Protecting the environment is something we all strive to do. When it comes to our home there are numerous ways to make it more environmentally friendly. One of those ways is by changing the toilets in our house to ones that use a lot less water for flushing. Pressure assist toilets do just that, but how do they work?
A standard toilet uses gravity to flush water into the bowl and through the system. A pressure-assist toilet, while it looks a lot like a standard toilet from the outside, has an air-filled pressure container inside the tank. When the toilet is flushed, compressed air forces water into the toilet bowl. This results in a much more powerful flush and uses a lot less water than a standard toilet can achieve. Another advantage of a pressure-assist toilet is that you will experience far fewer blockages in the system because water is pushed through at a much greater force.
Pressure assist toilets are frequently installed in new construction houses, but they can be fitted in older homes as well, in fact, there are many benefits to doing so. Due to the design of the tank, a pressure-assist toilet does not have condensation issues. Many older homes also experience clogs and blockages due to an older plumbing system, the power of the flush in a pressure-assist toilet helps to push waste through the system, helping to remove any of those blockages.
There are a few things you should be aware of before deciding to install pressure-assist toilets in your home. For example, they require approximately 20 to 30 PSI of pressure to operate, this means that if your home has low water pressure, this type of toilet may not work for you. Another thing to be aware of is that while a pressure-assist toilet requires little maintenance, it does cost more initially. The toilets flush is also a lot louder than a standard toilet which may put some people off.