It is relatively simple to save water every time you flush the toilet by adjusting the cistern. Around 30% of the water we use in our homes goes down the toilet so this is one area which can really help to make a difference. We are constantly under pressure to save precious resources and help the environment and this is just one small way in which everybody can do their part.
Modern toilets these days are fitted with a dual flush system which can allow for a small flush if suitable or a larger flush when necessary. These are an excellent way of saving water and should be seriously considered if you are re-modelling or re-fitting your bathroom. Older toilets can also be adjusted to use less water in a variety of ways.
Adjusting the water level in the cistern can help to save water without reducing the efficiency of the toilet. The easiest way to check this level is the amount of water which is in the toilet cistern when the arm of the float is horizontal. You can then often reduce the level of this water by adjusting a screw which will be adjacent to the float pivot point. There may be a lock nut in place also. These screws do often seize up over the years so it may not be all plain sailing but it is important that you don’t over stress the mechanism which may cause it to break.
Another method of reducing the amount of water in your toilet cistern is to displace some of the water. These will typically reduce the amount of water used per flush by up to 2 liters. There are products on the market available which are specifically designed to displace the water in the cistern although some people use items they already have lying around. A house brick is a popular choice but take care not to get anything entangled within the flushing mechanism of the toilet.
Check Toilet For Leaks
You really ought to check your water cistern overflow for leaks and drips every month or so. If there is any leaking it could simply mean that a new washer is needed. This is a relatively simple fix which most people should be able to manage without the need for a professional plumber.
Reducing the amount of water your toilet uses every time you flush makes good economic and environmental sense.
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