How Exactly Does a Toilet Pump Work?

We take the humble toilet for granted when it works. When it doesn’t work, there is gloom and misery for all concerned. The toilet isn’t a complicated nor complex machine, and its parts are simple and efficient.

Toilet Parts

The toilet bowl has a siphon that is attached to a pipe with a u-bend. The pipe delivers the sewage to the main sewer system. Upon flushing, water and waste exit the toilet and air rushes in (the “flush” sound). The bowl then refills with water from the tank. The tank holds about 2 gallons of clean water and can refill the bowl in under 3 seconds. The toilet parts inside the tank include:

  • Handle arm
  • Fill valve
  • Float arm
  • Float ball
  • Overflow tube
  • Flush valve
  • Flapper
  • Drain hole

Most toilets do not have a toilet pump.

Why You Need a Toilet Pump

The design of a toilet is based on gravity; with a little help, the water flows down toward the sewer line. But what if you have a toilet in your building’s basement or located below the sewer lines? That’s when a toilet pump is installed. Here are three types of toilet pumps and how they work:

  • Electric upflushing toilet – You can choose from several sizes, but this toilet pump will do the trick in most sub-ground bathrooms.
  • Self-contained toilet pump – The toilet sits on the floor and a sewage ejector system propels the waste up; fixtures are located overhead.
  • Sewage ejector system – This is the best choice for a powerful, long-term solution. The system’s tank sits in a small hole below the toilet and is large enough to accommodate sink and laundry wastewater as well as multiple toilets.

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Don’t stress when you’re faced with any kind of situation that involves plumbing design or repair. Bradbury Thornton Plumbing Services has the solution, and there’s usually more than one way to fix most problems. You can choose what works best for your budget and your lifestyle. We also appreciate your feedback. Call 281.661.4283 or contact us if you have any comments or questions.

 

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