Waste disposal pumps vary in scale and application, like all things with pumps and HVAC technology. Typically chopper pumps are meant for more industrial scale uses, where you’re running an entire county’s waste system. What about smaller scale? Clogs and blockages don’t just occur outside your facility, they happen on the inside too.
An Expensive Problem
A clog can occur anywhere in the piping. Things get really expensive though depending on just where that clog happens. It’s one thing if your local waste service has a blockage. If the pipes block up an inch over the edge of your property, it’s the waste service’s problem and in principal, their expense to fix. On the other hand, anything in your facility and its grounds is your problem.
For a facility such as a hotel, where there might hundreds or even thousands of guests, there can be no clogs or break downs. Your customers will demand refunds if they find themselves standing in a pool of grossness mid-shower. These places need the same levels of reliability as the greater waste management system. Worse than that, with a wide variety of guests, just about anything could end up in the plumbing.
Pranksters might try to flush ping pong balls, an intoxicated guest might accidentally flush a toothbrush, and someone will believe that flushable wipes are actually flushable (they’re not, they create massive clogs). There need to be defenses placed against the biggest problems your facility will face. Crapmageddon is a very bad day for you and your guests.
The problem is, something like a chopper pump is too big. Using a chopper pump for a block of hotel rooms would be like racing your friend’s mustang with a rocket propelled car that uses a big block V8 as a starter motor. There needs to be a smaller pump that fits inside your facility.
A Smaller Solution
What’s the next simplest solution? What if we made a chopper pump, that had the choppers built into the impeller? This is generally called a Cutter Pump. The impeller is designed with blades in it, allowing it to slice up material as it’s sucked in.
This design has a number of advantages. By integrating the cutting mechanism into the impeller, it makes it easier to retrofit the Cutter into existing facilities. The focus on the impeller also improves efficiency drastically. The blades on a chopper pump create significant drag and in a hotel, they’re only beneficial on a few occasions a day or month. This also means a Chopper pump could need a beefier power supply for it’s torque-heavy design. A Cutter pump however, is just a regular pump with some teeth, it would likely drop right into your existing facility.
When a waste issue arises, the Cutter pump is ready to chew up potential clogs before they can cause issues for your entire facility. They would typically be placed anywhere you currently have a pump to help maintain waste flow. With one of these pumps, you might still experience a clog on a floor level, but with the right design, you won’t have a backup across an entire wing of the facility.
For those outside the hospitality industry, this may seem like a small savings, but consider convention centers. There are multiple wings of hotel rooms and an entire building or series of buildings dedicated to hosting events. If a blockage starts at any key points, the entire facility could lose all waste water services for hours or days. A partial outage of service is always preferable to a facility-spanning disaster.
Getting a Cutter Pump
If you’ve experienced significant clogging issues, especially in an older facility, it would be a good idea to consult with your plumbing contractors about some mitigations. The cutter pump will definitely be a key tool in your arsenal. Depending on the scale of the facility you can swap out a few existing pumps or possibly even just change out the impellers on those pumps for cutter impellers, making this a simple and affordable upgrade for an existing facility.