Saniflow and children do not mix

Posted at 10:33 PM on 1 September 2003

Just in case you were wondering, a saniflow toilet allows you to use narrow-bore pipes to flush away waste - in essence, it's a food processor for poo. A blade spins around when you flush, chopping up "your business" and feeding it through regular pipes into the drainage system.

Unfortunately, small children do not appreciate this, and in fact a most entertaining game is to feed the toilet new and interesting items to see how it reacts.

In the case of a saniflow toilet the answer is always the same: Badly.

It's happened with alarming regularity. Each time, we need to dismantle the toilet and fish around within its smelly depths to discover what pleasures lie buried beneath the toilet paper and turd mush. Contarary to what you might expect, this is not a particularly pleasant experience (although I get Terri to do it, so it's not all bad!).

A few days ago, we heard something rattle, and the blades grind to a halt. Something had jammed it up. Upon further investigation, it transpired that someone had gone into my wallet, removed my bluetooth adaptor and fed it into the toilet, "with hilarious results" ™.

I was not best pleased.

But I suppose on the plus side, at least I now know where it ended up - a regular toilet would have swallowed it completely and I'd have been searching for it for weeks before I ordered a replacement.

Kids. Who'd have em?

Or saniflow toilets for that matter...

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Comments on "Saniflow and children do not mix"

ye gods ... that's a very strong statement against having kids right there!!

(and definitely against saniflow toilets, if somethings gonna get lost down there, it can stay there!!)

So, BlueTooth doesn't interface with every kind of hardware then.

You poor poor bastard.

Words dont...well they just dont convey it.

it would seem that like your bluetooth adapter the link has timed out

;-)

man that sucks though... (mental note to self, don't have kids - ever)

ok, fixed the link to point somewhere else... ;-)

Oh yes, I forgot to mention that the prime suspect in all this is evil genius Eulalia Carline...

I'm suddenly reminded of stewie from family guy! ;-)

All of a sudden, everything begins to make sense... ;-)

should have more control of the brats ...put them down the plug hole

should have more control of the brats ...put them down the plug hole

Get a life and don't knock what is a quality product.

You could always feed the kids into the saniflow to see how it reacts!

We are currently considering a Saniflow toilet - as a second toilet in our Disabled Bathroom - we have two daughters with special needs - Nicola (26yrs) has a Closamt and Sarash-Louise has a commode - hence the idea of a Saniflow, as a second toilet. My girls cannot operate either toilet and will always be in the bathroom with me, Mum, or a Carer. Therefore, its impossible for them to 'put anything unexpected' down the loo - BUT we have wondered about the noise factor?? Can you tell me if this is likely to be excessive, or alarming???? Any guidance on the product would be much appeciated. (e-mail if possible to - johngoudie@ntlworld.com)
Thank-you, JEANNIE GOUDIE

I would say that the amount of noise generated would depend quite a lot upon the flooring on which the saniflow unit is placed -- ours is directly on wooden floorboards, which has a substantial amplifying effect. When we used the unit initially, the amount of noise was quite high (probably due to this very fact), although this aspect did seem to settle down and quieten over time (I don't think it's simply down to us getting used to it). On concrete (or similar) I would expect the unit to be substantially more quiet (the sound itself is similar to a sealed, filled waste disposal unit).

One other point of note is that when new, the unit can trigger 'before the flush' (again, this settles down and rarely, if ever happens now), but as the Saniflow is an electrical device, it's easy to install a switch to turn it off to stop this happening (it's certainly something we've done).

Overall, we've been very happy with it (although considerably less-so when cleaning out blockages caused by 'unexpected items') as the convenience (so to speak) of an additional toilet without major plumbing work is high.

So you have had to guddle around in your saniflow - poor you.

However, I have just tried to clean the bath and it is taking hours to empty, toilet fills up with water then drains slowly etc. Our very stupid plumber put the saniflow unit directly behing the wall behind the loo, in the eaves of the house, so it is very, very awkward to get to. Can you tell me how to take the unit cover off and what to expect after that. I can well imagine what to expect, I mean the technical bits, what do I do to clean it out, I presume there is some kind of filter.

And you are right, kids and saniflows do not mix, this is in my teenagers bathroom and although they know what not to put down it, their friends, it seems, do not, even though we do tell them.

