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How to Convert Any Toilet to a Low Flush Toilet

Steps

  1. Fill a half gallon container.A plastic bottle (juice/milk) is ideal. Remove any paper or plastic label on the outside of the container. Fill it at least partially with pebbles, sand, or gravel - whatever is handy. Then add water if more weight is needed. If you just fill it with water, though, the container will move around in the tank and interfere with the mechanism.
  2. Place the container in the tank of the toilet.
  3. Carefully lower it into the water.
  4. Replace the lid of the tank.
  5. Flush away.The New York Times reported that a sealed half gallon container will save half a gallon on each flush. If you, like most Americans, flush 5 times daily, your family of 5 will save 350 gallons (1325 liters) of water every month. These savings will significantly cut your water bill, too.

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  • Question
    How do I save water per flush on a toilet?
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    In addition to a low-flush toilet, you may want to consider a product called Sink Twice, which uses the soapy water from washing hands and brushing teeth in the toilet tank to flush with, and makes most toilets more efficient using fill cycle diversion.
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  • Question
    A floating thing will not be flushed properly with a low volume of water. What should I do?
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    Take the filled bottle out of the tank and let the tank fill to the proper volume before flushing.
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  • Question
    Can an existing flushing mechanism be converted to low-flush without changing the toilet?
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    Community Answer
    No. It's best, easiest, and least invasive to limit the amount of water used for a flush. Messing with the flush valve can ruin the toilet's overall performance.
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  • Question
    Can I lower the water level in the toilet bowl?
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    Community Answer
    No, you cannot. The bowl level is part of the toilet's default design.
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  • Question
    How difficult is it to convert a toilet to a low-flush toilet?
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    It's very simple. All you do is fill an empty bottle with water and place it in the toilet's tank to reduce the tank's volume.
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  • Question
    Can that container act as a ball valve?
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    While this is technically possible, it might be a difficult fit and seal. You might need to make your own container.
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  • Question
    Will this reduce clogging?
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    Community Answer
    No and it may actually increase clogging, since you're changing the designed performance of the toilet.
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Unanswered Questions
  • What do I do if my flush tank is leaking on my toilet? What do I do if the waste doesn't completely flush?
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  • When your toilet tank fills, so does the bowl. The bowl however fills faster than the tank, and gets full first. So until the tank gets full, the water sent to the toilet bowl goes down the drain. So, consider getting a fill cycle diverter. It will reduce the amount of water sent to the bowl, and thus the wasted water. Also, because you reduced the tank's volume, you reduced the amount of time the tank takes to fill, which also in turn leads to less water wasted.
  • Try filling the bottle with loose coins (making sure to seal the bottle completely). When the time comes that you need a few bucks, that money will always be there.
  • Ask a neighbor for a plastic container if you don't have any. Also suggest this process to him or her as they can save money too.
  • Use a 2L glass pickle jar (or similar) without the lid. The glass is inert and heavy enough to stay in place in the tank. Every time the tank fills the water will be exchanged in the jar, keeping it fresh.
  • Some people put a sign in their bathrooms with this saying to share their water-saving philosophy: "If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down!"
  • Instead of sealing the container, you may want to cut it open at the top instead and put a small hole in the bottom. This way you wouldn't have any stale water in it, but still save on flushes. And no need to use any chemicals.
  • If your weight items are insoluble, don't cap the bottle. Leave it open so that it can exchange some chlorinated water with the rest of the water in the tank. This will prevent gunk buildup in the bottle without needing to add bleach.
  • As an alternative to modifying an existing toilet, a new low flush toilet can be purchased for under 0 and cost 0 to 0 to have installed.
  • Check the difference in your water usage on new bills; 350 gallons (1325 litres) a month is a noticeable drop!

Warnings

  • Make sure the bottle does not interfere with any of the moving parts in the tank.
  • Don't put a brick in the tank unless you know it's one that won't break down after a long time in the water. The brick may dissolve and particles of it can clog and possibly seal off the drain.
  • If you find your toilet is not flushing properly, with waste remaining in the toilet and water ending up on the floor, take the bottle out. Not all toilets can flush properly with a reduced quantity of water. Consider installing a low flush toilet.
  • If you use water to fill the container, a couple of drops of bleach added to the water will help keep it from growing gunk inside.
  • Many plumbers do not recommend this modification. Low flush toilets are designed differently, and less water flushing in a toilet not meant to do so can mean more frequent clogs, overflows, and extra flushing to remove the same amount of waste. (Which can waste more water than you are saving)
  • A leaking toilet can waste up to 250 gallons (946 litres) of water a day. To see if your toilet is leaking, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait for half an hour. Check the bowl - if the food coloring appears, you have a leak. Get a plumber to come and fix it.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container with lid - juice/milk container etc.
  • Water, pebbles, sand to fill container

Related wikiHows

Sources and Citations

  1. Ideal Bite,Toilet Talk
  2. - Reducing Water Use In the Home
  3. - Reducing Water Use In the Home
  4. - Reducing Water Use In the Home
  5. Ideal Bite,Toilet Talk

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