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Shut your flapper!

A Green Latrine

 
A leaking flapper? Sounds like Betty Boop with a bladder problem.

If you thought that, you're at least in the right room. I'm talking about the flapper in your toilet. Have you changed it recently? Did you even know to check it?

The flapper in your toilet doesn't last forever. Not even close. After as little as three years that unseen contraption responsible for the toilet's flushing operation can begin to wear out, allowing water to leak from the fixture. Yes, you need to change it regularly. Fortunately, replacing the toilet flush valve is an easy and straight-forward DIY job.

But before you run off to the hardware store for a replacement, know this: according to Jack Mitchell, inventor of the Green Flush toilet valve, a regular flush valve, or flapper, by design allows more water down the bowl than necessary. This is due to the light weight of the valve and chain, which prevents the valve from sealing quickly.

If you're looking to waste less water, think green, and the Green Flush replacement valve, is something we love the idea of. This weighted flapper quickly creates a seal the moment the toilet handle is released. The user can hold the handle down for as long as necessary to flush the bowl (a second or two should do) and then let go, allowing the valve to do its water-saving work. According to the Green Flush site, one stands to save 750 gallons of water a year per toilet in a one-flush-per-day scenario.

The Green Flush replacement valve retails for $19.95 and fits any 2 1/4 valve opening.

When was the last time you changed your toilet flush valve?



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Automatic Toilet Leak Detector

07/02/2010 02:45 PM LaurenE

Like you said, flappers can start leaking soon after being replaced. This can be due to harsh chemicals (like chlorine), or seating improperly. Dye tablets are not a preventative solution and will often fail to detect a toilet that is leaking intermittently.

I wanted to let you know about a great new product that makes detecting toilet leaks easy. The LeakAlertor electronically monitors your toilet and notifies you with visual and audible alerts when the flapper is leaking. Toilet leaks often go undetected, wasting a significant amount of water and money. LeakAlertor can help. It installs in seconds, without tools. Visit www.leakalertor.com.

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