Salt Lake City Office
963 Folsom Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1130
Phone: (801) 355-4433
Between sinks, showers, and toilets, your bathroom contributes to a heavy stream of water consumption. When you consider the fact that people use the restroom multiple times a day, it’s not surprising to discover that the toilet is the biggest culprit of all that excess water.
The most effective solution to cutting down on your toilet’s overconsumption is the installation of low-flow toilets. At Whipple Plumbing, we can help you with this important step while helping you understand all of the reasons it’s beneficial to do so.
The problem with using too much water is that it is a finite resource. While it’s true that water goes through a cycle of purification and reuse, there is only so much available at any given time.
In total, just 3% of the Earth’s water supply is potable. Unless you’re a dog, you probably don’t need drinkable water in your toilet, but the costs of setting up a separate system using saltwater is too astronomical to consider. For the sake of conservation, it’s a good idea to reduce how much water you’re using in your home so that there’s plenty to go around.
Water treatment plants also burn a lot of energy. With greater volumes of water cycling in and out, the strain on the environment can become significant.
These are all important reasons, but you also can’t ignore the cost-benefit to each and every homeowner. When you use less water, your utility bills should go down.
The amount of water that a toilet uses has changed significantly over the last few decades. Before the 1990s, it wasn’t abnormal for a toilet to use anywhere from 3.5 to seven gallons per flush. New laws in 1992 changed this standard. Starting at that point, any newly manufactured model could use no more than 1.6 gallons.
What that means is that older toilets could remain in homes, as long as they continued working. Once it came time to replace the toilet, however, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that had a flow exceeding this number. Low flow toilets began to develop a bad reputation as weak, and more importantly, insufficient for the task they were designed to do.
The design experts in toilet plumbing took to the drawing board to come up with better solutions. The opinion of these fixtures has seen some positive improvements.
The challenge that low-flow toilets initially faced was a lack of pressure. Nobody wants to think about the result of inadequate water pressure when it comes to disposing of human waste, so changes had to be made.
Today’s toilet has seen robust advancements that work with the toilet’s minimal water content to deliver a fast, powerful effect. These fixtures work better now than they ever did, helping to erase the stigma that they’re incapable of getting the job done.
With so many people becoming more conscious of water conservation and utility bills, manufacturers have met the needs by offering up a better, more efficient toilet. At Whipple Plumbing, we can connect you with the best on the market, so you can feel good about your decision to replace all those old toilets in your home.
If you’ve lived in your home for a long time, there’s no denying the advantage of a refresh. Replacing tile floors and showers is often a stylistic choice, but you can complete the polished bathroom with a brand new toilet.
Replacing fixtures also gives you the opportunity to uncover other potential fixes with your bathroom’s plumbing. In addition to low-flow toilets, there may be additional ways you can save on water, including the discovery of leaks or inefficient piping.
When you finally complete your bathroom, the new toilet will blend in with the fresh look of the redesign. Imagine investing so much money into a redo only to have your old toilet stand out like a sore thumb. By adjusting the flow with a new commode, you’ll also start saving money. That can be a big deal after a significant renovation.
There are also benefits to switching out that toilet as soon as you move in, especially if the home was built several years ago. Some pros to doing it right away include the following advantages:
If your home was preowned, there can be something nice about knowing that your toilet has never been used before. If you swap out the toilet before moving in, you also don’t have to worry about your only bathroom being out of commission during the installation. In some cases, a poorly functioning toilet can be notated in your home inspection, allowing you to ask the previous owner for a credit to cover the new toilet installation cost.
Regardless of whether you do it on move-in or later down the road, the investment is worth getting done. Not only will the toilet be new, but you can also save a lot of money in the long run when you factor in the lower volume of water you’ll use.
Efficiency is a benefit that most people cannot argue with. It’s common these days to swap out incandescent light bulbs with LED versions in order to save energy and reduce costs. Switching to a low-flow toilet is the water equivalent. You’ll be able to enjoy less water per flush, while still achieving the maximum performance you expect from the modern throne.
Water preservation translates to widespread energy conservation. By only using your fair share of H20, you’re contributing to environmental prosperity. At the end of the day, that’s something to feel really good about.
In addition to the boost in your feelings of good will, you can see the reduced water use reflected in your lower utility bill. The investment of low-flow toilets often pays for itself in a relatively short period of time.
On top of the environmental and financial advantages, you can’t forget the nice feeling of a clean, modern toilet. Your bathroom has the potential to feel fresher and more contemporary.
If you’re ready to take the first step in swapping out your old toilets, then don’t hesitate to get the ball rolling. Our experts have years of industry experience, and we’re prepared to answer all the questions you may have about the efficiency and effectiveness of low-flow toilets. We’ll help you pick out the model that coordinates with your existing fixtures.
At Whipple Plumbing, we strive to make our installation process as fast as possible, while still taking the time to make sure the job is done properly. Contact us using our online form or reach out to us by phone at 1-801-355-4433. We have specialists on hand 24/7 to answer your questions and prepare you for the installation process.
Ready to start saving money and helping the environment with low-flow toilets? Let us help you make this important transition.