3 Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
You can save water and lower your utility bills with newer, more efficient plumbing fixtures. Upgrades can also increase the value of your Kingsville, Texas, home and prevent inconvenient, expensive leaks and breakdowns. Some of the most popular, efficient plumbing fixtures are low-flow toilets, low-flow showerheads, and waterless urinals.
The first low-flow toilets had weak flushes, and people didn’t save much water because they had to flush two or three times. Fortunately, newer models have stronger flushes, and they reduce clogs and save more water. Gravity-fed models use the weight of water to flush, while pressure-assisted toilets use air inside the toilet tank to push the water downwards. Gravity-fed models are less noisy and expensive, but pressure-assisted models are more efficient over time.
Showering accounts for almost 20 percent of average households’ indoor water use, so a low-flow showerhead can help you save a lot. If you have an older showerhead that uses more than 2.5 gallons per minute (or gpm) of water, replace it with an ultra-low-flow showerhead that doesn’t use more than 2 gpm. A more efficient showerhead also reduces the demand on your water heater and gives you more accurate temperature control. Avoid massaging body sprays and showers made to imitate rain. They actually use more water than standard showerheads.
If your family has several boys or men at home, a waterless urinal may be worth it. You’ll need a couple feet of free space between your sink and your toilet. Your plumber only needs to install a drain line. The urinal has a trap filled with a liquid sealant that keeps odors from escaping. As it accumulates, it flows into the drain pipe.
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