There has been some great advancement in water saving technologies over the past few decades. We’ve seen the adoption of highly efficient plumbing fixtures and parts like the low flow showerhead and low flow toilets.

But one type of water saving fixture that is still catching on in America and here in the San Francisco Bay Area is the dual flush toilet. So what is a dual flush toilet and why should you consider installing one in your home?

What is a dual flush toilet?

Simply put, a dual flush toilet is a toilet that has two different flush settings. There is a lever for liquid waste and a lever for solid waste.

The liquid waste flush uses about half of the amount of water than the flush for solid waste. In a typical dual flush toilet, the flush for liquid waste uses about .8 gallons of water per flush while the flush for solid waste uses about 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

How much water can you save with a dual flush toilet?

In a time when water conservation is a growing concern for both the environment and your wallet, now is as good of a time as any to look for ways to conserve water. With a dual flush toilet, many families can see water savings of as much as 6,000-7,000 gallons a year.

What is a dual flush toilet’s main disadvantage?

As with many energy- and water-saving upgrades, the main disadvantage of a dual flush toilet is that it costs a bit more than a regular toilet. However, the extra expense is made up in future water savings and you’ll be helping the environment along the way!

If you have any questions about a dual flush toilet, or if you’d like one installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your San Francisco plumbing, heating and cooling company. We service the San Francisco area and surrounding cities like Mountain View, Santa Clara, Belmont and Orinda.