What Is an Upflush Toilet?

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If you're planning on installing a toilet in a room that's located below your home's sewer line, one option would be breaking up the room's concrete floor in order to install new sewer pipes. Less costly would be installing an upflush toilet.

Significance

  • Upflush toilets are generally needed when adding a bathroom in a basement. Because a home's drain pipes are usually located above the basement floor, a regular toilet that counts on gravity to pull water and waste down the drain won't pull it off in this location.

Function

  • Upflush toilets employ a macerating system to liquefy human waste and toilet paper, mixing it with flushing water. The unit's built-in electric pump then discharges the water and waste, flushing it up into the home's plumbing drain system.

Warning

  • You must be mindful of what you dispose of in an upflush unit, as certain items may cause blockage. These items include rags and tampons, among other tough materials.

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