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Frequently asked questions about Macerator Pumps

Our Basement Sump and Pump experts have pulled together a list of the most frequently asked questions that we have received regarding problems with macerators.

The most frequently asked questions, regarding macerator pumps are as follows;

What is A Macerator Pump?

A macerator is a pump that is attached to a toilet that grinds up, or slices, solid waste using a high speed rotational blade which then pumps the waste into the drainage system.

Exactly What Does a Macerator Do?

Macerators are designed to pump away waste materials from toilets, as well as other waste waters without depending on a regular drainage system. They are often used in bathrooms which are far away from mains drainage systems.


How to Install a Macerator?

Every macerator is unique; therefore it is essential to comply with the instructions within the manual which comes with it. Some macerators are fitted behind the toilet and others are fitted below the floor into a conventional sump chamber.

We recommend that a competent pump engineer and electrician is instructed to fit such systems so as not to violate industry and building control regulations. The capacity of the macerator is dependent upon the amount of waste expected to be discharged from the property in this way.

What would happen if I put incorrect substances in the macerator?

In the event you flush the wrong substances down the toilet, there would most likely be a jam or block. Incorrect items such as baby wipes can jam the rota along with the outlet waste pipework, resulting in an emergency call out and some cases flooding.

I live in a rented property, what if the macerator gets blocked, is the landlord accountable for this?

In the event the macerator is blocked it is the duty of the landlord to ensure it is safe and in working order. Provided that there is certainly a primary toilet within the house, the landlord is within his legal rights to arrange a plumber to visit on a standard weekday.

Nevertheless if perhaps the problem of the macerator is a result of misuse, then this will be the accountability of the tenant. It is wise to determine if there is power getting to the macerator, as this can establish if the macerator needs replacing or not.

Why Is My Macerator Pump Making A Loud Noise?

Macerators can seem to be loud however, only potentially as loud as a washing machine or even a dishwasher.

How Much Does Is It Cost To Install A Macerator Pump?

Macerator costs range between, £150 to £600 based on the manufacture, the guarantee, the brand and what the macerators will likely be useful for.

A below ground macerator within a chamber is a preferred method as it can act as a holding tank also. These systems are often more reliable and cope with bigger solids. These systems require sub floor digging and as a result they do cost more. To get a macerator installed this would cost on average £500.

How Long Does a Macerator Pump Last?

The common rule regarding macerator pumps, is the machine, which will usually last up to 15 years, if handling a small amount of waste. With standard usage in a main bathroom in a domestic home, you can assume a macerator to last at least for about 10 years.

If the macerator is in constant use, for example in a commercial property, you would calculate approximately 3 – 5 years.

However there are actually specific macerators which are made specifically for commercial usage, though the cost for one will be considerably higher than a domestic macerator.

Can a macerator also take other appliances?

Dependent on the type of macerator, a macerator will take all types of soil waste, provided that it is within the guidelines and there are certainly no solids going down, such as wet wipes or non grind-able items. See our list of things not to be put down a sewage pump.

Should a qualified person be needed to install a macerator?

We recommend that a suitably competent installer and electrician carries out an installation of a macerator.

If you have any questions about installing a macerator always consult a qualified expert for further advice.

What Should I do If My Macerator Is Not Working?

If your macerator or pump stops working do not continue to use the toilets or other utility items which discharge into the macerator. You should contact a competent service engineer for assistance.

Hopefully, you are fortunate enough to have a macerator that is only obstructed with undesirable item or the switch has accidentally been turned off or perhaps the fuse has gone.

In the event the fuse has gone, it will always be beneficial to examine the cause, as the motor may need replacing or a common fault with the device.

Install, Service and Maintain Macerator Pumps

If you are looking to install, service or have maintenance on your macerator pumps then it is always best to contact an expert.

At the Basement Sump and Pump Company, we have over 15 years of experience in the macerating industry and we are also members of the Property Care Association so you can be assured that the work carried out will be to the highest of standards possible.

To get in touch with our team by clicking the link down below or call us on 0800 019 9949.

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Annual checks at the ready for summer!

As the UK has had its fair share of wet weather already this year, we should start preparing  for yet another typical British summer. Don’t be fooled by a short spell of sunshine, enquires have already been “flowing” in for sump and pump checks.

