What Does Your Local Plumber Know About Low Flow Toilets?

You're not the only game in town, buddy...If you’re young — let’s say under the age of 25 — you might not remember a time before the low flow toilets. The way toilets in new homes work is the way they’ve always worked in your lifetime. Stuff has always gone down the drain in the same way, right?

But many of you remember a time when toilets were using considerably more water per flush. While this was worse for the environment, they were more beloved by homeowners who actually liked seeing their waste go away. So why did the regular-flow toilets go away, and where did the low-flow toilets come from? Let’s take a look at what your local plumber knows about low flow toilets.

What Makes a Low-Flow Toilet a Low-Flow Toilet?

Low-flow toilets, also called low-flush toilets or high-efficiency toilets, were created in an attempt to save water. Typically, low flush toilets use about one-third to one-half as much as their predecessors.

Where Did The Low-Flow Toilets Come From?

Customers weren’t exactly the ones who were calling out for low flow toilets, but water conservation was on everyone’s mind during the late 1980’s. Massachusetts was the first state to require low-flow toilets in new construction in 1988. Four years later President George Bush signed the Energy Policy Act which prevented toilets from using more than 1.6 gallons per flush. That 1992 law went into effect in 1994 for residential toilets and 1997 for commercial buildings.

It’s Not Just New Buildings That Require Them

Let’s say your house is from the 1960’s and still has the original toilets. Everything about your toilet is just falling apart, or it’s pink and you’re really not that into pink. So you call your local plumber and have them replace your current toilet…which has to be a low-flush toilet. Not only have water-hogging toilets been off the market for decades, but it would actually be illegal to install one that uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush! (If you want a funny representation of this, check out the May 2000 episode of the animated series King of the Hill called “Flush With Power.”)

They Started Off Pretty Bad

Garvin’s Sewer Service has been around for more than 75 years, so we were around when all of this started happening. Those early low flow toilets certainly used less water, but they had an incredibly poor design. While they had no problems with liquid waste, anything solid usually had a hiccup going down. You’d almost always have to flushGarvin's 1 solid waste twice, which, as you might guess, completely defeated the idea of the low flow toilet.

Customers hated them. After all, you usually stand up, hit the trip lever (aka flush handle), and head to the sink to wash your hands. What you don’t want to do is stick around to find out that nothing went down and have to flush again…and maybe again and again.

Plumbing Contactors Hated Them

Why did plumbing contractors hate low flow toilets? Imagine putting a toilet into a brand new home in 1992, only to have customers tell you that the toilets are broken. They had to explain to the unhappy customers that the toilets were working fine but there was nothing to be done about it. It’s the law!

They Can Actually Cause Huge Problems With Sewage

When you flush less water with less power, things don’t move along as well as they used to. Solid waste and sludge tends to build up in pipes and just sit there, where before it would have been washed down the pipes much more efficiently. San Francisco had a huge problem a few years back when this sludge was backing up in city sewer pipes. Newer houses today are being built with smaller sewer pipes so that there’s more pressure behind each flush to keep things moving.

Living in an arid climate like Colorado, we’re glad for the water saving we see with low-flow toilets. More than that, we truly do appreciate the fact that low-flow toilets have gotten much more efficient and flush so much better than the toilets of 1994. If you’ve got one of those early low-flush toilets and need it replaced — or any emergency plumbing or sewer problem — be sure to contact us and we’ll get things taken care of!

Toilet Paper Hanging Direction: Your Local Plumber Weighs In

 Two Rolls! There's the answer!

Two Rolls! There’s the answer!

When it comes to sewer cleaning, the only thing we deal with more than roots is toilet paper. In fact, as we deal more and more with newer homes that have PVC sewer pipes, we’re seeing fewer root problems and more toilet paper problems, because people keep buying stronger and stronger toilet paper that just doesn’t disintegrate. So yeah, your local plumbers at Garvin’s Sewer Service think about toilet paper a lot.

In a recent post, we went over the orientation of the toilet seat: what determines if it should be up or down? Boy, did we hear about it! Apparently we’re not the only ones who have strong opinions on toilet seats. So let’s tackle one of the other most contentious aspects of bathroom etiquette. Does the toilet paper go over or under?

First of all, a question. Do people really care about this subject all that much? Of course they do! After all, the toilet is one of the few things that all Americans have to deal with on a daily basis, so it’s no surprise that there would be some contention when it comes to etiquette. In fact, there’s an entire Wikipedia page on the subject called Toilet Paper Orientation.

