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How Low Flow Fixtures Can Help You Save on Water

Seattle PlumberSaving clean water should be a priority in these times of global warming. This is because it goes a long way in protecting the environment through water conservation. Discussed below are ways in which low-flow shower-heads, faucets, and toilets help save on water.

Low Flow Shower-Heads

In estimation, 60 liters of water is used in every 8 minutes spent in the shower. This is a lot of water because most people stay in the shower for longer times

Low-flow shower-heads work by restricting the water volume that they allow to flow through them. There are two types of these shower-heads; the Aerating shower heads and the non-aerating shower-heads.

The latter works by mixing the restricted flow of water with air making the water that comes out of the shower-head to appear like it is flowing in a higher volume, imitating a standard shower.

On the other hand, the non-aerating shower-heads work by restricting the flow of water through them and in turn squeezing them through minuscule holes resulting in a high-pressure water flow. Both of these shower-heads reduce the amount water used in the shower significantly.

Low Flow Toilets

Low flow toilets use about 6 liters of water that is significantly less water than the full flush toilets that commonly existed in the mid-90s or earlier.There are two types of low flush toilets; the pressure-assist and the gravity flush toilets. The gravity flush toilets are mostly for residential use.

They are engineered to use less water in such a way that when you press a knob, a flush valve opens, and water in the tank drains into the toilet bowl through rim openings and siphon jet.

The waste is pushed through the trap into the drainage pipe by the force of the water. The pressure-assist toilets are most suitable for commercial use.

Seattle Fixture Installation ServiceThey are however also used in homes with poor drainage carry because they use the water supply pressure to the toilet to compress air in an inner tank. When the toilet is flushed, pressurized water is forced into the bowl blasting the waste down the drain pipe with the little amount of water in its tank.

Low Flow Faucet

Low flow faucets save water by the use of aerators. These low flow faucet aerators reduce the flow of water from the faucet while maintaining the pressure hence saving water and energy.

1.0 gallon per minute (GPM) aerators and 2.2 gallons per minute aerators are available. The 1.0 GPM aerators save more than the 2.2 GPM faucet aerators.

Don’t delay. Give Gene Johnson Plumbing & Heating a call at 206.792.7495 to save money and lower the carbon footprint of your Seattle home without changing your busy lifestyle.

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