Offering powerful, efficient pumping action in a compact and contemporary design, the recently modified Saniswift is small enough to fit easily inside a cabinet, but stylish enough to be left in full view.
The Saniswift from SFA Saniflo, one of the most petite and stylish gray water pumping systems available, has undergone several plumber-friendly design modifications to simplify and speed its already easy installation. Half the size of comparable pumps in its class, the Saniswift is shipped fully assembled, with its gray water pump tucked inside its covered, bucket-shaped container, ready for immediate installation.
About the size of a small wastebasket, the compact Saniswift pump is an ideal, above-floor plumbing solution where no below-floor drainage exists. It will pump wastewater away from a kitchen, laundry or bar sink; a shower or a bathroom sink; a washing machine (indirect connection) or a dishwasher. Equipped with three, 1½-inch (38.1 millimeter) inlets—two on the bottom and one on top—the Saniswift can remove up to 24 gallons (90.85 liters) of wastewater per minute (depending on discharge-line length) from three separate plumbing fixtures. The compact unit with its smooth, rounded contours slips neatly and attractively into tight spaces where other pumps, with their bulkier commercial designs, can neither fit nor look as good.
The compact Saniswift pump is an ideal, above-floor plumbing solution where no below-floor drainage exists in the home.
one of the three new design enhancements includes a 1½ by 1½-inch (38.1 by 38.1 millimeter) rubber coupling, which is now provided for the vent connection at the top of the unit. Also, both the left and right top inlets are now shipped pre-opened, and the factory also provides a plug to cap either inlet. One plug is furnished to alert installers that one of these inlets should be used for venting, as required by local plumbing codes.
The two side inlets, for handling waste from a second and third fixture, now come assembled and in position to be readily adapted to the rubber, 1½ by 2-inch (38.1 by 50.8 millimeter) coupling provided by the factory. Two inlet plugs are also shipped with the unit in case one or both of these inlets are not needed for drainage.
Introduced in 2009, the fully automatic Saniswift drains swiftly through one-inch plastic piping – versus 1½ inches (38.1 millimeters) on competitive models – that runs entirely above the floor, either inside or outside the walls. This allows the pump to handle wastewater for up to three new plumbing fixtures where no below-floor drainage exists or where it is too costly to create.
Spared the expense and hassle of breaking through floors to install conventional drain lines, homeowners can create an extra kitchen, bar, bath or utility area anywhere. “The Saniswift can be installed in a wide variety of locations in the home,” Saniflo CEO Regis Saragosti says, “including a loft or an attic; an upper floor or the ground floor; a basement, a laundry room or even a garage that’s being converted into living or working space.”
The two side inlets help speed installation by reducing the height at which floor-level plumbing fixtures must sit to achieve proper drainage. These heights can be as high as 10 inches for pumps whose inlets are positioned at the top of the unit (eight or more inches above the floor surface), rather than at the bottom, like Saniswift’s. In fact, the Saniswift has the lowest pipe inlets available, at just 1½ inches (38.1 millimeters).
A one-third horsepower motor and a non-clogging impeller design allow the unit to pass laundry lint and other small solids up to 3/8 inches. No lint filter or screen needed, eliminating maintenance chores required by other pumps. The compact Saniswift can discharge effluent up to 14 feet vertically or 140 feet horizontally – or a combination of both. A vertical run of 3 feet (0.91 meters) is equal to a horizontal run of 30 feet. Other important features include a built-in, factory installed check valve; and a quiet operation whose noise level is comparable to that of a conventional toilet flushing.
“Imagine the ability to install a new sink or shower wherever it’s convenient, rather than only where the pipes happen to be located,” says Regis Saragosti. “Innovative solutions like the Saniswift give homeowners the power and flexibility to add new plumbing fixtures wherever they work best for today’s more casual, more flexible lifestyles.”
The Saniswift has been certified for plumbing and electrical use in the United States (UL 788) and Canada (CSA C22.2). Saniflo offers a two-year warranty on the Saniswift, including all electrical components. ■
John O’Reilly has worked for nearly forty years in the building-products field and is currently a partner in the public relations firm O’Reilly DePalma. For more information about Saniflo, call 800.571.8191 or visit
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