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What is a Flushometer?

While you might get confused by the name, chances are you’ve seen a flushometer in person before. Your toilet at home has a water tank attached to the back of it to help flush the toilet bowl. However, toilets in public restrooms at restaurants or in commercial office buildings don’t look like your typical home bathroom toilet.

This is because many commercial toilets use flushometers. A flushometer doesn’t have a water tank attached to it. Instead, it has a direct water source that uses water pressure to flush the toilet.

How a Flushometer Works

A flushometer uses its own water source to flush a toilet. When you pull the handle on the toilet, the flushometer opens to release a measured amount of water to flush the contents of the toilet down the drain. Once the flush is complete, the flushometer closes back up again.

Flushometers are a great alternative for businesses because they conserve water and make the process of flushing a toilet more efficient. Since there isn’t a water tank that needs to refill after each use, there’s no need to wait in-between uses.

Types of Flushometers

There are two basic types of flushometers: diaphragm and piston valves. Both systems are composed of a large high-pressure chamber and a small low-pressure chamber. When the flushometer is activated the valve releases the measured amount of pressurized water.

  • Diaphragm: With a diaphragm flushometer, a rubber diaphragm sits between the high and low-pressure chambers of the flushometer. While this flexible rubber diaphragm is better at dealing with higher water pressure, it does need to be replaced more often. The rubber after repeated exposure to water should be checked at least once every year.
  • Piston: A piston flushometer has a molded cup that separates the upper and lower chambers. Unlike a diaphragm valve, a piston actually shuts off the water supply. While this conserves water, it does add time between uses. For example, restrooms with high traffic tend to use diaphragm valves. Waiting for the water supply to turn back on with the piston valve can be inconvenient for customer using the bathroom.

Common Flushometer Challenges

While flushometers are a great plumbing technology, they’re not immune to their share of challenges. The plumbing system a flushometer is installed in has to be able to withstand the continued use of pressured water. The pressurized water from flushometers can lead to cracks and leaks in older plumbing systems.

Fortunately, there’s a solution for flushometer issues like this. At Roto-Rooter, we offer fast and reliable flushometer services to get your flushing system back up and running. Our local licensed plumbers are ready to respond to any flushometer issue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Trust Roto-Rooter with Your Plumbing Needs

When you’re running a business, a plumbing issue can bring operations to a standstill. Every minute the problem continues is one more hit to your bottom line. You need a plumbing partner who has a reputation for fast and reliable service. You need Roto-Rooter.

From a quick response time to receiving an accurate bill, we take the hassle out of plumbing services. Contact our team to learn more about our flushometer services, as well as our preventative maintenance services.