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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Eco-Upgrading Your Bathroom

While you could refit your bathroom with eco-friendly fixtures through trial and error, it will be more economical and less frustrating to choose your purchases and upgrades wisely. When you're upgrading to low-flow fixtures and other eco-friendly features, you need to consider a few things to ensure the best possible experience.

This guide lists three mistakes to avoid when you're eco-upgrading your bathroom.

1. Putting a Brick in the Tank

You may have heard that one easy water-saving trick is to plop a full-size brick into the tank of your toilet. While this strategy can yield limited water savings if done correctly, it can also damage your toilet once the brick inevitably starts to break down in the water.

For a more reliable low-flow experience, you can switch out your toilet for one with a smaller tank and low water usage, or simply retrofit your current toilet with a dual-flush outfit. You can also choose a water-saving fill valve that sends the correct proportion of water to the tank and the bowl. This way any overflow water from the bowl doesn't simply flow down the drain with each flush.

2. Reducing Water Flow Too Much

Going low-flow is an admirable goal, but rushing out and buying the highest-rated (or lowest-flow) showerhead and faucet aerators could backfire on you. You need to consider factors such as the water pressure available in your home and the effect of the low-flow fixture on your daily showers.

If the water pressure in your home is already low, then installing a low-flow showerhead could be counterproductive. Because this combination can produce inadequate showers, you might have to take longer showers (and thereby offset any water savings) as you struggle to get clean.

If you suspect your water pressure may not be the best or if you just love those strong, spa-like showers, then look for a low-flow product that cuts down the water it uses and makes the most of the water it does use. These products may strategically force water through smaller holes to add pressure or aerate the water to increase coverage.

Choosing a showerhead that has multiple flow settings, especially if you have several people in the house who may have different showering preferences, is also a good idea. This allows you to try out different flow rates and settle on your favorite. You could also strategize and use a lower setting at the beginning of the shower and then a more powerful setting to rinse off.

3. No Bidet

Modern bidet innovations mean you don't even need to make room for an extra plumbing fixture in your bathroom. With basic bidet attachments available for most budgets, there's no excuse for avoiding this ecofriendly option anymore; unless, you have an unusual style of toilet, which might be incompatible with these basic attachments. 

In addition to helping you reduce or avoid tree-killing toilet paper, a bidet can actually use less water per flush as toilet paper. This means if you try a bidet and like it, you can significantly reduce your environmental impact. If you are not sure you'll like a bidet, then maximize your chances by buying a high-end one with air-dry capabilities.

Here at Sparrow & Sons Plumbing, we offer plumbing services, including emergency plumbing services, in the Chapel Hill area. We can help you choose the best water-saving strategies and upgrades for your bathroom and install them expertly. Give us a call to let us know what you have in mind, or fill out our online form and submit it via our website. We look forward to working with you.