Washdown WC VS Siphonic WC Flush
In wash down toilets, waste is simply “pushed” by free flowing water out of the trapway (usually 4” in diameter). The siphonic method on the other hand, employs a smaller outlet (usually 2” diameter) to slightly trap the flush water until it is filled enough for a siphonic action to pull the contents of the bowl out.
Because of this, here are some points of comparison between the two…
Siphonic flushing requires a bigger elongated bowl to fill water properly to flush compared to the compact version of the wash down. Most Europeans prefer the space-saving models whilst elongated versions are preferred in the United States, thus, US type toilets to siphonic and European toilets to wash down.
Wash down toilets is usually equipped with a DUAL FLUSHING mechanism that can accommodate 3 or 6 gallons per flush for solid or liquid waste. In contrast, siphonic toilets require 6 gallons or more to flush properly. Some countries even mandate 4.5 gallon flush capacity. (Dual flushing is not advisable for siphonic systems)
Siphonic has a greater tendency to clog due to the smaller trapway. Since wash down does not need this suction, it has a larger trapway but leaves less water on the bowl after flushing compared to the half full of the siphonic version. Splashing sometimes occurs when solid waste hits the water for wash down versions. This can be minimized by placing a piece of toilet paper over the water.
SPARE PARTS AND MAINTENANCE
Over time, because of the impurities of our water, silicon or rubber washers for both toilets need to be changed. (Water seepage will occur)
A wash down toilet has top button flush, ABS plastic float valve and flush valve which rarely need replacement.
Siphonic type usually comes with the side lever, ABS plastic float valve and flush valve. Some versions have a float ball and chain which need to be replaced more often. (Replacement parts are generally sold in major hardware stores.)
Depending on the holes around the bowl rim where the water comes out, some wash down toilets tend to have “water marks”. Duravit’s special coating called “wondergliss” is a solution for this problem. This special coating will last for quite sometime as long as no harsh chemicals or solutions are used in cleaning the bowl.
Europeans therefore prefer having a toilet brush as a part of their bath accessories over the plunger that is more for the clogging of a siphonic toilet. So make sure you buy a good quality siphonic toilet or you end up having the same maintenance issue of malls where they throwing tissue papers in the bowl is discouraged.
Siphonic toilets usually require a 12″ (305mm) outlet from the wall to the center. Wash down versions need only 8-12″ (200-300mm). So check whether it is possible or not to make adjustments on existing units before buying your toilet.
Nowadays, most customers want to change from siphonic to wash down. There will be a difference in outlet of 4″ gap. You can either move the outlet which will also require you to redo the waterproofing or you can cover this gap with a 4″ pre-wall. It is best to consult your contractor regarding these changes.