Hmmm - all the stories I ever hear about these contraptions, are ones where
something has got stuck either in the macerator or the pipe that leads to
the main stack and has had the god damned awful job of clearing it all out.
The person fixing it has always ended up being covered in you know what.
Personally, I think the French have marketed this product on the British as
a way of getting us back at beating them at Waterloo!
I'm just about to install one and have read dozens of posts about them. It
seems they work fine but like many things have problems because of people.
Do not buy the cheapest one - get one with a fairly heavy motor.
Do not be afraid to let everyone who may use it know that the only things
that will go through it are things that go through you - and proper bog roll
which is designed to break up in water.
Leave notices for guests - e.g. no cotton buds, no cotton wool, no pink
And a bin with some of those little brown bags.
And of course install as per manufacturers instructions.
And you can get British made ones.
I walked into a DIY shop the other day... just beyond the front door was a
massive sign saying "SHOPPING BASKETS OBLIGATORY".. and stacks of baskets
were right there. Two couples walked in before me, they walked past the sign
and the baskets without picking one up.
At the checkout I felt like a fool for being the only one with a basket. I
told the checkout person "Looks like your sign isn't having the desired
effect." The cashier replied "Yes, most people don't take any notice."
I'd fit the toilet with an elecrified seat and door handle, with a
computer-driven vision system to recognize banned objects being thrown in
the loo. In this scenario the computer electrifies the lot.. just to give
the occupant the necessary negative feedback ;-)
Horrid things. I first encountered one years ago at a friends place. It had
stopped working so I took it apart and found the motor jammed up with
tampons. It was horrid. Then someone had the bright idea to turn it on
whilst the lid was still removed. We thought it would just show the motor
blades turning. Unfortunately they have a high pressure pump which also
kicked in and a fountain of sewage hit me striaght in the face and then
covered the bathroom from the ceiling down.
The plus side to it was that my friend was so guilt ridden or impressed(?)
or whatever that she decided to be my girlfriend.
Yep. Things can happen when you fit a macerator in your house. Personally,
I'd say avoid it.
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