Low flow toilets help save water, an important feature in a world that is intent on “living green”. Low flow toilets use less water to flush waste and, over time, these toilets can save thousands of gallons of water. However, low flow toilets are not without their problems. The problems arise from the feature that makes these toilets popular – low flow.
Low flow toilets can have various problems. The most significant problem occurs when the toilet fails to flush away all the waste because there is not enough “oomph” due to the lower level of water. The simple fix is to flush the toilet again, but that defeats the purpose of the low flow toilet.
With enough low flow toilets in one area, this can actually wreak havoc on the community sewer system. Without enough water to push the waste through the sewer system, the sewage can get backed up, causing horrific odors. San Francisco for example recently had a problem with this issue – the strong smell of sewage due to low flow toilets not providing enough water.
However, improvements are always being made in the toilet industry and newer low flow models are better with pushing the waste where it needs to go.
Clogged pipes are another issue with low flow toilets. Again, because of the decreased amount of water used, not everything is flushed through the plumbing system. The best way to stop this problem is to avoid putting anything other than toilet paper and human waste in the toilet. Avoid flushing feminine products, paper towels, wipes, and other items – this will help your low flow toilet keep things moving. Also pay attention to the toilet paper you use – they are not all created equal.
Low flow toilets are better for the environment and better for your wallet. You can save about tens, if not hundreds of dollars a year on your water bill by installing a low flow toilet. While this may not seem significant at first, over time, the savings add up. By using some common sense, you can have a low flow toilet that works properly and saves you money for many years to come.