It can seem like a simple task to shop for a new toilet, but it tends to be more complicated than you may realize. The toilet
is actually a complicated mechanical device with a complex system. Since your toilet is likely to be the most used appliance in your home, you need to ensure that you buy the right one. Research has shown that the average household of 4 has 2 toilets and each of these is flushed 12 times a day. This adds up to 4,272 flushes a year per toilet. So here are some things you need to know before you make a purchase decision.
The Type of Flush
The flush determines the force and velocity of how the contents are removed. This makes the flush mechanism an important feature. The most popular toilet models are gravity feed units, but you may want to consider pressure assisted toilets.
Size of Flange Opening
The flange provides the access point where the toilet contents flow into the sewer system. This is a waste pipe that fits through the floor and consists of two parts; a ring bolted to the floor and a pipe connected to the waste line. A wider flange provides a greater capacity to deal with a larger volume. Flange pipes can have a 3 or 4 inch diameter, depending on the waste line size, but the best capacity of flush is provided by a 4 inch pipe.
Grade of Porcelain
There are different materials used to make toilets, and the porcelain quality is one factor to consider. The higher the porcelain grade, the sturdier your new toilet will be. This will also reduce the likelihood of your new toilet cracking and leaking.
One good choice is vitreous china. This is a glass based enamel glazing technique that creates a more durable and shinier finish. It is created when powdered glass is treated with high heat temperatures. This coating is applied to a cast iron base, creating a clean, sanitary and waterproof finish.
High quality toilets are constructed with solid brass bolts. These bolts are used to connect the bowl to the tank to create a multi point mounting system for increased tank stability. When poor quality bolts are used, corrosion can be a problem that can compromise the toilet structure stability.
Finally, you need to look at the warranty offered with the toilet model. Since your new toilet is likely to be a highly used appliance in your home, it is vital to have the assurance of a good warranty. Some manufacturers offer a limited warranty, but it is possible to shop around for a unit sold with a lifetime warranty.
In the long term, a good quality toilet can add value and functionality to your home. The right toilet will provide you with peace of mind that you can rely on your new appliance and there is minimal risk of leaking. Therefore, it pays to invest in the right toilet for the best improvement to your home resale value and increased functionality in your bathroom.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.