Our minds might be the toilet, but only because this innovation’s history is so interesting. The toilet’s design has changed little since the modern model arrived. There are three basic evolutions however, in the arrived of the familiar porcelain beauty.
Until only about 150 years ago, when it came to bathroom behavior, humans took cues from the natural world. The concept of the toilet went only as far as to conceal.
Yes, each century had its own sophisticated take on what a toilet should be. In all those cases, it amounted to little more than a “hole in the ground.”
Until indoor plumbing, various forms of latrines were used. In the Roman Era, makeshift seats were cut out of street side stone corner blocks. In the Victorian Age, the handcrafted chamber pot was all the rage. With western expansion came the outhouse. Still, all these examples were communal, unsafe, poor for the environment, and rather disgusting.
In the early 1800s, weather conditions and social needs prompted the latrine to move indoors. Using a few clever levers, people could then have a small private room to utilize. When the job was done, a string was pulled and a flood of water poured into the seat.
The pot stayed clean, but materials were washed away into nothing more than a localized, underground cesspool. W.C.s were also very expensive contraptions to keep in working order, so the majority of the population used time-proven concealing methods.
Reliance On Gravity
Due to the growth of urban areas and industrial production methods, a new trade emerged. Masters of gravity-fed piping were needed everywhere. With their inspiring work, the modern toilet became widely used.
In the same manner that municipalities could distribute drinking water through large systems of piping, plumbing geniuses figured-out a way to fill water holding tanks (closets), use gravity to “flush” material into waste water piping, and keep the closets full for anytime use.
Fortunately, the design was simple, and was easy to operate and maintain. The seat designs and amenities of modern toilets have become more diverse, but the gravity flow concept has changed very little.
Perhaps the most widely appreciated outcome of the modern toilet is the mass availability of master plumbers who keep them working in every household. Not even the auto, computer, and service industries are as self-perpetuating and self-preserving as the one made of people who make, install, and fix toilets. Why change a good thing?
If you live in the
Columbia area, and are having toilet troubles, Call Plumbing Solutions LLC at (803) 513-5749 and find out how you can get your toilet back!