Most home owners miss their annual checks or forget to arrange one with the busy summer holidays coming up however with the potential for bursts of rain coming in thick and fast, this may cause an issue for your sump and pump. An annual clean and check can help maintain your sump and pump and keep it ticking along, saving you time, money as well as making for a stress free summer!

An unchecked Sump and Pump

To prevent this happening your sump and pump…

Don’t forget an annual basement pump servicing, in a majority of cases, this is required as part of the conditions of your guarantee. To arrange a ‘Clean and Check’ pump service from ourselves simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our online contact us form.

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Guess What’s hiding underneath all the lime scale?

An ode to a ‘Clean and Check’

Two sad pumps sitting in their sump, both neglected and unloved, I’m not surprised they had the hump!

Then along come Rod armed with his ‘Clean and Check kit, he’d soon make sure that both were fighting fit!

As the first pump was lifted you could hear a sound of glee, and the second pump said “Hey, don’t forget me!”

The engineer worked hard removing all the dirt, the grime and filth was everywhere, some even on his shirt!

Valves and batteries  replaced they both looked good as new, a classic case of a ‘Clean and Check’ that was definitely long overdue!

Back to the sump they went placed with care by our expert, ready to drain any water away to stop a flood alert!

Request a clean and checkOn a more serious note! Should you have a basement sump and pump system installed don’t forget to have it serviced. An annual basement pump servicing  in a majority of cases is required as part of the conditions of your guarantee. To arrange a ‘Clean and Check’ pump service from ourselves simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line ‘Clean and Check’ request form

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The basement pump – the forgotten hero!

At the bottom of the basement lies a forgotten hero. This piece of equipment works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  for 52 weeks of the year keeping the basement a dry usable living space – I am of course talking about the basement sump and pump unit.  Below we can see some pictures from one of our basement sump and pump specialists that show a clients pump that we service and the condition that a pump unit can get into in just 12 months.

Clearly evident on the pump are 12 months worth of dirt, limescale and clay which can build up on the pump unit leading to the pump unit having to work harder than it should.

As you can see following a ‘Clean and Check’ service the sump and pump are looking as good as the day they were first installed – giving the home owner peace of mind that the pump will provide another 12 months of trouble free service.

The basement pump prior to a 'Clean and Check' service. A build up of deposits can be seen on the pump unit

The basement pump prior to a ‘Clean and Check’ service. A build up of deposits can be seen on the pump unit

Dirt and deposits within the sump liner

Dirt and deposits within the sump liner

The cleaned and serviced pump

The cleaned and serviced pump

The cleaned out pump chamber

The cleaned out pump chamber

Have you got a forgotten hero in your basement?

If so give the Basement Sump & Pump Co a call! We’ll make sure your hero is given the treatment required to keep your basement dry. Call 0800 019 9949 or complete our online contact us form.

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Spot the difference time!

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Here we have 2 pictures of the same pumping system that has benefited from a “Clean & Check” service from the Basement Sump & Pump Co

The difference is plain to see! All the components of the system on the right hand side were “Cleaned & Checked” resulting in peace of mind for the home owner that the pumping station was going to provide faithful service for another 12 months.

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How much dirt and grime in a year?

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When our engineers take a pump out to clean most of our customers are shocked at just how much dirt and build up of scales can happen over a year between “Clean and Checks”.

As the photo here shows, this pump  had a service only a year ago and in that time the basement pump has given faithful service behind the scenes to keep the basement dry. However, the years hard work has taken it’s toll and dirt and scale deposits can lead to problems with the pump.

To some people the basement pump is a fit and forget item and only remember their faithful hardworking friend when it breaks down and the basement becomes damp. Remember, out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind don’t forget how hard it works for you! Treat it to a “Clean and Check” today!

Arranging a sump and pump service is easy!

To have your basement sump and pump unit serviced simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line service request form and we’ll contact you to arrange a convenient time for your pump to be serviced. What could be easier?

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Don’t forget to have your basement pump serviced!

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We all tend to forget how hard electrical equipment works whilst it’s working, but when the unthinkable happens and it breaks down we start to panic! Just think if your boiler broke down in the dead of winter!

Your basement sump and pump unit is is no different, as limescale builds up on and around the pump and in the sump this can cause the pump to operate at reduced efficiency and ultimately could lead to an untimley breakdown when you least expect it.

