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How Does a Low Flow Toilet Work?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

If you are unfamiliar with how a low flow toilet works, you may have concerns that it may not be up to doing the job needed. Rest assured that low flow toilets not only do the job, in many ways, they can do it better than regular toilets.

If you’ve been thinking about updating your bathroom plumbing in Centennial with a low flow toilet, following is an explanation of how a low flow toilet works and why it may be better for your home.

The Advantage of Modifications

A low flow toilet works the same as a regular one: the components are the same and the process for flushing is the same. The differences are in some modifications that were made to regular toilets to make them low flow toilets. When low flow toilets were first introduced in the mid-1990s, all that was modified was the toilet tank size. Reducing the tank size so that the maximum amount of water – 1.6 gallons – could be achieved didn’t take into account the physics of a toilet flush. As such, the result of a low flow toilet wasn’t very good. Upon examination, it was found that making a few modifications would make the flush very strong, allowing the toilet to achieve its job. So here is what is different on a low flow toilet:

  • Large flush valve – the flush valve is larger on a low flow toilet, which allows the water to rush faster and harder into the tank. The result is a stronger, better flush.
  • Center placement of bowl outlet – in older toilets, the outlet hole for the toilet is typically closer to the back; in a low flow toilet, it is placed in the center of the bowl. This allows for an easier and more direct exit for anything in the bowl.
  • More water toward the front – in a regular toilet, the water level is higher and evenly dispersed; in a low flow toilet, not only is there less water, the water is positioned so that there is more of it resting in the front of the bowl. Re-positioning the water to the front of the bowl helps clear waste more effectively.

Low flow toilets can help you save significantly on annual water costs. If you are interested in updating your toilet(s), call Butter Plumbing today!

How Much Water Will a Low-Flow Toilet Save?

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

If the toilet in your home was installed over ten years ago, it’s probably using more than twice as much water as is necessary to flush down waste. Beginning in 1994, any toilet manufactured in the U.S. could no longer use more than 1.6 gallons of water for a single flush. At that time, these toilets were sometimes ineffective, occasionally requiring several flushes. However, modern plumbing innovations mean that today’s low-flush toilets work much better, making this the perfect time to replace your older unit.

How It Works

While older low-flow toilet got their fair share of complaints, newer models are far more reliable. Before low-flow models were the norm, high volumes of water (around 3.5 gallons) helped push waste into the drain pipes so that it could move into the sewer. Low-flow toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush, but gravity alone cannot do enough to move some waste. That’s why modern toilets rely on pressure to cut water use by 54%.

One option that uses even less water is a dual-flush toilet. Instead of having one handle for every flush, there are two buttons: one that is just powerful enough to flush liquid waste and another for solid waste. The liquid flush option uses half as much water for a single flush, about 0.8 gallons.

Saving Money with Low-Flow Fixtures

So how much money can a low-flow toilet save? Of course it all depends on your usage and the amount of people in your household. But in general, toilets account for about 40% of the water used inside of an average home. Cutting the amount of water used for each flush in half can mean significant savings, and a reduced environmental impact, which is important for many homeowners. If you’re looking to save some money with other types of low flow fixtures as well, you may consider other options such as low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, which are both fairly inexpensive to purchase and install.

When you decide a new low-flow toilet is the right choice for your home, or if you want professional advice about saving money on other plumbing fixtures in Las Vegas, call the technicians at Butter Plumbing today!