First, let’s take a look at a few reasons why people (and some plumbers) advocate for the over direction:

  • The over position allows for more easily finding the end of the toilet paper. When using under, the end of the roll is more likely to be hidden behind the roll.
  • In the hospitality industry, the overhand orientation is preferred because it highlights the folded point they make in the toilet paper to show that the room has been cleaned.
  • Toilet papers with quilting or text is always printed so that it looks better when in the overhand position. Apparently the manufacturers believe in the overhand orientation
  • From a germ standpoint, over is the winner. For one thing, the overhang is less likely to brush the wall than the underhang. Also, there’s less risk of your knuckles bumping against the bathroom wall when you grab for a few sheets.

But not everyone agrees (including a few plumbers). Here are some arguments for the under orientation.

  • In direct opposition to the first point above, some people don’t care about how easy it is to find the end of the roll as long as it looks tidy. It’s easier to hide the end of the roll with the under position.
  • Under works better in RVs, because it’s less likely to unravel as the big vehicle is moving.
  • Here’s the big one: cats. Cats can sit on the toilet and bat an over roll until the entire thing is unraveled. It’s much more difficult (and much less fun) to waste a roll when it’s in the under position.

So who’s right? We’ll, here’s one last argument. We mentioned earlier that the toilet paper manufacturers tend to favor the over orientation. Well, so did the inventor! The original patent for toilet paper, which is more than 100 years old, seems to have answered the question before it was even asked. You can see pictures and read more about it right here.

What toilet paper orientation will Garvin’s professional plumbers see when they come to your home? Either way, we promise not to change it, even if that particular plumber has strong feelings on the matter! We’re there to take care of your pre-planned sewer cleaning and emergency plumbing needs, not correct you on toilet paper etiquette. Give us a call and we’ll leave your toilet paper alone!

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What’s The Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water? Your Local Plumber Knows

dreamstime_xxl_29867637Throughout your life you’ve probably heard about soft and hard water, and maybe you even know which one makes a better lather and which one just kind of sits there on the soap. But we bet you could you a refresher on the differences between hard and soft water and how they affect your life.

Soft water has fewer minerals in it; rainwater, which is naturally soft, tends to have more sodium and almost no minerals. Hard water is water that has more minerals in it, specifically more calcium and magnesium. It picks up these minerals as it works it way through our ecosystem, even during its short time flowing down the mountains and into Denver’s reservoirs. Groundwater will have most minerals because it has worked its way through many layers of earth.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages you can find between the two.

Hard Water


Hard water tastes better because of the minerals in it. If you have ever looked at the ingredients of bottled water, it usually has minerals put back in even if they’ve been removed by the filtration process. This makes it taste more pleasing, and the minerals found in hard water are also essential for the human body.


Hard water forms scale as the mineral deposits build up. This often takes years, but can be difficult to remove from toilets and pipes. (Interestingly, this scale can be an advantage with lead plumbing, as it prevents the water from corroding and coming in contact with the lead.) Hard water is also responsible for the film that can build up in bathtubs and sinks, and is infamous for reducing the amount of lather that you’ll get from your soap. Hard water isn’t as good for washing dishes or clothes, though most detergents contain water softeners to help with this process.

Soft Water


Soft water lathers. Because of this ability, it’s great for washing clothes and dishes, as well as washing yourself in the shower. Soft water isn’t as likely to lead to soap scum problems, and scale isn’t a problem because it lacks calcium.


Soft water does not taste good. The human tastes buds are accustomed to the tastes associated with the minerals naturally found in water. Soft water contains more sodium (due to a scientific process too complicated to get into here) so it not only tastes saltier and “flatter” but also is not recommended for people on a sodium-restricted diet. You can get a water softener for your appliances, but you’ll probably want to keep drinking hard water.

What About Denver?

garvins 3The hardness or softness of a water changes throughout the world and across the seasons. According to, Denver’s water gets harder in winter when the lakes freeze. When the water is coming directly from snow melt, the water gets softer, but it still collects minerals from the rocks as it flows down the mountains.

As local plumbers, we’ve seen our share of scale in the Denver area. But we’re also very happy to happy to have the fresh water from the mountains before anyone else gets their hands on it! If you think you might have a problem with an excessive amount of scale in your pipes, our sewer scope can take a look and let you know. No matter the problem, Garvin’s Sewer Service can take care of your plumbing!




Ask Your Local Plumber: What Do You Think About…

Now for sitting on in private, apparently...

