Q: I have an older low-profile, one-piece toilet I want to replace with a new high-efficiency model. But because the tank height is so low and I have shelving above the tank, I will need to install another low-profile toilet to fit the space.
With the combination of a very low tank and the new toilets that use less water, I am concerned about flushing power. I don’t want to take out the shelving, so any ideas on getting a high-efficiency/low-profile toilet with some extra flushing power?
A: This is a very common question for toilets with very low tanks, and assisted flushing technology is available for many new high-efficiency toilets, including low-profile toilets.
The term assisted flush means basically what it sounds like. The gravity flushing power is assisted with some help from another power-generated force. One of the most common assisted flushing systems for toilets is called air-pressure assist. This is where compressed air is stored in a special flushing vessel along with the flushing water. When you press the lever, the compressed air gives the flushing water an extra push that can be very helpful for toilets with a low-profile tank.
Bottom line: With a new assisted-flush, low-profile toilet you can keep your existing shelves in place without shelving the idea of getting a new high-efficiency toilet.
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