Instead of the traditional type of toilet which uses gravity to flush it, many homeowners nowadays are opting for pressure-assisted toilets, especially when constructing a new home. So, how does a pressure-assist toilet work, and are they a good option?
A pressure-assist toilet looks much the same as a standard type of toilet inside however, they work rather differently. In the ceramic tank is an air-filled pressure container. As mentioned above, a traditional toilet will use gravity to flush water through the system. A pressure-assisted toilet uses compressed air which pushes water into the toilet bowl at a much more forceful rate. The advantage of this is that the powerful flushing capability of a pressure-assist toilet results in much fewer clogs. It is also an eco-friendlier option as it saves gallons of water every year.
It is not just new construction homes that can use pressure-assisted toilets, they can also benefit older properties. This is because the force of the flush, along with gravity, can help to push trapped waste through older pipework. Another advantage is that due to the tank’s design, condensation does not build up in humid conditions. You will also find that they require less maintenance than standard toilets.
Before you decide to replace your existing toilets with pressure-assisted ones, there are some possible disadvantages to be aware of. For example, this kind of toilet has a very loud flush that you may find off-putting. They also cost more than a traditional type of toilet. To work as intended, they need at least 20 to 30 PSI of pressure which may be a problem in houses that have low water pressure.