A macerating toilet sits among the top innovations in the bathroom department. At the core of this fixture is the installation: it fits into basements, bedrooms, or wherever there’s water supply, electricity, and possibly, a local building permit.
Installing a macerating toilet doesn’t entail knocking down walls, breaking up floors, and other tasks that come with the usual bathroom installation. A plumber or an equally skilled homeowner can go the DIY path and save contractor costs. It’s true that a toilet of this innovation costs more than the usual, but if you were to factor in remodeling and work put into a usual bathroom addition, the total cost says otherwise.
This straightforward process of adding an extra bathroom spells convenience for household members, especially those with impairment, disability, or handicap. As easy as they fit into bathroom additions and modifications, are upflush toilets painless to take care of or maintain? If you have one at home or about to buy one, here are tips to keep this toilet in perfect working condition.
Starting with the Macerator
The macerator is a critical component of the upflush system. This effective macerating pump grinds the waste into a fine slurry, pumps the waste upward through the discharge pipe (ideal for basement bathrooms), and sends it to the septic tank. The box with the macerator/pump is sealed for life.
However, it remains imperative to clean out the unit at least once a year or depending on the (1) usage and (2) water hardness in your area. Hard water, which is high in calcium and magnesium, leaves residues and deposits that can build up over time and cause the pump to malfunction.
- Use a cleaner that is not harsh or corrosive. This way, you avoid wearing down the internal parts of the macerator, particularly the rubberized ones. You can also skip household cleaners with hydrochloric acid. Instead, opt for the manufacturer’s cleaning product (descaler).
- Before you start any actual cleaning, turn off the power supply of the macerating pump. Pour the cleaner down the toilet, and leave it for two hours. Afterward, turn on the power and see the macerator out the mixture. Then flush to rinse, wait, and flush again.
Cleaning the macerating unit, as needed, also removes bad odors.
Taking Care of the Bowl and Tank
The toilet bowl and tank that are part of your upflush toilet work in the same their conventional counterparts do. Thus, cleaning and disinfecting such surfaces do not require special skills, except for an extra bit of caution on the kind of products to use.
Focus your attention on these:
- Hard-water stains on the toilet bowl. The longer they stay, the harder it gets to remove them.
- Discoloration inside the toilet tank. The mineral content of your water leaves many unsightly marks such as dark spots, rust stains, and yellowish tinges.
Aside from the above surfaces, target the high-traffic areas in your bathroom, such as the doorknob, sinks, medicine cabinet, and shower stall, to remove stains and germs.
General Maintenance Tips
- Clogging is not a problem with upflush toilets for as long as they are correctly installed and the right kind of waste goes down the toilet. The macerating pump is designed to handle tissue paper and human waste. All other relevant hygiene products need a grinder pump.
- Check the integrity of your discharge pipe to detect blockages and backups.
- Replace flush valves, as needed, to prevent leaks.
Other than what’s been outlined above and where circumstances demand it, upflush systems don’t require tinkering and tedious maintenance. Moreover, the technology behind the toilet requires less water, and you can get a more water-efficient model. It’s the kind of investment that works for you and the family.