Toilet Trivia

I had a flood in my bathroom yesterday when the toilet overflowed. This could happen to you if the user does not understand how a toilet works, because the operation is counterintuitive,

Many people believe that turning the handle on a toilet releases the water in the bowl. Wrong! The bowl is merely a siphon. Read on to be enlightened.

There is a chain attached to the handle on the side of the tank. When you push on the handle, it pulls the chain, which is connected to the flush valve. The chain lifts the flush valve, which then floats out of the way, revealing a drain hole. Uncovering this hole allows the water to enter the bowl. A good portion of the water flows down to a large hole at the bottom of the bowl. This hole is known as the siphon jet. It releases most of the water directly into the siphon tube. Because all of the water in the bowl enters the tank in about three seconds, it is enough to fill and activate the siphon effect, and all of the water and waste in the bowl is sucked out.

If the toilet is stopped up, it is not likely to overflow with the first flush. However, should you flush again, sending more water into the bowl from the tank, this will happen and you will need a mop and lots of towels to soak it up.

This happened in my upstairs bathroom, so the water leaked into the downstairs ceiling and floor.

The floor is now dry with the aid of a bucket and lots of towels. When the ceiling dries, I will have to plaster it and repaint it . Lesson learned!



About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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2 Responses to Toilet Trivia

  1. Peter Monaco says:

    I now know what to do when I am debating the second flush…

  2. Pingback: The Case of the Overflowing Toilet (The Cascade Effect): Or, Why I’m Always Flat Broke…. | My Magnificent Mess

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