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Replacing a Toilet? Some Options to Consider

toilet-with-button-flushA bathroom toilet is designed for durability. In fact, people may think of a toilet as an appliance in their home that will never need a replacement. But this is not the case. If your home has a toilet that’s more than 20 years old, it’s time to put in a new one. Even putting in a similar model of toilet will use half the amount of water of a toilet that was made two decades ago.

Or you may be in a position where your old toilet needs to be replaced because it’s become too damaged or leaky to keep around.

Regardless of the reason, it’s time to call a plumber in San Bernardino, CA to put in a new toilet for your house. Which means it’s also time to make some choices about what type of toilet to put in—there are many more options than there once were.

Gravity Toilet vs. Pressure Assist Toilet

Despite the science-fiction-sounding name, a gravity toilet is the standard type of flush toilet most homes have. If you’re replacing an older toilet, it’s almost certainly a gravity assist model. This is the type where the flapper in the tank opens and the force of the water in the tank rushing downward into the bowl causes the flush that pushes the waste into the drainpipe.

The main alternative to the gravity toilet is the pressure assist toilet, also known as low-flow­ toilets because they reduce the amount of water used in the flush. You may have seen these in public restrooms, but more homes are using them now. The water used in the flush is forced into the bowl at higher pressure so less water is necessary for the flush. The difference in water usage is significant. Where old toilets could use between 3 to 6 gallons per flush, a pressure assist toilet only uses 1.28 gallons per flush. These toilets stay cleaner and the pressure helps to deter clogging. They do cost more to install, but the water savings help them to payback their costs.

The Dual Flush Toilet

This toilet model combines the gravity toilet and the pressure assist. It has two different flush buttons, one which uses gravity to flush out the toilet, and the other to use pressure assist. The pressure assist button is best used for liquid waste—easier to remove with smaller amounts of water—and the gravity assist is used for solid waste.

Touchless Flush

This is another type of toilet you’ve seen in public restrooms which also have benefits for a home. (In fact, you can retrofit your current toilet with a touchless option if it’s still new.) A touchless flush is helpful with stopping the spread of germs, since nobody needs to touch a handle or button to activate the flush, simply wave their hand over the sensor.

And More

There are other choices and options, such as seat-warmers and self-cleaning toilets. Ask our plumbers about ways we can improve your bathroom with the best in high-tech plumbing installations.

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