John Baethke & Son Plumbing
John Baethke & Son Plumbing
3511 N Cicero Ave
ChicagoIL 60641
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Save Money and Water by Upgrading Your Toilet

Save Money and Water by Upgrading Your Toilet

Are you flushing money down the toilet? Obviously, you would never waste money — or water, which costs money — on purpose. But if your toilet is inefficient, you might be doing exactly that every time you pull the lever. We know how important it is to conserve water and reduce expenses, so we want to help you find a solution for your family's water waste.

To reduce your water bill and make sure you're only using as much water as you need, it's important to have an up-to-date toilet and know how much water it uses. Fortunately, dual-flush toilets and other high-efficiency upgrades make it much easier to curb your water consumption. Learn why this is so important, and what you can do to improve your toilet's efficiency.

Does Your Toilet Waste Water?

As a homeowner, you already know that little expenses add up. The same goes for the amount of water you use. Utility costs aren't getting any lower, so you may not realize that your water bill is higher than necessary. However, water waste is actually a common, constant problem for American households.

The average family of four flushes approximately 100 gallons of water every day. Before the National Energy Policy Act was passed in 1994, the average toilet used 3.5 gallons per flush. If your toilet is old or you aren't using it efficiently, this problem could cost you — and the environment — a lot in the long run.

The average family of four flushes approximately 100 gallons of water every day.

Do You Need a Dual-Flush Toilet?

When you flush a standard toilet, the bowl empties before being refilled again. However, it takes much more water to eliminate traces of solid waste than it does to flush out liquid waste. Because standard toilets can't tell the difference between solid and liquid waste, they empty and refill the bowl every time. When there's no solid waste to flush, these toilets use the same amount of water anyway.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to combat this and minimize the water you use to flush liquids. If you're not okay with letting your wet waste "mellow" — in other words, not flushing unless it's solid waste — we recommend a dual-flush toilet or dual-flush kit that makes this distinction for you. These innovations incorporate buttons that adjust the water flow for you, and they only use up to 1.6 gallons per flush.

After you install a dual flush toilet, you'll push one button for liquid waste and another for solid waste. If there isn't any solid waste to flush down, the toilet will use less than a gallon to flush, cutting your already reduced water usage in half every time you urinate.

Need Help? Call John Baethke & Son!

Any reduction in water use is a welcome reprieve for your household budget. At John Baethke & Son Plumbing, we work hard to protect our city's resources and save our clients' hard-earned money, and we're proud to accomplish these goals every time we replace an inefficient toilet.  

Call us today to schedule your bathroom upgrade. We'll come to your home and install a high-efficiency toilet that requires less water to flush. We also offer free water meter installations to help you keep track of your water use for years to come, and no matter what kind of toilet you have, our emergency plumber is always on-call to handle any plumbing emergencies. 

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