Do Smart Toilets Need Maintenance?

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Do Smart Toilets Need Maintenance?

Can a “smart” home really be smart if it doesn’t have a smart toilet? Wait…what was that? What in the world is a smart toilet you ask? Well, just like a smartphone, TV, or thermostat, a smart toilet is connected through Wi-Fi and is capable of interacting with the user. Why would you want this sort of toilet technology in your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home? Just read on.

Would life go on if we didn’t have all this smart technology? Of course it would, but they are kind of fun to have and put a little luxury into our lives. These systems are no different. Here are some of their most popular features:

  • Automatic lid—Could this possibly end one aspect in the battle of the sexes? Some smart toilets enable the lid and/or seat to open or close automatically based on your settings.
  • Seat warmers—This is a feature you will find on most smart toilets. The seat can be warmed to a desired temperature to fit your preferences.
  • Nightlight—No more painful stubbed toes when you stumble into the bathroom in the middle of the night. Smart toilet technology can include ambient night lighting.
  • Spray adjustment—Most systems include a bidet. The technology allows you to adjust the pressure and water temperature of the spray to clean your bottom.

Just in case those features aren’t enough, your system can also include the ability to play music or listen to your favorite radio programming.


Along with all the bells and whistles, this new toilet technology demands some changes in the way you approach cleaning and maintenance. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Turn the power off before doing any work. Remember, a smart toilet is an electrical device and it’s always safer to work on when the power is shut off.
  • Do not wash surfaces with water which can damage electrical components. A damp cloth is fine, just not an actual water rinse.
  • Treat the lid gently as smart toilets have seats and lids that close automatically. Do not use excessive force, just let the seat close at its own speed.
  • Replace the filter periodically to assure pure water for the bidet spray. Yes, many smart toilets do have a water filter. Check your owner’s manual for directions. The standard filter should usually be changed every four to six months. 
  • Don’t use overly harsh chemicals to clean the toilet bowl and tank. Be very careful when using cleaning products on the electrical components. Always follow manufacturer recommendations. 

All toilets, smart or not, should be a part of regular plumbing maintenance.


Does this make you think a smart toilet would be a good addition to your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home? Then call Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing now to learn more about the choices available to you.