Save Water With A Dual Flush Toilet Conversion Kit!

By: Chris Robertson

Water is a precious commodity. Whether or not you live in an area prone to drought conditions or not, water conservation is becoming an ever more important issue. It simply makes no sense to waste water when it is needed for agriculture, landscaping, recreation, let alone drinking. Yet, most of us are wasting water in numerous ways, including flushing far more of it down the toilet than is actually needed to do the job. Older toilets from 1992 or earlier use at least 3.5 gallons per flush, and some even five gallons. Newer toilets use 1.6 gallons or less, but that's still far more than needed to flush down liquid waste. A very clever fix for that situation is a dual flush toilet conversion kit.

Think about it: there's really no reason to use a full tank of water with every flush. Tank capacity is designed to reliably flush solid waste. Liquid waste doesn't need nearly as much water, yet standard toilets still use the entire tank. That makes about as much sense as taking a full shower every time you just want to wash you hands.

How do dual flush toilets work? Well, they have a special mechanism inside that either does a full flush or just a partial one. For liquid waste, you turn the handle in one direction, for solid waste in the other direction. Since most people are flushing liquid waste much more often than solid waste, the accumulated water savings can really add up. Statistics show that the average person flushes about five times per day. If we assume that three out of four flushes are liquid waste, a family of four can save well over 4,000 gallons of water per year with a dual flush system. And that's with a modern low-flow toilet. With an old-style toilet, the water savings are more like 10,000 gallons per year, the equivalent of a small swimming pool!

Do you need to install an expensive new water saving toilet to get dual flush? No, you can get a fairly inexpensive conversion kit to turn your existing toilet into a dual flush toilet. Most people are already familiar with the periodic maintenance required on a conventional toilet (leaky flappers, mostly), and converting a regular toilet to dual flush is hardly more complicated than replacing a flapper. Most people can do it in 30 minutes or less.

How do dual flush toilet kits work? Essentially by replacing the standard rubber flapper with a mechanism that either empties the tank all the way or just partway, depending on which way you turn the handle. Since the volume of existing toilet tanks varies, duel flush systems are adjustable to make sure enough water is released for a good partial flush.

Are there any downsides to installing a dual flash toilet conversion kit to start saving water? Really only one: you have to get used to pushing the toilet tank handle in one direction or the other, depending on the kind of flush you want. That shouldn't take more than a day or two. This is definitely an idea that makes a whole lot of sense.

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