|In order to evaluate that possibility, check the size of the flapper, because this is key. Larger flappers such as the one on the left are good. Smaller flappers like the one on the right are not so good. I'll explain why in the sections below.|
|This is the stamp on the toilets that were builder-installed in our house, which was constructed in 2010. The toilets themselves bore a September 2009 manufacturing date. The problems with these things have persisted well beyond what EPA reports in terms of time frame. EPA likes to claim that it was only the "first generation" low flow toilets back in the 1990's that caused problems. We have evidence to the contrary.|
This is most easily seen in the size of the flapper. In the comparison photo above, I used an American quarter dollar to show two flappers to the same scale. The water-stained flapper on the right is found within one of our builder-grade toilets that we just replaced this past weekend. The shiny new flapper on the left is from that new replacement toilet. You can immediately see that the replacement toilet has a much larger flapper.
A smaller flapper equals smaller water piping equals more sluggish flush speed, which may have been perfectly OK for as long as larger water volumes were still being used in older toilet models. But when the water volumes were reduced, it became a recipe for toilet disaster. A faster flush velocity is necessary to offset the reduced force brought by lower water volumes. And a faster velocity is achieved by increasing the pipe diameter.
And unfortunately, there's only one workaround for a poorly-engineered toilet.
|Our chosen replacement was the Toto Eco Drake. My husband did the research on this product. We had replaced the commode in our master bathroom with a Toto right after we moved in and were completely pleased with it, so we were sure that we wanted another of the same brand for our powder room.|
I suspect that there are at least 35 homes just in our section of the subdivision with the exact same brand of inefficient toilet installed. Who knows how many homes nation-wide. We feel your pain. Take a deep breath (holding your nose if necessary) and get on with the business of toilet replacement. You certainly won't regret it.
|Our new Toto in its esteemed place. We should have installed this four years ago when we replaced the one in our Master bath. Better late than never. Scratch another task off the 'to do' list.|