It was estimated by Northeastern University’s Professor Vladimir Novotny at a 2010 conference presentation that, in the United States, 26 percent of the water used in a household is consumed by the flushing of a toilet. He further estimates that installing better functioning flushers may reduce that usage to only about 10 percent per household. At Fenwick Plumbing Jacksonville FL, we can help you evaluate your toilets to determine if they are high-efficiency units. We are also happy to provide you with recommendations to help conserve water per flush.

Benefits of a Higher-Efficiency Toilet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that during a person’s lifetime he/she will flush a toilet approximately 140,000 times. Toilets manufactured prior to 1995 use 5 gallons or more of water per flush. Newer toilets, those made in 1996 or later, use 1.6 gallons of water per flush or less. Such a low flow toilet helps the homeowner save thousands of gallons of water per year. High-efficiency toilets offer even more water savings. They generally use only 1.6 gallons or less of water with each flush.

High-Efficiency Toilet Types

  • Dual Flush Toilet –The dual flush toilet has two buttons. One button is designed to be pushed when flushing liquid waste. It uses only 1.3 gallons of water per flush. If there is solid waste, you have the option of using the other button which uses 1.6 gallons of water to effectively flush and rinse out the bowl.
  • Gravity Toilet –The gravity toilet uses only 1.28 gallons of water per flush. It uses what is often a termed a “siphon” to pull water down through the trapway.
  • 1.0 GPF Pressure-Assist Toilet –This type of toilet depends on a vessel in the tank that helps monitor water line pressure. When the water line changes, it pushes the water through the toilet bowl at three times the standard flow rate. Its speed quickly cleans out the bowl with minimal water use. Some people complain that the flush is very loud, though.

The trained professionals at Fenwick Plumbing Jacksonville FL will be happy to discuss the three types of toilets that will help you save on your home’s waters consumption. They are more than happy to answer any questions that you might have, and determine which toilet will best fit your family’s needs.

If switching to an energy efficient toilet is not in your budget, then you can discuss ways to make your current toilet more efficient  by talking to the professionals at Fenwick Plumbing Jacksonville FL. For example, you can also fill a plastic water container, such as a milk jug and place it in your toilet’s tank. The jug will take up space in the tank so it does not fill with as much water. This can quickly and easily reduce your toilet’s water use. Some toilets also have a hidden leak. Placing food coloring into your toilet’s tank will help you see any leaks so they can be promptly fixed. Some people may opt to make a drastic change, and do away with conventional toilets in their home all together. Although not that common, a composting toilet relies on no water. A composting toilet collects the waste in a specially-designed pit or vault. The waste then decomposes naturally without the use of any water. Waterless urinals also allow liquid to pass through special oil to eliminate any odors. Although not that common in a home, a waterless urinal is an effective way to dispose of liquid waste.

If you want to conserve water when using a toilet in your home, talk with the professionals at Fenwick Plumbing Jacksonville FL to explore all the ways you can save on your water bill and help the environment.