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How to Convert Your Toilet to Dual-Flush

You may not realize it, but your toilet is likely the most significant contributor to your water bill. Modern toilets are impressively water efficient, but you don't need a complete toilet replacement to save on water bills. Converting an existing toilet into a dual-flush one is possible.

In this brief guide brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we show you how simple it can be to upgrade your toilet’s water efficiency. If you’d rather leave the work to a trained plumber, or if you think it’s time for a new toilet installation altogether, then call Rooter Hero to schedule an appointment or request urgent assistance. We are ready when you are.

Understanding Dual-Flush Technology

Dual-flush toilets offer two flushing options: a full flush for solid waste and a reduced flush for liquid waste. This innovative design allows users to choose the appropriate flush volume, significantly reducing water usage compared to traditional toilets. The full flush typically uses around 1.6 gallons of water while the reduced flush uses about 0.8 gallons, making dual-flush toilets a water-efficient choice.

Benefits of Dual-Flush Conversion

By using less water for liquid waste, dual-flush toilets can reduce your water consumption by up to 50%, leading to lower water bills and conservation of precious resources. Conserving water helps protect the environment by reducing the strain on water sources and wastewater treatment systems.

Plus, converting to a dual-flush toilet is a DIY-friendly project that can be completed in a few hours with basic plumbing skills and tools. Dual-flush conversion kits are affordable and provide a cost-effective way to upgrade your toilet without the expense of a complete toilet replacement.

Converting Your Toilet to Dual-Flush

First, gather the necessary tools and supplies:

  • Dual-flush conversion kit (typically available at hardware stores or online)
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Bucket or container
  • Towels or rags

Now that you have everything at your disposal, you can get started. Begin by turning off the water supply. Locate the shut-off valve behind the toilet and turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply. Flush the toilet to drain the tank and remove any remaining water using a bucket or container.

With the toilet prepared, we can dive in.

Take off the tank lid and carefully set it aside. Disconnect the flush handle and remove the flush mechanism (flush valve and flapper) from the tank.

Follow the instructions provided with the conversion kit to install the dual-flush valve. This typically involves attaching the valve to the overflow tube and adjusting it to fit your toilet's dimensions.

Next, you’ll have to attach the dual-flush buttons or lever to the toilet tank lid according to the kit's instructions. These buttons will control the full flush and reduced flush options.

Finally, adjust the water levels in the tank to ensure proper flushing performance. Follow the kit's guidelines for adjusting the dual-flush valve and water fill level.

You can now turn on the water supply and test the dual-flush system. Press the appropriate button for either a full flush or a reduced flush and observe the flushing action. Remember to check for leaks around the tank and connections.

If you’re satisfied with the performance, replace the tank lid and tighten any fittings as needed to prevent leaks.

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If you’d like a trained plumber’s assistance, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to schedule reliable and affordable plumbing service. We are also available for emergency plumbing service.

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