Now for sitting on in private, apparently…

Most people like to talk about what they do, if only to break the ice when meeting someone new. Of course, we often get questions about the plumbing services we perform, such as “what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever pulled out with a sewer snake.” (Answer: we try to send the problem on its way, not pull it out!) Sometimes people ask us a practical question, such as “how do you know if it’s safe to step in the standing water in a basement?” (Answer: it’s probably best if you don’t and instead contact an emergency plumber to prevent contamination and electric shock.)

Then there are the questions we wish people would ask. Those questions that we’re just hoping will come up, because we’re ready. Question like…

“So, is it true about Australia?”

That it’s a cool place to visit? Yep! But you’re probably asking about the direction of the toilet flow, aren’t you? There’s a long-held misconception that the Coriolis Effect causes toilets in the northern hemisphere to swirl in a counterclockwise direction and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. It’s even propagated by Lisa Simpson (the kid who’s usually right about science stuff) in The Simpsons episode “Bart Vs. Australia.”

The fact is, the Coriolis Effect is much too weak to affect bodies of water as small as you’ll find in a toilet. The direction toilet water swirls is determined by the direction of the rim jets, which all fire in the same directions in order to create a more effective flush.

“Have you heard about the solid gold bathroom?”

We most certainly have. It’s part of a showroom for Hong Kong’s Hang Fung Gold Technology, who used it to create everything in the bathroom (including the doors) from solid gold. It functions as a showroom to prove what they can do with gold, and the items showcased can be purchased by customers. The entire display costs $29 million. (Before you ask, yes, the toilet is a functioning toilet. However, we doubt anyone has ever used it. As plumbing contractors, we’d be afraid of working on such a toilet!)

“Have you seen the luxury Porta Potty?”

garvins 2We’ve got to be honest…here’s where the conversation turns sour. Yes, we’ve seen the luxury portable toilets, the ones that are so nice that, if you woke up in one (scary thought) you wouldn’t even know that you weren’t in a permanently-located structure.

But we might bristle if you ask us this question at a party. Why? The plumbing services that a plumber engages in are considerably different from those that someone who manages a portable toilet handles. Yes, they’re both managing waste, but a portable service is about collecting it and disposing of it elsewhere. On the other hand, your local plumber is about getting your fixtures to get that water into and out of your house, into the local plumbing system and out of your life. So while we can understand the confusion, those luxury toilets are about transportation and will likely call a local plumber when things go wrong to handle problems with their plumbing.

Of course, we also get asked who’s the best plumber in the Denver area. Chances are we’ll just point our thumbs at our chests and give you a quick “right here!” While we like to humble, we also like to be truthful, and we truly believe that Garvin’s is the plumbing company that hires the best plumbers around. When you need preventive drain cleaning or emergency plumbing services, give us a call!

The Bidet: Will Your Local Plumber Be Fixing Yours?


Boy, we’ve been talking about toilets lately, haven’t we? Well, it only makes sense; as your local plumbers, we’re dealing with the water coming into and leaving toilets all the time.

Most toilets in America are very similar. They consist of the bowl, the tanks, and the plumbing that’s associated with them. Sure, the valves might be a little different, but they all share the same basic design.

One way that some toilets differ is with bidets. We talked about them a little in our last blog, but we figured we’d let you know why they’re becoming more popular and why we’re seeing them more often. (Most bidets we see are aftermarket devices that are attached to existing toilets) Here are three distinct advantages to bidets.

It Uses Less (Or No) Toilet Paper

Now here’s something that your local plumbers can get <ahem> behind! One of the biggest reasons that toilets get clogged and need drain cleaning the first place is that people are using too much toilet paper. Less waste is fewer clogs!

It Uses Less Toilet Paper!

plumber 2We hope you don’t mind if we repeat this fact, but using less paper of any sort is a good thing. Using less toilet paper means using fewer trees and less bleach to make the toilet paper oh-so-white. Americans use around 37 billion rolls of toilet of toilet paper a year (about 20 billion the day after Thanksgiving alone…no, we’re lying about that). So bidets use a little bit more water but a lot less paper.

It Uses Less Toilet Paper!

We might have failed to mention this before, but using a bidet means you’ll be using less toilet paper! What does that mean? You don’t have to buy nearly as much, which is good for your wallet. Think about how much money you can save! And think about the space you can save in your house if you only have to buy toilet paper by the 4-pack instead of the 24-pack.

