Tip & How-To about Plumbing
Tired of that old(or new) toilet plugging up every time the cat or other small child uses it? Time to choose a new one that will actually work.
Many manufacturers of toilets like to live off their name brand. Name brand does not mean the toilet is any good. How well a toilet works is really a function of design.
Two factors are most important when choosing a functional toilet.
1. Trap size - The bigger the trap size the more toys it will flush at one time.
2. Trap shape - You can see the trap shape/design on the rear side of the bowl. It generally resembles a snake in shape. The problem is that the engineers haven't realized that solids do not make 90degree turns very easily. If you go to your local plumbing store and study all the trap designs you will see some very creative designs that go up and then straight down to the floor and then make a 90 degree turn to run to another 90 degree turn that goes straight down. Avoid this design like the plague. Choose designs that have wide sweeping turns.
If your toilet has a wide sweeping trap design with no sharp turns and it somehow gets plugged - take a wild guess how hard it will be to plunge? yeah its very easy compared to dead end 90 degree trap designs.
I actually broke a blood vessel in my hand trying to plunge one of those 90 degree turn toilets. I wonder if I can sue for personal injury, mental distress etc.
I have been teaching folks the "common sense about toilet design" ever since.
Try it. You will thank me.
*A few extra notes about toilet design. Most engineers seem to be more interested in designing toilets to use very little water. This is apparently a big enough deal that functionality doesn't matter. However if you design a toilet to use only 1 gallon of water versus 1.8 per flush but you have to flush it 4 times while plunging it to actually get it to work, what have you saved?
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