Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling, Inc.November 2014
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We're thankful for 38 years and planning for the future
Choosing the Right Toilet
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Today, when homeowners are in the market for a new toilet for their bathroom remodeling projects, the two main features that typically come up for consideration are high performance and low-flow. In other words, homeowners want to get the job done well with the least amount of water. Even though these are very important aspects of a toilet, there are other things to think about as well. Take a look at our discussion below:
We are thankful for 38 years and planning for the future 

 

As the leaves have already changed and many of them are now in your yard (and maybe gutter) I am realizing that the end of the year is quickly approaching! There is always so much to plan for this time of year--Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years--as well as many other holidays and family gatherings. I know Micki and I are busy planning our time to figure out whose family we can be at and when. Will we have one of the major holidays at our home this year? All of this takes planning! And planning is what we are focused on here at Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling as well.

In reality, we're not so worried about whose home we'll be visiting. In addition, we have our remodel and custom home projects scheduled out for the rest of the year. We are looking into next year and how we can continue to improve our company, to meet and exceed our clients' greatest desires! We have had a great time this year getting input from the whole company on general ideas of where we should focus and their input on the finite things we need to do to accomplish those goals. One question we are constantly asking ourselves is "How can we improve on value to our clients?" Value is such an ambiguous word and can be defined ten different ways, by ten different people; so of course, it's a lot of fun to answer that question!

Value: Is it on-time completion? Or, clean jobsites? Is it the absolute best design? All of these are possibilities, as well as other areas that we focus on. As we plan for next year, we are certainly celebrating the beginning of our 38th year in business. We want to thank all of you who have ever allowed us to help you, for your support and feedback. We look forward to providing VALUE to you--whatever that looks like to you!  

Cale J Kliethermes

Choosing the Right Toilet 

Niagara's Conservation Stealth toilet
The majority of homes in the US have gravity-assist toilets, which are the type most generally available. When water is released from the tank, the force of gravity causes it to quickly spill down into the bowl, creating a siphonic action that carries the waste away.

In 1994, the government mandated that all new toilets must use 1.6 gallons of water per flush (GPF), as opposed to the previous standard of 3.5 gallons. To quickly meet this goal, toilet manufacturers decreased the size of their water tanks, but no other design changes were incorporated that would help dispose of waste with significantly less water. Many people had bad experiences with that first generation of low-flow toilets. Frustrated homeowners would often need to flush two or three times when they used the toilet, which completely eliminated any water savings. This situation sent manufacturers scrambling to build a better low-flow, gravity-assist toilet.

Here are some of the current options:
  • Pressure-assist These toilets use a pressurized air system to force the water into the bowl with greater power than gravity alone affords. Therefore, less water is required to thoroughly flush the contents. Pressure-assist toilets can operate with just 1 GPF, but a downside is that they tend to be a bit noisier and can involve more maintenance than other types.
  • High-efficiency Many gravity-assist toilets have had adjustments made to their design to maximize performance and boost water savings. The size of the flapper valves and trapways have been increased, and the trapways are glazed to reduce friction. Single-flush high-efficiency toilets are now available that can flush waste with 1.28 GPF or less.
  • Dual-flush Another option is a dual-flush toilet that allows you choose a .8 GPF option for flushing liquid waste and a 1.6 GPF option for flushing solid waste. Some dual-flush toilets, such as Niagara Conservation's Stealth UHET, use even less.
Kohler's Nightlight toilet seat
As toilets have been redesigned, manufacturers have also been designing a variety of accessories that make your toilet more comfortable and user friendly.
  • Kohler recently introduced a toilet seat with an LED nightlight that glows softly in the dark, safely guiding you to the bathroom during the night.
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  • Kohler also has added a touchless flush option to several of its toilet models. Just hold your hand over the tank sensor to activate the flush. Kohler has a touchless flush kit that fits most toilets.
    TOTO's Washlet
     
  • TOTO's washlet adds bidet functionality to a toilet. It includes five cleansing spray settings, adjustable water and seat temperatures, warm-air dryer, deodorizing system, and soft close seat. 

And finally, if you wish for a truly extraordinary experience, there are some high-tech, state-of-the-art toilets that include all the bells and whistles:  

  • TOTO's Neorest and Kohler's Numi toilets are both high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets that offer motion-activated cover and seat, auto flush, bidet functionality with warm water, wireless remote-control operation, air dryer, heated seat, deodorizer, a nightlight, and music. You'll never want to leave.
TOTO's Neorest toilet

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