I’ve got a Serious Problem with My Toilet

Of all the appliances in a home, the toilet is the most underappreciated until it’s not working properly. A toilet is primarily used for disposing of bodily waste. It is considered a plumbing fixture and comes in basic two types: the wet toilet and the dry toilet. A wet toilet is most commonly found in a residential home. A dry toilet, which is often coupled with a ventilation system, does not utilize plumbing for water input or evacuation.

There are three parts to a toilet: the water tank, the bowl, and the siphon tube.

You can tell a toilet is ready for use when its tank is full to the brim with roughly 2 gallons of water. The tank is the part of the toilet that sits against the wall above the bowl. Inside the tank you will find refill tubes, overflow tubes, a float and a stopper. As you flush the toilet, you will notice a chain attached to the toilet handle and the stopper will be pulled, removing the stopper from a pipe into which the water flows. The water from the tank will then be directly pumped into the toilet bowl. Once all the water is removed, the stopper goes back to covering the pipe allowing for the tank to refill.

The siphon tube is attached to the bowl and it has a curved shaped in order to only drain water from the bowl once it reaches a certain height. When the handle outside the tank is pulled the water from the tank quickly fills the bowl, the siphon tube overflows and resulting in an automatic flush.

Once the water has been sucked out of the bowl, the tank and bowl refill. The float inside the tank lowers with the water level and once it reaches the bottom of the tank the refill device is activated. The refill device is responsible for sending water into the tank until it is filled and the float has reached a certain height.

New Technologies

Advances in water delivery have aided in the performance of many of today’s toilets. Dual flush mechanisms allow for customers to choose between either a standard 1.6 gallon flush or a .8 gallon flush combining water conservation and performance. Power Assisted systems can save you water and money over time by utilizing small pumps to increase the pressure of the flush. Low Flow toilets are considered standard appliances in new homes, because they use about one and half gallons of water per flush making them the extremely water efficient. Bidets are making a strong come back in the United States because of the health benefits associated with them and their ability to wash portions of the body that are inaccessible.

All plumbing systems, regardless of their designs, are susceptible to problems. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® we can repair your toilet or supply and install a new one based on your personal needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and hear a comprehensive review of our plumbing needs.

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