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New high efficiency toilet can flush away your frustrations

 
 
High-efficiency toilet technology has come a long way in 20 years. This Kohler Highline Comfort Height two-piece toilet utilizes modern flushing technology.
High-efficiency toilet technology has come a long way in 20 years. This Kohler Highline Comfort Height two-piece toilet utilizes modern flushing technology.
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Q: I enjoy reading your column and need advice on what to do with my present slow-flushing toilet. It was one of the early model water-conserving toilets from about 20 years ago and we have never been happy with it. My aggravation is compounded by the fact that I have my own well water system with a good supply of water. Is there any way I can modify this toilet to flush with more power? If not, what solution do you recommend for my toilet frustrations?

H.N., New Hampshire

A: Whether you’re on a private well system or public water system, the need to conserve water is an important issue. So, the best solution may not be to try and modify an older slow flushing toilet. In my opinion you should remove your present toilet and install a new high efficiency toilet that utilizes modern flushing technology. Three flushing systems I recommend looking into:

• Piston flush: This type of toilet uses a canister flushing tower instead of a flapper to deliver a strong fast moving flush.

• Dual-Flush: This model actually has two flushing settings. You can use a full flush with a little extra water when needed, and for those light jobs a half flush option is also available.

• Pressure flush: This system uses pressurized air to accelerate water through the toilet flushing jet.

Final Tip: When buying a high efficiency toilet, look for one that carries the “EPA Water Sense” guide label to help you avoid flushing your money away.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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