Central Coast Plumber’s Buying Guide for Toilets

Central Coast Plumber’s Buying Guide for Toilets

Every home has at least one toilet, although most of us don’t really think about it as a stylish home addition or luxury piece, actually, it can be both. There are a number of different toilets available on the market, as well as different brands, colours, designs and prices.

This guide pulls together the toilet basics and buying choices so you can get your head around how to make a quality decision to complete your bathroom renovation.

The Typical Toilet Suite

No matter how different they may look installed, typical toilets are all made up of two main parts: The cistern and the bowl (or pan).

The cistern is the upper part that houses the flush workings, the bowl is the grounded section fr sitting on that exits to the waste pipes.

When you flush, gravity assists in driving the reserve water stored in the cistern into the lower pan and out through external sewer lines.

The S Trap, P Trap and Skew Trap – The Set Out

When it comes to Western-style toilets there are three main bowl types to choose from. These are named after the shape of the bowl pipe connected to the sewage lines. The difference between them is the way wastewater exits the bowl:
  1. S Trap - exits through pipes in the floor below. This is the most common toilet type in Australian homes.
  2. P Trap - exits through pipes behind it in the wall - these units are wall-mounted giving you a greater choice of height and positioning.
  3. Skew Trap - exits around either side of the pan. While this is a less common setup in Australian bathrooms, the advantage is it can really save space.

The best approach is to replace your toilet with whatever was already there to help reduce costs and mess with a completely new installation.

Water Inlets

When you are buying a new toilet cistern one thing you will see in your range of options is water inlets. A flexible copper pipe will serve as the inlet point for fresh water to enter the cistern and fill the reserve.

There are two options for pipe placement; the first is at the base of the cistern - called a bottom inlet. It’s easy to install and simply connects by tap to the water source.

The second is the back inlet which is a concealed version. It looks much neater and requires less cleaning, however, you’ll need to ask a plumber to make this connection for you.

Most new cisterns will be able to cater to both water inlet options. If only one option is available it is possible to convert the cistern with some minor changes. Your plumber can give you more information and details on how to go about this.

Toilet Designs

Over the years toilet designs have become much more user-friendly in terms of cleaning, space, and smooth styles, however, the traditional link toilet is still one of Australia’s most popular.

Here are some of the options you will come across when browsing for toilets. Because cisterns and bowls can be purchased separately, the options for what you can create are greater than this list alone.
  • Link, or connector toilets
Traditional toilets have a wall-mounted cistern that links to the bowl by a visible pipe. Modern options can have the joining pipe concealed. Due to being a budget-friendly option that’s easy to install, this is still a strong contender in the Australian market.
  • Close-coupled toilets
If the thought of a long connecting pipe puts you off, then you can choose to have the cistern rest down on the back of the bowl, closing the gap and creating a neat and seamless toilet suite look.
  • Back to wall toilets
If you are ready for a real toilet upgrade, back to wall toilets are seamless in that the pipes and back of the cistern are flush with the wall. This gives you a smooth and stylish look and fully enclosed pipes so there are no awkward pipes to dust or clean around.
  • Concealed cistern toilets
Concealed cistern toilets are popular choices for airports and shopping malls for their smooth clean look, space-saving and reduced cleaning features. The cistern is concealed behind a wall panel that is still accessible for maintenance work.

Most people choose to mount the flush buttons above the toilet but the position of these is more flexible than with other designs.

Toilet seats

The newest innovation in toilet seats is the soft closing lid. The slam-free feature is one many households appreciate, especially in the quiet of night.

Another innovation you might find handy is quick-release lids that allow for easy cleaning, rather than having to unfasten the lid to remove it.

Bidets and smart toilets

Basic bidet attachments are easy to add to existing toilet seats, they simply require a split from your inlet hose to gain access to fresh water. Adapters for these are usually included in the kit along with instructions. While you can do it yourself, working with a plumber is a safer option to make sure things go smoothly with your home water supply.

You can move up the ultimate bidet with a smart toilet that gives you water pressure control, varying water temperatures, toilet seat warming and even mood lighting.

To get the most from your bathroom renovation use this guide and call your local plumber for advice and information on your toilet options and the costs involved.