Choosing the Right Toilet for You

Charmine Why do toilets not seem to flush the same way? Not so long ago, you could flush just about anything down your toilet and it would disappear without a hiccup.  So, if your curious toddler decided to flush a toy down the toilet, you did not have to worry about a clog too much. Unfortunately, this simply is not true anymore. Why? In an effort to make toilets more efficient, they have simply become a little more selective and lost some of their flushing power. So, check out some of these toilet options when Choosing the Right Toilet for You.

Understanding How Gravity Toilets Work

Gravity toilets rely on gravity to help pull the water and waste through the toilet. After you flush, it causes the valve to open. Then, the water inside the tank drains into the toilet bowl. In the US, the water drains through a large siphon jet opening and rim openings. Gravity gives a little push and the water gains enough speed to clear the air from the internal toilet trap and pulls the waste and water through the drain. The old toilets worked similarly but they simply used a lot more water to get the job accomplished. If you seem to have a problem flushing, adjust the water level. Sometimes this is an easy fix to toilet problems.

Keeping the Toilet Clear

The truth is that, no matter how much you adjust the flow of the toilet, you will still occasionally encounter a clog. You need to get a plunger and learn how to use it. This also means that you need to watch what you and other family members put in the toilet. Try to only put toilet paper and waste. Many clogs are caused by diapers, wipes, sanitary napkins and the like. Also, like the Charmin commercial, a little goes a long way. Do not overload it and flush after every use.

If gravity is not working well, you might want to look into getting a power-assist toilet. With these toilets, compressed air is used to help make certain the waste goes down. Most of these toilets are able to use the home’s water supply along with a pressure tank built in to the toilet to help make the waste go down. Since the water is kept inside the pressure tank, this type of toilet also experiences very little sweating. At the same time, they are louder than other toilets and they can be more expensive to purchase.

Exploring Special Toilets

In addition to the standard gravity toilets and the power flush toilets, there are many special toilet varieties that you can choose from as well. For example, you can purchase a toilet that is a bidet/toilet combination. With this type of toilet, you receive a flush of water to give you a wash after you have finished using the toilet. It will then give you a rush of warm air to help dry you up. This is definitely a special toilet.

There are also toilets available that contain special heating units. This way during the winter or a cold morning, the seat can stay warm. Some even come with air purifiers that help to freshen the air during and after use. You can even get a toilet that flushes automatically when the lid is shut. Specialty toilets can also come with interesting designs, colors, and shapes. With so many great choices, there is definitely a toilet that will fit all of your bathroom needs.