I love a device that could save water and money. Wouldn’t you? Over the years, I noticed that the cost of water keeps rising. So when Jeff Nasrallah, the inventor and owner of Tap-n-Flush, offered me a toilet water conservation device to review, I immediately jumped at the chance to try it.
So that you know, I own Toto 1.6 gallons per flush toilets. They are not low-flow toilets.
What is a Tap-n-Flush?
The device is a light-weight option for reducing toilet water usage. You can purchase the Tap-n-Flush on Amazon HERE. It costs $16.95.
According to the Company, the device is
- easy to install. (Note, a commenter on Amazon stated that the installation video is much easier to follow than the instruction provided with the kit.)
- Could save you up to $100 on your annual water bill. (See photo below.)
- Contains an easy dial setting so that you can determine how much water you want to save.
Best yet, the Company offers a money back guarantee.
How much will it save you? The Company offers this graphic to show you percentages of water saved based on the type of toilet you own.
The Company further states:
“Up to 70% of the water in the tank can be saved when using a small flush, and most of the time we use the toilet only a small flush is required. A family of four converting to dual flush can expect to save up to $100 a year. (Savings vary based on local water and sewer rates and toilet usage.) The Tap-n-Flush can convert old water wasting pre-1980 toilets (5 gallons per flush) to a reduced water usage of only 2.2 gallons per flush for a small flush and it converts new Low-Flow post-1990 toilets (1.6 gallons per flush) to use as little as 1.0 gallon per flush for a small flush (usage varies with toilet model).”
How Does it Work?
Watch the video below on how this device works.
Okay, But Does it Work?
When the package arrived, I was so excited until I realize that I would have to put it in my toilet tank. I am not the handiest and squirmed at the idea of trying to install this device. It does look quite easy but in the past, I have had problems installing devices on my Toto toilets. Luckily, the Green Talk community is teeming with super handy skills.
Geoff, one of GT’s readers, offered to install it and provide a review. He is an avid woodworker and considers himself quite handy. (He is also a retired chiropractor, a college professor of anatomy and physiology, and author. Be sure to check out his inspirational blog HERE.)
Yep, the Green Talk community is teeming with Renaissance people too.
Despite Tap-n-Flush’s promises, Geoff was not convinced that this idea was a hero. He tried the device on a Toto 1.6 gallons per flush toilet.
Before, Geoff starts his review, above is the Tap-n-Flush sitting on his toilet. Notice how small the device is.
A well-intentioned, but a probably too-late idea …
I installed and tested the “Tap-n-Flush” device at the request of a friend. It’s a simple system that allows you to choose the amount of water used by your toilet each time it flushes. You can choose a “short” flush for simple liquid flushes, or a longer flush for solids, etc. The concept is good, but I suspect that this device’s time has already come and gone. More about that in a moment.
The device is indeed easy to install, with fairly clear instructions. It took me about 10 minutes … most of which involved reading the instructions. It requires 4 AA batteries.
The Tap –n-Flush performed exactly as stated by the manufacturer. It regulates the time the flapper valve is open on each flush. You can set the time in 1 second increments. The concept being … the shorter time the flapper is open, the less water used in each flush, and vice-versa.
This device may be useful for older, inefficient toilets. However, the new low-volume toilets have fast, powerful flushes. There would be no need for this device.
The Tap-n-Flush sells for $16.95 on Amazon. If you’ve got an old toilet, and don’t wish to replace it, this device may be worth a try. But beware … the nature of the old toilets, is that they need the long flush time to be able to clear the undesirables. If you cut the time short, the flush may be incomplete … and you’d have to flush again … thereby defeating the purpose.
In summary, if you can afford a new toilet, get one. If not, then the $16.95 may save you some water in the simple liquid flushes.
My Thoughts About the Tap-n-Flush
One of my worries about any water saving device is flushing #2. I don’t like a dirty bowl, but I can be a little bit anal about cleanliness.
In addition, be sure to check out the Amazon reviews for this product. There were only a few poor reviews. Nasrallah (the inventor) personally responded to both of the poor reviews.
Join the Conversation:
Would you consider purchasing a Tap-n-Flush?
Pictures courtesy of Tap-n-Flush and Geoff Guy.
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