With the large amounts of household water flushed down old and inefficient toilets each day, most homeowners truly are “throwing money down the toilet.”
This is why if you’re planning a home improvement, big or small, a high-efficiency toilet should be at the top of your list. Where some older homes still have clunkers that use as much as 30 L per flush, the latest modern appliances flush with as little as 4 L – more than 80% less water – simply by moving the water and discharging it faster. What’s more, since high-efficiency toilets conserve water, they are better for the environment, without sacrificing performance or peace of mind.
So, assuming you’ve added a high-efficiency toilet to the upgrades you want to make to your home, what do you choose?
To help consumers make the most informed decision, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and nearly two dozen other housing and municipal partners across Canada and the U.S. created the Maximum Performance (MaP) Testing Program.
The MaP initiative’s goal is to test a wide range of popular toilet models under realistic conditions, with each model given a grade based on its overall performance. The report is updated regularly to reflect the latest models and changes in performance standards and you can access it free of charge from the CWWA website.
Choose the best toilet for you
You can also check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense program, which has lots of information on high-efficiency toilets. To earn the WaterSense label, a toilet must be able to flush at least 350 g of waste in a single flush – about twice the average waste volume.
Before choosing your high-efficiency toilet, you’ll also want to consider toilet bowl height. Comfort-height bowls are slightly higher than regular bowls. If you’re tall, have bad knees or a disability, you may want to consider the taller toilet. In fact, toilets qualified by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must measure between 430 and 480 mm (17-19 in.) from the floor to the top of the seat.
And, whether or not you’re replacing your toilets, consider protecting yourself against leaks, blockages and other emergencies with a Plumbing Protection Plan from Reliance Home ComfortTM. It provides priority service and unlimited service calls from friendly, professionally experienced and fully licensed plumbers for one low monthly fee.