Top 5 Tips To Consider When Buying A Toilet

Are you planning to build a new home? Or simply looking to replace your current toilet? Either way, “eco-friendly” toilets are the new norm. They allow you to minimise your environmental impact every day. When building a new home every element of that home should be looked at with an eco lens. This will allow you to make the right choice from the start, both for you and the environment. Building these eco-friendly houses may seem costly but in the long run, they save you money in energy and other costs.

Eco-friendly toilets also known as low flush toilets are designed to minimise your water consumption. This will improve your water bill, but also improve the environment. If this sounds like you keep reading because we’re going to give the top 5 features to consider in your 2021 toilet.

Design

The toilet is something we use every day. The practicality of the design of your toilet is something that should be considered before purchasing your next toilet.

One important issue that you need to consider in buying a toilet is the opening size of the toilet. Do you want the toilet opening to be larger, smaller or equal to the size of a normal toilet?

Another important design element is the width of the trap. Usually, toilets with a narrow trap consume more water than their wider counterparts. Older toilet models consume far greater amounts of water than their newer counterparts with the new models reducing water consumption by around half. This is because compared to older toilet designs the newer models have to comply with modern standards. These standards state that toilets must not use more than 5.5 litres of water per flush.

Toilet bowl with cleaner and freshener block, flushing blue water

The last design feature that we will talk about is whether your toilet is gravity fed or pressure-assisted. Gravity-fed toilets are your most commonly found toilets in homes and commercial buildings. Every time you flush a gravity toilet, the water uses gravity to go into the bowl and push the contents through the pipe. These toilets are cheaper but if you need to flush large amounts of water they may not be able to cope.

Pressure assisted toilets are able to handle a larger volume of waste compared to their gravity counterpart. These toilets use air pressure in addition to some water to push down the waste. These toilets are more expensive up front, however, they cost less in the long run as they use less water.

Toilet Quality

The quality of your toilet is based in a large part on the materials its made out of. Buying an expensive toilet that is made out of poor materials is pointless. Your general toilet is made of a mixture between clay and water, poured into a mould then glazed to get the smooth finish you’re used to. The quality of the materials used in this process, as well as the thickness of the toilet bowl, are good indicators of the quality of your toilet.

Dual Flush or Single Flush Toilets

Dual flush toilets are the toilets that have both a big and a small button. Each button will release a different amount of water. This option is available on both types of toilets and is very beneficial to have. You do not always need to have a larger amount so having a toilet that only ever provides the larger amount is a waste. We Australian’s were the first to manufacture and sell dual flush toilets so you can see just how important it is.

Flushing performance

When you go to buy a toilet have a look at the star rating. This star rating was provided by the WELS organisation and measures water consumption and efficiency. Low flush toilets and dual flush toilets are generally high star rated toilets.

Keep an eye out for the highest-ranking toilets yet. Currently, toilets in Australia only go to five stars but they have already reached 6stars in other countries. These toilets use less than 4 litres of water and in some cases as low as 1.5 litres.

Wall-mounted or floor-mounted

If your house is existing do you know where the toilet outlet is? If it is on the wall then to reuse that system you will need a wall-mounted toilet. The same applies to floor-mounted toilets. If you are building a house consider where you would like your toilet to be.

Generally, the toilet is a floor-mounted toilet as this is the most common in Australia. If it is a floor-mounted toilet ensure the size of your toilet is just right otherwise it may make for a bad fit.

The big consideration for wall-mounted toilets is the stylishness of the toilet. These toilets are also smaller making them easier to clean and handle. Supporting these toilets is more difficult than a floor-mounted toilet however as you need to brace it so that the mount doesn’t brake.

Install Your Toilet With The Brisbane Plumbers

Once you have found the right toilet in Brisbane, you should consider getting licensed plumbing professionals. Seeking the help of a licensed Brisbane plumber will lessen the possibility of damage, and will ensure your toilet gets installed properly.

General plumbing installation is all in a days work for a Brisbane plumber.  If you want to install your new toilet, call The Brisbane Plumbers today. We are Brisbane’s leading emergency plumbers. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, any day of the year. We also have a 60 minutes response time guarantee. Call now on 0450 932 850.

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