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Why You Should Use Low-Flow Toilets

Everyone should really be grateful for the invention of the toilet. Without them, we would all be living in our own bodily waste. Unfortunately, these appliances use a lot of water. In times of drought in this hot city, many people tend to worry about flushing their toilet. Is it just flushing away a valuable commodity?

Most people don’t consider how much water a toilet actually uses. Not counting outdoor irrigation, toilets consume the most water of any devices in a home. Statistics found that 14 percent of water used inside and outside homes comes from flushing a toilet. For just indoor appliances, the toilet accounts for 38 percent of the water used. In 1992, the US became more conservative with their water use. A law was implemented that mandated all new toilets be low-flow or low-flush, using only 1.6 gallons per flush. Prior to this, toilets used up to 7 gallons of water per flush.

People that live in older homes won’t have low-flow toilets, and non-profit agencies are encouraging homeowners to replace their toilets with newer, low-flush models. There are even rebates offered by many organizations for the purchase of a low-flush toilet.

Benefits of Low-Flow Toilets

Low-flush toilets are made in various ways. Some use gravity, while others use pressure-assisted technology to flush the water down. There are even luxurious toilets, with one of the top-of-the-line toilets in the US coming with an optional sound module that can mask bodily noises.

When homeowners replace their old toilets with low-flush ones, they are permanently reducing the use of bathroom water by 50 percent. This can save up to $78 a year in utility costs. Low-flush toilets are fairly inexpensive, and typically cost just over $100. It is definitely worth the investment.

Upon initially installing low-flush toilets, many homeowners complained that they didn’t work efficiently. In order to comply with the new law, manufacturers simply reduced the size of the tank. Homeowners had to double flush for it to work properly, which didn’t save any water. Modern low-flow toilets are more effective and easier to fix, and are often called ultra low-flow toilets (ULFTs). These get rid of waste using either gravity or pressure. Gravity toilets simply drive the waste out of the bowl, while pressure assisted toilets compress a pocket of air which energizes the water each time the toilet is flushed. Pressure assisted toilets tend to be less noisy than gravity toilets.

In 1999, a high efficiency toilet (HET) was introduced in the US that uses 20 percent less water than most low-flow toilets. There is a specific type of HET that has two flush buttons, one that uses 1.6 gallons of water for solid waste, and another button that uses 0.8 gallons of water for liquid waste.

If you live in an older home, have a plumber examine your toilets. If you are still using toilets from before the 1990s, you should consider investing in a low-flow toilet. It can save many gallons of water. The experts at JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning can replace your toilet at an affordable cost. For more information about Las Vegas plumbing services, contact 702.227.5622.

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