It’s estimated that roughly 30–40% of the water used in the average American household is used by the home’s toilets. Every day, despite lengthy showers, dish washing, clothes washing and everything else you use water for, your toilets use a third or more of the water you consume. That’s a lot, but thankfully with modern technology it’s possibly to dramatically reduce that number.
If you’re tired of spending hundreds of dollars per year just to flush your toilet, it may be time to invest in a low flow alternative. Call Dial One Johnson Plumbing and learn how our plumbers can install a new low–flow toilet that allows you to lessen your impact on the environment while saving money on your monthly water bills.
The first question most people have about low flow toilets is – How much water can be saved? A traditional toilet manufactured 10 years ago or more uses about 3.5 gallons per flush. In comparison, the standard low flush toilet uses only 1.6 gallons per flush and newer models are reducing the amount to as little as 1.2 gallons per flush.
Over the course of a year that saves the average family upwards of 22,000 gallons of water. The cost of that much water depends on where you live, but from both an economic and conservation standpoint, low flow toilets are clearly fantastic upgrades for your home.
When low flush toilets were first introduced and widely encouraged in the 1990s after the Energy Policy Act was signed, there were concerns about their effectiveness. They keep less water in the bowl and some early models failed to successfully remove waste with every flush. Clogs were more common in other models.
However, in the years since the 1.6gpf standard was introduced, the technology has advanced rapidly – to the point that low flow toilets now have lower flush modes to save even more water and without reducing the effectiveness of the toilet.
To install a new toilet, the old one must be carefully removed and everything must be measured to ensure there is enough space for the new fixture. It’s important to hire a professional for this kind of work because it requires turning off the water supply and removing fixtures, something the average homeowner doesn’t have any experience with.
The experts to call for all of your low flow toilet needs is Dial One Plumbing. We’ve been installing water saving fixtures in homes throughout the region for years and we’d be happy to help you upgrade your home as well. Call us today to discuss your low flow toilet options and other ways you can conserve water in your home.