Opinions & Recommendations
In our opinion, here are a few items to consider.
When installing a new 1.6 gallon or less toilet, please use a Pressure Assisted Flushing Toilet. With a Gravity Flush Toilet, depending on the matter being flushed and the toilet manufacturer being used, there are times when it has to be flushed two or three times, which defeats its purpose.
Seriously think about purchasing an Elongated Bowl Toilet versus a Round Bowl Toilet, the reason being they are more sanitary and a lot more comfortable. I realize they are more expensive but they are well worth it. The most sanitary toilet is a solid one piece toilet with an elongate bowl but they are expensive.
Other toilets to think about are ones that are dual flushing, that is they have two buttons. One button is for flushing clear liquids and the other for flushing solid materials.
There also are High Efficiency Toilets (HET) that flush with 1½ gallons of water. However, there is still some controversy about how well these toilets work.
Depending on the distance of the farthest fixture that requires hot water from the water heater, think about installing a hot water recirculation loop. It saves water, energy, money and also helps to prevent premature filling of Septic Systems if applicable.
We do not recommend the use of drain cleaning products as these products, in most cases, don't work and they can be harmful. In some cases they can be dangerous, especially when a Plumber has to come out and clean out the drains.
When having water treatment equipment installed, consider being placed on a maintenance schedule so that the equipment can be maintained in a timely and efficient manner to maintain its optimum efficiency. This can include water softeners, acid neutralizers, filters and/or other types of treatment equipment.
Septic Systems. Depending upon your location if sewers are not available you will have to use a septic system. One of the biggest threats to a septic system is the grease from soap, which coats the walls and bottoms of the trenches and/or beds of the system, and eventually cuts the absorption rate of the liquid through the trenches and beds. To help preserve the life expectancy of the septic system, we like to install an in the ground grease trap that will accept the drainage from the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and washing machine. It can then empty into the septic system for the house and have its own system.
Cleanout fittings – you just can't have enough. We like to place them under the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and wherever we can place them in the basement, crawl space, and outside of the house so that there is easy access to clean out the drain, sewer, and vent piping.