How To Access A Concealed Toilet Cistern
What is a concealed cistern?
The most common toilet and cistern set up that most people are familiar with is the close-coupled toilet. This is the design found in most homes throughout the UK, where a rectangular cistern is directly connected to the toilet bowl sitting at the back of the user. However, a concealed cistern is where the water carrying vessel is placed within a duct set or wall, meaning the only thing on show in the washroom is the toilet pan itself.
The benefits of a concealed toilet cistern
Concealed cisterns are ideal for high traffic environments as all the pipework and mains services are hidden within a false wall behind the toilet. This makes the washroom easier to clean, as the toilet sits against a flush wall, but also protects the pipework and services against tampering and vandalism. A concealed cistern setup will also allow you to achieve a clean, smart look throughout your washroom and toilet cubicles and has been the go-to for many commercial enterprises and institutions for some time.
How do I access it for maintenance and repairs?
Most concealed cisterns are housed within an integrated plumbing system DUCT set. This will almost always be fitted with access panels, sometimes under a lock and key. However, modern design and material advancements have meant that commercial washroom designers can now deliver an almost seamless finish, making it very difficult to see where the access panels actually are. The rear wall of your cubicle will most likely be clad in a material like high-pressure laminate (HPL) or solid grade laminate (SGL). With a tool, one or more of these panels can be released from a pressure spring catch revealing a large access space.
Sometimes you might have inherited a washroom with an unusual layout. In worst-case scenarios, the concealed toilet cistern could be located within a stud work wall with no access panel. This short-sighted installation could mean the removal of plasterwork if a serious repair or replacement is required. In this instance, when making good the wall, be sure to integrate an access panel or consider alternatives.
If you would like further information on concealed toilet cisterns or would like advice on how they might benefit your organisation, please get in touch with one of the Commercial Washrooms team on 01202 650900