The toilet inside your bathroom is something that you use daily but probably don’t think much about. This essential fixture in your home has more to do with your water use and comfort than you might think. Check out some amazing facts about toilets that you likely don’t know.
Your Home’s Toilets Use More Water Than You Realize
Each flush can use several gallons of water. Over the course of a day, this adds up. In fact, 24% of an individual’s water use comes just from toilet flushing. Older toilets used much more water than those made today. Up until the 1980s, a toilet could use up to 8 gallons of water per flush. Regulations in the 1980s and new models reduced this amount to 3.5 gallons. However, current requirements do not allow a toilet to use more than 1.6 gallons for each flush. If you live in an older home that has retained its older fixtures, you could be wasting water.
A Low Flow Toilet Can Dramatically Reduce Water Use
While modern models cannot use more than 1.6 gallons of water, there are low-flow models that are even more water-conserving, using only 1.28 gallons per flush. For each toilet you replace with a low-flow model, your water savings could be 20% over a 1.6-gallon flush model or up to 81% for 7-gallon flush models.
Installation of a New Toilet Is Not a DIY Project
While a toilet is a relatively simple fixture that does not have electrical components, installation or replacement of one is not a DIY project. In fact, when it comes time to upgrade to a new model, for instance, when getting a low-flow model, hire a professional to do the job correctly.
Toilets are created from porcelain, which is both very heavy and very delicate. Broken porcelain can cut you the same as glass can. Therefore, don’t try to remove or install a toilet on your own. Trust experts for this task.
Toilet Problems Can Be Plumbing Emergencies
Toilet problems can happen at any time of the night or day. In fact, an overflowing toilet, broken toilet, or a backup of the home’s only toilet constitute plumbing emergencies. To accommodate these problems, use our 24/7 emergency phone number (951) 441-3885 to have our team dispatch a plumber to fix the issue and restore toilet operation.
Connect with Us at Plumbing Concepts for Toilet Repairs, Replacements, or Upgrades
For toilet installation, repairs, replacements, upgrades, and more, call us at Plumbing Concepts at (951) 520-8590. Our Southern California plumbers can respond night or day to emergencies or during regular hours for other services. You can also send us a message online if you have questions or want us to call you back.