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Bathroom Plumbing Tips: Installing Commercial Toilets at Home

Considering Commercial Toilets for Your Bathroom Plumbing?

Homeowners often wonder about installing commercial toilets at home. After all, the idea of not having a tank in the bathroom and having the quick flush of commercial toilets is an appealing one. While it might be appealing, however, there are a number of reasons why this is not a good idea.

Whether it’s the plumbing infrastructure in your home or the lack of power needed to get that commercial-level flush, this article will cover some of the reasons you should avoid installing a commercial toilet in your home.

The Differences Between Residential and Commercial Toilets

residential vs commercial toiletsResidential and commercial toilets function differently, as commercial toilets rely on a plumbing system that is built to meet the unique demands of this type of system. While residential toilets rely on a tank to power their flush, commercial toilets receive water from a commercial-grade supply line that carries water in quickly enough to push wastewater all the way through the drainage system.

In some cases, those commercial toilets are also assisted with a secondary pump or jet that helps with the powerful flushing to avoid clogged toilet repairs. These toilets are designed this way to specifically combat the amount of usage a toilet may get.

Essentially, commercial toilets bring water in very quickly and with lots of power. Residential plumbing systems are not built to provide water with this amount of speed or force.

A Complex Underground Plumbing System

One of the primary differences between residential and commercial plumbing is the complexity of the systems involved. While both systems use the same primary components, commercial systems are much more complex as they cover larger areas, serve more people, and undergo more frequent use.

underground plumbing

While your home’s plumbing system is pretty simple, with a drainage line that flows down and out of your home to the main drainage line, the underground system for commercial buildings is much more complicated. What’s more, it generally involves commercial-grade pipes and fixtures as well as complex architecture.

The Potential for Tankless Toilets

tankless toiletsWhile your home is not equipped to handle a commercial toilet, that doesn’t mean you can’t install a tankless toilet. There are tankless toilets that are built for use in residential homes. Using one in your home might require the installation of a pump or some other mechanism to power the flush, but it is doable to have a tankless toilet.

In most cases, tankless toilets require a 1-inch diameter water supply line. If you’re interested in installing a tankless toilet, talk to your plumber to determine if your system can support this type of toilet and to figure out what system might be right for you.

As you consider a tankless toilet, however, keep in mind that these toilets are very loud and might not be ideal for flushing in the quiet hours of the night. While it’s not a good idea to install a commercial toilet in your home, there are options when it comes to residential toilets and styles.

And, if it’s a tankless toilet that you’re after, you might be able to make it happen with a tankless model made for residential plumbing. Before getting too creative with your bathroom plumbing, however, make sure that you consult with a plumber. This will ensure that you install a toilet that will work properly in your home and that won’t put too much pressure on your plumbing system.

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John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning has provided quality home services to the Lincoln area for over 20 years. Committed to customer service and quality at a reasonable cost, their team is available 24/7 to meet all of your HVAC and plumbing needs.