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Ever wonder there’s a lid on your toilet bowl? Believe it or not, it’s there for more than just decoration and well, it’s a lid for a reason. Let’s face it - the bathroom usually isn’t the most sanitary room of the house, but you can certainly keep it just a tad bit cleaner if you remember to the close the lid each time you flush. Here’s what happens when you don’t:
Sure, you do your business and then you flush. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Well, did you know that as the water rushes around the bowl it actually splashes up into the air at a high rate of speed?
According to the American Journal of Infection Control, the act is known as “toilet plume aerosols.” When flushed water mixes with feces or vomit in the bowl it can produce infectious aerosols that can live in your bathroom for hours. Gross, right?
When you flush, some of those aerosol droplets contain microbes. If they come in contact with infectious diseases in the bowl, and trust us when we tell you there are plenty, they can shoot out onto things like your toothbrush, the hand towel or even your clothes.
Pathogens such as Shigella, Salmonella and even Norovirus can survive on the surface of just about anything in your bathroom for weeks or even months. And if you come in contact with them, there’s a good chance you’ll get sick.
Pro Tip: With all of that said, we highly recommend keeping the lid closed each and every time you flush. In addition to closing the lid, make sure you’re keeping your toothbrush and those hand towels away from the bowl.
Having problems with your toilet? That’s where we come in! The expert plumbers at Hero have been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years, so you know you can count on us!