Have you ever ask yourself, what happens when you flush the toilet? Well, if you’ve not, I have. It is not weird to ask such a question especially as a kid growing up. You won’t help but wonder what goes on inside the toilet anytime you press the flush button.
When you flush the toilet, the wee, poo, toilet paper, or anything inside the toilet will go down the toilet pipe into the septic tank. The pressure from the water which comes out when you press the flush button will push all the things inside the toilet down the drain pipes and travels down into the septic tank where it won’t affect human health.
There are several reasons behind this article. I remember when I was a little boy, I remember asking my mother this same question. She did give me the exact answer I wrote here. But recently my sister visited and guess what my nephew asked; “what happens when you flush the toilet paper?”
I guess he was curious about what goes on when someone flushes the toilet. He saw when I flushed the toilet and couldn’t help but ask and it was really funny.
Moreover, it is not weird if an elderly person asks something like this. This is something one should know from when he or she is still much younger. But, if an elderly is still asking the question, then it’s OK. No one knows it all.
Things We Do Inside the Toilet
Trust me, apart from pooping, urinating, washing, and bathing, there are several other things we do inside the toilet that only you or your partner in crime knows (LOL). Some people like making out while in the shower. Since most homes come with a master bathroom that has both toilets and a shower, they do a lot of things inside there.
However, the major thing we humans do inside the toilet is to poop and urinate. Suppose the toilet is a master one with a bathroom/shower, that means, you can also bath and wash inside there. I have a master bathroom. So, I do a lot inside there (LOL).
What Happens When You Flush The Toilet?
When you flush the toilet, the pressure from the water will carry the poo, urine, and toilet paper down the drainpipes into the sewage or septic tank where it cannot harm humans. Anytime you flush the toilet, the pressure from the water ensures that the particles flushed travel down the toilet down to the septic tank.
This is the reason why you are advised not to flush everything down the toilet. There are certain things that can be flushed down the toilet and others that shouldn’t be flushed. You need to learn and know all those things that don’t need to go down the drain pipes to avoid flushing them so that it doesn’t clog or block your toilet.
I’ve made several posts of the things that don’t need to be flushed down the toilet such as paper towels, kleenex paper, napkins, condoms, and many more. I also stated the reason why you shouldn’t flush them down the toilet and what will happen when you flush them down the toilet.
Advantages of Flushing the Toilet
- You need to flush the toilet to take away anything inside the toilet. The essence of flushing the toilet is to take away any unwanted particles inside the toilet. As a matter of fact, it is only clean water that is supposed to remain inside your toilet. Anything other that should be flushed.
- You need to flush the toilet for safety reasons especially if you are about sitting down to poo. The essence of flushing it is to ensure that the water in the toilet is fresh clean water, should in case it splashed on your butt when the feces touch it with force. Trust me, you don’t want dirty or contaminated water to touch your anus when using the toilet.
- You need to flush the toilet to prevent unwanted odor emanating from the toilet. If you urinate and leave your urine without flushing it, it’s only a matter of time before the smells start circulating to the rooms close to the bathroom.
- If you happen to have a master bedroom, the urine smell will keep you uncomfortable. But when the urine is flushed, it takes away the urine down the septic tank where it far from smelling inside your room again.
- You need to flush the toilet for the sake of cleanliness. Just like they say, cleanliness leads to godliness. There is nothing like being clean. When your toilet is clean, it makes using it fun and enjoying but when it’s dirty, you’ll just quickly use it and move out of the room. You won’t feel comfortable inside the place. Except, of course, you’re a dirty person.
What Happens When You Flush The Toilet When Someone is in the Shower?
When you flush the toilet when someone is in the shower, the pressure from the water in the toilet storage tank will push the particles in the toilet down the drainpipes into the septic tank while the shower water gets warm. If what you flushed down is poop, the poop smell may affect the person in the shower but will stop after a while.
What Happens When You Flush The Toilet When Water is Off?
When you flush the toilet when water is off, the water stored in the toilet storage tank will flush the toilet and push the particles inside the toilet down the drainpipes into the septic tank. But if the water is off and there is no water in the toilet storage tank, you won’t be able to flush the toilet. When you push the flush button, it will give you a sound to indicate that there is no water inside it, hence will not flush the toilet.
I must confess, this has happened to me several times. But luckily those several times, I still had some water inside the toilet storage tank with which I flushed the toilet.
If you see yourself in this kind of situation with no water to flush the toilet, then you can open the toilet storage tank, use a bucket, fetch some water, and put it inside it. Close it and use it to flush the toilet. Or, you can also fetch the water in the bucket and pour it into the toilet to flush down those unwanted particles.
What Happens When You Flush The Toilet on a Plane?
When you flush the toilet on a plane, the force from the water will push down the particles inside the toilet down to the sealed storage tank where they will be stored until when the plane lands.
As you push the valve to flush, the water mixed with what you want to flush out of the toilet will go through the drain pipes in the plane down to the rear of the plane where the sealed storage tank is positioned to store the end products away from human reach.
When the plane lands, everything will be taken off while the plane gets ready for the next journey.
What Happens When You Flush The Toilet With Lid Up?
When you flush the toilet with the lid up, some percentage of particulars will escape from the toilet into the air thereby causing air pollution. The review of studies of 2013 published in the American Journal of Infection Control equally states that flushing the toilet when the lid is up can lead to toilet plume aerosols, hence, can be a potential risk to the person around.
Anytime you wish to flush the toilet, just cover the lid. Do not leave the lid up. After the toilet is done flushing, open the lid and wash your hands.
What Happens When You Flush The Toilet on a Train?
When you flush the toilet on a train, the flushed particles will deposit on the train tracks causing some disgusting smell when people come around the tracks. Some trains can dump the particles on some particular ground because the train toilet does not have a septic or sealed tank where flushed particles are stored, hence they are dumped on the tracks.
Flushing the toilet is the best and right thing to do after using the toilet to avoid any unwanted circumstances. However, anytime you flush the toilet, the particles in the toilet will be transported down to the septic tank far away from harming humans.