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Sani Flo Technical Help

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Technical Specifications and Illustrated Guides

 

FAQs

Installation

Do you have to dig up the floor? 

What types of WC's are suitable? 

Can waste be discharged into a manhole? 

How should I run the inlet pipework?

What type of material should I use for the discharge pipework? 

What is the maximum distance between WC & Saniflo unit? 

What are the pipework sizes? 

Do I need any form of noise insulation?

Do I need planning permission? 

Can waste be discharged into surface water drains?

What is the difference between sanipro and saniplus?

Can any sanitaryware be used?

Do you provide an alarm with the machines?

How high will a Saniplus pump?

 

Use / Operation

Are the macerators suitable for tampons & sanitary items? 

How can I unblock my Saniflo?

Do the machines need to be descaled or cleaned?

Are the machines suitable for solvents?


Troubleshooting

Are there any smells from the machines?


Warranty / Delivery / Prices

What do I do if I have a faulty unit?

How long is the warranty period?

 

Level / low access

What is the difference between a Saniflo and a level access pump?

Is the Showermatic noisy?

Does the Showermatic rely on flow switches?

I want to install a low access shower on to an unbreachable concrete floor


Pre Installation

How easy are they to fit?

What is Saniflo?

Can I connect into a septic tank?

Are any products suitable for wall mounted w.c.s?

What is an "X2"?

What is Sanicompact?

 

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What types of WC's are suitablle?

 A Saniflo macerator can only be fitted with a WC which is BS EN 33 or 37 Horizontal outlet

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Can waste be discharged into a manhole?

A Saniflo is normally discharged into a soil and vent pipe or discharge stack. However, it is possible to connect directly into the sewer at invert level. The discharge pipe should discharge into the gulley in the direction of flow.

Entry can be through the wall of the manhole. which should be sealed to ensure a watertight joint. Pipes should be suitable for use under ground and protected against frost and also against subsidance from the effect of vehicles passing above. Full details are available on Saniflo BBA certificate 87/1889 detail sheet 9. (which can be viewed on the website).

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How should I run the inlet pipework?

The inlets accept waste water by gravity. They do not suck in water. All pipework into the units must have a positive gravity fall (1 in 33).

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What type of material should I use for the discharge pipework?  

All discharge pipework should be either copper or rigid solvent weld plastic. Flexible pipes (e.g. those normally using metal grab ring joints) can be used. However, this pipework is ony suitable if used without joints since these tend to narrow the bore of the pipe, and also it should be supported every 1/2 metre to avoid dipping in the piperun.

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What is the maximum distance between WC & Saniflo unit?

A Saniflo macerator is designed to fit on the back of a WC. However, it is possible to install the unit behind some panelling by utilising a short extension piece which should not exceed 150mm in length.

Longer extensions tend to cause an accumulation of waste at the entry to the Saniflo product.

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What are the pipework sizes?

Saniflo, Sanitop, Saniplus, Sanichasse,Sanishower, Sanislim, Sanipack, Sanipro & Sanibest will all discharge in 22mm

Sanivite, Sanispeed, Sanicom and Sanicompact must discharge in 32mm

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Do I need any form of noise insulation?

We recommend that the unit is placed on some carpetting, rubber matting, underlay or similar material to absorb vibration.

Where noise is a critical factor it is recommended in addition to the above, the unit is boxed in and the void filled with insulation material e.g .rockwool. However ensure that the unit easily accesible for possible maintenance.

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Do I need planning permission?

You do not need planning permission specifically to install a Saniflo unit. However, the installation of new toilet facilities has to comply with building regulations (eg drainage, ventilation and electrics) and so Building Control should be notified so that they can inspect the installation for compliance. For example under regualtion P, if new cabling is run this should either be installed by a qualified electrician or if not, it should be checked and certified by someone who is.

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Can waste be discharged into surface water drains?

A Saniflo macerator can NOT be discharged into surface water drains. It must discharge into a soil / discharge stack or sewer. Our waste water only pumps such as Sanishower, Sanivite etc can however discharge into surface water drain / open gulley in the same way as gravity discharging "grey water" currently does. Grey water can NOT discharge into a rain water gulley

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What is the difference between sanipro and saniplus?

Sanipro is designed for the addition of an ensuite shower room for example in a large bedroom where an area can be given over to ensuite facilities such as a WC, shower and hand wash basin. Saniplus is designed for the addition of a complete bathroom with a WC, bath bidet, hand wash basin.

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Can any sanitaryware be used?

For our range of macerators you must use sanitaryware manufactured to BS EN 33 or 37 (horizontal outlet spigot)

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Do you provide an alarm with the machines?

Sanialarm is available as an accesory. Sanialarm is a small battery powered unit which can be fitted to the lid of most of the Saniflo range. In the event that the unit malfunctions and the water level therefore rises too high, the alarm will trigger and emit a high pitched sound.

This is particularly useful where a Saniflo is installed behind panelling or such like.

Dimensions 83mm length, 33mm height, depth 61mm

*Sanialarm is NOT suitable for use with Sanicom, Sanicondens, Sanicompact & Sanicubic

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How high will a Saniplus pump?

5 metres vertically

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Use / Operation

Are the macerators suitable for tampons & sanitary items?

