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If you are thinking about moving your toilet to a different location, or perhaps you have spoken to your plumber about the possibility of adding an extra guest toilet into your home, you may have had the term ‘macerator’ thrown your way, but what is a macerator and what do you need to know about a macerator?

What is a macerator?

The term to macerate means to soften and break up or grind up. A macerator is a special toilet pump that will soften and grind up human waste, using fast rotating stainless steel blades to chop and grind and help push it in any direction that is needed (up, down, sideways… without the need for gravity). The steel blades can even handle items that should not be flushed down a toilet, and when mixed with water, this will create a fine slurry that is moveable.

The fine slurry is expelled through pressure and able to pass through ¾ inch or 1 inch pipework, leading to the sewage pipe. This means the toilet does not have to be fitted on the sewage line like previously, but will allow you to convert any room into a guest toilet. Especially as with a macerator toilet there is no need for a in-floor sump system but just the macerator itself that is connected behind the toilet and can be concealed inside a wall.

A macerator is not limited to a toilet alone, it could be used if you want to move your washing machine or a sink to a different location, because grey water from a sink, shower or appliance can all be pushed through the macerator as well.

How much will it cost to fit a macerator?

Some well known brands to choose from are; Saniflo, Grundfos, Turboflush. The unit can cost from just under £300 to almost £800. When it comes to labour, even if plumbing in a new toilet on a macerator, this can be a much quicker job than plumbing a toilet onto the soil stack. Most macerator toilets can be plumbed in from half a days labour. If you are only needing a macerator to be switched out and replaced with a new macerator, this could be as quick as 90 minutes to achieve. 

Don’t be surprised if some of the labour cost is lifted to allow for the awfulness of the job, as the smell can be overwhelming and dealing with macerator issues might involve the plumber having to use their hands to manually clean human waste off a blade!

Cost to fit a macerator

Per

Average cost

Replace an old macerator for a new without moving a toilet

Per hour 

£150

Fit a new toilet with a macerator in new location

Per hour 

£500 

Fit a macerator to a washing machine in a new location

Per day

£250

What plumbing is needed when installing a macerator?

The macerator will be positioned directly behind the toilet. The waste from the goes straight into the macerator, where mixed with water, the waste will be propelled through a pipe and it requires electricity to do so. A macerator just needs a decent water pressure to connect to, an electrical power supply to operate the machine and it will need to be connected to small-bore pipework as a discharge pipe that is ¾ inch or an inch diameter. This pipework is easy to add into an existing building as it can be traced to run under floors, behind walls and in ceiling voids to join existing drains where it will meet up with a soil stack to eventually run down into the sewer.

Make sure to use a plumber who will double check that all the pipework is correctly sealed for no leaks when installing your macerator and that any beds in pipework are gradual not sharp elbows where the waste might get blocked. The macerator will need to be vented into your home vent set-up but it can be installed as a wet system vent. Most macerators do need to be plumbed in no more than 12 feet below the sewer level or 15 feet away from a soil stack.

What common problems are associated with a macerator?

Like any pump, the macerator can block, fail or worse break. A common issue people have reported is the toilet still running even when the macerator pump has been switched off.

This could be from a blockage in the pump or pipework or the microswitch misfiring. To clear a blockage do not try yourself, get a professional to avoid injury as it might involve clearing debris off the stainless steel blades. For the microswitch, waste stuck between the switch and tank floor might have the switch register a full tank. Debris will have to be cleared manually before restarting the pump.

A macerator creates more noise than standard plumbing but if it is even noisier than normal or vibrating, this might indicate blocked waste in the blade. Another fault might be the macerator tripping the electrics. Never delay when it comes to water and electrics so do get this issue seen to immediately as perhaps water is getting into the electrics. On the whole, a decent brand macerator and fitted by a trusted plumber, should not give you any issues.


