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A Licensed Plumber Discusses Low Flow Plumbing Options

Low Flow Plumbing
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Water efficient plumbing options are becoming more popular as people opt to make their homes eco-friendlier. But how effective are these low-flow plumbing fixtures and are they really all they are cracked up to be? In this article, we walk you through the pros and cons of low-flow plumbing options. As with any plumbing question or concern, it is best to get help from a licensed plumber.

What Is Low-Flow Plumbing?

This type of plumbing seeks to lessen your daily water usage in and around your home. This can be done with a variety of methods, including aerators and removing and replacing plumbing systems.

Water-efficient fixtures can be priced similarly to plumbing fixtures which have higher flows. Updating your plumbing to save water doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ll also save a large amount of water in the long run which will benefit your bank account. The amount of water you can save varies among brands and designs, but overall this option can pay off.

Water-saving designs are used on a variety of plumbing features. Sometimes you can’t even tell that low-flow systems are saving you water each time you use them because of how effective they are! The most common, and the ones we will focus on in this article, are toilets, faucets, and shower heads which are found in all households.

Can You Install Low-Flow Plumbing Yourself?

Installing low-flow features can be a difficult task. In some cases, an aerator can be installed on a faucet or shower head. But often the whole faucet must be removed and replaced. Water-efficient toilets are even more difficult to install. If you try to do any of this work yourself, you risk causing costly damage to your plumbing systems.

You will need the help of a knowledgeable professional to install any low-flow plumbing. Our licensed plumbers at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric are perfect for the job and will give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 1-800-475-1504 for reliable plumbing service and advice.

Low-Flow Plumbing Pros

This type of plumbing can provide numerous benefits when installed correctly and specifically for your needs and your home.

  • Saving Money

    Lower water use equals a lower water bill each month. Installing low-flow options can have a higher cost initially but this price difference is more than made up over years of lower water bills.

    Water efficient toilets, faucets, and shower heads can be great investments for your home. They might also end up reducing how much you spend on electricity each month. With a low-flow shower head, for example, you will be using less hot water each time you shower. This means that less water needs to be heated up for your shower which saves you more money.

  • Saving the Environment

    Water efficient toilets can more than half the amount of water used (1.6 gallons per flush compared to 3.6 gallons). Some regular toilets use even more water. This creates a massive saving when you think about the fact that the average person flushes the toilet more than 6 times a day. Water savings are further increased with low-flow toilets that provide two flushes depending on whether it’s a liquid or solid waste. And each time you use the tap or shower, you could be using up to half the amount of water!

Low-Flow Plumbing Cons

Low-flow plumbing might sound like the perfect option for you. But unfortunately, you can run into some issues.

  • A Weaker Flush

    A potential shortcoming arises with low-flow toilets. Some might be unable to fully flush down solid waste on the first attempt. While this won’t necessarily lead to a clogged toilet, it can be a bit of a pain, and flushing twice defeats the purpose of low-flow plumbing. Fortunately, designs are improving, and you can get a toilet with a powerful flush and low water use.

  • Initial Costs

    As we’ve discussed, water efficient systems for toilets, faucets, and shower heads save water and, in the long run, also save you money. But the initial costs can be high and undesirable for many homeowners. To find out whether the pros outweigh the cons, contact a professional to assist you with water-efficient fixtures and solutions.

Take the plunge and get the help of a licensed plumber for comprehensive advice and service with low-flow plumbing. Find out what your best possibilities are according to your wants and needs. These options can be effective and beneficial for the environment and your wallet when you call in the professionals from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric.


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