How does a toilet work?
 
  
You visit the toilet everyday but do you ever wonder to yourself how a toilet works?  I sure did!  I will share with you how a toilet works.  There will also be an experiment to try on your own toilet at home too.
 
 There are several kinds of toilet that are used throughout the world.  But, the toilet's that are most often used are the toilets that consist of a bowl and tank.  This modern convince has taken a big step from its' first "look".  In 1775 Alexander Cummings made the first toilet which was made out of cast iron with a pull box attached.  Then in the mid-1800s came the ceramic toilet bowl which we are used to having in our homes today.
 
So how does that toilet work????
When a toilet flushes the water rushes from the tank through the flush valve seat and into the bowl.  The rushing water carries the bowls contents through the trap of the bowl.  The contents then go into the wax ring and out through the closet bend.  The bowl and the tank is then filled back up and are ready to be flushed again!
When the tank and the toilet are full, the flapper covers the flush valve seat.  This prevents water from running out of the tank before the toilet is flushed again.
When a toilet is flushed, the action of the push on the handle lifts the flapper from the flush valve seat.  The flapper floats on the water rushing through the opening in the pipe.  The float ball goes down with the water level.  This helps to open let in more water through the pipes connected to your wall.  When the float ball is once again level, the flapper closes and the tank and bowl are ready for the next person!
 
 
 Do you want to try a neat experiment at home with your toilet? Click here
 Would you like to find out more about toilets? Click here
 Would you like to try some fun experiments on water conservation for toilets? Click here
 
A special thanks goes to World Book
Encyclopedia for providing information,
 hometips.com for the wallpaper background and graphics,
 and 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The Earthworks Group and Illustrated by Michele Montez for the
great water conservation experiment!
By Kjersten Nerland
December 6, 1999
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