Updated: Feb 12, 2019
The way water is used to remove waste from your John has a lot to do with how much water is needed to get the job done. Thus, it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out that flushing liquid waste wouldn’t require as much water as flushing solid waste. Yet, standard toilets use a siphoning action to evacuate waste all the same, and many times that’s just wasting water. Greg and Brandon from G&C Plumbing and Heating can save you some money and the planet some water by installing a dual flush toilet to deal with your dual waste dilemma.
The standard toilet has one job
“No one likes to have to flush the toilet twice to get everything down,” said Grand Master Plumber and Waste Flushing Extraordinaire Greg Sheck. “So, the standard toilet uses a high volume of water to fill the siphon tube and pull the waste and water in your toilet bowl down the drain.”
Dual flush toilets have a larger hole (AKA trapway) at the bottom of the bowl and a flushing design that actually pushes waste down the drain instead of siphoning.
“The larger trapway makes it easy for waste to exit the bowl, requiring less water per flush even for solid waste,” said Greg. “For liquid waste, the dual flush toilet has a half-flush button on the top of the tank. Between these two design elements, a dual flush toilet can save you over 50 percent more water than even a conventional low-flow standard toilet.”
Fun Fact: When flushing solids, a dual flush toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water and only 0.8 gallons when flushing liquids.
Call the guys at G&C to see about installing or improving your dual flush toilet
Even if you’re ahead of the game on saving money and water in your bathroom, Greg and Brandon can help with some maintenance tips on your dual flush model to improve its functionality. (Check out the guys in action in this video)
The dual flush model has a completely different design than a standard toilet and it can seem a bit alien like if you’re not used to this John’s capabilities!
Next time, the guys will share some tips for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there to tweak your dual flush John to perform at optimal levels (or you can call them out and they’ll do it for you)!