An upflush toilet is a great way to add an extra toilet in your basement without breaking up concrete to install plumbing pipes. These toilets feature pumps that propel waste upward so it can leave through your sewer pipe. However, when choosing an upflush toilet, you need to be aware of safety features.

Here are five critical safety features you need.

1. Well Maintained Power Cords

While most toilets work with mechanical elements and the power of gravity, upflush toilets are slightly different. They require electricity to work correctly. So that you can connect your upflush toilet to an outlet, you need a sturdy industrial strength cord.

Its lining needs to prevent water from ever getting into the conductors inside of it. In addition to the power cord attached to your toilet, you also need to ensure any extension cords you use are safe, unfrayed and in good condition.

2. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter

In case your toilet’s pump ever experiences a power surge, you need it to be able to turn off automatically. A ground-fault circuit interrupter can kill the flow of electricity to your pump in a fraction of a second, and these critical safety features actively monitor the electricity coming into or out of your system to ensure everything is safe.

3. Durable Case for Macerating Blade

Some pumps may have trouble pushing large bits of solid waste against gravity and up through plumbing pipes. To accommodate this challenge, you can invest in a toilet with a macerating blade — these toilet basically grind up waste so it can be pushed upward more easily. To ensure no one ever gets hurt, the blade should be in a durable polypropylene case attached to the toilet, and that case should not be accessible to children or other vulnerable people.

4. Alarm

You can buy upflush toilets with built-in alarms, or you can buy standalone alarms that you add to these toilets. The right alarm can protect your basement from flooding or your toilet from breaking.

If the volume of water in the tank or going through the pump gets too high, the alarm should start beeping. It should also feature an LED light to indicate what it happening with the toilet. Then, you automatically know if something needs to be fixed or repaired.

5. Thermal Overload Protection

Keep in mind that pumps can get overheated due to constant use. Ideally, you want a thermal overload protection feature in your pump. These safety features turn off the pump when it overheats and then turn it automatically back on when it cools down.

To learn more about upflush toilets and their critical safety features, contact a plumber from a company like A and C Plumbing.