It’s More Septic System Friends (because it uses less toilet paper)

If you have a septic system and aren’t part of the city’s sewer system, a bidet might be a good option. When septic systems work, they’re wonderful. But when old ones clog easily, you might be looking for any reason to send less down the toilet paper.

It Cuts Down On Hand / Germ Contact

You can probably guess what we mean by that. A hands-free bidet can get you cleaner before you even have to dry yourself off. Oh, and some bidets have fans (or blowers) than get you nice and dry!

It Feels Nice

As we mentioned before, using thick, ultra-soft toilet paper is one of the main reasons that toilets and sewer lines get clogged. Toilet paper is getting softer because people demand them…thin toilet paper can make your cleaning job disgusting, and scratchy toilet paper can make your rear end hurt. Bidets are often recommended by doctors who have sensitive skin down below, or for those who have hemorrhoids.

Sure, bidets sound great, Garvin’s Plumber, but does it use less toilet paper? We’ll look into that and get back to you. In the meantime, we hope we’ve opened your mind to the possibility that a bidet might be in your future.




Is The American Way The Best Plumbing in the World? Let’s Look at the Toilet Again

You're not the only game in town, buddy...

You’re not the only game in town, buddy…

Here in America, we love our plumbing. We always like to have a bathroom at the ready, and whenever we’re out and about we like to be able to find a clean bathroom wherever we are. We loathe “bathroom is for paying customers only” signs. In fact, there’s even an app that will guide you to and give you access to some of the nicest toilets in cities like New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago.

But as much as we love our plumbing, have you ever considered that it’s not the only plumbing style around? This is especially true when it comes to toilet. In fact, our last blog was all about the invention of the flush toilet, but we stopped just when things were getting interesting, sometime around 1900. And once technology gets going, it’s difficult to stop it from evolving as it travels around the world.

So when you call a local plumber in other parts of the world, what problems are they stopping by to tackle?

The Raised Cistern

You’re probably familiar with the raised tanks that you might imagine in old English pubs. While nearly every toilet uses gravity to wash away and refill the water that’s already in the tank, these tanks have a reservoir that’s higher up in order to use the full force of gravity to its advantage. As plumbing has become more efficient, that extra force wasn’t necessary.

So Many Valves!

Thanks to advances in the basic toilet throughout many different countries (and the amount of water available to them), toilets have been through many incarnations of valves. Tank fill valve, flapper-flush valves, tank style with siphon-flush valve, dual flush valves, pressure-assist valve, high-pressure valves…no matter what kind you’ve got, you’re local plumber like Garvin’s can take care of it.

Squat Toilets

plumbing 1While sitting on a seat over a toilet bowl is the default in many Western countries, squat toilets are common in Asia, Africa, and Middle Eastern countries. Squat toilets involve no place to sit. Instead, you squat over the bowl, which is an indentation in the floor. Many homes in the areas mentioned above are being built with westernized toilets because they are seen as being more modern.

Still, there are advantages to the squatting position when using the toilet. First of all, there’s no skin contact with the toilet, which certainly seems more hygienic. Second, there’s the issue with the  puborectalis muscle, which becomes more crimped when people sit on a standard American toilet. The squatting position relaxes this muscle, and this discovery has led to the invention of the Squatty Potty and its, uh, colorful ads.


We’re sure you know all about bidets, right? If you’re not familiar, they run a stream of water over your nether regions in order to cleanse you. The water might be room temperature, or it could be heated. Bidets can be separate stations, built into toilets, or attached to a toilet. Many people (and countries) swear by them.

There’s a good chance that, living in the Denver area and its not-exactly-ancient-water-works-system, you’ve got a pretty basic toilet. That’s just fine for the experts at Garvin’s, because we can be in and out in no time, whether you need the best plumbing for your freshwater or sewer cleaning for your blackwater. When your toilet isn’t working, we’ll be there quickly!

So Where Did The Flush Toilet Come From?


dreamstime_xxl_31666378In our last blog we went into detail — and let’s just admit it, too much detail — about the history of pre-flush toilets. Digging a hole, digging a latrine, feeding it to the…no, let’s not bring that back up (lest it bring up our last meal).

We’re proud of what we do as plumbing contractors, and we certainly enjoy the intricacies of the modern flush toilet that help us all live more sanitary lives. So where exactly did this marvel of modern engineering come from? Here’s a quick history.

A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, Called the Metamorphosis of Ajax

What we think of as a modern flush toilet started in 1596, when Sir John Harington wrote A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, Called the Metamorphosis of Ajax. We would have called it Poop B’ Gone: Baking It Be Gone, but Sir Harington didn’t ask us for our opinion.

