Q Water isn't coming into
Seat and/or lid seal worn - replace; Bleed plug has been removed -
replace; Lid cracked, breaking vacuum - replace; Seat not flat on bowl rim,
lid not flat on seat - Adjust hinge till both flat. Electric versions - Increase 'runtime' of pump by adjusting screw rear of push button.
Insufficient water enters bowl
As above + possibly too large hole in bleed plug - Replace; Too great a
lift from waterline to bowl, height & length - Re plumb with part of
pipe lower than waterline for first part of run.
Q How to test if we have a vacuum on the Lavac
A Close the seat and cover and operate the
pump. If you give the suggested 14
or so strokes of the pump you should find that you will not be able to lift the
seat and/or lid of the toilet, which proves you have a vacuum. If everything
is operating as it should the vacuum should last for between 75 and 120 seconds.
Foul water appears to come back into bowl
Lower pump valve not seating correctly due to scale build up or old valve - Break
up scale or replace valve.
Toilet smells when first pumped
This is normally caused by micro-bacterial growth in the Inlet hose when the boat
is left unused for some time - Flush a few times to wash out hose.
Electric Pumped version doesn't flush properly
Minimum run time of pump inadequate should be (12v systems 50/55 seconds, 24v
systems 45/50 seconds) - Increase run time by adjusting screw, rear of push
button; Incorrect inlet valve fitted - Replace with appropriate valve.
Toilet bowl bubbling or blistering
Very old model with coated alloy bowl - Strip and re-paint with 2 part epoxy, or contact us about
replacement toilet bowl prices.
Hand or electric pump not working efficiently
Pump not mounted vertically - Re-mount vertically; Bottom of pump too
low - Re-mount pump with lower part above lid of toilet.
Too much water in bowl
No bleed plug or bleed plug with too small a hole in inlet hose - Fit Bleed
plug or enlarge hole until vacuum breaks more quickly.
Leaks from back of pump
Water may be travelling down the thread of eye bolt - Smear with silicon
grease and tighten nut.
Inlet valve held open by blockage - Open front cover of pump, check and
clear; Scale build up in pump - physically remove by breaking away,
bending pipe to crack away, dissolve by leaving in vinegar/water 50/50 solution
for several days.
Pump hard to operate
Seacock may be closed - Open; Pump/pipe blocked - Remove front
cover and clean.
Q Scale build-up in
Caused by chemical reaction with minerals in water - clear from pipe work by removing
from system and "working" (bending to break up hard deposits) then
banging pipe to empty. Physically remove from pump components by breaking
away and emptying. Dissolve in a solution of water and vinegar (50/50) for
several days then flush.