World Toilet Day 2018
On November 19th use the day to learn how to take care of your toilets and how to help those that don’t have any.
Ahh the toilet…the commode…the jon…the loo – No matter what you call it, having a place to do your business and have it quickly swished away is one thing most people would not want to do with out. For World Toilet Day 2018 Albuquerque Plumbing Heating and Cooling has some tips on how to best care for the toilets in your home. We also want to bring some attention to the 4.5 billion people that have no toilet.
Taking Care of the Toilet
A sometimes under-appreciated household fixture, the toilets in your home still need some TLC. Here are some ways to keep your commode in tip-top shape:
- Really, the ONLY thing that should go down the pipe is normal thickness toilet paper. Even if feminine products and cleansing wipes say they are flushable, most plumbers and publics works agree that they are best kept to the trash bin.
- Every once in a while check the base of the toilet (where it meets the floor) to make sure that there is no moisture. Any presence of water indicates that the seal has worn away. Replacing it promptly will help avoid a bigger mess in the future. Consider replacing older toilets. They are designed better and use less water.
- Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners that can corrode pipes and wreak havoc septic tanks. A toilet brush and a spray bottle of white vinegar does a great job of cleaning naturally.
Taking Care of Those with No Toilet
While most people who live in developed countries enjoy the convenience of functioning toilets, around 60% of the global population do not. This is not only a major disadvantage for these people, it poses some serious health issues. The United Nations official adopted the day in 2013, though it had been observed by individual countries and communities for years before that. Far more than a whimsical day to give thanks for one of our greatest conveniences, World Toilet Day is a call to bring awareness to the global sanitation crisis.
When there is not a secure way to remove and contain waste, the drinking water of an area can become contaminated. So not only do people not have a safe place to use the restroom, they are now exposed to harmful health effects of open waste. 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from faeces. And globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.
So for World Toilet Day 2018 take a minute to be grateful for your well running toilet. And also take a moment to find an organization that helps those that don’t have one.