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A Look inside Your Toilet: How It Works by Cleo Gib

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A Look inside Your Toilet: How It Works

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Most people would prefer not to look inside a toilet; in fact, that sounds like the last thing anyone would ever want to do. However, taking a look inside the tank, at least, can give you some essential knowledge about how this complex appliance works.

Society has come a long way since simple pots, holes in the ground, or stinky funnel-like chutes were used as toilets. Today, you own a complicated machine that functions thanks to many essential and delicate parts—parts that only the best plumbers in Powder Springs have the expertise to handle.

Still, some basic knowledge of your loo would not hurt. Hold your nose and take a look. Here are the most important parts of your toilet and how they work:

  • Bowl: This part is obvious. 
  • Seat: So is this. Hopefully you interact with one of these every day.
  • Lid: These are perfect as back rests or to hide the contents of the bowl.
  • Stop valve: This is a strong valve that allows water to enter the toilet. It is fixed on the wall behind the appliance and can be manually opened or closed.
  • Supply tube: This is the pathway from the plumbing inside your wall to the toilet tank. When the stop valve is open, water will freely flow through it to the tank.
  • Tank: This back part behind the opened lid holds the toilet's machinery parts and a supply of water. It is covered by its own lid to hide its machinery and filter noise.
  • Float ball: Inside the tank is this ribbed ball that is usually black. It floats on top of the water inside your tank and signals to other parts how high the water level in the tank is.
  • Float cup: Some new toilets have a cup on the valve body instead of a float ball. Like a ball, it will raise or lower as the water level in the tank changes—usually due to flushing. When it reaches the top, it will signal the valve on the refill tube to close.
  • Refill tube: This tube carries water from the tank to the bowl when you flush. 
  • Ballcock: The valve in the tank that opens or closes access to the refill tube.
  • Overflow tube: This prevents the tank from overflowing. If the tank gets too full, water will flush out of this tube and into your sewage line.
  • Handle, lever, or button: What you push when you flush the toilet. 
  • Trip lever: When you flush your toilet, this lever raises the flapper.
  • Chain: This metal chain binds the trip lever and flapper, creating a single controlled unit.
  • Flapper: When this is raised, it creates suction and causes flushing to occur in the bowl.
  • Wax ring: Under your toilet is a sealing ring that prevents moisture, dust, or foreign objects from getting caught under the toilet.
  • Trap: Under the toilet bowl is a piece that separates the bowl from the sewage line. This is essential for keeping sewage and sewage odors out of your restroom.
  • Closet bend: This is the part of the line that carries sewage out of the bowl and into the sewage line under your house.

These are just some of the many parts of your toilet. Some specialized or very new toilet models have additional parts. They may not even contain some of the above parts in a traditional toilet. If you experience problems with this appliance, then one or some combination of the above parts may be malfunctioning, worn out, or even out-of-place. Contact the best plumber in Powder Springs for a fast and long-lasting solution to common toilet issues. Investigating your toilet and learning about its parts is enough trouble; leave getting your hands dirty to the experts.

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