Conservation is an important way to help protect the environment and many homeowners have this in mind when renovating or constructing their homes. For example, one water-saving feature that is becoming more common is a pressure-assist toilet. Let’s look at how they work and whether they could be an option in your home.
Aesthetically speaking pressure-assist toilets do not look much different from a traditional type, on the inside, however, they work quite differently. The toilet tank is fitted with an air-filled pressure container, when flushed, compressed air is used to push the water into the toilet bowl at a much greater force than a standard gravity toilet can achieve. This type of toilet uses a lot less water, making it an environmentally friendly option. The force of the flush also prevents waste from becoming trapped, resulting in fewer blockages.
Although pressure-assist toilets are installed in many new homes, what about older houses? This is a good option for older homes as well. Older homes generally have more plumbing problems and blockage issues due to old pipework, etc. a pressure-assist toilet can help by dislodging trapped waste and forcing it quickly through the system. The tank’s design also means that condensation build-up is no longer an issue.
Before you decide to install pressure-assist toilets in your home, however, it’s good to consider the following: while this kind of toilet does not require much maintenance at all, it will be more expensive to buy and install. A pressure-assist toilet needs approximately 20 to 30 PSI to function so if your home’s water pressure is low, this might not be the best choice. Lastly, the sound of the flush is a lot louder than a normal toilet so, if you think this would bother you, it might be best to explore other options.