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Is a pressure-assisted toilet right for your home?

When you want the best for your home’s bathroom, choosing the right toilet is an important part of the process. A pressure-assisted toilet may appeal to homeowners for its professional-grade flush. However, these systems can be pricey and have other negatives associated with them.

Here are some details to consider when researching the pressure-assisted toilet options on the market.

Pressure-assist pros

Among toilets, pressure-assisted models are unique in their use of pressurized air to drive water into the bowl and force the bowl’s contents down the drain simultaneously. The higher water level used in this system means the toilet doesn’t need to be cleaned as frequently — and this has made them popular in restaurants and other high-traffic commercial businesses.

Clogs are also rare with a pressure-assisted toilet, making them a favorite of anyone who likes low-maintenance bathroom fixtures. Another positive is the tank design, which reduces condensation in hotter months. Moisture doesn’t accumulate on the outside of pressure-assisted models, either.

Pressure-assist cons 

With the burst of air that accompanies each flush, pressure-assisted toilets require a higher level of technology — and are much more expensive than standard gravity-flush toilets as a result. That intense flushing system also generates a great deal of noise; this makes some homeowners wary of their practicality in everyday use. Some may prefer a quieter model.

Since pressure-assisted toilets tend to be used in businesses, it can be difficult to find the parts to service them. You might have to go through a plumber to get access to replacement parts. Gravity-flush toilet parts, on the other hand, are readily available in any hardware store.

Do-it-yourself limitations 

Installing these units can be difficult, as well. Because of the new standards in toilets with low water usage, finding the right toilet requires a careful examination of the qualifying options.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently outlined its recommendations for greater water efficiency in toilets. Homeowners, take note: The EPA says toilets account for 30 percent of a home’s water usage. The good news is that pressure-assisted models come in 1.28 gallons-per-flush models, in keeping with Georgia’s state standards. 

A qualified plumber can advise you on the right option for your home, making sure you don’t pay for the same work twice. A plumber can also install the toilet properly. It’s not a DIY job, that’s for sure.

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