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What You Know & Don't Know About Your Toilet

Posted by Monica Levy on Aug 7, 2018 9:48:06 AM

If you're reading this article, or exist in the 21st century, chances are you have a toilet. Most people know general facts about their toilet, like how to use it and how to clean it. However, few people understand how their toilet actually works. The way a toilet works is fairly simple:

  1. You push down the handle. This triggers the chain to lift the flapper valve. By lifting the flapper valve, you allow water to flow through the flush valve opening and into the toilet bowl.
  2. This water forces the waste water in the bowl, through the trap and into the main drain.
  3. Once the tank is empty, the flapper valve closes. The fill valve then begins to refill the tank. When the tank is full, the float valve shuts off the fill valve.
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To get a better visual of how a toilet works, check out this video on How a Toilet Works.

Toilet Tips

While everyone should know how to use and clean a toilet, here are some tips that you may not have known.

Flush With the Lid Down

Toilet water has the ability to splash out of the toilet up to 6 meters! This can can contaminate your whole bathroom. Toilet water can not only hit the floor, but can reach your toothbrush as well. To combat this, make sure to flush with the lid down.

Clean With Hot Water

Cleaning your toilet and other surfaces in your bathroom is more effective with water that is about ten degrees above room temperature. Cleaning with water of this temperature can double the effectiveness of alkaline cleansers!

Fixing and Cleaning Toilet Hacks

Uncommon Materials

There are a number of everyday items that can be used on your toilet. Three of the most common include:

  • Coca-Cola
    • Use this to remove stains! Pour it around the rim and let it sit for about an hour. Then scrub and flush the toilet to get rid of stains.
  • Boiling Water
    • Use boiling water to help dissolve clogs. Simply pour it into the toilet bowl and let it work its magic.
  • Bubble Wrap
    • Use bubble wrap to prevent condensation on the outside of your toilet tank.

No plunger?

If you don't have a plunger handy and your toilet clogs, don't fret! By combining hot water and soap and pouring that into the toilet, you can help push a clog out of the pipe. Dish soap is preferable, but if you are in a bind you can use hand soap to do the same thing. After you pour these items into the toilet, let it sit until you see the water level go down. Keep adding more until you think you will be able to successfully flush the toilet.

Common Myths

As you can imagine, there are a lot of false statements that fly around regarding your toilet. With all that you hear, its hard to know what is the truth and what is simply just a myth. Here are some commonly heard myths, and the truth about them.

MYTH #1: Your toilet seat is one of the dirtiest places in your bathroom.

Surprisingly, your bathroom floor is typically more dirty than your toilet seat! In fact, one study found that a person's desk at work was, on average, cleaner than their toilet seat. While hopefully this isn't making you reconsider where you eat your lunch, it is important to remember to clean all areas of your bathroom just as frequently as you clean the toilet seat.

MYTH #2: A small leak in your toilet is not a big deal.

Do not let a small leak in your toilet go unattended! Even the tiniest continuous leak in your toilet can waste a ton of water and money. A small leak that drips every second, totaling 60 drips per minute, can waste around 2000 gallons of water a year! So don't skimp on a simple repair. 

Don't Let Leaks Go Unnoticed!

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