This isn’t a topic everyone usually talks about, but something we use every day. There are many different types of toilets. Some are better than others. What makes one toilet better than another? What are some obvious differences between toilets?
So, let’s talk about the different types of toilets. You can get an elongated, round, two pieces, skirted, or one piece. Maybe you need a power assisted or self-scouring toilet. Toilets come in 10”, 12”, OR 14” rough from back wall to center of bowl depending on where the toilet flange is placed in the room. You can get special colors which are not common anymore and may take much longer to acquire them.
Two-piece toilets are the most common as they are the most affordable. One-piece toilets are great for easy cleaning as there are less hard to reach crevices to get dirty as well as skirted toilets. Skirted toilets typically cost more to install as they are more labor intensive. Someone may decide to purchase a round front toilet for space but most love elongated toilets for the comfortability they provide. Height is always a major factor especially as we get older. A typical toilet is 15”-15-1/2” tall and an ADA toilet is 17”-18”. Toilets are rated by a MAP score with 1000 being the highest score a toilet can get. With a score of 1000 you can expect to flush just about anything. So how do you choose?
For me, I had to decide which toilets were best for our clients. We used to love Gerber. It’s affordable and has a 3” flush valve which gives a great flush, but after a very few warranty clogs, we decided to change to American Standard. Gerber has a flush rating of 900 but American Standard cadet pro has a 1000 rating. So, I was thinking, how can we improve this wonderful toilet. Well, we found a self-scouring (cleaning) toilet, made by American Standard called a Vormax. So I decided to give it a shot and where else would be the best place to test them out other than my personal home as well as the shop where we have multiple people using it all day. And we don’t want to have to clean it every day so I put in self-cleaning Vormaxes. At my personal house I installed the one-piece American Standard Townsend Vormax for easy cleanability to keep the wife happy!! What a game changer. The office girls are happy, my wife is happy, and therefore I am as well!!
So, if your toilet is slow to flush, making loud noises while filling, constantly running, or is old and just leaking, then maybe a new upgraded toilet that uses less water, is taller, and self-cleans may be a better option than sinking good money into an old toilet. If all you need is a repair, we can do that for you too @MyGuy Plumbing. We would love to help you out and make your issues go away.
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Ryan Matthews CEO