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Drain Pumps 101: What is a Drain Pump System and How Does It Work?
The affordable, labor-saving solution for creating drainage for your new island sink, outdoor kitchen or laundry room.
Homeowners across the country are pointing to the addition of an island as the must-have upgrade for kitchen renovations this year. Additionally, they are embracing the new outdoor kitchen trend, and what’s not to love about it? Adding an outdoor kitchen can dramatically alter your hosting experience.
Adding a conveniently located laundry room could be another project on your to-do list in 2023. Your project might involve adding a remote laundry room to your basement, attic, or garage. But you have no idea where to start, and you cringe at what it will cost. You might even be wondering: “Is it possible?”
Common challenges have historically held homeowners back from adding islands, outdoor kitchens and laundry rooms – such as the difficulty and high costs associated with adding plumbing drainage in the center of the room or outside where no existing drains exist.
However, these challenges are now easier to solve than ever.
Plumbing problem solved
Of course, you could add an island without plumbing. But having a sink in an island can improve the workflow in a kitchen and open up counter space elsewhere.
However, plumbing an island can be problematic if your home is built on a slab or a crawl space. The cost of cutting through concrete and adding piping can be prohibitive.
The same applies to adding a sink to your new outdoor kitchen or moving your laundry room to a new location.
Above-floor drain water pumping systems can solve these problems. Manufacturers like Saniflo make various pumping systems that can eliminate the need to cut concrete or break through new flooring, and reduce the cost of installing plumbing in a new island, outdoor kitchen, or laundry room. Saniflo developed its innovative, “above-floor plumbing” technology more than a half-century ago and has led its commercialization worldwide. Today, the company markets macerating technology through 27 subsidiaries in 70 countries and has sold more than eight million units worldwide since 1958.
Cutting through concrete to install plumbing can easily account for 50 percent of your renovation budget. You may abandon the idea of a sink or laundry room altogether when facing that kind of cost.
Above-floor drain pumps allow you to add a sink or washing machine, hide a single drain pipe in a decorative column, and achieve the kitchen or laundry room of your dreams at a fraction of the expense of traditional plumbing options.
What’s a drain pump and how does it work?
The primary advantage of a drain pump system? It can be installed on top of any finished floor in the home. This allows you to place a new sink or washing machine wherever it is most convenient.
Whatever the placement, it can be accomplished without the need for costly excavation of the floor to install a drain line. Walls and floors remain intact, and installation is performed quickly and economically with minimal disturbance to room layout. A sink or washing machine can be operational in half a day.
Instead of routing gray water through below-floor drainage lines to sewage access or a sewage ejector, the wastewater from the fixture drains through gravity into a drain pump.
Saniflo offers a variety of drain pumps that are made for both residential and commercial applications that move gray water away from fixtures.
Step-by-step of the drain pump system process:
IMPORTANT: The information above is a general description of how a Saniflo drain pump works. Be sure to reference the product and technical data sheet for the particular Saniflo system you are installing to ensure correct installation and function.
Now that you have a better understanding of what a drain pump is and how it works, it’s time to select the appropriate drain pump system for your application.
Which Saniflo drain pump is right for your project?
Note: When adding a shower, a base will have to be constructed. This base should be 2″ x 6″ (minimum) or 2” x 8” (recommended) on edge to permit the installation of a P-trap and the required ¼-inch per foot gravity flow towards the pump unit.
Saniflo offers a wide range of drain pumps, macerating and grinding pump systems, as well as lift stations and condensate pumps. With Saniflo above-floor plumbing technology, you decide where your new kitchen, laundry room or bathroom goes. You are no longer limited to locations where downhill drainage or gravity evacuates waste. You don’t even need to be near the main waste pipe (soil stack). A drain pump system is a smarter, faster and cleaner way to install a sink or washing machine.
The picture you have in mind of transforming your unused space is now easier to realize than ever — and without breaking the floor or the bank.
SFA SANIFLO U.S.A. – whose parent company originated macerating plumbing technology — offers a complete line of waste and drainage pumping systems for residential and commercial applications. Saniflo developed its innovative, “above-floor plumbing” technology more than a half-century ago and has led its commercialization worldwide. Today, the company markets macerating technology through 24 subsidiaries in 50 countries and has sold more than seven million units worldwide since 1958. Saniflo markets through independent sales agents throughout North America, and the product line is currently available at distributor and dealer locations throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information, contact Saniflo at 1-800-571-8191. Or visit the Saniflo website at saniflo.com.
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