High volume toilets are still fairly common in older homes, especially those whose plumbing systems have never been updated. Unfortunately, these technological relics can end up costing you a small fortune in water bills. If you are considering upgrading your old toilets, read on. This article will answer three common questions about your best option--low flow toilets.

What's the difference between a regular and a low flow toilet?

It's good to start off by acknowledging that for many people, especially those in the younger generation, low flow toilets are the norm. In 1992, the federal government passed a law stating that all new homes and apartment complexes contain low flow toilets. That means that if your home was built in the last twenty-four years, chances are you already have low flow toilets.

Yet those in older houses may still have high volume toilets. These bad boys may consume as much as a whopping seven gallons of water every time you flush. Today's low flow variety, by comparison, are limited to a maximum flushing volume of 1.6 gallons. As you can imagine, the difference in these volumes translates to a huge difference in the amount of water wasted over time--and thus in the amount of money you're throwing away on your water bill. 

Do low flow toilets have performance drawbacks?

When first introduced, low flow toilets were prone to a number of problems, especially where their flushing power was concerned. That was because the emphasis was placed solely on reducing water consumption. As a result, that first generation of low flow toilets didn't contain any of the structural changes needed to improve the flow of waste out of the bowl. Thus multiple flushes were often required.

Luckily, low flow toilet design has improved by leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades. Thanks to computer modeling and super-efficient hydrodynamic designs, today's models are capable of flushing every bit as well as high volume toilets. This allows them not only to flush more smoothly than those early low flow toilets, but to do it with even less water as well.

What factors are important to consider when buying a low flow toilet?

The most important piece of data to look at when considering a low flow toilet is its performance in the so-called Maximum Performance Test, or MaP for short. This test is designed to evaluate the flushing power of a toilet--in other words, how many grams of waste it can evacuate with a single flush. When comparing models, be sure to select one that has an MaP rating no lower than six hundred grams per flush.

For more information, contact Mildren Plumbing Inc or a similar company.