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10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
— U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
You can fix your leaky toilet today with just a few minutes of your time.
The Seattle Times recommends fixing a gravity toilet during a bathroom makeover rather than replacing it. Taking care of toilet repairs on your own can help cut costs during a remodeling job, since new toilets can run from a couple of hundred to several thousand dollars.
For those times when only a new loo will do, however, consider the bathroom’s location. If it’s near a kitchen or other living area — or if your home is small — you’ll probably prefer a quieter toilet, such as a traditional gravity model or a vacuum-assisted toilet. Noisier is a third type: the pressure-assisted model.
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Nobody enjoys fighting with a problem toilet, especially when its a clogged one. There are a number of ways to effectively clear your toilets drain and I have mentioned one of those below:
Good Old Soapy Water – You may not believe it at first, but one of the best drain cleaners that you can own, is right over by your kitchen sink. Dish detergent.
A good amount of liquid soap, mixed with a small bucket of water can work extremely well with even the toughest clogged toilet. Simply pour the mixture into the toilet bowl and allow to sit for about fifteen minutes. After your short wait, simply plunge and flush.
Your clog should be gone for good! Or, at least until the next one.
The top concepts in the Humanitarian International Design Organization toilet design contest have been released. The challenge of the contest was to design “sanitary facilities for people in need.” The submissions can be viewed on the Humanitarian International site.
The Los Angeles Times takes a look at bidets that can be fit onto existing toilets.
With the introduction of high-tech bidet seats that can be retrofitted to existing toilets, products such as Toto’s Washlet and Brondell’s Swash are gradually becoming standard equipment in high-end homes.One of the selling points: environmental friendliness. Though the bidet does increase water usage slightly, it can reduce the use of toilet paper by 50% to 90%, according to Brondell. That may not seem significant until one realizes that Americans use more than 3.2 million tons of toilet paper annually, cutting down 54 million trees in the process. The production of each roll requires an average of 1 1/2 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water and 1.3 kilowatts of energy, and it involves toxic chemicals such as chlorine.
The World Toilet Association says the lack of proper toilet facilities kills almost two million people a year.
Most of these 1.8 million deaths occur in Asia. Inadequate sanitation hits children especially high, with 90 percent of the deaths occurring in children under five.
The United Nations has designated 2008 the Year of the Toilet in an effort to improve sanitation in developing nations.
“The funding needed is not overwhelmingly large, but the return is immense,” said Vanessa Tobin of U.N. children’s agency UNICEF. “Political support is extremely important. Advocacy for this issue is a high priority.”
According to the United Nations, spending $10 billion a year could halve the proportion of people without basic toilet facilities by 2015, and Tobin said this investment would net an estimated $84 billion in savings from improved public health and better living conditions.
The Great John Toilet Company builds an over-sized toilet to provide a more comfortable experience for larger people. The height of this toilet is between 16.5 and 18 inches. The seats are also extra-elongated and extra-wide. The toilet can be installed in new construction and as a replacement for an existing toilet.
Former pit mechanic Paul Stender rolled up his sleeves and turned out a jet-powered port-a-potty. It can’t actually be used as a toilet, but it will get you down the highway pretty quickly.
Powered by a 50-year-old, 750-pound Boeing jet turbine that Stender bought for $5,000, the “Port-O-Jet” can top 46 mph with a tailwind. “It’s not real aerodynamic,” he allows.
The driver sits on the original seat and looks through a hole in the door.