Simply updating old fixtures will breathe a breath of fresh air in to your bathroom by spending a penny (or two) on a super efficient, modern bathroom or ensuite toilet; you will begin to see how the savings will quickly add up.
Save Water: Dual Flush
Did you know that in the UK there are around 45 million homes, using a massive two billion litres of fresh water each day, with over seven million of these homes use 13 litres of water for each flush? That’s a huge amount of water!
If you are looking to make your bathroom more environmentally friendly then a dual flush toilet cistern that releases the appropriate amount of water from the tank giving you the option of a short flush and long flush is the way forward.
Installing a dual-flush toilet can reduce your water consumption by approximately 25%
An ultra modern toilet can use as little as two litres per flush, needless to say upgrading your loo will have you saving pennies rather than spending them. Dual flush installations work cleverly by using pre-selected volumes of water resulting in reduced water consumption for cost effectiveness. The “half flush” option allows you to use half as much water, which is specifically designed for flushing away liquid waste.
How much can you save?
Would you like to save money? Of course you do, who wouldn’t. Your water bill can be slashed by installing a dual flush toilet, this is a fantastic investment. While there may be the initial outlay cost, the savings in the long run will pay for it.
Dual-flush toilets take money saving to the next level because they have two buttons - one for a half flush and the other for a full flush. This means you are using less water and your money-saving can be calculated based on an average of 15,000 litres and the cost of water at around £1.50 per 1,000 litres.
The average UK household could be saving an average of 80 litres per day by swapping from a 7 litre flush to a 4/2.5 dual flush system.
Top 3 Water Saving Tips
Tip 1 - The Hippo Water Saver
A low cost, yet effective way to save water is to install a flush saver. It is a tough water filled polythene bag you submerge in the toilet cistern to displace excess water. On average it saves around 2.5 litres a flush. It’s so simple to install and requires no plumbing skill whatsoever! It's usally free from most water companies - bonus!
Tip 2 - If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down
The age old saying is a helpful decider as to whether to flush or not. Enough said.
Tip 3 - Sprung a leak?
The tell-tale signs of running water or dripping prior to flushing is a good indicator. To check, add dye or a couple of drops of food colouring to the water in your cistern and leave for up to an hour – do not flush – if the water in the toilet bowl has changed colour, then you have a cistern leak.
Porcelain Cracks & Leaks
Sadly over time hair line cracks can mysteriously develop in the tank or bowl of a toilet, these small cracks can escalate to a flood of water at the worst possible moment ruining floors in the process. If you notice a crack this is usually the best time to replace before disaster strikes.
A leaking toilet can lose up to 200 litres of water each day
A crack in the tank above the water line isn’t a major problem, until it begins to grow. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t get worse otherwise you may risk flooding.
Cracks in the tank below the water line will need to be fixed. You may have to look on the inside as well as the outside for cracks. Alternatively, it may be as simple as a broken seal between the tank and the bowl.
Damage to the toilet bowl can be a little trickier to spot. If there is water on the floor near the toilet then a leak is a more likely. Unfortunately you cannot really repair a cracked toilet bowl. Common causes of a cracked toilet bowl can include over tightening of bolts during installation. Remember it its porcelain and it will crack easily under extreme pressure.
Repeated Toilet Blockages
Many older low flush toilets often require more than one flush most of the time to clear the pan. Some households will even flush baby wipes, cotton buds, sanitary items or left over cooking fats and oils – don’t! By flushing this type of waste you will create blockages in your pipes and ultimately in the sewer, causing the potential risk of flooding your own home with sewage (ewww).
The last thing you want is to be unblocking your toilet on a daily basis, it’s not pleasant and life could be so much better – it’s time to replace it!
The average UK household’s water consumption is flushed straight down the loo
No Bog-standard Toilets Here
With so many styles to choose from here is your guide to finding the right style for your bathroom or en-suite.
Close Coupled Toilets
“Closely coupled” toilets are a modern and popular choice for many households. The cistern sits on the back of the pan making it appear as one and flushes directly through the connecting pipe. This makes it more hygienic and easier to clean as there is less space for dirt to settle. Benefits: Cheaper to buy, quick installation, huge range of shapes and styles.
Ideal for a minimalistic and modern look. They have the cistern concealed in the wall to give a neat finish. Most cisterns are accessed through a panel or flush plate that is fitted into the wall. Benefits: Gives the illusion of space, stylish, cheaper than a wall mounted option
This design hides away the cistern inside a wall or furniture unit. Usually a chrome flush plate is mounted to the wall for access. Benefits: Space saving, supports weights up to 200kg, looks stylish
This type of close-coupled toilet that sits fully back to the wall to create a neat and tidy look. However you won’t be able to use this style if your waste pipe exits to left or right. Benefits: Easy to clean, covers pipework, saves space
The standard waste pipe fitment for most bathroom toilets is 100mm in diameter making upgrading your loo a piece of... ease.
Take The Plunge
Remember, if you’re having toilet trouble of any nature then investigate for pesky cracks, dripping cisterns and make sure all seals are in place. If you’re ready to give your bathroom a makeover then we have a fantastic range of sleek toilet designs from Blupp. Even better all our toilets include a free soft close toilet seat and a free waste kit worth £20.