With the publication of ANDOASSCTMOA, the basic idea of having water leave the bowl while an elevated tank full of water replaces it had been born. After his own home, the first person for whom he installed a toilet was Queen Elizabeth I. It’s unlikely that it was hooked up to any official sewer system.

The S-trap

Of course, when you do start using flush toilets with a sewer system, you need a way to prevent the smell from the sewer system from escaping back into the home or business. Alexander Cumming invented the s-trap in 1775, which collected water in an s-shaped pipe. This water then created a barrier to the gas, and such traps, whether they are S, U, J. or P, are still an integral part of your sewer service today.

Even More Advances

As cities grew and the need for a dedicated sewer system became more necessary, toilets started to become what we know today. Old homes were fitted with “water closets,” while new ones were built with dedicated bathrooms. Advancements were constantly being made to make toilets more efficient and less prone to clogging. By the late 1800’s, toilets were becoming more and more popular thanks to toilet barons such as Sir Thomas Crapper. Yes, that Crapper.


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When you think of a toilet, it really is an amazingly elegant design, using no electricity and only gravity to move your waste away from you. We hope you’ve enjoyed our little trip down toilet memory lane (that’s a Beatles song, right?) and, when you need drain or sewer cleaning to make your toilet work again, contact Garvin’s Sewer Service!



A Plumber’s Story: The History of the Toilet!

Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we deal with toilets every day. Sometimes it’s the incoming water that’s causing problems and we have to provide plumbing services. Other times it’s the blackwater we’re dealing with and have to deal with some drain cleaning. Still other times the toilet has seen better days (because it’s seen a lot of decades), and it’s time for it to be replaced by our plumbing company.

We deal with toilets a lot, and yet even we don’t think about the history much. After all, every one of us uses the toilet multiple times a day, and yet we don’t think about how wonderful it is and how bad it used to be. Are you ready to take a ride through history with Garvin’s and learn about the history of the toilet? Read on!

Toilet #1 — On Top Of The Ground

Why bury it? Humans were much more nomadic, so why get rid of your waste when all you have to do is walk away from it?

Fun Fact: Don’t try walking away from your waste in today’s world.

Toilet #2 — Bury It In The Ground

Okay, so humanity found agriculture, and we started sticking around in one place to take care of their plants. When you stay in one place, you want to get your waste away from you. This means digging a hole and burying it. After all, our waste smells displeasing to us because it contains the pathogens that our bodies wanted to get rid of. Burying it makes sure that it’s kept far away from us.

Fun Fact: Burying your poop helps that agriculture we were talking about up above!

Pit Latrine

A pit latrine came next, essentially a place where everyone could do their business (so that everyone knew where not to step). Pit latrines would eventually provide some sort of shelter, an over centuries became what we know as outhouses. The most important part of pit latrines is to keep them as far away your water sources as possible as not to contaminate the freshwater supply.

Fun Fact: To paraphrase a sign at the History Colorado Center in Denver, “An outhouse is located about 100 yards from the house. In winter it’s 100 yards too far, and in summer it’s a 100 yards too close.”

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The Pig Toilet

Here’s one that most of us in the modern world never knew. The Pig Toilet (and yes, we feel like capitalizing it) was a system in which the toilet would connect to a trough. The excretia would be fed to animals, usually pigs or fish. Knowing what we know today about disease (and having plumbing services and better ways to feed animals), we’ve seen this practice disappear. Except it hasn’t…

Fun Fact: Fish pond toilets are still in use today! All you have to do is visit rural areas in east-Asian countries such as Vietnam.

Like this, but utterly disgusting.

Like this, but utterly disgusting.

The end. But wait, that can’t be the end! Are we seriously going to leave you on The Pig Toilet?! We probably shouldn’t. Check back next week for a quick look at the modern toilet and where it came from. Until then, enjoy your flushing!

Where the Front Range’s Water Comes From

Because we’re a plumbing company, we deal with water every day. Lots and lots of water. Maybe we’re performing basic plumbing services and fixing a leak in someone’s freshwater pipes, or perhaps we’re taking care of their drain cleaning so that the water can go on its merry way.

But where does all that water come from, and where does it go? Glad you asked.

