When you want to purchase a toilet system, what is required is to find out the toilet seat weight limit. This is the first rule of installing a toilet in your home. There are different types of toilets which include the standard toilet, the wall-mounted toilets, and the more durable toilets and each has their toilet seat weight limit.
We do not have regulations to the adequate weight limit for a normal toilet apart from the wall hung toilet which ASME standards demand should be able to support from 500 pounds and above.
What is the Average Toilet Weight Limit?
For the standard toilet weight limit, we’re looking at roughly 1000 pounds. That is for the toilet mounted on the floor that usually comes with a base to enable users gain support from the floor and also the toilet. In this type of toilet system, the weight limit does not depend on the toilet seat you have mounted on the wall but rather on the quality of the porcelain material used in creating it which is highly rigid and super strong. Because of this material quality, most normal toilets can support more than 1000 pounds. This is good news because a toilet made with poor materials can be dangerous to the user.
For the wall-mounted toilet weight limit, we’re looking at 500 pounds. This is half the limit of the standard toilet. The reason while the limit for this is less is that the toilet system does not have any support from underneath. The support it receives is from the connection to the wall. Because it doesn’t have any underneath support, it can’t carry as much as 1000 pounds. This type of toilet system needs to get support from the screws of the wall to ensure it bears the added weight limit.
You have to understand that different types of toilet systems hold different weight. Even though the two types of toilet systems have a particular weight limit, the weight limit of the toilet system still depends on the type of materials used in producing the toilet and how the toilet is installed.
When you’re on the lookout for a toilet weight limit, you’re not just looking at the quality of the toilet seat but also how the toilet would be installed. If your toilet is not firmly supported on the floor or the wall, based on your type of toilet, there will be a lack of adequate support.
Is the Average Toilet Weight Limit Adequate?
The average toilet weight limit can be considered adequate because the average man weighs about 190-200 pounds while the average woman weighs about 150-190 pounds and even if you’re obese you would rarely go above 450-500 pounds. Therefore a wall mounted toilet weight limit is adequate for personal use. Even at 1000 pounds, the normal toilet weight limit is perfectly adequate for users to sit on.
Can a Toilet Break by Sitting on it?
There have been no recorded cases of a toilet breaking as a result of the weight of a user. Lots of research has been made to know if there was any reported case of toilet breaking and injuring users. However, the only reported cases whereof toilet wobbling or toilet seat breaking or the floor bolts of toilets becoming loose. There has been no report of someone breaking a toilet seat due to pressure from their weight.
You should also know that the strength of the toilet seat lies in its support system. This is the support it gains from the floor beams and wall studs. When installing your toilet, be sure to notice where you place the toilet seat and how you want to connect the toilet to the pipes. This will ensure that your toilet is capable of carrying any weight amount.