When Should You Switch Back To A High Flow Toilet?

If you find yourself flushing the toilet two or three times after just about every use, you may wonder whether the water-saving qualities of a "low flow" toilet are really saving you water or money. Many consumers complain that these low flow toilets just aren't enough to tackle larger jobs, ultimately undermining their purpose as water-savers. If you've ever thought about going back to a less efficient high flow toilet, keep reading to learn more about some of the factors you'll want to consider before you take the leap.

Is It a Toilet Issue or User Error?

Even the most powerful high flow toilets aren't equipped to handle large wads of toilet tissue, sanitary products, or "flushable" wipes. Placing these items into a wastebasket instead of flushing them down the toilet may go a long way toward reducing the number of flushes per use, and it will limit your risk of clogs deeper in your sewer pipes. If you have a septic tank instead of a public sewer hookup, limiting or eliminating the amount of non-biodegradable waste that goes into your septic tank can keep its biosphere healthy, ensure that the solid waste deposited in your tank is allowed to degrade naturally, and allow you to go much longer between septic tank pumpings.

If your clogging problems are instead caused by bulky stool, not excess toilet tissue, you may want to consider altering your diet to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and other high-fiber foods. Although adding more insoluble fiber to an already-bulky stool may seem counterproductive when you're trying to minimize toilet clogs, this extra fiber can help the stool move through the digestive tract more quickly instead of "piling up" in your intestines just before its exit point.

Will a High Flow Toilet Cost More Money?

You may also want to consider your household water usage and fees before you make the switch to a high flow toilet. In areas with low water prices, an increase in consumption may have a negligible effect on your bill. However, if you live in a drought-prone state like California, you may find that the extra water used per flush can double or even triple your monthly water bill without any other changes in your usage patterns. This can be a high price to pay for the convenience of not having to flush your toilet more than once.

In some parts of the country, going back to a high flow toilet may not even be legal. Many state and local building codes have mandated the installation of water-saving low flow toilets in both new and older construction; even if your jurisdiction won't prevent you from replacing your low flow toilet with a high flow one, it may make it tougher for you to sell your home when the time comes.

Should You Have Your Plumbing Evaluated?

Before committing to a high flow toilet, you may also want to have a plumber out to look at your pipes. In some cases, a toilet that doesn't seem to flush well may be suffering from a clog deep within the pipe. This clog may periodically allow water and waste to break through, giving the impression of a functioning toilet, but will then quickly become re-clogged, preventing a full flush. By having your pipes thoroughly cleaned with a rotating tool, you'll eliminate any hidden clogs, reduce your risk of long-term plumbing damage, and, in many cases, all but eliminate the need for a new toilet. And if a plumbing clog is the culprit, even a brand-new high flow toilet may begin acting like a low flow toilet after it's been installed.

To learn more, contact a company like Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration.