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Ready to Switch to a Low Flow Toilet?

The 1990s were not a good time for the toilet industry. When the new law went into effect that limited the amount of water a toilet could use (down to 1.6 gallons), consumers were in for a bad surprise.

7 Gallons per Flush? Oh my!

Toilets had typically used up to 7 gallons of water per flush. While that might have given a bathroom user a sense of security, it wasted an unimaginable amount of our precious water resource each time we pushed down the handle in Lynn, MA.

It was imperative that toilet manufacturers came up with a design that would not only adhere to the EPA water conservation guidelines, but would also “do the job”.


What still makes our toilet work the best? Good old-fashioned gravity remains the defining power to make our toilet do its job completely. The difference is that now manufacturers have taken the time to combine gravity with design to produce the most power per flush.


Another type of toilet is also available. Pressure-assisted toilets use pressurized air to couple with the maximum 1.6 gallons of water to produce more flushing power. This type of toilet produces a bit more noise, but the extra power can be a benefit.

Dual Flush

I’m sure you’ve heard about them. Australia has always needed to be water conscious. They developed the dual flush toilet. The light flush is only .8 gallons of water, while the full force flush uses all 1.6 gallons of water.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Lynn, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. If you’d like to find out about the many choices available, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

Dispelling the Myths about Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures in Reading & the North Shore, MA

Wasting MoneyLow-flow toilets and showerheads can conserve water in Reading and the North Shore, but only if residents choose to install them. Unfortunately, these low-flow plumbing fixtures have developed a bit of a bad rap due to a lot of misinformation floating around. At Waldman Plumbing, we’d like to open the door to more of these high-efficiency plumbing fixtures by dispelling some of the myths, because when we conserve water, we help the environment!

The Low-Flow Toilet: Past & Present

Most of the misinformation about low-flow toilets stems from the first-generation low-flow toilets that were available back in the early 1990s. The technology was limited and therefore these toilets had some flaws. They were prone to clogging, required more frequent cleaning, and often needed to be flushed more than once to remove all the waste. But, in 2015, these problems are things of the past. The low-flow toilets that your local plumber can install have advanced technology that makes them far superior to those first-generation low-flow toilets. They do their job quite well in fact, while conserving water with every flush!

The Low-Flow Showerhead: The Trickle Myth

The primary reason that people are reluctant to purchase a low-flow showerhead is because they believe the water that comes out of it will be an inadequate, unpleasant trickle that will ruin their showering experience. This is not the case! A low-flow showerhead will have no adverse effect on your shower water pressure.  You’ll still get full water coverage and a strong spray—the only difference is that you’ll use about half the amount of water each time you shower!

Conserving water in Reading and the North Shore has never been easier than it is now with these improved high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. To start saving on water today, contact Waldman Plumbing for a low-flow toilet or low-flow showerhead installation!

Could Water Heater Insulation near Reading, MA or the North Shore Save You Money this Winter?

Whether you’re looking for ways to save money in 2015 or you’re committed to reducing your negative impact on the environment, insulating your water heater can be a great decision. However, water heater insulation isn’t right for every water heater, so before you begin an insulation project, you’ll want to make sure that it will be worth your time, money, and effort.

Should I insulate my water heater in the North Shore? 

You should insulate your water heater if it has an R-value of less than 24. Not sure of the R-value? No problem, just touch your water heater tank with your hand. Is it hot? If so, it will benefit from insulation.

Note: Newer water heaters have all the insulation that they need, and it won’t behoove you to add more.

How much money will I save on energy by insulating my water heater?

The amount of money you can save by insulating your water heater varies, but it’s likely that you’ll save 4%-9% on water heating costs each year. Usually a pre-cut water heater jacket or blanket costs around $20 and you should make up for that investment in savings in the first year.

Note: Don’t cover any of the following while insulating your water heater: the vent on top of gas water heaters, warning labels, the control panel, bottom air inlets, or the pressure relief valve.

My water heater is getting old, should I just purchase a new water heater instead?

Water heaters typically last around 8 to 15 years. If your water heater is old and inefficient, insulation can only take you so far. If your water heater is nearing the end of its life expectancy it’s wise to purchase a new water heater so that you don’t have to deal with a breakdown and the inconvenience of not having any hot water. At Waldman Plumbing, we install a variety of water heaters, including tankless water heaters in the North Shore,  Reading MA and the surrounding areas, and we’d be happy to help you find and install the one that would be perfect for your home! Just give our plumbers a call today!