Flushometers VS. Tank Toilets: Why You Should Have a Flushometer?

13 May 2015

In illustrating the differences between a flushometer (also known as a flushometre or flush-O-Meter) mechanism and a standard tank toilet, we need to rewind a little and clarify how these models function. The traditional ‘tank toilet’ employs a reservoir and a flushing assembly. The parts are made of metal or plastic and packaged within the tank. This submerged collection of parts keeps the tank filled until the toilet needs water to flush effluence. The only other part of note in this system is some kind of floatation device, a part that’s instantly recognizable as an arm and plastic ball. Lighter than the refilling water, the tank stops filling once this floatation switch closes.

The disadvantages are easy to see within this old-fashioned arrangement, and you don’t even have to read between the lines to see them. There’s a tank or water reservoir to fill. This takes time, a lengthy period that even the most patient character among us will see as a drawback. The presence of the tank also has to be judged as a disadvantage, especially in new buildings where room space is at a premium. Why fit a reservoir tank when that cubic meter of empty space could be used for a couple of shelves? The flushometer design banishes the tank once and for all, thus minimizing the amount of working parts required to flush a toilet. The major upswing of this arrangement is therefore more space, a reduced chance of mechanical breakdowns, and an instantaneous jet of water that ends the annoying wait period associated with tank toilets.

While the flushometer has long been a natural fit for public restrooms due to the aforementioned factors, the design is making big strides to take over home toilets. The ability to trigger a pressurised flood of water through a simple open/close physical shutter is elegantly simple and closely mirrors an electrical circuit. Not surprisingly, this last statement can be interpreted as a continuation into some other practical features of the ‘flush-o-meter.’ For example, the ON and OFF characteristic of the design favours alternative control methods, such as the installation of a mechanised push button assembly or an electronic controller. In the case of public restrooms, this electronic control option means hands-free flushing, a remarkable benefit for an inherently unhygienic locale. Imagine fitting this electronic ‘eye,’ an infra-red sensor, in a home bathroom and receiving the same benefit. Hygiene is maximized, but so is the kind of convenience that’s welcome in a newly remodeled bathroom.

The capacity to match the flexibility of a pressurized flushing system with hygiene-centric features that are already proven within public toilets is more than enough to compel consumers to consider this product as a new installation for their own bathrooms, but we’re not quite finished yet. The lack of a water tank and the ability to manipulate the shutter that releases the pressurized water stream also aligns with another desirable aspect in modern toilets, that of water conservation. Fit a flushometer to cut water usage and slice water bills in twain.

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