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A low-flush toilet (or low-flow toilet or high-efficiency toilet), is a flush toilet that uses significantly less water than a full-flush toilet. Low-flush toilets include single-flush models and dual-flush toilet.
How toilets work
A flush toilet disposes of our waste products by using water to send them through a drainpipe to another location. It is sometimes called a water closet, or WC. The toilet bowl usually has a ring-shaped seat on top, which is covered by the lid when not in use. The handle'/button, is pressed to flush the toilet. The water used for flushing is stored in the tank (also called a cistern)
Main parts of a toilet
The tank contains some important parts. The inlet valve controls the water supply coming into the tank. It lets water in when the tank is empty, and stops water coming in when the tank is full.
The "'float ball"' rises as the tank fills with water. As it rises, the float rod attached to it presses against the inlet valve. When the tank is full, the rod is pressing against the inlet valve hard enough to turn the water off. This stops the tank from overflowing.
Parts of a typical toilet cistern
When you press the handle, a lever inside the tank pulls the piston up, forcing some water through the siphon. This provides suction in the siphon, and the rest of the water follows, emptying the tank.
The tank empties quite quickly, and the float ball floats to the bottom. That means the float rod is no longer pressing against the valve, so water begins to flow into the tank, filling it up again.
The water which left the tank goes through a short pipe to the toilet bowl. It sloshes around the rim, down the sides of the bowl, and out through the drainpipe, cleaning the bowl and carrying the waste with it.
Water flows from the cistern, through the toilet bowl, and out.
Some of the clean water coming behind remains at the bottom of the toilet bowl. That's because modern toilets have an 'S' bend which remains filled with water between flushing. The water in the 'S' bend stops bad odors escaping from the drainpipe. During flushing the 'S' bend also provides siphon action which helps speed up the flushing process.
However, since this type of toilet does not generally handle waste on site, separate waste treatment systems must be built.
Toilet Replacement Options
When considering the replacement of toilets and urinals, research and assess the site’s waste lines, water pressure, water quality, use patterns, and types of users (employees, residents, occasional members of the public, frequent visitors, etc.) to identify the appropriate fixtures.
The following replacement options help federal agencies maintain water efficiency across facilities.
- Replace residential tank-type toilets with WaterSense-labeled products that have an effective volume of 1.28 gpf or lower.
- Replace flushometer-type toilets with high-efficiency toilets that use no more than 1.28 gpf.
- Replace urinals with WaterSense-labeled products or equivalent models that are designed to use 0.5 gpf or less. HEUs use as little as 0.125 gpf.
- Ensure that the toilet and urinal valve and bowl have compatible flushing capacities.
- When deciding between a diaphragm and piston flush valve type for flushometer toilets and urinals, consider valve design, restroom traffic, water quality, and operating system characteristics. For further details, see Diaphragm and Piston Valves and Operation and Maintenance above.
- Check the performance of toilet models through the Maximum Performance Testing website, which provides performance results for numerous models of tank and flushometer toilets.
- When possible, recycle used parts such as tank trim and metal flush valves (only the interior mechanism needs to be replaced) to minimize landfill impacts.
source: US Department of Energy
The Truth About High-Efficiency Toilets
WaterSense Labeled Toilets
Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption. Toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water due to leaks and/or inefficiency. WaterSense, a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is helping consumers identify high performance, water-efficient toilets that can reduce water use in the home and help preserve the nation's water resources.
What Are WaterSense Labeled Toilets?
Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 20 percent less water than the current federal standard, while still providing equal or superior performance. The WaterSense label is used on toilets that are certified by independent laboratory testing to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only high-efficiency toilets that complete the third-party certification process can earn the WaterSense label.
How Much Can WaterSense Labeled Toilets Save?
Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you replace older, existing toilets with WaterSense labeled models, you can save nearly 13,000 gallons per year with this simpler, greener choice.
What About Price?
WaterSense labeled toilets are available at a wide variety of price points and a broad range of styles. EPA estimates that a family of four that replaces its home's older toilets with WaterSense labeled models will, on average, save more than $90 per year in reduced water utility bills, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets. Additionally, in many areas, utilities offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price of a WaterSense labeled toilet.
Problems with first-generation “low flow” toilets were infamous in the early 1990s. Some consumers complained that the toilets clogged too often, needed several flushes to clear the bowl, or caused problems with their home plumbing. Although later generations of water-saving toilets have resolved such issues, misconceptions have persisted and kept many consumers from saving both water and money. With new designs and technological advancements, today's high-efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gallons per flush and perform as well as—or better than—conventional, less efficient models.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) WaterSense program is making it easy for consumers to identify high-efficiency toilets in the marketplace. Toilets that are certified by independent, third-party testing to meet EPA's rigorous criteria for both efficiency and performance can earn the WaterSense label. Look for WaterSense labeled toilets and don't let these myths keep you from saving water and saving money!
Look for the WaterSense Label!
Whether remodeling a bathroom, starting construction of a new home, or simply replacing an old, leaky toilet that is wasting money and water, installing a WaterSense labeled toilet is a high-performance, water-efficient option worth considering. If every American home with older, inefficient toilets replaced them with new WaterSense labeled toilets, we would save nearly 640 billion gallons of water per year, equal to more than two weeks of flow over Niagara Falls! Hire South East Total Service to replace your toilet today!
source: US Department of Energy
MYTH: Low-flow = poor performance
FACT: WaterSense labeled toilets get the job done.
Many tend to associate lower flow with lower flushing power. Not true. New technology and design advancements, such as pressure-assisted flushers and modifications to bowl contours allow high-efficiency toilets to flush better than first-generation low-flow toilets. All WaterSense labeled toilets have met EPA's efficiency and performance requirements, meaning double-flushing and clogging should not be an issue (but remember—any toilet will clog if used as a trash can).
MYTH: High-efficiency toilets cause problems with home plumbing systems.
FACT: WaterSense labeled toilets meet or exceed plumbing standards.
Some consumers worry that lower flows may back up pipes and ruin home plumbing. There is no need to worry. WaterSense labeled high-efficiency toilets meet or exceed all national plumbing
standards required of all toilets.
MYTH: High-efficiency toilets are too expensive.
FACT: With the potential for rebates and lower water bills, WaterSense labeled toilets can save you more money than you think.
Considering the potential savings on water bills, it could be more costly not to purchase a WaterSense labeled toilet. Also, many local utilities offer rebates ranging from $25 to more than $200 to replace older toilets with new, water-efficient models. In many cases, with cost savings and rebates, a WaterSense labeled toilet can pay for itself in only a few years.
MYTH: High-efficiency toilets are not available in the style I want.
FACT: WaterSense labeled toilets are available in a wide range of models.
Numerous WaterSense labeled toilets are already available at retailers in many regions in a range of styles for standard to high-end bathrooms. EPA's WaterSense label helps consumers easily identify high-performing, high-efficiency toilets, so look for the WaterSense label and start saving water while you upgrade your bathroom!
Can You Tell Fact from Fiction?
|All low-flow toilets need multiple flushes and often clog||WaterSense labeled toilets must meet strict criteria for water efficiency and flushing performance|
|Lower flows lead to problems with home plumbing systems.||WaterSense labeled toilets meet or exceed national plumbing performance standards.|
|WaterSense labeled toilets cost more than other toilets.||
With cost savings on water bills and potential rebate options, WaterSense labeled toilets can be cheaper than other, less efficient models.