Toilets account for a quarter of the water used in the average home. Older toilets use up to five gallons of water per flush, three times that of newer models. Dual flush toilets save even more water by giving you two flushing options, one for liquid and one for solid waste. Watch this video to find out more.
Toilets that run constantly or don’t flush properly are a common problem. Solutions include adjusting he float to control the water level in the tank, replacing the flapper valve at the bottom of the tank, adjusting the chain length between the handle and flapper valve. Watch this video to find out more.
The Cimmaron toilet from Kohler is a comfortable 17” high, the same as most chairs. The standard model is economical as well, using either 1.4 or 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF). An EcoSmart model is also available that requires only 1.28 GPF, 20% less than most toilets.
The first step in removing a toilet is to drain all the water out of it. This simple trick uses gravity to pull most of the water out of the toilet bowl, making it easy to remove without making a mess.
While it’s easy to throw a drop cloth over the toilet bowl when painting a bathroom, covering the toilet tank poses more of a problem. Wrapping the tank with adhesive backed food wrap, such as Glad Press’n Seal, is a great way to protect the tank when painting. Once the paint has dried, simply peel the plastic off for a toilet tank free of paint.
Toilets typically waste more water than anything else in the house. To combat this problem, check to be sure your toilets are working properly, and repair toilets that leak. Replacing water guzzling toilets made before 1992 with newer models that use 1.6 gallons or less per flush, can cut the water they use in half. For even greater savings, consider a duel-flush toilet which uses less than one gallon per flush.