According to this story from the US over 2.3 million power pressure toilets have been recalled by the manufacturers of the pressure unit because they have been exploding. To date over 300 units have ruptured.
Pressure-assisted toilets work by compressing air in a storage tank inside the cistern. The tank is filled from the mains and when the tank is charged it blows water out into the toilet bowl and through the pipes. This kind of system can clean the bowl and drains more efficiently and has been marketed as ‘greener’ than a traditional toilet because it uses less water.
However, these systems are clearly not without their drawbacks. They are noisy and pressure can build up in the system causing them to blow up. They are not widely available or popular in the UK yet but, as with most imports from across ‘the pond’, it’s only a matter of time.
If you are thinking of purchasing a power-assisted toilet contact a local plumber like Drain Doctor for advice on installation and maintenance.
- Suit claims exploding toilet at county fairgrounds caused injury (billingsgazette.com)
- Helena area woman sues county over exploded toilet (missoulian.com)
- Toilets Recalled for Explosion Risk (drudge.com)
- Your Toilet Might Explode Soon [Exploding Toilets] (gawker.com)
- Exploding Toilet Recall Prompts Lawsuit As Consumers Contend Repair Kit Offered Is Not Adequate & Seeks Class Action Status – Bill Gates Is Right We Do Need Better Toilets (ducknetweb.blogspot.com)