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Toilet Water: How Much is Too Much?

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    LESLIE: Heading way out west to Hawaii to chat with Frank about the toilet. That’s what you’re calling us about? You don’t want to invite us surfing? (Tom chuckles)

    FRANK: This is probably a very stupid question but I just have asked people and I just cannot get an answer.
    TOM: OK.
    FRANK: OK. Is there any way to control the amount of water in the toilet bowl itself?
    TOM: Have you replaced the flush valve or fill valve lately and have seen the water go down? Has anything like that happened?
    FRANK: Oh, no. No, no, no. This is …
    TOM: No? It’s just – by design it just didn’t seem to have too much water in it.
    FRANK: Right, it has too much water in it. Is there any way I can decrease the amount goes into the bowl?
    TOM: Is this a high-efficiency toilet?
    FRANK: Yes, I guess so.
    TOM: OK. I would suspect that however much water is in that toilet, it’s designed to have that. Because the engineering on these toilets is such that they put the right amount of water and they also widen the trap and they glaze the inside of the trap – that’s the path the waste flows through on the way out. And they do that so that they can be assured that when you flush the toilet it’s actually going to work and that’s as far as we’re going to go with that explanation but you know what I mean. (Leslie chuckles) So I wouldn’t – if I were you, I would not mess with that.
    FRANK: Hey, I thank you so much.
    TOM: You’re welcome.
    FRANK: This was a dumb question but thank you anyway. (Leslie chuckles)
    TOM: No problem, no problem. No dumb questions here. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.

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