FAQ

Can I put a Saniflo upflush toilet anywhere?

Did you dream of a bathroom or shower in your master bedroom? In the gameroom? In the kid's room? Was a first floor laundry impossible? Now there's a solution for practically any discharge problem in plumbing. It's a line of fixtures designed and engineered to perform perfectly in unusual situations.

You can put a complete bathroom, bar, laundry or kitchen without expensive structural changes or custom piping equipment anywhere you want!


What do I need to install an upflush toilet?

An good quality upflush toilet from Saniflo for starters! A supply of water. A source of electricity. A small discharge pipe (only 3/4 to 1") and someone skilled in installing plumbing.

  • You don't need to break up the floor!
  • You don't need to drop a ceiling!
  • You don't need custom equipment!

A plumber can install an upflush toilet in hours or a complete bathroom in just a day. Since we offer the best customer service online, with free phone consultations, our customers can decide if they want to save money and do it themselves.


Regular toilet or upflush toilet?

Of course if you can install a regular toilet and you have the existing plumbing for it, you don't mind the mess for a few weeks and can wait a while for a contractor to get to you, then that is the way to go.

But sometimes an upflush is truly much better for you. Situations like:

  • You may not have underground drain lines.
  • You don't want the house torn apart and it looking like a bomb dropped in your house for weeks or a month.
  • You might want an extra bathroom quickly and know how long contractors can drag a job out.
  • You may not even want a permanent toilet. It might be just for a temporary elderly or handicapped needs situation. The upflush toilet can easily be moved.

What about the price difference?

Yes, let's compare price:

  • Broken floors?
  • Ruined carpets?
  • Dust & dirt everywhere?!
  • Installation cost and time?

Comparing price tag to price tag, macerating systems are admittedly higher priced. But that's not the whole story. You must look at the bigger picture when comparing costs with conventional fixtures.

For one, you must compare not just the price of the fixture, but total costs of the installation. Remember that you are solving a complicated problem the easy way with an upflush unit. The total cost of an upflush unit is usually much, much lower because contractors and plumbers can work quickly due to the ease of this installation. Plumbers can take up to a week or more to install toilets where no lines are available. Plumbers (and most handy homeowners) can complete this installation in hours! You can also save the huge expense of (and the mess) of breaking up and refinishing your walls and floors.

How does a Saniflo upflush toilet work?

An upflush toilet has been engineered to solve common bathroom installation problems. While their interiors are hardworking machinery, their exteriors are a fashionable complement to any decor. Their main difference from standard fixtures is the discharge system, whose key components are a macerator/pump and a small-diameter pipe. The powerful macerator has a rotating blade that shreds and grinds solid material like human waste and toilet paper. When mixed with flushing water, solid material changes to a fine slurry which moves easily through a narrow pipe upward. The macerator/pump is sealed for life and requires NO maintenance! And no waste sits inside the unit like other brands.

A quiet electric-powered pump moves the fine slurry upward under pressure. The small-diameter discharge pipe (as small as 3/4" across), solves many structural problems as it can be run virtually anywhere. The fine slurry moves easily through this pipe to the normal sewage system, septic tank or holding tank. 

The best to way to understand how the upflush system works, is to start by watching this quick introductory video:


  

Then check out our Product Comparison page for specifics on each products features and differences.


What fixtures come with my purchase?

The macerating box is the main component in all the upflush units. If the product is listed on the chart with a toilet as one of the fixtures then the toilet does come with it (ie the SaniPLUS,SaniBEST and SaniCOMPACT). No other fixtures are included.


Is the Saniflo system dependable?

Yes. These upflush units are amazingly dependable and trouble free. Please make sure to follow the care instructions however, and do not use harsh hydrochloric acid bowl cleaners which can be too aggressive and eat away slowly at rubber parts.

The bottom line is Saniflo is the only brand we carry because it is the only upflush toilet brand recommended by master plumbers. Period.