Weak Toilet? 3 Weird Ways To Stop Flushing Twice

14 July 2015
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Do you always have to flush your toilet twice to clear the bowl? Have you looked at sites like http://calldoctorfixit.com or had a plumber check for clogs, only to find out that your system is fine and your problem is the result of either the nature of your business or a lack of flushing power in your loo? If a clog isn't your problem but your waste won't go down, here are 3 weird ways you can solve the double flush dilemma.

Go Vintage

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 required all U.S. toilet manufacturers to cease the sale of high-capacity toilets. Under these new regulations, all toilets on store shelves after 1994 must operate at a rate of no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. What the Energy Policy Act doesn't address, though, is the use of pre-1994 toilets in residential homes.

Toilets made before the passing of the act were workhorses. They used between 3 and 6 gallons of water per flush, which is a far better water exchange than today's toilets offer, and they also had wider drain valves. While not nearly as eco-friendly as today's toilet options, pre-1994 models have the power double-flushers need.

Check with your local building inspector to make sure your city permits the use of high-capacity toilets, and then start scouting yard sales, antique shops, and salvage companies for a clean vintage one. 

While manufacturers can't sell high-capacity toilets anymore, there are shops that specialize in selling parts for antique and old-style toilets. If you're an avid do-it-yourselfer with some time and patience on your hands, you can order all the parts separately and build your own super-powerful latrine.

Get A Mail-Order John

If you don't like the thought of using somebody else's discarded toilet, you can order a brand new toilet from Canada or Mexico. While shipping costs can nearly double the price you'd pay for a toilet in the U.S., neither of these countries regulates the flow rate of manufactured johns. 

What if you spend all that money on a super powerful toilet only to find out that you can't keep up with its associated water costs? No problem. You can make any high-capacity toilet use less water with a trick that requires nothing more than an empty milk jug and some sand.

Drink More, Flush Less

If your budget won't permit a new toilet (or a used one), there's one more way you might be able visit the bathroom without flushing twice each time, and it's absolutely free! All you have to do is drink a few more glasses of water every day.

How could you drinking more water fix your toilet troubles? To understand that, you'll need a quick lesson on how the body works.

Your body requires a certain amount of hydration. This hydration comes from both fluid intake, plus whatever your intestines draw out of your food during the digestion process. If your fluid intake isn't ample, your body will draw as much moisture as it can from the food that passes through your intestines, resulting in extremely dry, hard excrement.

When you increase your water intake, not as much fluid will be extracted from your waste, so it will remain soft and less compressed. As a result, it will go down your toilet drain a lot easier, and you'll end the hassle of the old double-flush.

If you've been told by a plumber that you don't have a clog, yet you still have to flush twice every time you go to the bathroom, then it's likely your toilet just can't handle your business. It's not a unique problem, but there certainly are some unique solutions, 3 of which are outlined above.