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 then churn it up. This means it becomes easier to dispose of it, and this is foundation on which all SANIFLO and WasteAway units for toilets are built.
When you flush a toilet that has a SANIFLO or WasteAway macerator unit attached, the waste is first transferred into that macerator unit. It is hit there by a cutting blade that moves as up to 3,600 rpm, to churn solid waste and other materials like toilet paper into a liquid effluent.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to what happens:
- First, the toilet is flushed and the waste is expelled from the bowl as normal, but it goes to the macerator unit instead of going directly to an outflow.
- When the waste rises to a certain level, sensors in the macerator unit are triggered, a micro-switch is activated, and the macerating process itself begins.
- Valves on the side inlets of the macerator unit are closed temporarily, while the blade inside works at up to 3,600 rpm to churn solids into liquid.
- When this process is complete, the valves are opened again, and the unit pumps away the liquid material that remains.
The same technology is utilised to tackle material waste in heavy-duty twin motor macerator pumps for commercial and industrial 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 without any problem.
Other materials that the more powerful units can handle but which domestic units can’t include sanitary items, cotton wool, baby wipes, and condoms – all of which could be flushed down the toilet of an en-suite bathroom in a hotel or B&B, for example.
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. A one-way valve in the unit prevents any chance of backflow of effluent, to prevent problems and to provide added peace of mind.
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 WasteAway Macerator Pumps include
Many of the problems that arise with Saniflo units 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.