Excessive water usage is one of the greatest threats to the environment. Seeing that toilets account for about a third of the average household’s water use, investing in a low-flow toilet that reduces water waste is a very cost effective idea. We guarantee that a low flow toilet will pay back its entire price many times over with lower water bills. Using less water keeps future water rates lower because fewer new treatment plants are needed.
Low-flow toilets are becoming ubiquitous; in fact they are legally mandated in new construction and remodeling projects. Mattioni Plumbing, Heating & Cooling encourages homeowners planning to remodel their old bathrooms to get rid of their old water guzzling toilets and replace them with low-flow models. Two common types of low-flow toilets are the gravity type and the flushometer tan type. Both gravity and flushometer toilets look exactly like standards toilets. No one will be able to tell the difference once they are installed.
The gravity toilet works like your standards toilet, but has a special bowl and trap design. This provides adequate flushing action with less water. Since it uses less water, it is quieter and takes only 45 seconds to refill.
The flushometer toilet tanks use special cylindrical chamber inside the toilet tank. As the chamber fills with water after a flush the water pressure compresses the air in it. When the toilet is flushed the compressed air forces out the water under pressure to create a forceful flush. The bowl is cleared in only 10 seconds, but it takes about 60 to 90 seconds to refill the tank. Flushometer tank toilets work best if you have normal to high water pressure in your area. Check with a local plumber about your water pressure.