One innovation in bathroom fixtures is water closets rises from a one-piece sheet of flooring and doesn’t look like a water closet at all, but more like a bench for a vanity. The floor and water closet are molded in one continuous piece from a combination of mineral fillers and resins with a surface finish the resembles marble. The flush tank must be mounted on a wall, and the water closet mechanism is hidden within the marble like molded material. The unit is easy to clean, and the floor portion resists scratching and scuffing in the same manner as terrazzo.
This is but one example of what happening in the bathroom fixture field. Other developments include water closets that automatically vent odors way and new approaches to flushing mechanism.
Water closets fall mainly into five categories: one-piece; close-coupled tank and bowl; two-piece with the wall-hung reservoir; wall-hung; and corner water closet. Most major manufacturers also offer the one-piece; free standing water closet with a little tank that is just slightly higher than the seat of the water closet. At least one manufacturer provides a jet-aspirator for the latter water closet to remove odors through the discharge outlet.
The wall-hung water closet is easiest to clean around, but be prepared to pay for the special wall carrier that is necessary to mount the cabinet on the wall. Some believe that the attractiveness of the wall-hung models justifies the extra expense in mounting.
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The seat and cover units of some water closets can be lifted off when you remove two static pressure pins, a feature that facilitates cleaning.
Both white and colored water closets have been available for a long time. However, look for new colors appearing on the market from time to time. Some of the new neutral tones allow flexibility in bathroom decoration while still avoiding the starkness of white.
Covers for water closets are becoming a decorator item. Colorful coverings are available at most department stores and bath boutique. Manufacturers also are beginning to produce decorative covers made from plastic materials that are easy to clean.
When you replace a water closet that has been in use for quite some time, be sure to check with a plumbing contractor to determine whether or not piping needs to be also replaced. It will be more economical in the long run to replace piping and water closet at the same time.
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Long a fixture in European bathrooms, the bidet is gaining acceptance in this country. The use of bidets in hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes may lead to the installation of more bidets in homes.
The bidet holds water for washing the pelvic area of the body. Hot and cold water can be mixed to produce the desired temperature at the bidet. Warm water and mild soap provide a cleansing combination that permits a high degree of personal sanitation. The bidet can be used by everyone in the family. Including young children who are beginning to form habits of cleanliness.
The proper location for a bidet is alongside the water closet. When planning a compartmented bathroom, do not place the water closet in one compartment and the bidet in another.
The bidet can be purchased in colors to match the water closet. It is slightly lower in height.