What does a macerator pump do?
The maceration process involves reducing sewage solids into small pieces and moving them through the system with a pump. A macerator pump is a type of sewage water tank pump that uses one or more grinding blades to chop up sewage solids before they are pumped out of the tank.
Macerator pumps are often used in septic tank systems and other onsite wastewater treatment systems. They are also used in some municipal sewer systems. Basement bathrooms can also use a macerator pump to pump sewage up to another level or above ground.
How does a macerator pump work?
The contents are discharged into the macerator via a pipe when a toilet is flushed. The contents are then reduced to a fine slurry by a rotating blade that shreds solids. The contents are expelled into the sewage pipe with the help of the pump, which transports it through a tube at the top of the device. The waste from this sewage water tank pump is then deposited in a septic tank, city sewage system, or soil stack.
Do Macerators need electricity?
Macerating pumps come with a plug and require an electrical connection. Many systems have powerful motors that need electricity with a particular rating. Some macerators have a float switch that automatically turns the device on and off. The float switch is activated when the sewage level in the tank rises to a certain point. When the sewage level drops, the float switch turns the macerator off.
The pump waste is then deposited in a septic tank, city sewage system, or soil stack.
How long do macerator pumps last?
In general, a macerating toilet should last for 15 years. This is the average lifespan of a home’s macerating toilet in normal usage. If you have a macerator in operation in a commercial setting (with a lot of traffic), the estimated lifespan is 5 years.
In any case, you will receive a warranty from the manufacturer, which will cover the estimated lifetime of your pump.
How to fix a problem with my macerator pump?
You should always contact a professional plumber or tradesman to assess your pump. You can also contact the manufacturer for troubleshooting tips. If you require any replacement parts, look around our online store – we are Australia’s largest online plumbing supply retailer.
How to Install a Macerator
While your macerating system will always come with an installation manual, we recommend that only licensed trade professionals carry out installation works with the fitting of your unit. It can be a little complicated, and you don’t want to risk any mistakes that could damage your pump or block your toilet and void the manufacturer warranty if installed by non-licensed persons.
Is a Macerator Pump noisy?
They are about as loud as a normal flushing toilet. There is a little variation from the pump to pump, but most are relatively quiet. If you are concerned about noise, you can always ask your supplier for a recommendation on a quiet macerator pump.
A macerator pump is a type of sewage water tank pump that uses one or more grinding blades to chop up sewage solids before they are pumped out of the tank. These pumps are often used in septic tank systems and other onsite wastewater treatment systems. They are ideal for connecting a new bathroom or toilet to an exiting sewerage system. Basement bathrooms can also use a macerator pump to pump sewerage up to another level or above ground.