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Flexible flushing around the house to beat daily loo queue.

Byline: DAVID NORMAN

IF YOU want to beat the daily loo queue, then consider installing another WC elsewhere in the house, or even another bathroom or shower.

Such additions to the home have been made a lot easier in recent years by the introduction of domestic small bore sanitary systems.

These systems are now an important part of the UK plumbing scene. Their ability to enable people to add the luxury and convenience of extra WC, bathroom and shower facilities as well as real long term value to their property has ensured their ready acceptance amongst specifiers and installers as well as the public at large.

Not only households have taken advantage of the systems to install extra facilities, but also shops and offices.

The principle - a macerator pumping unit which operates automatically when the toilet is flushed to pump waste and water away upwards or horizontally to a distant soil pipe - was pioneered by Saniflo, which occupies a dominant position in the market with the only range of officiallyapproved products using 22mm discharge pipework.

British water regulations differ from those of mainland Europe and so, according to the National Home Improvement Council, the testing applicable to units manufactured for use there does not guarantee their fitness for use in the UK.

This has meant that a range of small bore systems specifically designed for the UK market has emerged, guaranteed suitable for all types of extension and refurbishment work. They have been particularly helpful in converting unused space, in extensions or loft conversions to give extra bathroom or kitchen facilities.

Equally important, small bore sanitary systems provide these extra facilities quickly, easily and at a fraction of the cost of conventional plumbing where normal gravity drainage can't provide a solution.

The principle of "plumb it in where you want it rather than where the soil pipe dictates" has been extended from bathroom to kitchens and utility rooms.

Pumping problems in these applications are, of course, different.

In a bathroom, the waste water is generally of low temperature and drains into the unit by gravity.

In a kitchen, appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines pump out soap-rich water at high temperature. The pump unit required to deal with such waste is quite different to the pump needed for a bathroom application. It has to be capable of dealing with pumped high temperature water.

Showers and en-suite shower rooms are a fast growing part of the bathroom spectrum.

A special unit has been designed to operate in conjunction with a shower. Because it is small, the unit can be hidden away under the shower tray and pipework concealed.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 6, 2001
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