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In Japan, 74% of the population owns what is called a "high-tech toilet." That’s more than the amount of Japanese who own a home computer. While there are varying degrees of sophistication, many toilets can take your blood pressure, measure your body fat, provide a heated seat and even play music.


Modern toilets are constructed from a variety of materials, including ceramics, plastic and stainless steel. The most common material used to make toilets is porcelain.


When the toilet is flushed, water from the tank rapidly drops into the toilet bowl, which forces the waste water down the drain. As the drop in the tank's water level is sensed by the float, the tank refills with water until the float shuts off the supply.


After you flush a toilet, the water goes down the sewer pipes to the sewage treatment plant. In places where the home is far away from the sewer system, the waste water goes into large septic tanks. These tanks are cleaned and emptied regularly to keep the home safe.


The weight of a toilet varies depending on its water capacity and its materials, but specifications provided by Lowes reveal that toilets can range in assembled weight from 70 to 120 pounds. On average, the weight varies somewhat between one- and two-piece models.


Clean a toilet by flushing it and adding toilet cleaner to the bowl. Wipe down the outside of the toilet, working from the top to the bottom. Spray and wipe the interior parts of the seat, then scrub the inside of the toilet with a brush.


The Toto Drake CST744S, Toto Aquia CST416M and Barnum Dual-Flush corner toilet are some of the top-rated toilets. Each toilet has a unique feature that makes it popular with different people.


Remove a toilet by shutting off the water supply valve, flushing the tank repeatedly, sponging away remaining water and removing the closet bolts. Disconnect the water supply, lift the toilet off the plumbing stack and remove the wax ring.


Toilet paper is made from bleaches (chlorine dioxide), fiber-extracting chemicals, water and trees, but depending on the manufacturing process used, the materials can change. One manufacturing process uses recycled paper, while another uses virgin paper, which is derived from chipped wood.


The best one-piece toilet is dependent on several factors, such as affordability, functionality, maintenance, space requirements and personal taste. A one-piece toilet features a tank and a bowl fused together into one solid unit. Reputable brands include UltrMax, Kohler, ToTo and SaniFlow.