Anatomy of a Toilet

Have you ever wondered how a toilet works? It's pretty simple! Understanding toilet anatomy, especially the toilet parts names, will help you maintain your toilet. There are a few parts of a toilet tank that are crucial to a powerful flush.

When you flush the toilet by pressing the flush handle down, the rubber flapper, sometimes known as a float valve, is lifted. This causes the water in the toilet tank to rush into the bowl and flush the old water and waste. As the water moves from the tank to the bowl, the flapper slowly sinks again to sit on the flush valve, closing off the water to the bowl. 

When the water level drops inside the toilet tank, the float of the fill valve drops, activating the refill cycle. While the tank is refilling, the fill valve also refills the bowl through the refill tube that connects to the flush valve, recharging for the next flush.

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Flush Handle

The flush handle, usually located on the front or side of the toilet tank, is the mechanism that starts the flushing process. When you press or pull the flush lever, it lifts the flapper, activating the flush valve. This, in turn, triggers the release of water from the tank into the bowl, effectively flushing away the waste. 

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Toilet Flapper

Fill Valve

Flush Valve

Tank-to-Bowl Gasket

Wax Free Seal

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