Avoiding the Wet Dog Look

Avoiding the Wet Dog Look

Remodeling Your Bathroom? Go Green with a Low-flush Toilet

Darlene Stanley

As a homeowner, you probably understand the importance of periodic updates to ensure your home remains appealing, valuable, and functional. From replacing worn shingles on you roof and recaulking the grout in your bathroom, these updates protect your real estate investment.

Considering an average bathroom remodel can offer a 70 percent return on your investment, updating the space is a smart financial move. Of course, the addition of a low-flush toilet is a smart financial and eco-friendly update for your remodel. Using this guide, you will understand the benefits of a low-flush toilet and learn the best options for maintaining this conservative plumbing fixture.

The 101 on Low-flush Toilets

Visit your local plumbing supply distributor or home improvement retailer and you will see a large selection of standard toilets. These toilets range in brand, size, shape, and color, but the interior working mechanisms are basically the same. The working mechanisms of a low-flushing toilet are actually different.

A low-flush toilet utilizes a specially designed vacuum to remove waste out of its bowl when flushing. Some brands of low-flush toilets utilize the natural gravitational force to flush waste out of the bowl as opposed to the vacuuming system. In addition, their design features wider flapper valves, which offer a faster, more efficient flush of waste without the need for extra water.

Low-flush toilets are also available in a variety of brands, sizes, shapes, and colors, as well. This eco-friendly addition can easily align with the style of your new bathroom.

Benefits of Low-Flush Toilets

If you have any interest in going green, you should understand the need for conserving the planet's natural water sources. While flushing is necessary for using the bathroom and sanitization purposes, it can waste a great deal of water.

Traditional toilets use between 3.5 and 5 gallons of water per flush. This may not seem like a large volume of water, but the gallons per year and per person in your home can add up. Thankfully, you can save water with a low-flush toilet. The majority of models use an estimated 1.28 gallons of water with each flush.

While water conservation is the key benefit of installing a low-flush toilet, they also offer the following benefits:

  • Financial Savings: Reducing the amount of water your household uses will decrease your monthly water bills.
  • Home Value: Potential buyers want homes with green, energy efficient construction, fixtures, and appliances. The addition of a low-flush toilet is a smart investment if you plan to sell your home in the future.

Maintaining Your New Toilet

Your new toilet utilizes less water in the bowl to flush away waste. Unfortunately, this can leave behind odors and residue without proper cleaning. Utilizing a toilet cleanser every few days will decrease the risk of odors and stains, but natural ingredients are safer and less toxic for your septic system.

Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is a key ingredient in many cleaning products for a reason. When it comes in contact with moisture, this powder substance begins to bubble and fizz. This carbonation dissolves away stubborn residue without any effort. While an effective cleanser, it also deodorizes odors that may be present in your toilet.

To clean your new toilet with baking soda, sprinkle a few tablespoons directly into the bowl. Use a soft-bristled toilet brush to swirl the powder into the water and allow to rest for a few minutes. Then, flush to rinse the toilet bowl.

Remodeling your bathroom can be financially, physically, and emotionally overwhelming. However, adding a low-flush toilet is a great decision. Learn more about your toiled options as well as the installation costs by contacting local plumbing services.


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Avoiding the Wet Dog Look

During the summer months, I enjoy taking care of my outdoor plants and flowers. Because I live in the southern United States, my vegetation needs water almost daily. Thankfully, I have a convenient outdoor faucet connected to my home. However, I recently endured some problems with this source of water. When I turned on the faucet, I was greeted with a forceful spray of water going in all directions. Before I could gather my senses and turn the water off, I resembled my dog after she jumps into a pool of water. To avoid the wet dog look in the future, I plan to hire a professional plumber to take care of my faulty faucet. On this blog, you will learn about the benefits of securing a reputable plumber to repair your problematic faucets.