Learn | Toilets | What is a Trip Lever?

It’s basically the lever that flushes a toilet. A trip lever is usually located on either the left or right hand side of the toilet tank and it’s used to actuate the toilet’s flush valve, or flush tower, to initiate the flushing cycle. Trip levers are made specifically for individual toilets. Trip levers are often made out of metal or plastic and usually attach to the flush valve/flapper by a chain and clip. Toilets today can be activated by a number of different methods. There are now hands free toilets like the Activate Toilet and also dual flush toilets that use 2 different buttons to flush.

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