Is a Dual Flush Toilet Right for You?

You may have heard of a dual flush toilet but you’re not sure whether or not you should consider it when the time comes for you to purchase a new unit. While there are several benefits of getting this type of unit, it’s important that you do a little research beforehand so that you make the most well informed decision possible. The professionals with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas would like to share some information to help you make your choice.


A dual flush toilet is so named because it provides two flushing options – one for liquids and one for solids. It typically uses a button or a lever that allows you to decide which option to use. You flush liquids using the low-volume option and solids using the high-volume option. There are three main advantages to buying a dual flush toilet: environmental, cost and upkeep. Here’s more information on each.

  • Environmental benefits – Traditional or “single flush” toilets use as much as five gallons per flush (GPF), while dual-flush models use no more than 1.1 GPF. This is especially important in an area such as North Texas, where we’re trying to conserve every gallon of water we can.
  • Cost savings – Because a dual flush toilet uses less water, you won’t have to pay as much on your monthly water bill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dual flush models can save as many as 4,000 gallons each year.
  • Low maintenance – Single flush models typically have issues with clogging because they dispose of waste using a pressure siphoning system. A dual flush toilet, on the other hand, uses gravity and sends waste down a large trap. As a result, clogs occur much less often.

If you are interested in learning more about a dual flush toilet or you need a repair or any other kind of plumbing service, turn to the professionals with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of DallasContact us online or give us a all at (972) 895-7775. We’ll even help you with toilet repair and installation.