Toilets come in all shapes and sizes depending on your needs. Sometimes traditional toilets don’t make the cut. Depending on the way your home is plumbed, you may need an upflush toilet to move sewage through the drain system properly. Continue reading to learn more about Saniflo’s upflush toilet system.
What is an Upflush System?
A residential upflush system is a specialized appliance used when the toilet drains are run beneath the property’s main sewer line. The Saniflo upflush system installed by Hudson Plumbing can be used up to 15 feet below the main drain. According to Saniflo’s product details, “The blade [inside the upflush pump] is made out of a hardened stainless steel material which eliminates the need for any service or replacement.”
Self-Contained vs. Two-Piece Toilets
Saniflo offers two models of upflush systems: self-contained and two-piece toilets. The self-contained SaniFlo Compact model is an all-inclusive system that includes the bowl, cistern, and pump in one container. It’s plumbed easily to the sink and is “independently disposed from dual flushing toilet waste.” The benefit of the self-contained model is that it saves on water usage and power consumption. On the other side of the coin, Saniflo’s two-piece toilet uses a submerged blade that rotates 3,600 per minute to prevent blockages down the line. It’s a much more powerful system than the alternative self-contained model.
How Does an Upflush Toilet Work?
Speaking of blades, an upflush toilet is different from a standard fixture because it uses a pump system to dilute waste that gets pumped upward to the main sewer line. The blade itself is housed in a macerator that grinds solid waste and toilet paper to prevent clogs. The Saniflo upflush toilet does require electricity to use. The waste is pumped into a usually ¾” small-diameter discharge pipe which makes it compatible with your bathroom plumbing configuration.
What’s the Cost of an Upflush Toilet?
Upflush toilet systems are more expensive than standard fixtures because of their advanced features. In the case of basement bathrooms where the drains are above ground level, an upflush toilet system is the likely solution. Contact your local plumber today to schedule a free consultation.