Have you ever considered how much it costs to flush your toilet? They account for almost 30% of water used in the home, making them a significant factor in your water bill. Furthermore, that’s a lot of treated water being flushed down the drain (literally) and this waste can have a long reaching environmental impact. Here is some useful information about water efficient toilets to help you save water and save money!
Old toilets often require more than 3 gallons of water per flush. In 1995 things improved significantly when 1.6 gallons per flush became the federal standard. These days, there are high efficiency toilet (HET) models that use 1.28 gallons or less. Some HET models incorporate duel flush capabilities that allow you to use a full flush or a half flush depending on need. Overall, switching from an old toilet to a water efficient model can reduce your household water usage by 20-60%! As you might imagine, this can save you a pretty penny when it comes to your water bill.
Purchasing and installing a new toilet can be a sizable investment, depending on the style, but they pay for themselves over time. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, installing a HET model that uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less can save the average family nearly 13,000 gallons of water a year. This represents more that $110 per year in water savings or $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet. Keep in mind that the most efficient model can still waste water if it takes multiple flushes to get the job done so it’s important to research what system will work best for your situation.
Not sure what type of toilet is right for your Seattle home or business? Call Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current plumbing situation and determine what model might work best for your situation. If you already know what you want, we can also help you install the new toilet in your greater Seattle home
Considering Seattle’s status as a tech hub, it’s no surprise that a growing number of owners are using smart home technology to transform all areas of their home—including the bathroom. Below, Best Plumbing explores a few of the exciting advancements that you can incorporate into your own high tech bathroom plan.
You might find it hard to imagine how much a classic toilet could possibly change, but they are evolving with the addition of smart technology. New luxury toilets have features including automatic lids, heated seats, nightlights, and leak detection sensors. There’s also been a rise in various voice-controlled devices. Simply say “toilet flush” and it’s taken care of, hands-free!
In the past, using electronic devices near a bathing area was a bad idea. However, with improvements in waterproofing technology, the shower as joined the home automation revolution. Installing a digital controller allows you to choose (and even pre-program) the exact temperature and water pressure you prefer, eliminating the often-painstaking process of fiddling with knobs. Another popular shower upgrade is LED lighting to set a relaxing mood. And for those of you who love singing in the shower, there are now showerheads with built-in Bluetooth speakers!
Ever been to a public restroom where you had to spend an annoying amount of time frantically waving your hands to try and activate a motion sensor sink. Well, this isn’t an issue with new home-automated sinks. Utilizing infrared technology, hands-free sinks add a touch of luxury to your bathroom experience and offer an incredible water saving solution.
Bathrooms of the future have arrived, adding comfort, convenience, and luxury to your Seattle home. Give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 622-1700, or visit our showroom, and our expert plumbers and design staff will help bring your bathroom into the modern age.
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Plumbing issues are the last thing you want when hosting visiting friends and relatives for the holidays. However, the extra company means extra work for your plumbing and a higher chance of something getting clogged. Here are some easy ways to prevent the top three causes of the holiday plumbing blues. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing!
Visitors often admire the lovely Craftsman style homes found throughout the Seattle area. However, they might not realize that things easily handled by modern plumbing systems can cause problems here since many of these homes also have old pipework. Common culprits for toilet clogs are sanitary napkins, paper towels, and the occasional child’s toy. To help prevent clogs, hang a sign over the toilet letting guests know what not to flush and place a small wastebasket nearby for convenience. Also, keep a plunger handy!
Sinks, showers, and tubs in the bathroom can become clogged over time as loose hair, shaving cream, and soap scum build up inside the pipe. This process speeds up the more people you have in the home. Investing in some drain filters is a simple way to catch this debris and keep your drains from slowing down.
The extra company also means extra dishes and too many food scrapes washing down the sink can overwork your garbage disposal. Before visitors arrive, turn on the sink and run the disposal unit on empty to help clear out any buildup. Then throw in some ice cubes to help sharpen the blades and scrape grease and food items off the walls. Remind your guests about items that shouldn’t be placed down the garbage disposal, such as bones and fibrous vegetables like celery and potato peels. Also, inform visitors that Seattle has a city composting program and show them where you keep your bin to collect food scraps. Finally, have some old containers on standby to pour grease into so you can throw it in the trash.
By following these tips, you can avoid holiday plumbing woes and keep your guests happy. And remember, if something does happen, just call Best Plumbing at (206) 622-1700. Our expert plumbers will quickly come out and fix your plumbing so that you can focus on spending time with your loved one!
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