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Types Of Flushing Mechanisms In Toilets

25 June

Although we all use toilets and flush afterwards, not many have ever thought about how the flushing mechanisms in toilets work.

And since most of us haven’t, we thought of creating this guide. If you are finally planning to change a faulty toilet, renovate the entire house, or buy a new property, this might come in handy. While you will mostly be familiar with standard toilets, other types could help you save the amount of water you use.

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. This guide on the types of flushing mechanisms will help you decide the best toilet for your home.

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s dive in to know all about the types and find which is the one type that’s best for you and your home.

Types Of Flushing Mechanisms In Toilets

1. Standard Tanks

This is a very common 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.

The water gets refilled in the tank up to a predetermined level when you flush. An S-shaped pipe or drainage line, called the siphon, connects the toilet drain to its bowl. This will sit upside down and help in creating pressure.

When the tank empties, water will flow into the bowl to create a significant pressure in the pipe or siphon, ultimately emptying the toilet bowl.

If you wonder 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, 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.


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2. Dual Flush

Dual flush is another type of toilet system engineered with water consumption in mind. It is designed to have different options for liquid and solid wastes. The word ‘dual flush’ refers to the two different buttons or handles that can be worked with, which will help conserve a lot of water.

This system uses pressure and low-flow technologies to pull wastes from the bowl into the drain. It works so that the handle for liquid wastes will release less water while the other one will release more water.

You can quickly 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, which you can think about.


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3. Tankless Toilets

Tankless toilets look like the standard ones. Imagine a standard toilet seat and bowl but without the tank to better understand this. This system uses a pressurised flushing mechanism to work without compromising on efficiency.

The tankless toilets used in commercial and public restrooms have chrome plating, and you might find exposed piping. As a result, these units aren’t physically attractive and 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 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 than the standard options.

Moreover, you can only use 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.


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4. Alternative Toilets

There are many areas with severe water shortages, and hence wasting any amount of water would not be possible. Thus, there are alternative variations of toilets that use significantly 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 generally used in places where immediate disposal is impossible, like 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 to be used later for landscaping and gardening. In some cases, these make great fertilisers and can be used for large-scale plantations.

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.

Tips To Remember For Choosing A Flushing Mechanism

Make a note of the following points before proceeding. These will help you choose and pick the best flushing mechanism according to your needs.

1. Water Availability

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, 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 essential to talk to the local authorities to understand the water supply and also ask what are the most common problems you’re likely to encounter.

2. Available Space

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 more prominent space can be used for dual flush versions. Or, you could also stick to standard toilets available in different sizes.

Different Toilets And Their Flushing Mechanisms

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, the standard toilets will work out well. But if you want to conserve water, there are several 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.

Our expert and licensed plumbers can help you choose too and take care of your toilet repair and other plumbing needs. We know best the toilet flush mechanisms. For an excellent professional service, reach out to Gold Coast Plumbing Company’s fully qualified and licensed plumbers today!

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