Frequently Asked Questions for Macerators
A Uniflo macerator breaks down human waste and toilet paper directly from the toilet. A macerator uses stainless steel cutting blades to liquefy the waste and toilet paper in to a fine pulp. When you flush the toilet, the waste water is pumped via a small bore pipe ie: 22mm or 32mm into your existing sanitary Soil stack pipe and sewer. Installing a Macerator enables you to install a toilet or shower room virtually anywhere in the home. A shower, Basin or even a bath can also be connected to a Macerator pump. With the installation of a Macerator you can even install a toilet / bathroom in the basement. If you require any help give one of our Uniflo Engineers a call, they will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Tel: 01924 457223 or 01924 200915
The answer is, Not very much. A Uniflo Macerator will do the same job as a Saniflo Macerator. Depending on your installation ie: what are you wanting to connect to your Macerator, Uniflo Macerators cover most types of installations. If you have an existing Saniflo installed you can usually, quite easily replace it with one of our Uniflo ranges. Uniflo pride ourselves on quality and value for money. If you need any advice, just give us a call Tel: 01924 200915.
A Macerator is generally fitted directly to the back of the toilet spigot, before you purchase your toilet just ensure there is enough space at the rear of the toilet to accommodate the Macerator. Depending on the Macerator you choose sometimes the toilet will need to be slightly moved forward to allow the Macerator to be connected. Alternatively the HideAway Macerator can be installed to the side of the toilet and connected by a bent WC connector.
The pumps can be used for a bathroom / shower room in the basement or loft, or downstairs toilet etc. The discharge (outlet) pipe is installed in either 22mm or 32mm pipework depending on the installation and model of the Uniflo. Small bore pipe work makes it easier to install a system where conventional large bore soil pipe may be impossible. See also what is a macerator pump.
Yes. When installing a bath or a shower, a gravity flow towards the macerating unit is needed. It is best to install the Uniflo macerator first then install your shower / bath to ensure you have the correct fall and all the water is taken by the pump, this way you will not end up with water left in the bottom of the bathtub or shower tray.
Uniflo Macerator pumps should be situated on the floor behind the toilet. Alternatively the unit can be concealed behind a wall or in a cupboard upto a maximum of 660mm away from the toilet.
The waste can be pumped into a sewer system, septic tank or a holding tank.
A Macerator Pump macerates the toilet waste on entry via 2 stainless steel cutting blades, Macerators are a more popular choice if installing in a domestic dwelling, they are much quieter than a Grinder Pump. Grinder Pumps work in a similar way but operate using 2 flat grinding plates to macerate the waste from the base of the unit.
Yes. The best method is to install the vertically section first as near to the macerator as possible, then install the horizontal sections. Fitting guide lines are supplied with all are Uniflo macerators.
Yes. We have units designed for Washing machine waste, it is best to give our engineer a call for the type of unit you will need and further advice
Yes. Kitchen sink waste can be run into a macerator, be sure not to pure fatty grease down the sink as this can block pipes. It is best to give our engineer a call for the type of unit you will need and further advice.
We have Uniflo units that are designed just for this purpose, see our sales shop or call the engineer for the type of unit you will need and further advice.
No, but correct building, plumbing and electrical regulations must be followed, also follow the advise that is supplied with the pump.
New Uniflo macerators come with a 12 month warranty.
Ladies sanitary products or Tampons should never be disposed of down a toilet whether a Macerator is installed or not. Disposing of sanitary products or wet wipes will block your Macerator and could damage internal parts. If sanitary products are disposed of through the Macerator by accident always contact our support line for help and assistance.
Yes, when any foreign objects are found in the macerating unit. Also, by pouring solvents and harsh chemicals paints, etc., into the system, or by opening the motor or pump of the macerating unit or breaking lugs and seals.
When installed in areas that are prone to freezing, all parts need to be properly insulated, e.g. pipework fitted to the outside of a building or in a cellar.
Yes from time to time it is recommended you clean and descale the macerator. This is a very easy task and does not require you to dismantle the macerator. We recommend that you use Unicleanse fluid or Unicleanse crystals, these cleaners/descalers are bleach free and are available in many outlets or direct from our website. You simply pour the liquid down the toilet bowl/pan and leave to soak, full instructions come with all the cleaners. Please note: BLEACH products can damage rubber components on all macerators and pumps.
Spare parts / fittings can be purchased direct from ourselves via the telephone or website. We are always here to help if you need it.
Yes, it is possible to install a Macerator in a summer house or workshop at the bottom of your garden. In some circumstances a standard Macerator may be suitable, but if you are to Install the discharge on a up hill gradient back to the main house sewer you would be better looking at Installing a small pumping station. Call the office on 01924 457223 and ask to speak to a engineer, we can then discuss your requirements.
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