Upgrading to Low-Flow Toilets

Is your current toilet getting up there in years? Homeowners in need of replacing their older toilets should consider low-flow toilet options. These water-conserving models could have a significant impact on water usage and can lower water bill.

Toilets made before 1994 use an average 20 gallons of water per person each day. That comes out to 3.5 gallons per flush. That’s a lot of water! If an average family switches their current toilets out for low-flow toilets, they could save 25 gallons of water a day, which adds up to about 9,000 gallons per year.

This water conservation can make homeowners and their wallets feel good. The initial purchase of a low-flow toilet might be a little more expensive than a traditional toilet, but it might just pay itself off in a few years by helping to save on water costs. It’s estimated that the average family can save $110 per year in water costs with a low-flow toilet. With the average cost of a low end low flow toilet being just over $200 and a high end low flow toilet being around $600, the breakeven point is between 2 and 5.5 years.

When choosing a low-flow toilet, homeowners should know that there are several types on the market right now: gravity flush toilets, pressure assisted toilets and dual flush toilets.

Gravity flush toilets release water into the bowl through an opening around the rim when flushed. The force of that water is what pushes the waste down into the drainpipe.  They are the less expensive low-flow option, but can have a little harder time removing waste.

Pressure assisted toilets use pressurized air to push water into the bowl so waste goes into the drainpipe when flushed. This makes them a little noisier, but more efficient at removing waste than the gravity flush toilet. They often need to be connected to an electrical power source, however.

Another option is the dual flush toilet where the user chooses either a light flush, for liquid waste, or a complete flush, for solid waste. Either option still conserves water.

Not sure which is the best option for your household? Talk to the professional plumbers at All Star Plumbing and Restoration and learn more about upgrading toilets today.

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