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is there a good macerator anyone would recommend

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by PULLMYFINGER, 11 Feb 2014.

  1. PULLMYFINGER

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    I know macerators are generally frowned upon but I need to buy a new one coz mine just keeps breaking all the time. The one I have at the minute is a saniflo and wss sold by wickes. Is there a particular make and model anyone would recommend as mine is just not reliable and its less thsn 2 years old. It only has to deal with one understair toilet and sink that rarely get used its more for my children to use.

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    Saniflow have 2 year warrantys? Did you register (If you have proof of purchase you can still be covered) - was it misused?
    I had a saniflow which broke and I replaced it with another cheaper brand. I wish I hadn't, I had so many problems I ended up getting a refund and buying a saniflow replacement. Touch wood no issues yet!
    The old one had a problem and an engineer came out under warranty. It was actually misuse but they just fixed it under warranty. someone had chucked a wetwipe in it jamming the mechanism so everything was backing up.. you need a stong stomach being a macerator engineer :confused: the things they have to do...
    The same one sold in wickes is sold in toolstation branded as watereasy, but is the same model, same 2 year warranty, but £100 cheaper. They were the best make at the time expect they still are.
     
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    Now you know why these things are so detested by the trade! To be honest, if a Saniflo has already given up there may not be much hope..... The design of these things doesn't lend itself to longevity in the first place. I think Grundfos are now making such a device, not sure how good they are but cannot be any worse than the Saniflo..... :rolleyes:

    Is there absolutely no option for a 4" drain? :confused:
     
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    They'll have been putting things down it what they didn't ought to.

    You'd be better giving them a bucket to p. in.
     
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    Can remember if i registered it TBH i will have to look into that and keep my fingers crossed that i did.

    I'm open to suggestions regarding a 4" waste but at the time i was under the impression that a macerator was my only option as most of my floors are concrete and soil stack is at rear. I have attached a simple 3D of my downstairs layout if anyone has a soloution to getting rid of my macerator i would really appreciate it.

    I'm pretty certain there isnt anything put down there by my kids as the pump starts fine and after a second you can hear the thing struggling and it stops sucking water out of the toilet, the motor is still making a noise but water doesn't get sucked away and just before it finishes its cycle it appears to suck again for a split second.

    I will look into the Grundfos unit

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    if you didn't register then look for recipt, if no recipt but you paid by card, wickes will be able to reprint a recipt, possibly in the store you purchased if not contact support they'll look you up on the centrally held records. had to do similar with bnq and a faulty drill
     
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    Good picture, thankyou! It wouldn't be the easiest of jobs, but a builder shouldn't have much trouble digging up the floor, laying a 4" drain and making good. It's a straight run across the kitchen floor, through the doorway to outside, then connect to existing drain run, either at an existing chamber or by provision of new if required.

    Appreciate it's a lot of mess and upheaval for a few days, and will be more expensive than replacement of the macerator, but it is fit and forget. Done once and done right, and assuming nothing out the ordinary (e.g. toys.rim block cages) find their way down the pan, you should never have another problem.

    Before contemplating another macerator, read this. :LOL:

    http://www.cucumber.demon.co.uk/diy_test/Q9.1.html
     
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    You barsteward Hugh... I should be writing estimates for tens of thousands of work... instead my eyes are watering reading the other pages of that linky.

    the expanding foam one is bringing back some painful memories :LOL:
     
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    A slightly less disruptive option might be to erect a raised timber floor in the rear room, if there is adequate ceiling height and a change in level is acceptable.
     
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