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Angie’s List: Finding a More Efficient Toilet

(WGGB) — Flush after flush after flush. Your toilet goes through gallons of water each day. That puts stress on rubber seals, copper pipes and the porcelain bowl.

While toilets have a long lifespan, you’ll eventually have to swap yours out for a new one.

The Energy Policy Act in 1992 required all new toilets to be low-flow or low-flush, restricting their water usage to 1.6 gallons per flush instead of what used to be the average of 3.5 gallons per flush.

“A low-flush toilet would be anything from 1.6 all the way to down to 1.28. You have dual flush toilets now that are .9 to 1.28. A dual flush toilet usually has two buttons or two types of levers on it, that would be for your liquids and your waste. Those are becoming more and more popular,” says Mary Wright, the manager of a plumbing showroom.

Homeowners can choose between a one or two piece toilet, a round or elongated bowl, and different heights, along with many additional features.

Angie Hicks from Angie’s List explains, “Your options are really endless. Toilets have become very sophisticated over the years. You can find a very basic toilet for a few hundred dollars all the way up to thousands of dollars for the state of the art toilet.”

Although an experienced do-it-yourselfer may be able to install a new toilet, most homeowners should hire a licensed plumber.

A poor installation job can cause leaks under the flooring.

Angie’s List says a plumber typically requires an hour or two to install a toilet. Expect to pay between $125 and $260 for the installation.


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