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Things to Think About with Low-Flow Toilets

Homeowners already know that low-flow toilets save water. As a result, your monthly water bill decreases with every low-flow flush. But you may need to address inadequate water pressure, inflexible iron pipes or inappropriate waste to make the most of your investment.

Watch for Inadequate Water Pressure

Sometimes flushing issues have easy solutions, like adjusting the water level of your toilet or plunging a few times. Other times, issues such as tree roots growing into the sides of your pipes, require professional help. Corroded pipes or leaks in your toilet bowl or tubing can reduce your water pressure too low to flush effectively. A clog in a vent pipe or a damaged fill tube can also cause an issue.

Remember that modern low-flow toilets aim for convenience as well as savings. Therefore, you shouldn’t just call an ineffective flush normal. If your toilet isn’t flushing correctly, have an expert check it out. As a result, you’ll prevent other problems from developing.

They Don’t Work Well With Iron Pipes

Low-flow toilets work best with flexible PVC pipes. So if you have an older home with iron pipes, you may need help. A pressure-assisted flush adds air pressure to ensure that a smaller amount of water can effectively flush the waste down. Additionally, if you know there will be times you’ll need more water pressure and other times you won’t, consider a dual-flush system for your home.

Trashcan Waste Can Cause Overflows

Paper towels and sanitary products pose a problem for low-flow toilets. Failing to keep trashcan waste out of your pipes can create an overflow scenario. Even products that seem innocuous, like baby wipes or facial wipes, can block the flow.

Many homeowners and businesses trust  A-Alpha Plumbing for installation, maintenance and repair. We can help you with flushing issues or install a new and effective low-flow or dual-flush toilet. Give us a ring at (2050 333-2833 for service, including plumbing emergencies.


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