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Maintaining a Concealed Cistern

Last Updated May 16, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

A concealed cistern toilet really is the ultimate in style and hygiene but what happens when maintenance or repairs are required?  The good news is that it is much easier than you think, and you don’t need to break your tiles or wall.  Here’s what you need to know.

What is a Concealed Cistern?

A concealed cistern is a toilet that has had the cistern hidden some way. The cistern is usually concealed within the wall but it can also be concealed in the ceiling or in the bathroom vanity.  This means that all you see externally is the toilet pan, which is the part that you sit on.  Flushing a concealed cistern is easy as pushing a button as the flush buttons or push plate is mounted on the wall. The flush buttons can be right near the cistern or they can be mounted remotely for easier access.

Why is a Concealed Cistern Such a Good Idea?

Concealed cisterns are becoming more popular for a number of reasons. The primary reason is because they give such a clean, streamlined look – you don’t have to look at the cistern at all. As a bonus, all of the plumbing that is associated with the toilet is hidden as well.  This is ideal if you don’t like the appearance of a standard toilet or if you don’t have a lot of space in your bathroom.  As well, concealed cisterns are more hygienic than standard toilets as you can easily clean around all sides of the toilet pan (seat).  Concealed cisterns are also incredibly safe as the support structure that is concealed within the wall is capable of holding up to 400 kilograms.

Is it Hard to Maintain and Repair Concealed Cisterns?

Many people think that it can be difficult to gain access to a concealed cistern in order to maintain and repair it but it really is not that hard. There is no need to rip tiles from the wall or to smash holes in the plasterboard to get to the cistern.  Most concealed cisterns that are installed in Australian bathrooms have an access panel set in the wall.  This access panel also holds the flush buttons. Therefore, if you need to access the cistern for any reason, you simply remove the access panel and you will have all the room that you need to perform diagnostics and repairs to your concealed cistern.  This access panel is available in a wide range of colours, designs and materials to suit any style of bathroom.

If your cistern is concealed in your bathroom vanity or in the ceiling, you won’t need an access panel to give you the necessary access for maintenance and repairs as you can easily access the cistern externally (by going up into the ceiling or by going into the vanity unit).
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