How Toilets Work


We know what they are and what they’re for. We’re taught from an early age what to do (and not to do) with a toilet.

Young children stand and watch with great fascination as water descends upon small toys, tissues…whatever…with a rush, and then with a whoosh and a clatter it’s all gone.

“GONE,” they whisper as they stare into the porcelain bowl.

“AGAIN!” they cry as they run off to find something else to send into the abyss.

How many times have you flushed a toilet – just because you could?

We know what toilets are.  But, do we know how they work?

The pull of the handle (or string, push of the button/lever) activates an amazing device that removes a load of worry and potential for disease from us and from our environment on a daily basis. Imagine the inhabitants of a city the size of NYC without flushable toilets.  Imagine your own life (and that of your family) without access to such.

So…how do toilets work?

It’s simple, really. Take a look at this website and press the button to flush the toilet. Following pages on the site will explain more in depth about how toilets work.

And, if your toilet stops working there’s a handy-dandy section for fixing it. (It’s far cheaper than calling a plumber.)

Take my advice…learn what makes a toilet work and what to do when it stops working as it should.  When water is cascading over the top of the toilet bowl and filling the bathroom floor it’s too late to casually click on the link and figure things out.

Believe me.

I’ll make it easy for you.  Click HERE to learn about how toilets work. Click HERE to find out how to fix them.

And, be sure your plunger is made for toilets…not for sinks. (Yes, there’s a difference.)

Excuse me…I need to take this trashbag filled with wet towels out to the washroom.  Better grab that new bottle of bleach as I go….