Mountains, Rivers, and Reservoirs

Here in Denver we’re very fortunate to be very high up on the “water chain.” Snow falls on the mountains, and the snow melt becomes the South Platte River, Williams Fork River, and Blue River. Denver also gets it water from Ralston Creek, Bear Creek, and South Boulder Creek. Of course, the largest supplier of water for Denver is Dillon Reservoir, which provides 40 percent of the water used by the Denver area.

Consider Our Wastewater Treatment Facility

As we all know, water is a precious resource. That’s why it’s important that anything we send down the drain is able to be dealt with easily by Denver’s Wastewater Management. In a garvins 3perfect world, all they would have to deal with is human waste and toilet paper. Unfortunately, the water they receive is filled with drain cleaners, medicine, and oh-so-many unmentionables. (Tampons and condoms. We’re talking about tampons and condoms.) Making sure “what should go in the toilet” is the only stuff that actually does go in the toilet makes their job of cleaning and recycling the water that much easier. And it helps keep your sewer service bills lower if they have to treat it less.

Be Kind To Our Downstream Neighbors

So, since we’re so high up on the water chain, we can use all we want and do whatever we want with it, right? Well that’s not a very nice attitude to have, person with whom we’re having an imaginary argument! Keeping the water as clean as possible means that we can send that water down the South Platte, which joins the North Platte to become the Platter River, which joins the Missouri River, which joins the Mississippi, which ends up in the Gulf of Mexico. Keeping water clean here keeps it clean for tens of millions of people along the way, and keeps the entire world’s oceans cleaner.

Now that you know about where your water comes from and where it goes, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of why it’s so important to keep it as clean as possible. You can look for hidden leaks in your home by reading this blog, and you can always heed the advice of your local plumber by not sending anything down the toilet that you shouldn’t. And when you do and need sewer cleaning, give Garvin’s Sewer Service a call!

Saving You Money On Your Water Bill With Proper Plumbing Services

We’re locally-owned here at Garvin’s, and we like to think of you as our neighbors. Because of that, we want to give you the best possible advice when it comes to saving you money on your water bill. After all, we’re subject to the same water restrictions as you are during Denver droughts, and we want there to be as much water in the lakes and rivers as possible.

So in addition to giving you reasonably-priced plumbing services all along the front range, Garvin’s has some advice on how to save water and/or money in and around your home.

Find Those Leaks

One thing that a local plumbing service can do for you is to fix leaks that pop up. In fact, we wrote an entire blog on how to check for hidden leaks. If you have Garvins 1reason to suspect that there may be hidden leaks in your home, give Garvin’s a call. It can not only save you money on water, but also on the damage that leaks can cause to your ceilings, walls, and floors.

Shower Heads

No one expects you to have water pressure so low that you can’t get all the suds out of your hair, but the fact is that most shower heads in older homes deliver far too much water per minute. A lot of this water simply bounces off of you or misses you entirely, only to head down the drain without doing any good. A low-flow shower head can save you on your monthly water bills.

Low-Flow Toilets

Okay, this subject always opens a can of worms. The fact is, yes, low-flow toilets can make it necessary to flush more times in order to get the solid waste to go away. But when it comes to liquid waste, they’re saving you quite a bit of water. This one is up to you, but we won’t blame you if you don’t want to go with an “ultra-low flow” variety.

Sprinkler Heads

That must have been some sprinkler head...

That must have been some sprinkler head…

There are so many ways that a sprinkler system can waste money. First of all, people often have them set to go off far too often. This actually ends up hurting the grass, because the root system never works to grow deeper. Second, far too many people use the sprinklers during the day, when it’s so warm that most of the water evaporates before it can soak in, or, even worse, before it hits the ground. Set your sprinklers to go off between 4am and 6am. Third, broken sprinkler heads waste gallons of water during every watering, and you might not even know they’re broken if you’re sleeping when the sprinklers go off. Finally, sprinklers are very inefficient. Using a drip irrigation method is a much better choice, because they put the water exactly where it needs to be without sending so much into the air.

Water Heater

Turning down the temperature on your water heater won’t save you money on water, but it will save you money on your gas bill if you have a gas water heater. Getting a water heater cover will also help save money. Even better, it will save your skin from getting scalded if you ever turn the tap too far to the left.

Weekend and Night Plumber

Here’s the way to save money in an emergency: call Garvin’s. Garvin’s is your local plumber who won’t charge you extra for nights and weekends. That will save you a load of cash right there!

Saving water is good for all of us, and good to our neighbors who live downstream. Garvin’s can help you take care of replacing all of your old fixtures to save you more money than ever. Ready to start saving? Contact your local plumbing contractor today!