Our Very First, Crappy Blog Post!

by Apple Plumbing Services • May 23, 2019

The ThroneHave you ever wondered why a toilet is often referred to by names other than a toilet?

The Crapper, the John and the Throne, shoot we’ve heard it all and feel that we are pretty well versed in this crap we thought we would enlighten you.

The infamous John

Although Thomas Crapper is often regarded as the inventor of the flushing toilet it was actually invented by John Harrington in 1596. Thus the nickname “the John.”

Taking the Crap to another Level

Of course some also call the toilet “the Crapper.” Thomas Crapper although not the inventor is known for increasing the popularity of the toilet. He was also an inventor and he developed important items related to the toilet such as the ball cock which is an automatic valve.

My Kingdom for the Throne

Although there are several speculations as to its origins such as back in the European Middle ages only the powerful rulers had access to what we consider a toilet today. As common back then, the king was the only one allowed to sit on his secluded Throne.

Although fascinating we prefer something a little more humorous. The throne is just a way to give the idea that the person is doing something very important. We’re feel pretty safe in saying that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Speaking of toilets, did you know that Quilted Northern, formerly known as Northern Tissue, ran an advertisement as late as 1935 about their toilet paper being “Splinter-Free.” Yikes!

Low Flush Toilets to the Rescue!

Ok, now that we know a bit more about why the toilet is referred to as the Crapper, John and the Throne let’s talk about water consumption. Toilets are the largest water consumers in an American household as they account for almost 30% of the water usage in our homes.

Older, non-efficient toilets can consume up to 6 gallons of water per flush. Compared to the newer low flush toilets that only use 1.6 gallons per flush, older toilets are such water hogs.

With less water used per flush, a low-flow toilet can save you more than 17,000 gallons of water per year!

How do Low Flush Toilets Save Water?

In 1992, U.S. Law mandated that new toilets sold in the United States had to be low flow/flush. Low flow or low flush means that they can consume no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Although there are many types, most utilize gravity or are pressure assisted.

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Low flow/flush toilets are also referred to as Ultra Low-Flow Toilets or ULFTs. Below are brief descriptions on how they work.
  • Gravity

    Gravity toilets clear the waste, flushing water through the bowl. The minute you push the handle down a flapper is raised and water if released from the tank.
  • Pressure Assisted

    Unlike gravity toilets, pressure assisted toilets rely on a compressed pocket of air. The compressed air energizes the water that released into the bowl when flushed. Typically a little noisier than gravity-fed they are often more expensive as well.

Call us about to learn more about this Poop!

At Apple Plumbing Services our team of plumbers has been repairing, replacing and installing toilets in homes and businesses for over 35 years. You could say that we are experts in knowing all the poop about plumbing.

Contact the plumbing experts at Apple Plumbing Services today to learn more about a low flow/flush toilet will benefit your home or office in Phoenix, AZ and surrounding communities or call (480) 425-8282 today!
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