how toilet works vegas valley plumbing

Probably when you were in elementary school, you had a unit on simple machines. A simple machine uses the simplest of mechanisms in order to execute tasks on demand. The six basic types of simple machines are the lever, the wheel and axle, the inclined plane, the wedge, the pulley, and the screw. These simple machines can accomplish amazing feats of engineering, both in the past and in the present (just take a look at the Great Pyramids of Giza if you are in doubt).

Vegas Valley Plumbing, a plumbing business that serves Las Vegas and the Henderson, Nevada area with top-notch plumbing services, would like to add the toilet to the list of amazing feats humans have accomplished using simple machines. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how a toilet works. Contact us today for your emergency plumbing needs!


Consider this fact: toilets would not work without gravity. In essence, you push a level (a simple machine), a plug opens, filling a basin with water. Once this basin is full, gravity pushes the liquid through a pipe. That’s a toilet in synopsis form. Below is how a toilet works in more detail.

The Tank

The tank’s job is to hold water to be used when the lever is pushed for the flushing action. Once you plush the toilet (or push the lever), the tank’s water decreases rapidly. This force is what makes whatever is in the bowl flush down the bowl. A ball or a float sits inside the tank. When the water drops, this triggers the water to refill the tank for the next flush.

The Bowl

The bowl’s job is to hold the water for use, catch your waste, and then allow the water and waste to be flushed down the toilet when the lever is pushed. The bowl connects to a drain that whisks waste water to the water treatment plant to be treated. In effect, the tank does all of the action; the bowl just does what it’s told.

The Flapper Valve

One important component of your toilet to mention is the flapper valve. The flapper valve is a part in your tank that controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl. A rubber stopper plugs this valve normally to make sure no water transfers from the tank into the bowl until the lever is pushed. When you do press the lever to flush the toilet, the lever lifts the flapper valve (usually using a chain attached to both), which whooshes the water into your toilet.


Toilets have made this world and our lives cleaner and safer. Through the water treatment process, highly contagious diseases are no longer spread via the water supply. The toilet is most definitely one of the most revolutionizing inventions.

Vegas Valley Plumbing has a reputation for being the best plumbing business in Las Vegas. We offer the best client care experience so that you can rest assured that the problem that you called up with is fixed so it won’t happen again. Leaky toilets or an overflowing toilet can cause major damage to your home, including encouraging mold growth. As a 24-hour emergency plumber, if you have a problem with any of your plumbing, give us a call anytime. One of our professional plumbers will be there as soon as possible to get you taken care of.

In addition to professional plumbing services, we offer other services, such as sewer mainline services, camera link inspections, rerouting of plumbing pipes, water heater installation and repair, and so much more. We are known for our honesty and our integrity, and when you partner with us for your plumbing repair services, we will do our utmost to explain what the problem is and how to fix it.

Vegas Valley Plumbing is a locally-owned and operated plumbing business that only uses the highest grade materials for each of your projects. We work with all major brands for our component parts. Our job is done when you are 100% satisfied with the work completed. If you live in the greater Las Vegas area, give us a call today for all of your professional plumbing needs!