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Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Toilet

Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 11:00 am

top view of a low flush toiletThis one might have you scratching your head. Why are we so interested in talking about toilets? Bear with us!

Have you ever questioned how much you are paying for your water each month? Maybe you’d like to lower those water bills, but is there such a way to do that without having to sacrifice USING your water? The answer is, yes!

You can contact our Tumwater, WA plumbers to see what your low-flow plumbing fixture options are, such as a low-flush toilet.

More about Low-Flush Toilets

Low-flush or low-flow toilets are a great way to cut down on the amount of water used with each flush, without significantly lowering the performance or functionality of your toilet(s).

Remember, it is important to leave this kind of installation to the pros, or else you may wind up with a defective, leaky toilet that ultimately wastes water rather than saving it. You can contact us for this installation, and in the meantime, we’ll share with you some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of low-flush toilets.

The standard toilet uses about 7 gallons of water per flush. The biggest advantage of a low-flush toilet is that it only uses 1.6 gallons per flush, with some models using even less. This means an automatic drop in your water bills from month to month. Over the course of a year, the savings can be very significant—not to mention the water you conserve will be good for the environment.

A potential drawback, at least for some homeowners, is the initial cost of a low-flow toilet installation. They do cost more to install than standard toilets, and can struggle with clogs since they’re not as powerful as standard models. However, there’ve been advances in hydronic power in low-flush toilets, such as pressure models, and this has begun to make up for the issue.

In many cases, when you choose to have a low-flush toilet installed, the benefits can quickly outweigh the drawbacks. For instance, your water use will be reduced so much that the installation may be able to pay for itself within months.

Other Ways to Reduce Water Usage

Low flow toilets are great additions to the bathrooms in your homes, but they’re not the only way to reduce your water usage, and thus your monthly water bills. One of the fastest and easiest ways, for instance, to reduce your water usage is to have aerators installed on your faucets. These are perforated metal sleeves that reduce water usage by about 4% on average.

Low flow shower heads follow the same concept, reducing the water you waste by showering. Keep in mind that both faucet and showerhead aerators will reduce the water pressure, but that’s how you know you’re saving water, and therefore saving money.

One last way to reduce how much water you are using is to have leaks repaired right away. You’d be surprised by how many gallons of water can be wasted throughout the year just from a small, neglected pinhole leak or faucet drip.

For more great plumbing tips and quality service,

contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today!

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