Have you ever been in a power outage and thought, “How do I Flush a Smart Toilet without power?”
Okay, maybe that’s not the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s an important question.
In contrast to a standard toilet, a smart toilet may include heated seats, self-cleaning, air drying, and mood lighting. But they’re also power-hungry beasts that require electricity to function.
So, what do you do when the power’s out and you need enough water to flush?
Read on to find out!
Top 5 Flushing Ideas Without Power
Fortunately, if your house is hooked to a municipal water supply, you can still flush the smart toilet without electricity. This is because the water pressure in that system doesn’t need power to work properly. So even if there’s an outage of energy, flushing shouldn’t be much impacted.
Some smart toilets have backup batteries that can power essential functions such as flushing without electricity. This feature ensures that the always-connected toilet remains functional even during power outages, providing a convenient solution for those who live in areas with power disruptions.
Bucket or Rain Barrel Technique
People who don’t have direct access to municipal water supply can also use their good old bucket for flushing purposes. First, locate and remove the lid from your toilet tank. Then, fill a large bucket with water and carefully pour it into the empty toilet bowl until it’s about half-full. Now press down on the handle to release as much of that limited pressure as possible.
Limited Emergency Flushing Option
If you’re on a well water system and your home still has some leftover water pressure, you can take advantage of what’s left by doing a “limited emergency flush.” Ensure you only do this if required because once the pressure is gone, it will not return until the power is back on.
Manual Flush Mechanism
If you own a smart toilet equipped with a manual flush mechanism, it’s important to understand how and where this feature is located. The owner’s manual should point you in the right direction.
Gravity flushing can also be used on some smart toilets. It works by pouring cold or hot water into the tank until full capacity is reached before manually activating the flush button. Since pressure generated from the weight inside would trigger the contents to flow out of the bowl down the drain.
How to Deal with Water Supply Issues
Well Pump and City Water Situation
No Electricity? No Problem!
Did you ever think that even if your house runs on good pumps or city water, it would be possible to flush the toilet without having any power supply?
Well, now you know. The pressure of large water towers and municipal reservoirs remains intact during blackouts. Therefore, water supply from wells and city lines that pour water down to your house is generally unaffected during power outages.
Handling Septic and Sewage Systems
You don’t have anything to worry about most of the time.
Usually, a septic tank system doesn’t require electricity to work properly; similarly, even if everything is out – gravity-driven sewer lines will still be operative.
However, remember that certain up-flush toilets featuring pumps in an apartment building that uses electric water pumping might not do so well without electricity.
Know Your Toilet’s Features and Limitations
Nowadays, many people opt for luxury toilet models with plenty of smart features, making the bathroom experience more enjoyable. Knowing precisely what each feature does will give peace of mind even when electricity cuts, leaving everyone “in the dark.”
Most smart toilets these days – from regular ones to smart electronic models – can flush even without electricity and function on a gravity-fed system: water is released into the bowl simply due to its weight and not because of any mechanical lever. That means that during an energy failure, your toilet may still be able to do its job as usual.
Another factor that plays a role here is water pressure; whether you’re hooked up to a city supply, or well, it will remain steady without power since it doesn’t rely on electricity to function properly.
However, if your house is powered by well water, the pressure water tank could be affected, and you might suffer from reduced water availability during flushes. In such a situation, it’s better to reserve flushing for when essential.
Unfortunately, features like self-cleaning or drying through a bidet seat won’t function without electricity, as the smart toilet’s heated spray and related functions rely on electricity.
Daniel Barczak is a software developer with over 9 years of professional experience. He has experience with several programming languages and technologies and has worked for businesses ranging from startups to big enterprises. Daniel in his leisure time likes to experiment with new smart home gadgets and explore the realm of home automation.