Toilets flush clockwise because of the design of the bowl and the drain. Contrary to popular belief, the direction in which the water swirls in a toilet is not influenced by the rotation of the Earth.
The direction of water flow in a toilet is determined by the shape of the toilet. It is widely believed that toilets in the northern hemisphere flush clockwise, while those in the southern hemisphere flush counter-clockwise. This is, however, a very common and widespread misconception. Toilets flush in both directions in both hemispheres, purely due to the design and shape of the toilet itself. The phenomenon that has been suggested to cause water in a toilet bowl to flow in either direction is known as the Coriolis force, which results from the rotation of the Earth.
In reality, the Coriolis force is far too weak to influence the motion of small bodies of water, such as those within toilet bowls. This force only affects the spin of larger objects, such as the jet stream, gulf stream and hurricanes. The abilities of this force are commonly exaggerated, but science has revealed that it is not powerful enough to affect small air masses or bodies of water.Learn More
There are several classifications of toilets, including the gravity toilet and the vacuum-assisted toilet. Most of the technology in different types of toilets is similar.Full Answer >
A toilet may run periodically due to a problem with the flapper, the flapper seal, the flapper chain or a high float. Problems with any of these toilet parts either allows the water to continue flowing from the tank to the bowl, simulating a flush, or makes the water in the tank continuously run as it tries to fill itself.Full Answer >
When toilets are hard to flush, the underlying problem is typically an issue with a clogged pipe, low water in the tank or the flapper valve closing too soon. Typically these problems can be solved without having to call in a plumber.Full Answer >
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires that buildings in the U.S. have one toilet seat for 20 workers. For facilities serving 20 or more people, OHSA requires one toilet seat and one urinal per 40 people. Any facility with more than 200 people must have one toilet seat and one urinal per 50 workers. Different rules apply to special events and construction sites.Full Answer >