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Although we all use toilets and flush afterwards, not many of us have ever thought about how the flushing mechanism works.
And since most of us haven’t, we thought of creating this guide. If you are finally planning on renovating the entire house or buying a new property, this might come in handy. While you will mostly be familiar with standard toilets, there are other types that could help you save water.
Also, if you have a smaller space, there are different options to make the toilets less bulky. Likewise, some toilets might require you to cover up pipes within the walls, and you should get the toilets and tanks attached before painting. And this guide on the types of flushing mechanisms will help you decide the best toilet for your home.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive in to know all about the types.
This is a very commonly used toilet tank that you will find in most houses, usually marked by a handle or button to push. The flushing system is activated when the handle is pushed down or the button is pressed and water falls out.
Besides, when you flush, the water gets refilled in the tank up to a level that is predetermined. There is also an S-shaped pipe or drainage line called the siphon, which connects the toilet drain to its bowl. This will sit upside down and help in creating pressure.
When the tank empties completely, water would flow into the bowl to create a significant pressure in the pipe or siphon, which ultimately leads to the emptying of the toilet bowl.
Now, if you are wondering why this is the most popular mechanism, let us tell you that this is the cheapest option currently available. However, if your area has severe water shortage issues, then this might not be a good fit. A huge amount of water is consumed with a single press, making it the least environment-friendly option.
Dual flush is another type of toilet system that’s engineered keeping in mind water consumption. It is designed to have separate options for liquid and solid wastes. The word ‘dual flush’ refers to the 2 different buttons or handles that can be worked with, and these will help conserve a lot of water.
Talking about its operation, this system uses pressure as well as low-flow technologies to ensure that wastes are pulled out from the bowl into the drain. It works in a way so that the handle for liquid wastes will release less amount of water while the other one would release more water.
Having said that, you can easily get these units in home improvement or home retail stores. They cost more than standard toilets but less than tankless ones and will help in water conservation in the long run. Many homeowners nowadays are opting for this system, and it is something to think about.
Next, we will talk about tankless toilets, which look a lot like the standard ones. To better understand this, imagine a standard toilet seat and bowl but without the tank. This system uses a pressurised flushing mechanism to work without compromising on efficiency.
The tankless toilets that are used in commercial and public toilets have chrome plating on them, and you might find exposed piping. As a result, these units aren’t physically attractive and just serve the basic purpose. However, some residential properties employ these toilets, and they are better designed where the pipes are all concealed.
If you can conceal the entire pipeline within the wall frames, then this will actually help you achieve a clean bathroom with more space as there is no tank. Hence, if you have a small-sized bathroom, this can help conserve space and make it look bigger. While the idea seems great, this will be more expensive compared to the standard options.
Moreover, you can only use only the amount of water needed for that specific purpose. In hindsight, these units will save a lot of water and work very well for areas with severe water shortages.
There are many areas with severe water shortage, and hence wasting any amount of water would not be possible. For such cases, there are alternative variations of toilets, which use very less water and sometimes no water at all. These do not consist of a flushing mechanism and take up less space.
One of the most popular types of alternative toilets is the chemical ones. These systems usually include chemicals and wastes stored together in a box until they can be disposed of. This technique is usually used in places where immediate disposal is not possible, like in boats or aeroplanes.
Other than that, you will find compost toilets, which are among the most environment-friendly options out there. The composting toilet waste is trapped in a container, and you do not flush out anything. These trapped wastes are then used to make natural compost.
Furthermore, the containers are kept sealed, and the waste is incubated so that it can be used later for landscaping and gardening. These make great fertilisers in some cases and can be used for large-scale plantations as well.
Before we move on, you should know that the compost and the chemical toilets are both great options when it comes to areas with no drainage, septic systems, or cesspools.
Make a note of the following points before proceeding. These will help you in making a choice and picking the best flushing mechanism according to your needs.
You cannot flush without water, and hence it is essential to check the water pressure and availability in the area. If you live in a city, then you’re more likely to have proper water and sewage systems. However, if you are setting up a townhouse or buying a house in a village, it is important to talk to the local authorities to understand the water supply.
Check the amount of space that is available for you to use. If the house is small, it is best to settle for a tankless toilet while a bigger space can be used for dual flush versions. Or, you could also stick to standard toilets, which are available in different sizes.
Now that you know about the various types of flushing mechanisms, you must try comparing the pros and cons of each. If you are looking for a cheaper option, then the standard toilets will work out well. But if you want to conserve water, then there are a number of options to pick from.
Waterless toilets are mostly uncommon in residential setups and might cost a lot. So, keep the budget in mind before going ahead with your choice. And on that note, it is time for us to take your leave. If you have any opinions or comments to share with us, write about them in the comment section below.
Until next time. Take care!