Estimates for common plumber jobs;

JobEstimate
Cost to fix a leak £240
Cost to replace a toilet £200
Cost to replace a bath £350
Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink £180
Cost to install or remove a dishwasher £70
Cost to install a washing machine £70
Cost to fit a water softener £880
Cost to fit a macerator £80
Cost to fit a boiling water tap £70

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Fit a macerator cost in the UK
Fit a macerator cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKFit a macerator cost
Fit a macerator near Aberdeen£74
Fit a macerator near Amber Valley£78
Fit a macerator near Angus£72
Fit a macerator near Arun£86
Fit a macerator near Ashfield£76
Fit a macerator near Aylesbury Vale£98
Fit a macerator near Barnsley£68
Fit a macerator near Basildon£92
Fit a macerator near Basingstoke & Deane£108
Fit a macerator near Bassetlaw£66
Fit a macerator near Bath & North East Somerset£78
Fit a macerator near Bedford£96
Fit a macerator near Belfast£64
Fit a macerator near Birmingham£76
Fit a macerator near Blackburn£98
Fit a macerator near Blackpool£68
Fit a macerator near Bolton£90
Fit a macerator near Bournemouth£82
Fit a macerator near Bracknell Forest£108
Fit a macerator near Bradford£70
Fit a macerator near Braintree£88
Fit a macerator near Breckland£58
Fit a macerator near Bridgend£72
Fit a macerator near Brighton£90
Fit a macerator near Bristol£74
Fit a macerator near Broadland£84
Fit a macerator near Broxtowe£76
Fit a macerator near Bury£90
Fit a macerator near Caerphilly£66
Fit a macerator near Calderdale£66
Fit a macerator near Cambridge£86
Fit a macerator near Canterbury£88
Fit a macerator near Cardiff£68
Fit a macerator near Carmarthenshire£56
Fit a macerator near Charnwood£74
Fit a macerator near Chelmsford£88
Fit a macerator near Cheltenham£86
Fit a macerator near Cherwell£90
Fit a macerator near Chester£74
Fit a macerator near Colchester£88
Fit a macerator near Conway£62
Fit a macerator near Coventry£74
Fit a macerator near Crewe & Nantwich£70
Fit a macerator near Dacorum£100
Fit a macerator near Derby£76
Fit a macerator near Doncaster£68
Fit a macerator near Dover£88
Fit a macerator near Dudley£78
Fit a macerator near Dumfries & Galloway£70
Fit a macerator near Dundee£80
Fit a macerator near East Ayrshire£82
Fit a macerator near East Devon£66
Fit a macerator near East Dunbartonshire£76
Fit a macerator near East Hampshire£84
Fit a macerator near East Hertfordshire£98
Fit a macerator near East Lindsey£72
Fit a macerator near East Riding£74
Fit a macerator near Eastleigh£108
Fit a macerator near Edinburgh£78
Fit a macerator near Elmbridge£110
Fit a macerator near Epping Forest£108
Fit a macerator near Erewash£76
Fit a macerator near Exeter£72
Fit a macerator near Falkirk£80
Fit a macerator near Fife£76
Fit a macerator near Flintshire£74
Fit a macerator near Gateshead£78
Fit a macerator near Gedling£78
Fit a macerator near Glasgow£78
Fit a macerator near Gloucester£136
Fit a macerator near Guildford£112
Fit a macerator near Gwynedd£60
Fit a macerator near Halton£74
Fit a macerator near Harrogate£72
Fit a macerator near Havant & Waterloo£78
Fit a macerator near Highland£80
Fit a macerator near Horsham£100
Fit a macerator near Huntingdonshire£86
Fit a macerator near Ipswich£120
Fit a macerator near Isle of Wight£100
Fit a macerator near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£66
Fit a macerator near Kingston-upon-Hull£74
Fit a macerator near Kirklees£66
Fit a macerator near Knowsley£72
Fit a macerator near Lancaster£74
Fit a macerator near Leeds£70
Fit a macerator near Leicester£72
Fit a macerator near Lisburn£64
Fit a macerator near Liverpool£72
Fit a macerator near London£108
Fit a macerator near Luton£102
Fit a macerator near Macclesfield£70
Fit a macerator near Maidstone£86
Fit a macerator near Manchester£76
