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What if everybody in the United States flushed the toilet at the same time?

What would happen if everybody flushed the toilet at the same time? No one knows for sure, but chances are, it would make a terrible mess.

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  • How do you replace a seal under a toilet?

    How do you replace a seal under a toilet?

    A friend told me that the bad smell coming from my toilet indicates that the seal under the toilet is broken and needs to be replaced. He also said that I could probably do the job myself. I'd like to try. See more »

  • How Drain Cleaners Work

    How Drain Cleaners Work

    Whether it's a kitchen sink full of murky water or an overflowing lavatory, you've probably experienced a clogged drain before and reached for the drain cleaner. But how do drain cleaners work? See more »

  • How often are septic tanks emptied, and where do the contents go?

    How often are septic tanks emptied, and where do the contents go?

    Discussing what goes on in the bathroom is considered taboo in many social circles, but you should be having frank discussions about your waste if you own a septic tank. What's the protocol for dealing with fecal matter? See more »

  • How Sewer and Septic Systems Work

    How Sewer and Septic Systems Work

    Each time you flush the toilet or wash something down the sink's drain, you create sewage (also known in polite society as wastewater). Find out where it goes and how it's treated before it flows into a river near you! See more »

  • How Sump Pumps Work

    How Sump Pumps Work

    If your basement feels damp or smells musty, you may need a sump pump. How does a sump pump get the moisture that's inside your basement out? See more »

  • How to Repair a Toilet

    How to Repair a Toilet

    The toilet is one of the most important fixtures in your home. Although toilets are sturdy and reliable components of the plumbing system, it's a rare homeowner or apartment-dweller who never has any problems with a toilet. See more »

  • How to Replace a Drain Trap

    How to Replace a Drain Trap

    Replacing a drain trap is easy if you follow the proper steps. See more »

  • The Ultimate Pipe Repair Quiz

    The Ultimate Pipe Repair Quiz

    One of the more common household problems is leaky pipes. Apart from wasting water, a leak can cause loud noises. Take this quiz and learn how you can fix most pipe problems yourself and avoid hosting your local plumber. See more »

  • What causes pipes to burst when they freeze?

    What causes pipes to burst when they freeze?

    If you live in an apartment building, you're sure to see a sign put up by management to keep your faucet dripping when the weather report forecasts freezing temperatures. But why is that? How does a dripping tap keep pipes from bursting? See more »

  • What if everybody in the United States flushed the toilet at the same time?

    What if everybody in the United States flushed the toilet at the same time?

    What would happen if everybody flushed the toilet at the same time? No one knows for sure, but chances are, it would make a terrible mess. See more »

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