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How do you flush the toilet with two buttons on top?

The primary reason for using modern toilets is to save water. The toilets in the previous days included only a single flush button, and their water usage was higher. But modern toilet users are conscious of water savings. Two buttons offer two flushing options individually.

  • Partial/Half Flush: 0.8-1.1 GPF
  • Full Flush: 1.1-1.6 GPF

What kind of toilets were available the previous days?

Handle flushing and chain-pull flushing systems were widely available in the early days of modern toilets. Significantly, in the public toilets, chain-pull flushing was mostly found. But there was a problem with this type. Chain pull flushing is used to break chains randomly. Moreover, the handle flushing used at home toilets was related to consuming a large amount of water.

Related: How to Keep Water from Evaporating in the Toilet?

Civilization never stopped, so a new technology came to the toilet flushing system in 1980 and made flushing easier with a smaller amount of water. This technology is called the “dual flushing system.”

What is a dual-flushing toilet?

Previously, available handles for flushing toilets were known to flush with 6 liters of water. However, by pressing the single flush switch, modern dual flush toilets ensure that you use less water. It uses only 3 to 4 liters of water to flush the toilet and remove pee or a small amount of poop from the bowl. On the other hand, if you press the large button, there will be a larger water flow with about 6 liters of water. This flush is suitable for removing more garbage from your toilet bowl.

How do you use a dual flush toilet’s single flush button?

There is an opportunity to use the single button in a dual flush button toilet if you want to remove a smaller amount of garbage or pee from the toilet surface.

i) First, cover the toilet tank with the lid. It is not a must, but it keeps you safe from the unseen germs coming from the toilet bowl inside.

ii) Press the small switch, which is located on the top of the toilet cistern. This switch controls a single flush of the toilet.

iii) A few but necessary amounts of water will have fallen on the toilet bowl.

iv) Now, your toilet is clean. The tank will be filled again after a short amount of time.

How do I use the dual flush button on the toilet?

Except for pressing the button, all of the steps for using a dual flush toilet button are the same as for a single flush.

  • For urine or liquid waste, press the small flush button.
  • For large solid waste, press the large flush button.

Suppose you press two buttons on the toilet at a time to do a dual flush. More water (about 6 liters) will come from the toilet tank and clean the garbage in the bowl, although it is large.

How much water does a dual-flush toilet save?

After pressing the large flush button, you can get about 6 to 7 liters of water at a time, whereas the small flush button will release only 3 to 4 liters. You seem to be saving about 67 percent of the water at a time.

On average, a dual flush toilet saves about 19.2 liters of water daily, which means about 7,000 liters of water yearly. So, using a dual flush toilet is environmentally friendly because it saves water, which is a very necessary material for us.

Generally, dual flush toilets are also called “high-efficiency toilets” for their efficient use of water.

Water-saving technology has indeed elevated dual flush toilets to new heights. This is why the people of several countries equally appreciate the toilet.

Is a dual-flushing toilet perfect for everyone?

It is needless to say, and dual flush toilets are suitable for every modern homeowner. No one will want to pour a bucket of water on the toilet surface if the garbage is small. But the dual-flushing toilet’s water usage is under perfect measurement. It ensures less water for removing poop and more water for removing solid waste.

It may seem to you that a dual-flush toilet costs a lot. Indeed, the price of the toilet set is high, but it will save a lot of water and therefore reduce your electricity bill. As a result, dual-flush toilets outperform single-flush toilets.

What can I do if my dual-flush toilet’s flushing does not work?

It is a terrible situation when the flushing system of the dual-flush toilet becomes problematic and stops working. There are several reasons for stopping the work of a toilet flushing system.

Toilet clogging:

If the toilet is clogged, the flushing system will slow down. Gradually the flushing will be stopped.           

If you face this situation, you have to hire an efficient plumber first. He will open the access inside the toilet and clear all of the garbage. If the other functions of the toilet remain okay, it will start working again.

Avoid throwing excessive toilet paper and other objects into the toilet is the most effective way to prevent toilet clogging.

What can I do to remove waste from the toilet without flushing it?

When the flushing system is problematic, removing the waste from the toilet surface becomes hard. In this situation, you have to take a bucket of water and forcefully throw it into the toilet bowl. The entire waste from the toilet bowl will be removed.

This task is also needed when you mistakenly push the single flush button, but the amount of waste is high. You can easily remove the rest of the poop with the water from the bucket.

Final thoughts

The practice of flushing the button is gradually gaining popularity. Now, it is better than flushing toilets with a handle because of its ease of use and the fact that it uses sufficient water. However, button-flushing toilets present an aesthetic outlook.


Hi, I am Jose S. Franz. Currently, I am working as a professional plumber, and our team offers various plumbing services at an affordable price. After my college education, I completed a vocational certification course in plumbing systems and worked with several construction companies. Since then, I have fixed lots of different toilet models, from older to the latest versions. So I have more than 22 years of experience installing plumbing systems and toilets in both residential and commercial buildings.

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