Nothing an be more distinct and disturbing than the sound of a flushing toilet. This sound best belongs to a list of sound effects, if not as a choice for a funny ringtone for your mobile phone. Other than those two scenarios, the sound of a loud flushing toilet can only disturb the peaceful and quiet ambiance of a home or worse, an office.
Quiet toilets are quite ideal for public spaces such as offices and restaurants where an air of formality and class is needed. After all, what you do inside a toilet calls for discretion and is something that really shouldn’t by means of a loud flushing sound.
Other than being more discrete, quiet flushable toilets also use less water as compared to regular toilets. That would be an even more important reason as to why quiet flush toilets are more ideal to use.
It is also said that a disadvantage of silent toilets is that they are not as efficient in flushing as compared to other types of toilets. With the development of recent models however, this simply does not hold true anymore. By understanding certain features of flushable toilets, you will definitely be able to choose one that is efficient, comfortable and most importantly, quiet.
The kind of flushing system that the toilet uses determines its efficiency. It also helps determine just how silent the toilet can be. There are three basic kinds of flushing systems: pressure-assisted flushes, gravity flushes and dual flushes.
Pressure-assisted flushes are the ones that you can commonly find in airplane toilets. When it comes to flushing efficiency, these can be considered as highly efficient. Pressure-assisted flushes make use of pressurized air to force water from the tank so that you can expect the flush to be quite strong,
You can also expect a lot of noise from this kind of flushing system due to the amount of pressure that it has to release upon each flush. Try to imagine the sound of flushes in airplane toilets to get a better idea of the noise that it produces.
Gravity flushes are definitely more quiet than pressure-assisted flushes. In terms of efficiency though, these definitely are not as efficient as pressure-assisted ones since, as the name implies, these highly rely on gravity when it comes to the flush.
Dual flushes are considered to be efficient when it comes to water consumption since these usually offer two flush options. Small flush options can be used to flush toilets that are not heavily contaminated since not too much water is released from the tank. Large flush options are also provided for moments when stronger flushing efficiency is needed.
Gallons per Flush
Water consumption and conservation is a huge thing these days as more and more people try to conserve water. Flushing toilets are known to consume much water every time the flush is activated. Gallons per flush will indicate just how much water is consumed per flush.
This is usually set at 1.6 gallons per flush. Newer models, however, are able to consume much less using only around 1.28 to 1.13 gallons per flush. Efficiency is not compromised since newer models use powerful expulsion forces during each flush, lessening the need for much water. In terms of noise levels though, toilets which use less water tend to be a bit noisier due to the fact that they will need extra pressure so as not to compromise flushing efficiency.
You might tend to ignore the fact that even for toilets, design matters. Toilet designs are either round or elongated. While elongated designs tend to be more comfortable to use, they also tend to consume space. If your washroom cannot provide much space, it would be better to opt for a toilet that has a round design so that space isn’t compromised. If your washroom can accommodate an elongated design, opt for a elongated one since these are definitely much better when it comes to comfort.
Check the design of the trap as well to make sure that these will not be a source of blockage from materials such as toilet paper. Toilets with large traps are best since they prevent clogging, unlike those with smaller traps.
Most toilets make use of vitreous China since this kind of material is of good quality, which can assure you in terms of durability and long-term use. Check the material used for the toilet to make sure that they don’t easily crack.
There are also toilets which feature special coatings for better hygiene. These special kinds of coating are considered to prevent buildup and some are even considered to be anti-microbial.
One-piece vs. Two-piece
Toilets are basically comprised of the toilet bowl and the toilet tank. They come in either one whole piece where the tank and bowl are connected to each other, or in two pieces with the tank being one piece and the tank being another.
In terms of flushing efficiency and noise levels, there isn’t much difference since noise levels and flushing efficiency will depend on the flush design.
The matter, however, lies in the installation process. One-piece toilets are generally easier to install as these come as one whole unit.
Two-piece toilets are a bit more difficult to install since you would have to consider aligning the tank to the bowl and then joined together prior to installation. This may cause a bit of difficulty when it comes to the installation process.
While these may be the basics that you would need to consider when choosing a silent type of flushing toilet for your home or workplace, you may also want to read through pamphlets and brochures of the different manufacturers and models. Many of the manufacturers have special types of designs and technologies which may provide to be better in terms of the toilet’s overall performance. Some now offer a combination of pressure-assisted and gravity flushes so you can expect much when it comes to flushing efficiency.
The choice of a toilet may something you may not want to bother with. However, once installed, toilets are not the easiest thing to replace. You also may not want to admit it but a toilet can be a big deal in the long term when it becomes a part of your home or workplace. Choosing the right one is a must in order for you not to have any regrets in the future. It is therefore important to be armed with as much information as possible in order for you to choose wisely.