It’s a fair question when considering a SANIFLO unit to install a new toilet, bathroom, or utility room: how does SANIFLO work?
You’re wondering how exactly it makes possible what you were previously told was impossible. How can you add a toilet under the stairs or convert a box room into a laundry room without easy direct access to a main outflow pipe?
The answer lies in the combination of macerating and pumping technology used in SANIFLO units and other models, such as our exclusive range of WasteAway macerator units – delivering the same high quality but at a lower price.
To fully understand how SANIFLO and WasteAway units work, you need to look at the two steps involved.
How does SANIFLO work? Step 1 – Macerating Technology
To ‘macerate’ something means to soften it and churn it up. This makes it easier to dispose of, and this is the key principle on which all SANIFLO and WasteAway units for toilets are based.
When you flush a toilet with a SANIFLO or WasteAway macerator pump attached, the waste is first moved into the macerator unit. It is met there by a rotating cutting blade that moves at incredible speed, to pound solid waste and material like toilet paper into a liquid effluent. A detailed description follows:
- First, the WC is flushed and the waste exits the toilet bowl as normal, but is then directed to the macerator unit rather than directly to an outflow.
- Once the waste rises to a level to trigger the internal sensors in the macerator unit, a micro-switch is activated, to begin the macerating process itself.
- Valves on the side inlets of the macerator unit are closed temporarily, while the blade inside works at up to 3,600 rpm to reduce solids into liquid.
- When this process finishes, the valves are opened again, and the unit prepares to pump away the liquid material that remains.
The same macerating technology is utilised to tackle material waste in heavy-duty twin motor macerator pumps for industrial and commercial settings as well as domestic ones. Food waste from a dishwasher, or forgotten papers in the pockets of clothes in the washing machine (for example), are churned up too, ready to equally efficiently disposed of.
How does SANIFLO work? Step 2 – Pumping Technology
The pumping technology in your SANIFLO or WasteAway unit now takes care of the liquid to be disposed of. And all SANIFLO and WasteAway units pump a lot of power into a small package.
That pumping power can effortlessly expel the liquid waste through a one-inch pipe. It will achieve vertical pumping distances of five metres (15 feet) and horizontal distances of 50 metres (150 feet), or even more depending on exact model chosen. For added piece of mind, a one-way valve in the unit prevents any chance of backflow of effluent.
It means that no matter where your new unit is for toilet, shower, bath, washing machine, dishwasher, or other utility, the correct choice of SANIFLO or WasteAway unit will allow you to discharge the waste efficiently, powerfully, and in line with all environmental regulations.
Choose the correct unit
Now that we’ve answered your question ‘how does SANIFLO work?’, we wish to offer important advice: be sure to choose the correct unit for the task in hand.
We are proud to bring you a choice of two leading ranges: the famous SANIFLO range itself, and our exclusive WasteAway range, delivering the same high quality at a lower price.
Popular SANIFLO Macerator Pumps include
Popular WastteAway Macerator Pumps include
Many of the problems that others have experienced over time occur because the incorrect choice was made at time of installation. Be sure your plumbing professional advises you of the right choice for you, browse our full range, or for even more expert advice, just contact our sales team.
We hope you’ll soon be enjoying the benefits that SANIFLO brings.