So you have had to guddle around in your saniflow - poor you.

However, I have just tried to clean the bath and it is taking hours to empty, toilet fills up with water then drains slowly etc. Our very stupid plumber put the saniflow unit directly behing the wall behind the loo, in the eaves of the house, so it is very, very awkward to get to. Can you tell me how to take the unit cover off and what to expect after that. I can well imagine what to expect, I mean the technical bits, what do I do to clean it out, I presume there is some kind of filter.

And you are right, kids and saniflows do not mix, this is in my teenagers bathroom and although they know what not to put down it, their friends, it seems, do not, even though we do tell them.

Oops, sorry, don't know how I managed to post twice.

there is nothing wrong with saniflows if they are plumbed in properly and corectly used. as with all w.c you should not put down the loo what you whould not put in youre mouth

I love comments like the one above.

Hi all, I will soon have the pleasure of fitting my 1st saniflow to a loft conversion, that I am in the process of estimating.After reading the comments here I am having 2nd thoughts? not because of losing inane objects such as blue tooth but?? other items?

I have always been weary of people who keep pigs or hogs as in the film lock stock and 2 smoking barrels? I just wonder if they are that efficient

Maybe it could be the sequel?

Art

just having a giggle at the coments above, stumbled on this link while looking for info on saniflo toilets for my mum and not for myself - thankfully as i have a 2yr old and another on the way!
Unfortunately my grandma and grandad can't cope at home anymore so we are considering care homes for them. As with buying a house, when you find the perfect one it has 1 thing wrong with it. In this case, it does not have an ensuite bathroom - rather important for my grandparents (if you know what i mean). We were thinking about installing a saniflow and I was wondering if a saniflow system will be able to cope!

I have had a Saniflo unit installed in my basement for 4yrs and I also have a shower unit connected to it. We use the system everyday and it works great. It can even drain the shower and handle the toilet being flushed at the same time. As far as noise goes, it has a grinder, pump and electric motor so it does make noise, however it only runs for about 10 secs or so is about as noisy as a vacuum cleaner. I highly recommend this product where ever a 2nd toilet system is needed and you have to pump up and out the waste water.

We have had a Snaiflow for about 4 years. Lately it appears to have tken on a life of its own. Its in our shower room off our bedroom. It will suddendly start up with its noisey motor trying to flush away water that we suspect is dripping from the basin tap. The problem is the the motor will run for over a minute before stoping and it seems to be making more niose than usual How can I remedy this?

Any tips on disconnecting a hardly used saniplus loo and re-installing somewhere else - how do we plug the hole left in the cast iron down pipe?

Hi . What a great find and a rare treat to find toilet humour put to positive action! I have a saniplus which is great and remarkably quiet. The only prob is the awful, rotten dead animal smell despite our "no. ones only" rule! The smell only comes when we flush and seems to come out of the sink. Any advice?

Sorry - Post it "here", of course.

Hi,
I've jsut had the lovely task of cleaning the saniflow we have in the flat that we rent out. This is the second time I've done this, so the internals are starting to ebcome familiar to me.
The last time I did it was over 2 years ago, and as far as I know we've not had it serviced.

We use it to drain a toilet, shower, kitchen sink and a vanity unit and it copes with this with no issues. The pipe that carries the waste goes straight up into the loft, so I'd recommend if installing a non-return valve, as once disconnected the pipe allows all the waste to flow back down (had the bucket ready the second time!) Also, flush the loo a few times to clear it before work...

What I've noticed with it is that hair from the shower will slowly build up and clog up the various valves in there which meant that instead of draining away the water, it would fill up the shower tray with manky water. Once I'd cleaned the hair out there was no issue...

Our lodgers were complaining that there was a smell in there, so that's the reason I went in today, cleaned it all out and dislodged a lot of 'dried on' grime. Now it smells fresh as a daisy...

Just my 2 cents worth, or 2 pennies really.

Overall a fairly good way to get a toilet in where a toilet shouldn't go....

