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Hiring a tradesman to install or repair a Saniflo
Placing a new toilet, shower, sink or drain can be difficult, especially in a converted room that was never fitted with the right utilities. A ‘Saniflo’ is a brand of macerator, designed to pump waste-water into the nearest soil pipe, making it possible to fit toilets and other water-appliances almost anywhere in the house.
However, placing one and hooking it up to your utilities is not a job for a DIY enthusiast. You will need a professional plumber that is familiar with Saniflo products, and luckily finding one is simple through Plentific. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of tradesmen in your local area that have the skills you need, and each will have a Plentific profile showing their qualifications, customer reviews and past jobs. Messaging and managing Pros is simple through the Plentific Dashboard, and you can make your bookings with complete security through the Plentific Wallet. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee. With tradesmen all over the UK, Plentific can help you find your ideal hire whatever your job might be!
What do I need to know about installing or repairing a Saniflo?
A ‘Saniflo’ does not work in the same way as a standard drain. Waste water goes through a sealed macerator pump inside a box unit, which can stand behind a toilet or be hidden behind a wall. Water and waste is cut up with a fast rotating blade, and is then discharged to the nearest soil pipe. Another advantage is that they work almost silently! Because they do not work like standard drains, you will need a qualified plumber who has experience specifically with the Saniflo range. A poorly or incorrectly installed product will leak and experience regular blockages.
A qualified plumber will usually have passed an apprenticeship or similar industry-approved qualification. To work on your product they should have a great deal of experience working with the Saniflo range, and they should be able to provide positive customer reviews from past jobs. If you struggle to find a suitable hire, Saniflo itself may be able to source some in your local area. A good sign of their quality will be if they belong to a national tradesmans’ association, such as the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC). These groups have high standards for quality and professionalism that members are required to meet in each job. Your final hire will need to have active public liability insurance, as well as a guarantee for if their work proves inadequate or unsatisfactory.
The price of installing a Saniflo will depend on details of the job itself, but you could usually expect to pay around £350 for the unit to be supplied and installed. Remember to collect several quotes and compare based on quality: a poorly installed unit will cause nothing but mess and misery. The cost of repairing the unit will again vary, but Saniflo usually provides a two year guarantee on its products. You should also make sure your installer provides an appropriate guarantee period.