Changing Your Toilets to Low Volume Flushes
Conservation of water is something we all know we should do, but usually don’t. There are often advertisements or public service announcements that vilify the excessive use of water, but there’s also the fact that using lots of water costs you more. There are obvious ways for you to save water, like not running your tap the entire time you’re brushing your teeth, having normal length showers, and washes your dishes in still water rather than running the tap the whole time. There are also slightly more complex ways like converting your toilet so it consumes less water.
When toilets were originally invented in the 19th century, there was far less of a concern about the excessive use of water than there is now. At that time, it was completely fine to use massive amounts of water for trivial things, because it was not seen as a finite resource in developed countries. The toilets would use around 7 gallons of water until some time in the 90’s where legislation started getting passed that would bring the average flush down to 1.7 gallons per flush.
On the surface, this seems like a good thing because of the amount of water that is getting saved, but there was also a reason why so much water was being used before: it was necessary to wash away the waste. This created a market where you could either get poorly designed low-volume flushing toilets that wouldn’t work effectively, or highly inefficient toilets that cost you a lot of money on water.
Designs have started to catch up with the times, but it is highly probably that you have a toilet from pre 1990’s that is highly inefficient with its use of water. The good news is that there are plenty of simple things you can do to bring the volume of a flush down on your toilet.
The most effective fix is to buy an adjustable flapper for your toilet. A flapper controls how much water is allowed out of your tank and into your toilet bowl. With an adjustable one you can fine tune the process so the toilet still releases enough water to be effective, but a lot less than the toilet was originally designed to release.
Another great method of modifying your toilet for higher efficiency is installing a tank bag. This takes up space in your toilet tank so less water is in there and therefore less water can be released. Some people will try to do this with a brick, but that has been found to be much less effective since the brick can actually dissolve over time and that can lead to complications with your toilet.
Installing a tank bag is extremely simple and will help save you the same amount of water as the volume of the bag for every flush. The last thing you should do is check for leaks in your toilet since that will also help prevent the rest of your home from damage as well. Pick up a leak detection tablet from a home improvements store if you want to do this right.
Using these three methods, you should be able to save lots of water and money over time.