Items of this nature should not be disposed of through the domestic Saniflo macerator range as they are likely to cause a blockage. Our professional units Sanibest & Sanicubic are suitable for this type of product

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How can I unblock my Saniflo?

We do not recommend the use of drain unblocking products (eg containing acids etc) these will tend to damage the rubber / plastic components within the unit. We recommend that you call out an approved Saniflo service engineer. Please refer to the engineer listing on our website.

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Do the machines need to be descaled or cleaned?

Saniflo Ltd manufacture an own branded descaler, please contact us for details.

For general cleaning purposes normal wc cleansers are also ok to use with a Saniflo product

In general, normal regular cleaning may be done using any non-foaming cleaners.
High foaming brands should be avoided as the agitation could cause temporary difficulties in the pumping operation.

Both for descaling and general cleaning the following procedure is useful

1) Remove fuse or switch off power to unit
Pour a strong dose of descalent, bleach or disinfectant (say a 1/3 or ¼ bottle) into the WC pan.

2) Flush the WC.

3) Leave to stand for 1 to 2 hours.

4) Switch power back on, allowing unit to pump out and flush WC.

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Are the machines suitable for solvents?

You must not dispose of solvents such as white spirit, turpentine or other paint brish cleaners, via a Saniflo unit.

Such chemicals will damage the rubber / neoprene components in the machine and invalidate the warranty.

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Troubleshooting

Are there any smells from the machines ?

Correctly used and installed Saniflo units should not emit any smells. The latest models also have a carbon filter incorporated into the air inlet valve.

We also recommend a regular cleaning routine to keep your Saniflo in optimum condition.
Follow the procedure below:

Saniflo Ltd manufacture an own branded descaler, please ask your local Saniflo supplier for details.

For general cleaning purposes normal wc cleansers are also ok to use with a Saniflo product

In general, normal regular cleaning may be done using any non-foaming cleaners.
High foaming brands should be avoided as the agitation could cause temporary difficulties in the pumping operation.

Both for descaling and general cleaning the following procedure is useful

1) Remove fuse or switch off power to unit
Pour a strong dose of descalent, bleach or disinfectant (say a 1/3 or ¼ bottle) into the WC pan.

2) Flush the WC.

3) Leave to stand for 1 to 2 hours.

4) Switch power back on, allowing unit to pump out and flush WC.

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Warranty / Delivery / Prices

What do I do if I have a faulty unit?

Please contact your local Saniflo engineer by referring to our service engineer list on this website. Our service engineers will call to site to rectify problems.

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How long is the warranty period ?

All Saniflo products have a 2 year guarantee subject to correct use and correct installation

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Level / low access

What is the difference between a Saniflo and a level access pump?

All normal Saniflo products rely on gravity in order to function. If you were to use one of these products in a low / level access installation then it would need to be sited below the level of the shower waste, which would be extremely impractical.

The Saniflo Showermatic pump actually sucks the waste water from the shower waste and therefore can be installed above the height of the waste itself meaning it is easily accessible and far easier to install. A guide to installation can be found here.

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Is the Showermatic noisy?

Noise is an issue that can affect level / low access suction pumps. However, the Showermatic utilises a patented peristaltic mechanism which means that it is virtually silent in operation.

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Does the Showermatic rely on flow switches?

No, the Showermatic utilises a patented "auto gully" that switches on the pump the moment water is sensed in the shower waste. The pump will remain on as long as water is there.

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I want to install a low access shower on to an unbreachable concrete floor

There are several ways in which this can be achieved. In most situations a low (40mm high) shower tray would require the addition of a riser kit (adjustable feet) to be fitted in order to raise the tray sufficiently for the waste trap to be fitted above floor level. In some cases you may find this acceptable, but the addition of these feet will raise the height of the tray to over 100mm, which may defeat the the whole purpose of having a low level tray!

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Pre Installation

How easy are they to fit?

A Saniflo unit is normally behind a WC suite with a horizontal outlet spigot BS EN 33 or 37.

Saniflo installations require connection to an electrical power supply (5 amp unswitched fused spur) and water supply to the WC suite

For the discharge, a small bore pipe (solvent weld plastic or copper 22mm or 32mm depending upon model) must discharge into a soil and vent pipe / discharge stack.

It is also possible to discharge into a manhole (please refer to our website BBA certificate detail sheet 9 for underground drainage).

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What is Saniflo?

Saniflo is the name of a range of pumps and macerator pumping units that enable the addition of an additional WC and other facilities such as a shower, hand wash basin or bath almost anywhere in a building even below sewer level or remote from soil stack or sewer

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Can I connect into a septic tank?

It is possible to run the discharge from a Saniflo unit into a septic tank.

Make sure that the pipe is on a fall and suitably protected underground

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Are any products suitable for wall mounted w.c.s?

Saniflo Ltd, have specially designed the sanipack to enable the complete concealment of pipework with back to wall and wall hung sanitaryware. for more details please refer to the Saniflo web site.

Saniwall is supplied as a kit comprising a macerator, dual flush cistern and steel mounting frame for a wall hung toilet (which is NOT supplied).

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What is an "X2"?

x2 was the name of our basic Saniflo Ltd model (domestic wc use only) until 2005.

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What is Sanicompact?

Please refer to the individual product guide on the website for full details

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