An annual ‘Clean & Check’ will help to keep you sump pump unit in tip top condition.  The photo to the left shows a sump pump unit  after one of our engineers has serviced the pump.  Can you really afford not to have your sump pump unit serviced?

Arranging a sump and pump service is easy!

To have your basement sump and pump unit serviced simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line service request form and we’ll contact you to arrange a convenient time for your pump to be serviced. What could be easier?

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Mud in the Sump!!

Here’s another great example of what our engineers find in customers sumps.  On a recent annual ‘Clean & Check’ visit our engineer prepared to start the cleaning of the sump – nothing strange there, until he looked inside the sump and found 3 inches of mud  in the bottom of the sump! The customers property had a stream running nearby which as a result caused unexpected levels of mud and silt build up in the sump.

Our engineer removed all the mud from the sump and gave the sump and pump unit a thorough service leaving it in tip top condition and ready for another 12 months work. If the customer had neglected the pump and not had it serviced it would have tried to suck up the mud up along with any water that was in the sump. This would have caused either the pump to burn out or the impellers to split – either way incurring costs as a result.

Look after your basement with a ‘Clean & Check’ Service

To keep your basement sump and pump in tip top condition simply call us to arrange a ‘Clean and Check’ – don’t forget if you do not get your pump serviced you may also be invalidating your guarantee! Simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line request form for more information.

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The mystery of the foul smell in the kitchen…

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Fat deposits from the pump

One of our basement pump engineers visited a  property recently after we received a phone call from a concerned customer in London worring about a bad smell in her kitchen that seemed to be coming from the basement.

Upon arrival at the property there indeed appeared to be an odour coming from the basement but only upon opening the basement pump did the engineer find the source of the odour. Fatty deposits in the water from the dishwasher were found to be clinging to the pump and float switch (See picture).  If left untreated this would  have caused a potential flooding problem as the float switch would become too heavy and not rise with the water level. The float switch detects the amount of liquid in the sump and then activates the pump to remove the liquid from the sump chamber and avoid flooding.

On the base of pump the inlet holes had also become blocked with fatty deposits which would result in the water not being able to be sucked up by the pump and possible flooding of the basement had the owner not called in the Basement Sump & Pump Co to perform a ‘Clean & Check’ on the system.

Thankfully the relieved homeowner was spared a flooded basement!

Keeping your basement dry

To keep your basement sump and pump in tip top condition call us to arrange a ‘Clean and Check’ – don’t forget if you do not get your pump serviced you may also be invalidating your guarantee! Simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line request form for more information.

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Before and after – what a difference a “Clean & Check” makes!

Heres two great pics of a basement pump unit before and after cleaning. The before picture clearly shows the lime build up on the pump unit and the after showing a clean unit after descaling. I know which pump I’d want protecting my basement and keeping it dry!

Cosford hall classic
Cosford hall classic
11:18 11 Jan 21
Brilliant service from Jason , arrived on time and was very friendly and polite, he serviced our pump whilst explaining... in detail what he was doing and what we should expect from our pump system. Mark has done our service for over a decade and I didn’t think anyone could be as good but Jason has filled the slot perfectly. Here’s to another decade of good service from Jason .read more
Steve Milner
Steve Milner
20:32 09 Dec 20
James from the Basement Sump & Pump Co attended to ensure the basement pump his firm installed last year was working... well. These pumps can draw in sand and dirt so it is important to clean it annually. Pump itself is excellent - definitely recommend this company for the installation of more
Tim Wheeler
Tim Wheeler
15:17 24 Nov 20
Friendly and efficient service and very easy to deal with.
Kausar Hussain
Kausar Hussain
13:52 07 Nov 20
Excellent service. The technician identified the issue with pump and the set up and carried out the modifications to... rectify the issue. Very thorough and professional serviceread more
Lynn Woods
Lynn Woods
09:01 29 Oct 20
Extremely knowledgeable and provided a thorough high quality service.
Bradley Brown
Bradley Brown
17:43 09 Apr 20
lewis barwick
lewis barwick
19:07 06 Jul 18
I called up for a service which was promptly booked in. Mark was friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely be... having you back next year. Many thanks, more
alan holmes
alan holmes
09:59 28 Jun 18
Mark arrived early, protected floor surfaces and carried out the service with good knowledge of the site from doing the... initial installation and previous service visitsread more
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