Trends come and go in nearly every area of our lives. When most people hear the word trend, they think first of clothing. In your lifetime, you may have worn every trend from bell-bottom jeans to power suits to grunge. Trends are not restricted to clothing, though. Even plumbing is affected by trends. It may be best, when it comes to plumbing, to think of these new ideas as innovations rather than trends. After all, indoor plumbing isn’t likely to ever go out of style. Thanks to technology, though, we now have access to even better plumbing features that can make our lives a little bit easier. Check out these new trends in plumbing.
Green Plumbing Options
Most of the current trends in plumbing are related to making plumbing more earth-friendly. Obviously, water conservation is a major issue. Your choices in plumbing fixtures can help you to reduce your water consumption, which positively impacts our global water supply as well as your pocketbook.
Flushing the toilet uses a lot of water. You probably don’t want to stop flushing your toilet, but you can switch to a high-efficiency toilet (HET) to save water instead. In the past, HETs got a bad rap. They didn’t use much water, but they also didn’t do a very good job of flushing. Fortunately, that has changed. Today’s HETs are far superior to their predecessors. These new HETs have much better flushing power so that they get the job done.
There are four main types of HETs. The most common type is the pressurized flusher. These toilets are unique because, instead of using gravity to flush, they use highly-pressurized water. Even though they use pressurized water to flush, they use much less water than traditional toilets. A traditional toilet uses about seven gallons of water every time you flush it. An HET is required by law to use less than 1.28 gallons per flush. They drastically cut the amount of water that is used to flush the toilet, and they still provide excellent performance.
An HET is not the same toilet as a low-flow toilet. Many people are resistant to using any type of water conserving toilet because they’ve had a bad experience with a low-flow toilet. It is true that the old low-flow toilets were less than ideal. Today’s high-efficiency toilets are completely different and much more reliable.
One thing that you should be prepared for with high-efficiency toilets is that they are a bit louder than a traditional toilet. An HET uses a pressurized burst of water to flush the toilet instead of relying on gravity, so they do make a bit more noise when they flush than you are probably used to hearing. This minor drawback is easily offset by the fact that an HET can save you 40,000 gallons of water per year over a traditional toilet. Most users find that they adjust to the new flushing sound quickly and that it is a worthwhile trade-off for the water savings.
High efficiency toilets are one of the major trends in plumbing today, and for good reason. Installing an HET is inexpensive, and it can reduce your water consumption by 40,000 gallons a year. If you would like to learn more about how you can take advantage of new trends in plumbing by installing a high-efficiency toilet, contact Scott English Plumbing today. Scott English Plumbing can handle all of your plumbing needs, from routine installations to emergency plumbing problems. We’re available 24/7, so call Scott English Plumbing whenever you need plumbing help.