Overview of toilet types and design


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Are you looking for a new toilet for your home? The choices may initially look overwhelming, but with a little background, you will be armed with all the information necessary to make a good decision.

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Overview of toilet types and design

  1. 1. Overview Of Toilet Types And DesignToilets are not really given too much thought until they start to leak or become clogged. Then mostpeople are very interested in them. While not being the topic of too many conversations, knowing whattypes of toilets are available on the market and how they work just might come in handy some day.After all, it has been estimated that up to thirty percent of the water we use in our homes is used by ourtoilets. The more we know, the better our decisions will be when the time comes to repair or replaceone.In terms of functionality, there are basically two primary types to keep in mind. There are single flushand dual flush models that are predominant in home these days. Single flush models are more commonhaving been the earliest design but dual flush types are gaining traction as more people become awareof the environmental impact of wasted water and the savings that using less water can deliver. Thedifference between the two models is that single flush toilets have a single flushing mechanism and usethe same amount of water for all types of waste. Dual flush models have two flushing mechanisms andallows people to choose between using a large water volume for flushing solid waste and a smallerwater volume for flushing liquid waste.In regards to design, there are three primary methods utilized for actually performing the flushingaction. The first one makes use of gravity to get the job done. Gravity design toilets probably account foraround 98 percent of all toilets in our homes. As one might guess, the water from the tank getsdispensed into the bowl by the flushing lever on the toilet, and through the use of gravity and a designthat creates a siphon effect, the waste contents get carried out into the sewage system.The other two mechanisms for performing the flushing action are vacuum and pressure aided designs.While these have their place and purpose, you wont be seeing these in too many homes. These weredesigned with commercial and institutional use in mind. A vacuum design toilet has a device located inthe trap that is used in conjunction with the water to flush the contents of the bowl. The pressure designcombines air with the water to accomplish the flushing. These are more expensive and more powerfulthan gravity design models.There you have the basic overview of the types and designs of toilets. For residential use, there arereally just two to focus on for your needs, the single and dual flush gravity type toilets. If you arereplacing an older toilet, always opt for the water saving dual flush type. Making the choice to go eco-friendly might cost a little more upfront, but the savings over time will more than compensate for theextra initial cost of purchasing the toilet. By making the wise choice, you get the double advantage ofbeing able to lower your environmental impact and save money.For toilets or any other plumbing need, let the professional Cape Coral plumbers at The Pipewright takecare of it for you. We have skilled plumbers who can handle all residential and commercial plumbing inCape Coral. We are licensed and insured and all work is guaranteed.