Last February, the United Nations declared November 19th as UN World Toilet Day in an effort to raise sanitation awareness. You may have missed the declaration this year, but it is never too late to appreciate the benefits of the modern toilet to households around the world, including, of course, those in Saskatoon. Thanks to developments in plumbing through the centuries, everyone now enjoys the convenient disposal of basic wastes. With just a push of the flush lever or button, it’s gone.



Have you ever wondered how the toilet really works? Chris Woodford at Explain That Stuff explains it in seven steps; but first, a little history.

Not Just One Inventor

Toilets are an ancient invention. Woodford explains, that their coming cannot be credited to any individual. Early toilets were simple bowls manually washed with water. This was prior to the invention of the flushing mechanism in the late 16th century.

How It Works

The traditional toilet consists of two parts: the bowl and the tank. Most of the components can be found in the tank. It is responsible for releasing water into the bowl. This flushes waste matter down the drain and clean the bowl in the process. The flush lever or button is connected to the flapper, or the release valve, in the cistern.

As the water level inside the tank drops, the float attached to the cistern drops as well. In the process, the float opens the intake valve. This refills the cistern until the float achieves enough height to shut the intake valve. An S-trap deep in the bowl makes sure there’s enough water in the bowl. The water prevents sewer gases and germs from entering the toilet.

Simple Mechanism

It only takes one action (i.e. pushing the lever) to trigger a series of actions. Example: release the water, drain waste materials, and refill the tank. Given this, one malfunctioning component can render the entire system non-operational. On the bright side, it makes Saskatoon plumbing repairs much more efficient.

If the bowl water refuses to go down, something is probably blocking the S-trap or outlet. If the flush lever is unresponsive, there might be a problem with the mechanism that opens the valve. A trusted Saskatoon plumber diagnoses problems according to the symptoms. They focus on those that are described and come up with solutions. Solutions are based on years of training and experience.

Saskatoon Plumbing Repairs

While the repair process may seem simple enough, it very seldom is for amateurs. Without the right tools and know-how, it can be difficult. On many occasions, do-it-yourself plumbing fixes have led to disastrous results. Professionals from services like Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning should be called in to ensure your toilet is always in good working condition, for reasons of convenience and sanitation.

(Source: How toilets work, Explain That Stuff, November 10, 2014)