Hi, just stubled upon this site while i was looking for replacement prices for a Saniflo system for my basement bathroom :( it costs a bomb).
From reading some of these comments, i can tell you that the sound of the saniflow system is initially quite loud on concrete and can be alarming the first time its used - my 5 year old nephews scared of it, but eventually you get used to the sound but it quietens down after a while (probably due to the motor wearing out).
Just went and cleaned out the unit for the second time since installation - had the current one for three years now, the one which was replaced had been running for five years.

Overall a saniflow is a great idea and is much better than a septic tank - when that mucks up it mucks up royally, this on the other hand just needs a Wet&Dry vacuum and some fidling with the rubber seal to get it back in working order.

I have had a Sanislim fitted last year in my en suite which has a shower
washbasin and loo and in general i am very pleased with the unit,
however i have two issues

during the night the system will switch on for a short burst, i have
checked
that no taps are dripping, is this usual?

when the system is operating it intereferes with my digital reception on the
television, electromagnetic interference i think, any ideas?

thank you in advance

I have had a saniflo installed for about 18 months and recently have been using it a lot more due to the other bathroom being re-fitted.

It has been getting blocked a lot recently which is rather embarrasing when visitors come and I have to tell them they cannot use the loo, I have had the same unfortunate experience as Chris having to delve in the pooey mush.

It is now making a painful grinding sound like metal on metal when it flushes. Does this mean I need a new saniflo? Any ideas?

Drain it completely, and wash it out as best you can -- it's an unpleasant job, but you'll find out (and be able to remove) what's causing the problem. It's unlikely that you'll need a new Saniflo -- they're pretty robust, if a little fickle when it comes to hard/metallic objects. We've had to do ours several times now, thanks to 'little hands', but it doesn't take long and it's all over soon enough.

Good luck!

call me stupid but how does the wholesaniflow thing work? weare looking to fit one to the loft in the front of the house with all the drains at the back, please advise how this works with pipes and water supply etc thanks

call me stupid but how does the wholesaniflow thing work? weare looking to fit one to the loft in the front of the house with all the drains at the back, please advise how this works with pipes and water supply etc thanks

call me stupid but how does the wholesaniflow thing work? weare looking to fit one to the loft in the front of the house with all the drains at the back, please advise how this works with pipes and water supply etc thanks

call me stupid but how does the wholesaniflow thing work? weare looking to fit one to the loft in the front of the house with all the drains at the back, please advise how this works with pipes and water supply etc thanks

I just bought a sanislim system.
When i flush the toilet the grinder comes on in short bursts for about 3 times.
Is this normal?
I thought it would just come on one time for about 10 seconds, which would be better.
Please help.....we are going mad.

Well we are on our second Sanipro and yet again it has become blocked, by our kids, using wet wipes! My husband is no way going to open them up, so he just removes the hole unit, throws it in the skip and buys a new one, very costly, but far less smelly! Anyone know where we can get cheap Sanipros, as I suspect we will have to replace it again?!

Have a sanislim fitted which has been labouring recently and tripping out. Took the plunge and tried a bit of diy. Isolated power. Removed toilet from in front with only a few spots of water. Undid 2 screws on top but these appear only for decoration. Anyway managed to remove some cotton threads from around the impeller with a pair of long pliers by reaching into though where the toilet usually fits, and the motor tuned a lot more easily. Put it all back and it worked fine. Perhaps I was lucky but didn't come into contact with any of the 'stuff' that usually passes through, although the unit is still quite new and gets used mainly for the attached shower. The anticipation was worse than the deed.

To be quite honest as my experience as a plumber I would only install a Saniflo if absolutely necessary. Take into consideration the location and if it’s lightly to be used at nighttimes as they can make quite a bit of noise.
Repairs can also be on the expensive side as it’s a job not many plumbers wish to do.

If you are having trouble trying to find the right one for the job have a look at this easy to follow guide
http://www.saniflo.co.uk/Productselector.aspx

Does anyone know if you can use a plunger with the saniplus toliet?

I am not at all impressed with this product. We had one installed for the toilet when we finished our basement five years ago. It gets rather little use (evenings when we watch TV downstairs)and we have no kids to put strange things down it. The pump has stopped working completely and the company tells me I have to pay to ship it to their repair facility and will have to pay hourly repair charges as well as new parts. I had been told this thing should last for many years, especially with as little use as it gets from us. Not happy.... the tank overflowed and it made a huge, mucky, smelly mess!

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