Homeowners with DIY attitudes often find themselves taking on plenty of renovation projects, and fixing up problems around the house such as plumbing. It seemingly stands to reason then that a bathroom renovation project would be a DIY dream, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
Bathroom renovations can range from mildly difficult to very complex and hard to execute for a variety of reasons. For most projects, an experienced plumber will be required to switch out key bathroom fixtures correctly. It can be done, however, and with a good plan and plenty of effort, a DIY bathroom renovation can be a sight to behold.
The planning stage of a DIY renovation is often said to be the most enjoyable. Picking out each fixture and planning their placement in the newly renovated room can be fun, and each selection adds a bit of unique character to the finished room. When planning a bathroom renovation, people tend to overlook a crucial piece of equipment that any bathroom requires, the toilet.
Toilets often don’t draw the attention to detail that such an important piece of equipment really deserves. Showers, tubs and sinks often receive the lion’s share of attention and, consequently, the budget. The reason this happens is that, at a surface level, each toilet seems essentially the same, whereas the build, style and functionality of each different shower and sink are easy to notice.
Although seemingly simple, toilets are actually quite complex and come in plenty of varieties and models designed to achieve and improve various functionalities. With that in mind, let’s examine the different varieties of toilets available during a renovation project.
1. The Standard Gravity Toilet
Gravity assisted toilets are the most common variety of toilet encountered in the household. Most DIY renovations will simply opt for a gravity toilet, as they’re the least expensive and most abundant to choose from. Gravity toilets use the weight of the weight of water, located in the tank, in order to facilitate flushing. Upon flushing, the bowl refills via a small pipe located near the bottom.
Gravity toilets are simple and effective, as well as easier to perform simple repairs on. Conversely, gravity toilets break down far faster than alternative varieties, and frequent use will hinder the flushing power of the unit. Overall, it’s effective at its job, but there are other types worth considering.
2. Vacuum Assisted Toilets
Vacuum-assisted toilets are an innovative and relatively new variety of toilet. The flushing mechanism in a vacuum-assisted unit combines the basic functionality of a gravity assisted unit with the added strength of a vacuum. Vacuum-assisted toilets flush with significantly more force than most other toilets, using a fraction of the water that gravity assisted units do while remaining mostly silent. This added power comes at additional cost, but the increased price isn’t all that significant.
It’s important to note that, while vacuum assisted units are much less likely to become clogged, in the event that they do, the process to unclog them is different than other types of toilets, and a bit more difficult.
3. The Pressure Assisted Toilet
Pressure-assisted toilets are very similar to gravity types but add additional flushing power using air pressure. Outside of the additional air pressure, they’re mechanically similar, but flush louder. This type of toilet can be rough on old pipes, so if you live in an older building, it’s important to evaluate your plumbing thoroughly before choosing to buy this type.
4. Dual Flush Systems
Dual flush toilets are another variety which relies on a gravity-assisted flushing mechanism, but they add additional functionality not available to other toilets. Dual flush toilets feature either 2 flushing levels or more commonly 2 buttons. One button will flush with the force of a traditional toilet, using a similar quantity of water, while one will flush with less force, quieter, and use much less water.
Dual flush systems are known to be the eco-friendly type of toilet, without sacrificing functionality or comfort. Dual flush toilets are quite expensive as far as toilets go, but the water saved through the low powered flush option can quickly reduce water bills, which makes them a worthy investment.
The above toilets aren’t the only types available, but they cover the bases in cost and functionality. So remember, next time you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, don’t forget to take a good look at the wide world of toilet options.