it easier to flush out any remaining wastage.

When dealing with a blockage repair in your Saniflo unit, it's crucial to take the necessary steps to isolate the unit before beginning any work. While this may seem unpleasant, it's essential to ensure the blockage is resolved properly. Remove the top cover in the first step and clear out the excess water and waste, especially if it's starting to back up and overflow. By taking this initial action, you'll be able to determine the extent of the blockage and take appropriate measures to resolve the issue. Remember, tackling the problem early on is always better before it becomes a bigger and more costly repair.

Start randomly.
Your pump could keep starting on its own throughout the day and night for several reasons:

The micro switch keeps thinking the tank is full: therefore, you'll need to physically clear the debris between the switch and the tank floor before restarting the pump.

Waste may enter the switch and cause issues: this will happen if the rubber membrane is broken or damaged. In such a situation, a new rubber membrane is required.

Keep blocking and backing up in the shower.
In this case, a more severe blockage in the unit itself or the waste pipe. If the outlet pipes are not aligned properly, blockages will occasionally occur. If the waste pipe, on exiting the unit, has been installed incorrectly niggling blockages will arise. Misaligned pipework is often the culprit.

Excessive vibration.
If you hear an unusually loud vibrating noise when flushing, something is probably stuck in the macerator blade. Isolate the unit from the mains, remove the lid and shut off the Saniflo. Remove any obstructions with a pair of thin needle nose pliers if it's near the blades.

Another problem is a worn-out microswitch or rubber membrane that prevents the water from pumping. When it is finally activated, the vent allows the water to exit. If changing the rubber membrane is unsuccessful, the entire microswitch must be replaced.

The motor may possibly be reaching the end of its working life and no longer able to operate as forcefully as before. If this is the case, then replacing the entire saniflo macerator is recommended.

Tripping the electrics.
It is important to address any issues with your Saniflo system promptly and safely. If you experience frequent tripping during its operation, you must engage the services of a qualified electrician to diagnose the saniflo fault. Repairing the Saniflo yourself is not recommended, as it could result in further damage and safety hazards. Obtaining the assistance of a professional Saniflo service provider not only ensures the correct repair of the system but also gives you peace of mind that a fully qualified engineer is handling the task. Taking these precautions when dealing with your Saniflo system is the best way to guarantee optimal performance and safety for your home or office.

Expanding your property by adding a new extension is an ideal way to maximize your living space. However, the placement of essential utilities such as a WC can prove to be challenging. This is where the new macerator installation comes in as an effective and practical solution. With this technology, you can place your WC wherever you like without worrying
proximity to the soil pipe (within reason - refer to the manufacturer's handbook). This enables greater flexibility in your property's design and eliminates the need to access another part of your property when nature calls. Macerators are indeed a game-changer for any property expansion project.

At serviceteam Ltd London, our Saniflo engineers are experts in Saniflo repairs/services, replacements and installations. With decades of service experience, we are committed to delivering the highest quality service. Whether you need to get done a Saniflo repair, a replacement, or an installation, our team will work diligently towards servicing your needs.

Contact Serviceteam Ltd in London today and get support from our professional engineers for all your Saniflo macerator requirements.