The vast majority of your home’s sanitary pipework is gravity-fed, meaning that your waste flows through pipes that are sloped towards the city sewer system. Occasionally, however, you may need to install a washroom, toilet, or sink in a location that doesn’t allow for easy connection to your home’s main system.
Here are where a sanitary pump can help.
Types of Pumps
You can get a pump that grinds solid waste, known as a macerating pump, or you can get a non-macerating pump. You also have a choice between a standalone pump or one built into a toilet.
Why would you want a pump?
One major advantage of sanitary pumps is that you get to keep your floors intact.
Gravity sanitary systems involve breaking concrete to bury piping. You avoid all of this with a sanitary pump system which does not rely on gravity. In fact, these toilets are also called “upflush” toilets.
Another advantage is the smaller pipework since the pump provides pressure to push the contents along the pipe. Toilets that typically need a three or four inch drain line to the main sewage system will now need a two inch or smaller pipe. This reduces the amount of space you need for the pipework and increases your options for routing your pipes through your home.
If you need a washroom or sink in a remote part of your house where sloping a large pipe is impractical, the pump system allows you the flexibility to install fixtures where you might not otherwise be able to.
What you need to consider
Before you decide that a sanitary pump is right for your system, there are some considerations you need to take into account.
1. You may need an electrician since the pump needs an electrical connection.
2. The pump will need regular maintenance and if it fails, you need to get a professional in to repair or replace it.
However, the basic rules for sanitary systems still apply. If you flush the wrong item down the toilet, you can damage the macerating blades or the pump impeller. Vent piping is still required and this must be installed according to code.
If you are planning to install a new washroom or fixture that might benefit from a sanitary pump system, give us a call at 620-931-8150 and we can help guide your decision and get the right system in place.