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Here’s an interesting water conservation tool! Toilets with dual-flush features have been on the market for quite some time, but they cost significantly more than a standard commode. This handy-dandy device is available to convert any toilet into a dual flushing machine just by replacing the valve and flapper at a very low-cost. We purchased the HydroRight drop-in dual flush converter for $21.80 and the HydroClean water-saving fill valve with cleaning tube for $13.43 from Amazon. Shipping was free. Both parts come with a 5 year warranty from MJSI, Inc.
What’s the advantage here? A dual flush toilet offers two choices for each use: flush a little, or flush a lot. Considering that about 90% of flushes are for liquids, using only a portion of the tank water for those flushes eliminates much water waste and lowers monthly water bills. The box claims to save the average household at least $100 per year. The device is also designed to save wear and tear on working parts which should save time and money on repairs over the years. The fill valve we selected also cleanses the bottom of the tank with each flush, reducing sediment buildup that could lead to damage over time.
Installation is not difficult and doesn’t take long. It took us less than 40 minutes from start to finish to install both the dual flush converter and the fill valve.
The manufacturer claims no tools are necessary for the installation and while that is true, we needed a pair of pliers to remove the old parts. It comes with complete and clear instructions that anyone can follow. Basically, you just remove your old parts and insert the new fill valve, flush valve, and handle. But, there are some minor adjustments that need to be made. For example, the kit includes a shim tool if your overflow tube is narrow. Once all the parts are installed, some time is required in adjusting the flow valve to be sure the water in the bowl flushes completely and the tank fills to the proper level for your system. These are not difficult feats at all. Even the least experienced person in home repair could manage to complete this conversion.
Once all the parts of the tank are installed and water flow is adjusted, using the system is easy, too. You will choose one of 2 options: one button is for “liquids” the other button is for “more” ;) There is another brand which has a lever for flushing, but that one doesn’t boast the easy installation that HydroRight does.
Prior to installing this system, we have calculated that our household of 3 wastes an average of 23 gallons per day in flushes. With our new dual flush system, we expect our impact on water usage to be significant. We expect this system to pay for itself within 3 months. Imagine the environmental impact if all toilets had this option. How many gallons of water could be spared, how much energy would be saved in processing the water at our treatment facilities, and how much money could be saved annually? Think about it.