More people are installing low flow toilets as a way to live life a little bit greener. Low flow toilets use less water than standard toilets. Less water not only saves on your monthly water bill but it is also better for the environment.
However, low flow toilets are not without their problems. Many people have experienced problems with flushing. Even city septic systems have felt the effects of low flow toilets because the reduced amount of water does not provide enough “oomph” to flush the waste away.
If you have experienced a problem with flushing, you can always flush again. However, this kind of defeats the purpose of low flow toilets because you are not saving money if you have to flush twice every time.
Newer toilets have addressed this lack of “oomph” are now able to get rid of all the waste the first time. You may have to consider upgrading your toilet to a newer model if you have a flushing problem.
Another reason for flushing problems could be your plumbing. If you have outdated plumbing, you might have to upgrade if you want your plumbing compatible with your toilet. If upgrading your plumbing is not within your budget, you can buy pressure-assisted toilets. These toilets are low flow, yet they also use pressurized air from the tank to help push waste down the drain. Keep in mind that these toilets are more expensive and louder than regular, low flow toilets.
Another way to ensure that your toilet operates the way it is supposed to operate is by paying attention to what goes into your toilet. Avoid flushing paper towels and other types of trash. Avoid using in-tank cleaners because these can eventually deteriorate the mechanisms in your toilet. Finally, if parts need replacing, try to find manufacturer’s parts to make the replacements rather than after-market parts, or talk with your plumber to find the best solutions for your system. This will help to ensure that your toilet continues to work exactly the way the manufacturer designed it to work.