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Low-Flow Toilets: Yes, They’re a Good Investment!

toilet-with-button-flushYou may have heard about the advances in water-saving low-flow fixtures for homes. Low-flow faucets are an easy choice to make, since there is little sacrifice in performance and the water savings are excellent. Low-flow faucets aren’t an expensive upgrade to make, either.

But when it comes to another major low-flow installation, the low-flow toilet, you might be more hesitant. Do these fixtures work as well as they need to? Considering the higher cost, will the new installation pay for itself? How much water do they really save? In short—are low flow-toilets a smart investment for your home?

You can already tell what the answer is: it’s in the title of this post. But we’ll go into some details about why replacing old toilets for low-flow models is a good use of home improvement money.

Some of the Benefits of a Low-Flow Toilet

You may not know this, but the toilet uses the most water of any indoor appliance—more than the shower! It can account for 40% of your annual indoor water use. Anything that can make a difference in how much water the toilet uses per flush will have a large, beneficial impact on your budget.

If you have reservations about low-flow toilets, it’s probably based on the older models that were manufactured in the 1990s. “Flush” away thoughts of those! Manufacturers rushed making those models to meet government water-saving standards. Once they took the time to make better products, they produced toilets that work as well—if not better—than the standard full-tank toilets. So to answer one of the common questions, yes, a low-flow toilet can do the job it’s supposed to do. It may do it better!

Now, about the actual water savings. Older toilets, such as ones in a house more than 30 years old, can consume up to 5 to 6 gallons of water per flush. Even a full-tank toilet today uses only around 3 gallons per flush. With a low-flow toilet, the gallons per flush drops down to 1.28 gallons. That’s more than a 50% difference in water use compared to even the best full-tank toilet.

The average family can reduce water use by anywhere from 20% to 60%. That can add up to 13,000 gallons saved every year and around $110 saved each year as well. A low-flow toilet can save around $2,200 over its entire service life.

And remember, the low-flow toilet isn’t just helping your household and your budget: it’s helping the environment as well. If every home in the nation replaced their old toilets with low-flow models, the country could conserve 520 billion gallons of water every year.

To schedule replacement of your old toilets for new low-flow toilets, or any other services for bathroom plumbing in Santa Ana, CA, call us. There are many different manufacturers of quality low-flow toilets, and we’ll see that you have the best possible model installed in your home’s bathrooms. We can take care of many types of bathroom plumbing services.

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