Fit a macerator near Mid Bedfordshire£96
Fit a macerator near Mid Sussex£98
Fit a macerator near Middlesbrough£78
Fit a macerator near Milton Keynes£94
Fit a macerator near Neath Port Talbot£72
Fit a macerator near New Forest£106
Fit a macerator near Newbury£110
Fit a macerator near Newcastle-under-Lyme£68
Fit a macerator near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£78
Fit a macerator near Newport£68
Fit a macerator near North Ayrshire£76
Fit a macerator near North East Lincolnshire£72
Fit a macerator near North Hertfordshire£100
Fit a macerator near North Lanarkshire£76
Fit a macerator near North Lincolnshire£70
Fit a macerator near North Somerset£74
Fit a macerator near North Tyneside£78
Fit a macerator near North Wiltshire£92
Fit a macerator near Northampton£92
Fit a macerator near Norwich£80
Fit a macerator near Nottingham£76
Fit a macerator near Nuneaton & Bedworth£74
Fit a macerator near Oldham£76
Fit a macerator near Oxford£94
Fit a macerator near Pembrokeshire£54
Fit a macerator near Perth & Kinross£78
Fit a macerator near Peterborough£74
Fit a macerator near Plymouth£62
Fit a macerator near Poole£82
Fit a macerator near Portsmouth£94
Fit a macerator near Powys£84
Fit a macerator near Preston£104
Fit a macerator near Reading£108
Fit a macerator near Redcar & Cleveland£80
Fit a macerator near Reigate & Banstead£112
Fit a macerator near Renfrewshire£76
Fit a macerator near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£68
Fit a macerator near Rochdale£76
Fit a macerator near Rochester-upon-Medway£90
Fit a macerator near Rotherham£66
Fit a macerator near Salford£76
Fit a macerator near Salisbury£82
Fit a macerator near Sandwell£78
Fit a macerator near Scarborough£64
Fit a macerator near Scottish Borders£96
Fit a macerator near Sefton£72
Fit a macerator near Sevenoaks£102
Fit a macerator near Sheffield£68
Fit a macerator near Slough£104
Fit a macerator near Solihull£78
Fit a macerator near South Ayrshire£76
Fit a macerator near South Bedfordshire£96
Fit a macerator near South Cambridgeshire£88
Fit a macerator near South Gloucestershire£76
Fit a macerator near South Kesteven£78
Fit a macerator near South Lanarkshire£78
Fit a macerator near South Oxfordshire£98
Fit a macerator near South Somerset£62
Fit a macerator near South Tyneside£78
Fit a macerator near Southampton£102
Fit a macerator near Southend-on-Sea£86
Fit a macerator near St Albans£104
Fit a macerator near St Helens£74
Fit a macerator near Stafford£72
Fit a macerator near Stockport£76
Fit a macerator near Stockton-on-Tees£78
Fit a macerator near Stoke-on-Trent£68
Fit a macerator near Stratford-on-Avon£92
Fit a macerator near Stroud£82
Fit a macerator near Suffolk Coastal£126
Fit a macerator near Sunderland£78
Fit a macerator near Swale£88
Fit a macerator near Swansea£68
Fit a macerator near Tameside£76
Fit a macerator near Teignbridge£74
Fit a macerator near Tendring£114
Fit a macerator near Test Valley£82
Fit a macerator near Thamesdown£100
Fit a macerator near Thanet£84
Fit a macerator near The Wrekin£162
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Fit a macerator near Torbay£78
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Fit a macerator near Vale of Glamorgan£74
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Fit a macerator near Warwick£78
Fit a macerator near Waveney£84
Fit a macerator near Waverley£108
Fit a macerator near Wealden£94
Fit a macerator near West Lancashire£72
Fit a macerator near West Lothian£82
Fit a macerator near West Wiltshire£92
Fit a macerator near Wigan£76
Fit a macerator near Windsor & Maidenhead£104
Fit a macerator near Wirral£72
Fit a macerator near Wokingham£110
Fit a macerator near Wolverhampton£78
Fit a macerator near Wrexham Maelor£78
Fit a macerator near Wychavon£82
Fit a macerator near Wycombe£106
Fit a macerator near York£72