Heavy-Duty Above-Floor Drain Pump Saves Central Florida Homeowner Time and Money During Laundry Room Renovation

Case Study | October 2023
Homeowner and industry manufacturer representative Tom McGuire chooses a Saniflo drain pump to avoid costly repairs to an older cast-iron drain-waste-vent system while preserving his home’s hardwood floors by not creating new below-floor drainage.

Problem

ORLANDO, FLORIDA — Tom McGuire of McGuire Group LLC, a statewide plumbing manufacturer representative in central Florida, recently needed an innovative plumbing solution for his 50-year-old home. Undergoing a laundry room renovation, McGuire’s extensive experience selling above-floor plumbing solutions led him to select a heavy-duty gray water drain pump for his project.

According to McGuire, renovating his 50-year-old home presented potentially costly plumbing challenges. First, the house had a cast-iron soil pipe drainage system. Unfortunately, the part that serviced the kitchen and laundry room had deteriorated almost beyond use. McGuire had to have the line jetted every ten months to clear back-ups.

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As a seasoned plumbing rep, McGuire knew installing new conventional plumbing drainage to replace the cast-iron system would require him to rip up and replace his hardwood floors. That process, he estimates, would have cost at least $5,000, plus an additional $6,000 to cut the concrete beneath and run new piping.

“We had two choices: Cut up all the floors in our house and pipe a line conventionally or devise a more affordable alternative,” explains McGuire. Put off by the mounting costs of the renovations, McGuire knew installing an above-floor drain pump would eliminate the need to break through his hardwood floor, saving him time and money.


Solution

According to McGuire, rerouting the existing laundry drain line was simply out of the question, again because of the time and the expense. As a result, he decided to install a Sanicom 1 gray water drain pump to handle drainage from his home’s washing machine.

Because McGuire’s kitchen sink was on an exterior wall, he was able to install a new sewage line that would service that fixture and bypass the deteriorated cast-iron system.

From there, McGuire created a “hybrid system” that circumvents the laundry room’s existing drain line by connecting the Sanicom directly to the new sewage line. Wastewater from the new pump feeds into this new sewer line that connects to the municipal sewer access near the street.

“We wanted to be able to drain the gray water from the washing machine in our laundry room directly into the Sanicom rather than through a laundry tub first,” McGuire explains. “It’s still on a single line, but the drain pump moves the waste vertically approximately nine feet, and then horizontally through the attic, where the discharge line drops down to tie into the new sewer line.”

Product Profile:
Sanicom 1 Drain Pump

The 1.3 HP Sanicom 1 simplex drain pump from Saniflo is designed to provide drainage for high-temperature gray water in demanding residential and commercial applications. The ability to handle temperatures up to 194°F makes it especially ideal for commercial kitchen dishwashers that must meet exacting health and sanitation standards. In addition, the unit can handle liquids with highly acidic properties.

The heavy-duty pump can provide drainage for multiple water fixtures simultaneously. Gray water enters through one of two side inlets before being discharged up to 25 feet vertically and/or a maximum of 250 feet horizontally.


Results

The entire laundry room installation was simple. In fact, it was so simple that McGuire felt comfortable installing the unit himself. He reports that the installation process was straightforward.

“There was some labor involved, but the directions from Saniflo are clear and understandable, which makes everything — from selecting a location for the pump to tying the pump into the venting — pretty straightforward.”

Most importantly, McGuire is grateful for solutions that help homeowners avoid costly renovations. McGuire’s new laundry room has been operational for the past year, and he says the new Sanicom is working great — “As far as the pump’s performance, it’s been flawless.”

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ABOUT SANIFLO
SFA SANIFLO U.S.A. – whose parent company originated macerating plumbing technology — offers a complete line of waste and drainage pumping systems for residential and commercial applications. Saniflo developed its innovative, “above-floor plumbing” technology more than a half-century ago and has led its commercialization worldwide. Today, the company markets macerating technology through 24 subsidiaries in 50 countries and has sold more than seven million units worldwide since 1958. Saniflo markets through independent sales agents throughout North America, and the product line is currently available at distributor and dealer locations throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, contact Saniflo at 1-800-571-8191. Or visit the Saniflo website at saniflo.com.

For editorial assistance, including photography, contact John O’Reilly c/o GreenHouse Digital + PR: 708-428-6385 or [email protected].


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To avoid an extensive renovation, McGuire selected a heavy-duty gray water drain pump for his laundry room project. The graywater from the washing machine feeds directly into the Sanicom 1.

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The unit moves the waste vertically, approximately nine feet, and then horizontally through the attic, where the discharge line drops down to feed into the sewer line.

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Wastewater from the new pump feeds into this new sewer line that connects to the municipal sewer access near the street.

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McGuire created a “hybrid system” that circumvents the laundry room’s existing drain line. The Sanicom 1 collects gray water from the washing machine and pumps it directly to the new sewage line.

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In order to redirect the laundry room’s wastewater from the original drainage system, McGuire created a new drainage system for the Sanicom 1 to tie into.

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