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Low-Flow Home Plumbing Fixtures Help Conserve Water and Energy

Low-flow plumbing fixtures will help you to save money and help reduce the ecological footprint of your household. A Houston residential plumber can install a wide range of low-flow water fixtures in your home, and some of these include shower heads, faucets, toilets and water heaters.

The National Energy Policy Act

This legislation requires residential plumber companies to only provide low-flow toilets. The bill also offers tax deductions for individuals who install environmentally friendly fixtures in restrooms, and it requires companies to provide electronic meters to customers who request them.

Faucets

Houston plumber businesses offer a wide range of faucets that turn off automatically when they are not being used, and some of these fixtures are equipped with motion sensors. Certain faucets are able to create a wide spray with large drops of water. These fixtures usually require 35 percent to 50 percent less liquid as regular faucets, and numerous customers have reported that they substantially mitigate splashing.

Shower Heads That Use a Laminar Flow

This type of fixture utilizes several independent streams of water instead of turbulent flows of liquid, which are created by traditional shower heads. The design of the device increases the pressure within the fixture, and as a result, the equipment can deliver water at the same speed as a traditional shower head that uses a much larger amount of water.

The small pathways through which the water travels have been designed to eliminate the buildup of tiny particles or dirt in the shower head. Numerous studies have indicated that devices that utilize a laminar flow contain approximately 10 percent as many unwanted particles as regular shower heads after both types of fixtures have been used for 10 years.

Aerators

Shower heads with aerators are able to combine water with a relatively large amount of air. As a result, the device seems to be delivering the same amount of liquid as a regular shower, yet the shower head generally uses one third of the level of water that traditional showers require. Aerators can also be added to traditional faucets. Generally, the aerators allow the fixture to use less than 2.75 gallons of water per minute.

Toilets

Regular toilets utilized an average of 3.5 gallons of liquid for each flush. Low-flow toilets only requiring 1.6 gallons of water, and many models allow users to choose a full flush or a half flush, and these fixtures have larger openings that prevent them from becoming clogged.

Toilets That Have Extra Pressure

A Houston plumber company is able to install toilets that only use gravity and the weight of the water to push waste through the passage, and they can also install toilets that utilize pressure to force the water through the opening. Although devices that use pressure are generally noisier than toilets that only require water to eliminate waste, these pressurized toilets need 50 percent less water than their counterparts.

Water Heaters

Some studies have indicated that water heaters can use 30 percent of a homes total energy. Tankless water heaters feature high-power burners that instantaneously heat water as it passes through the device, and as a result, a household will never run out of hot water. Furthermore, a tankless water heater eliminates the risk of flooding that is associated with a device that has a large tank.

Completing Necessary Repairs

When performing a water heater repair, a Houston residential plumber can replace all of the components, such as the thermostat, the burners, the compression nuts and the lines that carry the water. They also have the ability to install fresh switches that control the flow of liquid and a new fuse.

The use of low-flow plumbing fixtures helps reduce your ecological footprint and increases your conservation and water use efficiency practices.

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