Not very many people stop to think about how a simple toilet can affect their health. Let’s confront it contractors, when building your home don’t think about it. They install a construction grade commode or toilet and you use it for several years. This works fine while you are young and haven’t started a family in addition.
But when your family grows and now have 4 or 5 living in your dwelling, your toilet begins to be challenged. already if you have two or three bathrooms you may find yourself taking the drop every now and then.
- Children flush toys and all kinds of foreign objects
- Adults will flush too much paper, sanitary pads or tampons
- Over time the tank system begins to break down and repair or substitute is needed.
The average person spends around an 1/8th of their life time relieving your body of waste. That is approximately 4 to 7 years we use on the toilet. This should also make choosing a proper toilet just as important as choosing your household furniture.
So how do you choose a toilet that is right for you and your family? This is a very good question since most home owners have never been faced with this choice before. Toilets are made in many different sizes, colors and roles and taking a quote from the movie Indiana Jones and the last crusade “choose wisely”.
Much like choosing your first home choosing a proper toilet is just as important. Since most toilets are design to last for 20 years or longer you need to play the role of a psychic and look into your future and not only for your future family also a glimpse into your golden years.
Depending on how many bathrooms you have in your home will help with your choice. Let’s say you are a newlywed, there are just two of you and you have three bathrooms in your home. It may look like this:
- Master bath
- shared bath
- Half bath
The construction grade toilet the contractor installed may be all you need right now. A few years later you may decide on having a family and pretty soon you will have children to nurture.
Many toilet manufactures make children size toilets that are designed for your child until they reach a certain height of 4 feet 5 inches. By installing a child size toilet you will eliminate the fear your child will have of falling into the toilet or being eaten by “the toilet monster” when potty training. The best placement for a children’s toilet will be in the half bath. This way you will leave the shared bathroom for your company and self.
When you are ready to upgrade your children’s toilet for a standard one this will be a good time to think about those golden years. Believe it or not depending on your height whether you are tall, small or in between the height of the commode will make a difference on your health.
As we age our bodies change and depending on you and/or your spouse’s occupation back or joint problems may arise which makes squatting more difficult. At this point a handicap toilet may not be the solution for many years to come. However, some of the top toilet manufacturers have designed some brand series that are taller than the standard toilet and come with larger traps which is a plus in my opinion because you will have less toilet clogs.
in closing, you need to do some serious research before choosing the right toilet that will best suit you and your family’s needs. Begin with toilet review’s. Then Go to your local plumbing supply or home improvement store to find out how do you measure up to your toilet?