A Compact Pump-Up Solution
Saniflo has developed a compact toilet solution that is not only aesthetically appealing and easy to install but cost effective too. Justin Felix reports.
It’s fairly easy to take the humble old toilet for granted. When purchasing properties, it isn’t something potential buyers consider a make or break deal. So long as it does what it’s supposed to do and does so without being a total eyesore, it stands a good chance of surviving the renovation process. It does become a talking point when another bathroom is required though, or similarly, when it’s decided that an underutilised space would be better suited to housing a toilet and wash basin. Large cupboards and old laundry spaces are good examples. Toilets also become a talking point when considering amenity options for granny flats or man caves located in the backyard.
So when your customer calls you in for a quote and to discuss the various options for installing their new toilet before gasping for air once you inform them of the process required and costs involved, there is another option.
The Sanicompact C43 from Saniflo is a self contained system that removes the need to dig trenches or cut concrete when relocating sewer pipes to install a toilet. The unobtrusive system does this by pumping the waste water out through a small 25mm discharge pipe which can be concealed behind walls or under the floor.
“The system is ideal for various domestic situations, particularly in tight spaces where a regular toilet simply wouldn’t fit,” David Rundle of Saniflo says.
“The Sanicompact C43 is also a popular option when an extra toilet facility is required for someone who is physically impaired in on the granny flat or spare room. With an aging population we envisage more and more people will need to look at installing toilets within close proximity to bedrooms.
“The beauty of the system being installed in granny flats is that it can be pumped back to the main sewer connection of the house.”
Toilets with in-built macerators have been commonly associated with loud noises when flushing. Saniflo have ensured this wasn’t the case with the Sanicompact C43 which boasts a quiet flush of 60db compared to average cistern flushes of 70db.
It has the ability to pump 3m vertically or 30m horizontally and is provided as a dual flush with either a 1.8L or 3.8L flush available, which according to Saniflo can save the average household some 13,000L of water per year. This is sure to pique the interest of prospective clients looking to renovate or add to the house while still being conscious of their hip pocket.
“A lot of money can be saved by clients both in the long run and during the initial purchase and installation. The system retails around the $1500 mark with only the plumbers labour on top of that. The alternative method would involve the cutting of concrete, pipework, the toilet suite itself and the plumbers labour. It’s an expensive exercise.”
So long as a water supply and electrical outlet is located nearby the desired location, it’s a fairly straightforward install for plumbers.
“The Sanicompact is mounted to the floor using the provided mounting hardware before plumbers connect the mains water to the back of the pump’s discharge pipe which goes up vertically and connects to existing sewer pipes. It’s a lot easier than putting 100mm pipes through the wall and having to dig trenches,” David explains.
It also accepts waste water from a wash basin that can be installed nearby to create a half bathroom. The Sanicompact C43’s motor automatically activates when water enters from the basin.
The Sanicompact C43 does not use a cistern, instead, a button activates the flush which opens the solenoid valve and releases water from the mains connection into the bowl. The increased water level then activates the macerating and pumping actions which discharge the waste. The whole process takes 10-15 seconds (5 secs solenoid valve/5 secs macerating/pumping) and the timer programs the refill of the bowl with fresh water.
Next, waste water is sent through a 25mm discharge pipe which is concealed behind the wall or under the floor and then connected back to the existing sewer pipes.
With a growing desire to keep things minimal when it comes to design, the Sanicompact C43 is a big winner with clients looking to streamline their homes.
“Aesthetically speaking, a lot of people don’t like the look of a big bulky pump behind the toilet,” David says.
And it truly lives up to its name with all dimensions – height, width and depth – coming in below 500mm.
Next time your client is looking for a bathroom solution that involves minimal structural work, consider the Sancoimpact C43. You’ll both end up winning.