At some point, you’ll probably be faced with replacing one or more toilets in your home. Whether yours is beginning to show signs of wear and tear or you are preparing for a remodel, you have more options to consider than ever before. Get to know what’s out there before you make your choice – an experienced Boca Raton plumber will help you determine what the best options are for your needs.
There’s More than One Way to Flush a Toilet
Most traditional toilets have gravity feeds, which means that they have a rubber flapper at the bottom of the toilet tank, and when that flapper is pulled up (when the toilet handle is pushed down), gravity gets to work and allows the water in the tank to flush through the bowl. There are, however, additional options:
- The Pressure-Assisted Flush
A toilet with a pressure-assisted flush incorporates air pressure to produce a stronger, swifter flush. You’ve probably experienced this in some public restrooms, but they are now available for home installations. While toilets with pressure-assisted flush are typically louder than traditional models, the bowls stay cleaner longer and the toilets have fewer problems with clogging. These specialized toilets are typically more expensive – both to purchase and to install.
- The Dual-Flush Toilet
The dual-flush toilet is becoming increasingly popular and combines the gravity feed of a traditional toilet with a pressure-assisted flush. With a dual-flush toilet, you can choose the flush option you need – when you need it.
- The Touchless Flush
Regardless of the flushing mechanism you go with, there is now a more hygienic touchless-flush option available. Some new toilet models come equipped with touchless flush, but still more can be retrofitted with a touchless system. The touchless flush is engaged by waving your hand over the appropriate sensor and is not only more cleanly but is also beneficial to anyone who has difficulty pushing a traditional toilet handle.
If it’s time to get a new toilet, talk to a professional Boca Raton plumber today.
Height and Shape
When it comes to your new toilet, there’s more to consider than simply the flushing mechanism. Modern toilets come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Allow your family’s needs to guide you. There are several variables to consider:
A standard toilet stands 15 inches in height, but they can range from about 10 inches to 20 inches. People with physical limitations – and older people – often find that taller toilets are more accommodating. The higher the toilet seat, the less distance one has to navigate to sit down and to stand back up. If physical limitations aren’t an issue and if you have small children, a lower profile toilet might be a great overall option. Lower toilets also lend themselves to a squatting-style seating position, which many people consider optimal positioning.
Toilet bowls are typically either round or elongated. Most people find that an elongated shape is more comfortable, but a round bowl is a better space-saving option. There are also compromises on the market that incorporate an oval shape that’s kept shorter in length – for comfort and space optimization.
The flush volume of all new toilets is limited to 1.6 gallons per flush, which is a giant improvement over the unregulated toilets of old that could use as much as 5 gallons of water per flush. Modern toilets that are designed to conserve water can use even less than the 1.6-gallon industry standard. A plumbing professional will help you explore your best options.
The Bells and Whistles
Beyond the basics, modern toilets now have some wow-factor upgrades – in the form of smart toilets. Such bonuses can include toilet seats that are temperature controlled, bidets, dryers, LED lights, self-cleaning technology, and remote controls to make everything go. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s likely to be something that fits the bill. Whether you’re looking for a traditional toilet that’s going to serve your needs for years to come or for a futuristic number that cleans itself, the right toilet for you and your home is out there, and an experienced Boca Raton plumber will help you find it.
If It’s Time for a New Toilet, Consult with a Skilled Boca Raton Plumber Today
If it’s time to replace or upgrade your toilet, the plumbing professionals at Erica’s Plumbing and Restoration in Boca Raton are here for you. Our dedicated plumbers have the experience, knowledge, skill, and commitment to help you find the toilet you’re looking for and to efficiently install it for you. For more information, please contact or call us at 561-245-7435 today.